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Google News Publishers: Your Sitemap Requires Updating Before May 4

 5:06 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

Google News Publishers: Your Sitemap Requires Updating Before May 4 [googlenewsblog.blogspot.com]
Almost five months ago, we announced a redesign for our Google News Sitemap. We wanted to give publishers plenty of advance notice so they could make a smooth transition to the new format.

This transition period will end on May 4, when we'll discontinue supporting all old-style Google News Sitemaps. If you are a publisher and haven't already shifted your Google News sitemap to the new format, we urge you to do so by following these instructions as soon as possible. This update is key to avoid interruption in crawling your content and allow our crawler to capture all necessary information about your articles.

Creating a News Sitemap [google.com]



 5:44 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

I wonder if Rupurt will make this change?

Sally Stitts

 8:33 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

The Title is inaccurate.

It SHOULD read -
Google News Publishers: Your NEWS Sitemap Requires Updating Before May 4.

So, this actually applies to less than 5% of publishers, and NOT 100%, as the Title implies. This is either a HUGE mistake, or it is Spam to waste readers' time!


 12:12 am on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I agree Sally but it took me longer to read your complaint than it did to figure out that the second word of the post meant it didn't apply to me :-)

Wait, my site SHOULD have a separate news sitemap... off to read the update.


 12:24 am on Apr 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reminder! Think we've only changed the news sitemap once or twice since 2002. Long overdue. :)


 12:51 am on Apr 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot for the notice. Will fix asap.


 11:31 am on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

AS per google news post it is only for News or Article section - [googlenewsblog.blogspot.com...]

"Two more weeks to update your Google News Sitemap"


 9:58 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

While you update your sitemap, id suggest also take a look at [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...]

It can be done to any sitemap, ive updated my news sitemap with image information, dont know how much this helps...

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