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Google News not crawling recently accepted website

 2:27 am on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Since our site was accepted into google news a week ago, only 1 of our articles have been crawled, our sitemap is valid and working, we have since posted about 20 articles, but only 1 has inputed into the google news search.



 3:40 am on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Couple reasons why googles news is not indexing ur content.

* Duplicate content
* Articles very short
* Quality and grammar of article

those are the three that I'm aware of but I'm sure there are more. Hope this helps. Try to write a news post that is over 350 words and see if they take that.


 3:54 am on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

The title says that the articles are not being crawled. Does that information come from your server logs? If they're not even crawled, then being indexed or not is a moot point, since Google doesn't even see the content to rule on something like grammar or quality.

Not being crawled sounds like a technical issue to me. I've read that your News Sitemap must not be a regular sitemap (see this page [google.com] for the details) and Google also should not be pinged through Webmaster Tools.

Once you are accepted into the Google News program as a publisher, the bot should be asking for your News Sitemap several times a day - as long as they've got a correct URL for it.


 5:33 pm on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Since our site was accepted in the Google news, only 1 has been craweled, the way i know is i search site:example.com in google news and it comes up. I did setup a special sitemap for the google news that is separate from the standard sitemap.

[edited by: tedster at 5:42 pm (utc) on Jun 14, 2010]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]


 5:49 pm on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

the way i know is i search site:example.com in google news

That's an indication of indexing - which is not the same process as crawling. So the actual problem area could be either in crawling or in indexing.


 5:57 pm on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

You can check Google Webmaster Tools > Diagnostics > Crawl errors > News > News-specific


 12:16 pm on Jun 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

See [google.com...]

from Google:

"We've recently noticed that at least since June 3rd we haven't added any new News sitemaps to our crawl. Please be assured that our engineering team is working to find a solution. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to resolve this issue in the near future."


 7:48 pm on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

thanks, i was able to resolve the issue, our name on our site was slightly different than what google news had it set to.

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