Msg#: 4685461 posted 11:56 am on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)
News inclusion used to be a much bigger boost. Google keeps changing their serps and that significantly impacts the benefit of being included. If you already have real news, go after it. If you need to artificially create it, it probably isn't worth the effort for your industry.
One of the sites I'm involved with is a news site that is dominant in its niche. The site gets about 10K per month at the most from Google News, which is about 0.08% of the site's traffic.
This is for a site with a full complement of news team producing anywhere from 15-60 pieces of original news, commentaries and analysis per day.
Traffic is not much, but it helps boost your social count especially for the Twitter folks who simply repost any news in the topics they follow. And of course, there's the added benefit of getting seen in Google SERPS as well especially when the news items are put at the top.
But I NEED to know a simple answer if you have experience with Google News Traffic.
If I have a site where I publish 5-8 news daily and the site gets 1000 visitors daily. If somehow my application for Google News Inclusion gets accepted, then how much difference there will be in traffic? Will it be doubled or remain the same or a little increase?
If you read our responses you will notice that several of us talk about how it depends on your site, your keywords and your industry competition. Several of us also talk about the benefits currently not being so great (.08% yikes).
There are too many factors to promise that your traffic will double or remain the same. Even if we could, it would depend on Google not making any changes to how it handles news articles and their serp layout which both tend to be moving targets.
I have been dealing with Google news for a long time and the results/benefits have changed significantly over that time. It is relatively easy to join if you are a legitimate news source so why not? If you aren't a real news source I personally wouldn't bother faking it because I doubt you will profit enough.