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Google Says, Google News Is Not A Marketing Service

     
5:51 pm on Mar 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Well, that's made it clear to those in Google News.

Watch out, or you'll get a slap.

Google News is not a marketing service, and we consider articles that employ these types of promotional tactics to be in violation of our quality guidelines.

Please remember that like Google search, Google News takes action against sites that violate our quality guidelines. Engagement in deceptive or promotional tactics such as those described above may result in the removal of articles, or even the entire publication, from Google News.

If a site mixes news content with affiliate, promotional, advertorial, or marketing materials (for your company or another party), we strongly recommend that you separate non-news content on a different host or directory, block it from being crawled with robots.txt, or create a Google News Sitemap for your news articles only. Otherwise, if we learn of promotional content mixed with news content, we may exclude your entire publication from Google News.Google Says, Google News Is Not A Marketing Service [googlenewsblog.blogspot.co.uk]
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> site mixes news content with affiliate, promotional, advertorial, or marketing materials

Er... Like a newspaper, for example?

This company seems to be intent on removing every possible web site from their servers. Glad I don't rely on them any more.
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dstiles - Is Google removing the "Search" feature as part of their "Spring Cleaning"?
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It would be nice if Google would lay down some guidelines and examples of what they DO want to see instead of vague language about what they will ban you for.

Is a product launch news or marketing material? Is a company merger news or promotional? Is an upcoming IPO news or a marketing vehicle to sell stock? Is a press release news or marketing material? Is the announcement of new AdWords features news or marketing material?
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It would be nice if Google would lay down some guidelines and examples of what they DO want to see instead of vague language about what they will ban you for

Why would they break a habit that has served them so well so far ;)

As my Granny used to say.."they could knit fog if they thought there was money in it"..
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Vague policies are best as a backdrop for removing competition. Ask Yelp.
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albo - I doubt it: they'll just use data they have already scraped and pretend it's new. :)