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Google has launched a new Sitemap protocol and additions to Google webmaster tools for Google News. This is only available to Google News publishers, so it does not pertain to any efforts around the new Sitemaps.org protocol.
...We also want to provide news organizations more visibility into which articles are ultimately included in Google News. To that end, we’re providing error reports specific to Google News that will inform webmasters of any problems we experienced crawling or extracting news articles from their pages.
It is funny... A few months ago they were replying with a "we can not guarantee that all your stories will be included in Google News"... Now it seems they want as much as possible.
Interesting to note that stories get indexed only once. So if you have a spelling mistake in the title and correct it, Google News won't re-crawl to show the right title...
I wonder if we still need unique 3-digit identification numbers in the URL? I'd love to get rid of those and go back to a more friendly system.
can you explain it please little more - i was accepted some weeks ago and i do not know what you mean with that 3-digit unique number...
I still have the email they sent me. Are you sure it is Google News (news.google.com) and not Google's Blog Search?
Since a news sitemap will need to be updated much more frequently that a traditional sitemap, what are webmasters doing to accomplish this? None of the sitemap editors out there (including Google's) handle the News sitemap protocol, so it would either have to be done manually, or as Google suggests, by RSS feed. But they don't include the technical specs of the proper RSS protocol -- will any recent article feed work?
Is anyone finding one option working better than others?