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Strange results when locating my news in google news

5:21 pm on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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site:www.widgets.com is currently showing no news for many data centers on all 4 of our sites. This is the recommended search term that Google Webmaster panel uses to show how many indexed stories you have.

If I do an advanced search for our publication name (a name that includes the url in it), then we get shown all the google news content. (source:www.widget.com)

Very odd indeed. Panic set in this morning when a daily pages indexed count showed 0 for all our sites.

Anyone else see a similar result?

7:00 pm on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think there are some major changes going on at google news right now.. I have the same problem with one of my sites (first time in google news in November).. My other site which has been for almost a year is fine..

I have noticed that they can't distinguish between the article and the template on the site... I will try to explain as plain as poss without identifying my site..

Basically I have a copyright notice at the bottom reading something like:

"example.com is an independent widget news site and has nothing to do with the official widget manufacturer's site..."

I've seen some articles rank for say "independent widget" even though this is not mentioned anywhere in the article... Also I've seen hits for things mentioned in the links to the main sections of the site, which are part of the template...

Basically on that section there is updated info for news publishers:


Especially take note of these:


And yes.. my new site shows 0 articles indexed and still it gets hits from google news... that is the strangest thing...

but no new articles have been picked up the past week or so...

hope this helps...


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