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Google News: How to get the image picked up?

Any hints on getting Google to display image

   
2:52 pm on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I try and make sure that all my news articles have a related image to go with them - but they never get picked up when they appear in Google News.

Is their any logic to which news topic Google decides to put an image with and if there are any tips to get Google to choose yours. (ie tags etc)

Thanks

12:24 pm on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Im also trying to work that out.

Any luck yet?

3:39 pm on Jan 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The image googlebot doesn't come around that often. We only see it once every 3-4 months.
10:19 am on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Well this morning I managed to get my image on Google News! I don't know what the criteria is, but if it helps anyone else - the image tag had alt and title attributes the same as the news title.

Hope this helps - but i'm still not sure when it decides to use an image or not.

12:26 pm on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Um... Google News only picks up image from within the news index. So if you are in the new index and you write an article and the article contains an image that is roughly a square, it may be used in Google News results.
3:50 pm on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Um... Google News only picks up image from within the news index. So if you are in the new index and you write an article and the article contains an image that is roughly a square, it may be used in Google News results.

I realise this, but wanted to know how Google decides which news image to show, and when to show it.

The square image idea may have some merit.

1:11 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I covered [seroundtable.com] this thread yesterday and offered some tips. Here they are:

* Make the image as square as possible
* Ensure the image is relatively small in file size
* The file name should be specific to the article title
* Can't hurt to add alt tags
* Place keywords next to and under the image
* Of course, the article must be about the keyword you want the image to be found for

3:36 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i can get an image displayed every time..

should I charge consulting fees for this? lol

forgive me if this is a faux pas, but the secret is to use openpr.com

 

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