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Google News not crawling recently accepted website

     
2:27 am on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Since our site was accepted into google news a week ago, only 1 of our articles have been crawled, our sitemap is valid and working, we have since posted about 20 articles, but only 1 has inputed into the google news search.
3:40 am on June 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Couple reasons why googles news is not indexing ur content.

* Duplicate content
* Articles very short
* Quality and grammar of article

those are the three that I'm aware of but I'm sure there are more. Hope this helps. Try to write a news post that is over 350 words and see if they take that.
3:54 am on June 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The title says that the articles are not being crawled. Does that information come from your server logs? If they're not even crawled, then being indexed or not is a moot point, since Google doesn't even see the content to rule on something like grammar or quality.

Not being crawled sounds like a technical issue to me. I've read that your News Sitemap must not be a regular sitemap (see this page [google.com] for the details) and Google also should not be pinged through Webmaster Tools.

Once you are accepted into the Google News program as a publisher, the bot should be asking for your News Sitemap several times a day - as long as they've got a correct URL for it.
5:33 pm on June 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Since our site was accepted in the Google news, only 1 has been craweled, the way i know is i search site:example.com in google news and it comes up. I did setup a special sitemap for the google news that is separate from the standard sitemap.

[edited by: tedster at 5:42 pm (utc) on Jun 14, 2010]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]

5:49 pm on June 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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the way i know is i search site:example.com in google news

That's an indication of indexing - which is not the same process as crawling. So the actual problem area could be either in crawling or in indexing.
5:57 pm on June 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You can check Google Webmaster Tools > Diagnostics > Crawl errors > News > News-specific
12:16 pm on June 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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See [google.com...]

from Google:

"We've recently noticed that at least since June 3rd we haven't added any new News sitemaps to our crawl. Please be assured that our engineering team is working to find a solution. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to resolve this issue in the near future."
7:48 pm on June 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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thanks, i was able to resolve the issue, our name on our site was slightly different than what google news had it set to.