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Q: Google news ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Google news
Category: Computers
Asked by: douglaschick-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 14 Mar 2004 17:21 PST
Expires: 13 Apr 2004 18:21 PDT
Question ID: 316738
How do I get my website on google news?

Request for Question Clarification by serenata-ga on 14 Mar 2004 22:08 PST
Hi Douglaschick ~

Are you referring to Google's news site where they "present
information culled from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide and
automatically arranged to present the most relevant news first." ???

If so, there is a Google News FAQ page here,

Or are you referring to some other Google feature we may refer to by a
different name?


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Clarification of Question by douglaschick-ga on 15 Mar 2004 05:08 PST
Yes, I am refering to google news. I've already been to Google News
FAQ, I've emailed them, several times with no reply. They pull from
other websites that don't present any of their own news like, and only pull from other websites like google news.

My question is, what do I need to do for my website to qualify for
google news? I can't get any answer from anyone.

Thanks for your time.

Request for Question Clarification by serenata-ga on 15 Mar 2004 06:05 PST
Hi again, Douglaschick ~

The purpose of Google News is to scan actual news sites, such as
newspapers, wire services, broadcast news, etc., to present a
compilation of sources of the current stories that are in the news.

They wouldn't be featuring websites in their news page unless you are
a major news source, such as CNN or the wire services, or a major news
publication (usually a daily newspaper) such as Wall Street Journal,
New York Times, Washington Post, etc. Your site really isn't a news
site with timely (that is to say late-breaking news), so it is highly
unlikely your site would qualify as a source from which Google news
would draw.

Is there some reason you feel your site provides late-breaking stories
and updates from which they should draw?


Clarification of Question by douglaschick-ga on 16 Mar 2004 10:19 PST
This is not entirely true. My site does have ground breaking news for
computer professionals. Stories from my site have been sited on Good
Morning America and CNN. There are a number of site on Google news
that have no orginal news at all and themselves pull news items from
other news sources.

Because of this, my website is unable to compete with similar websites.

Clarification of Question by douglaschick-ga on 16 Mar 2004 10:26 PST
Furthermore, we have 12 writers where the other sites only take
articles links that have already been written on other website.

Clarification of Question by douglaschick-ga on 24 Mar 2004 18:10 PST
I've already done that, but thank you for your help anyways.


Clarification of Question by douglaschick-ga on 30 Mar 2004 09:46 PST
After doing some research on the subject and interviewing some of the
site owners, I believe that it has to do with what the google staff
favors. There doesn't seem to be any clear guidelines.


Subject: Re: Google news
Answered By: hailstorm-ga on 12 Apr 2004 00:48 PDT

As was mentioned earlier, the only definitive source of information is
the Google website itself:
New news sources should be mailed to 
However, as you are already aware, the Google News editors have the
final say in what is included in the Google News index.

Although there are no official guidelines that will improve your
site's chances of being admitted, here are some suggestions that
should influence the editor's decisions:

1. Statistics regarding the amount of traffic to your site.  The more
people visit your site, the more appealing it may become as a news
source.  As of this writing your site has an Alexa ranking of 553,804.
 Perhaps a little more promotion of your site to get your ranking
consistantly below 100,000 would be a good start here.

2. Ask for recommendations from your users.  It would be more
difficult for the Google News editors to refuse your site as a news
source if there were hundreds of people who are requesting it to be

3. Send samples of your site's exclusive content.  It's always better
to show why your site should be admitted than just explaining.  If you
can show the editors three good examples of breaking news that are not
found anywhere else, that will surely verify your site's uniqueness.

4. Send samples of other sites that use yours as a source.  If your
site is cited on Slashdot or some other news portal, that is proof
that yours is a trusted news source.

5. Find other news sites that will link to yours.  This will increase
your site's PageRank ranking, and build credibility for your site
within the Google algorithm, which may well be weeding out your
application before any human being actually sees it.

Ultimately, I think the questions that are asked of any prospective
new news sources are "How newsworthy are these sources?" and "How
trusted are they?"  By following these five suggestions, I believe
that you will eventually improve the answers to these questions as
relates to your site.
Subject: Re: Google news
From: elantra-ga on 24 Mar 2004 16:21 PST

Email and request to be added.  Explain that
your content is original and has been featured in many major news
sources.  They should be able to help you get your site added.  Hope
this helps.
Subject: Re: Google news
From: jmm7175-ga on 30 Mar 2004 09:24 PST
I saw an article on the front page of google news several weeks ago
from "The Red and Black" (  This is a small
independent college newspaper, hardly a major news source.  I think
that debunks the "must be a major news source" myth.

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