Tuesday, September 01, 2009Webmaster Level: All
During my stint on the " How Google Works Tour: Seattle ", I heard plenty of questions regarding News Search from esteemed members of the press, such as The Stranger, The Seattle Times and Seattle Weekly. After careful note-taking throughout our conversations, the News team and I compiled this presentation to provide background and FAQs for all publishers interested in Google News Search.
Along with the FAQs about News Sitemaps and PageRank in the video above, here's additional Q&A to get you started:Would adding a city name to my paper—for example, changing our name from "The Times" to "The San Francisco Bay Area Times"—help me target my local audience in News Search?
No, this won't help News rankings. We extract geography and location information from the article itself (see video). Changing your name to include relevant keywords or adding a local address in your footer won't help you target a specific audience in our News rankings.What happens if I accidentally include URLs in my News Sitemap that are older than 72 hours ?
We want only the most recently added URLs in your News Sitemap, as it directs Googlebot to your breaking information. If you include older URLs, no worries (there's no penalty unless you're perceived as maliciously spamming—this case would be rare, so again, no worries); we just won't include those URLs in our next News crawl.To get the full scoop, check out the video!