Google Helps News Publishers With Sitemaps
An expressed desire for better indexing from Google News has prompted Google to release a Sitemaps product specifically for those news publishers.
|Bringing The Sitemaps Concepts To News Sites|
While Google has emphasized the positives for using its newest Sitemaps product, they also took a little swipe at the publishers who have attacked the company in court over its news indexing practices:
The initial release is English-language only, so even if an agency like Belgium’s Copiepresse wanted to implement it immediately, they will have to wait for forthcoming options in additional languages.
Instead of simply offering Google News a RSS feed of their articles, publishers can craft a sitemap that tells Google exactly where its crawlers should go to find articles. Publishers can use the tools at Google Webmaster Central to determine where there may be indexing problems, and correct them for future crawls.
“These error reports will explain any problems we experienced crawling or extracting news articles from a publisher’s site,” Google News product manager Nathan Stoll wrote on the Official Google blog.
Andy Golding from the Google News team promised timeliness would be a focal point for news crawls, especially when using sitemaps:
The additional data, including error reporting, that Google delivers to publishers should be a worthwhile reason for news sites to check out the new sitemap being offered.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.