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Google Posts Google News Publisher FAQ Page

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Google has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for publishers who either have their content picked up by Google News or are looking to do so. On the page Google answers questions regarding acceptance, content inclusion, sitemaps, and errors.

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Specifically, Google answers questions like:

- Can I suggest my personal website for inclusion in Google News?

- What requirements do I have to meet in order to be included in Google News?

- My website was accepted in Google News a few days ago, but I still can’t find my articles. Is something wrong?

- Why aren’t my images showing up in Google News?

- Why do all my articles have a strange title in Google News, like "Share this" or "By Jane Q. Journalist"?

- What is the "unique number" or "3 digit" rule?

- Should I submit a News sitemap?

- Why can’t I see the option to submit a News sitemap in Webmaster Tools?

- Once I’ve submitted a News sitemap, do I have to resubmit it each time I publish a new article?

- If I submit a News sitemap, will Google News stop crawling my regular section pages?

- How often does Google News crawl my News sitemap? In Webmaster Tools, it appears to be crawled only once per day.

- Why have my articles stopped appearing in Google News, even though they’ve been showing up previously?

Some of these questions are answered simply on the FAQ page, while some require you to seek further information from Help Centers. Either way, you will find an abundance of resources for improving you Google News experience as a publisher (hat tip to Barry Schwartz).

Google News Publishers Get Their Questions Answered
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