Google News Publisher Center Launched

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Google announced the launch of a new Google News Publisher Center, where publishers can make changes to their news site details, update section URLs, and label sections.

You can change your site name, label it with things like "blog," "satire," or "opinion," if necessary, or label sections like "Technology" or "Politics". Section URLs can be updated using the Publisher Center when you change your site structure, such as when you add a new section.

"If you're a news publisher, your website has probably evolved and changed over time -- just like your stories," says Google software engineer Eric Weigle. "But in the past, when you made changes to the structure of your site, we might not have discovered your new content. That meant a lost opportunity for your readers, and for you. Unless you regularly checked Webmaster Tools, you might not even have realized that your new content wasn’t showing up in Google News. To prevent this from happening, we are letting you make changes to our record of your news site using the just launched Google News Publisher Center."

"With the Publisher Center, your potential readers can be more informed about the articles they’re clicking on and you benefit from better discovery and classification of your news content," adds Weigle.

Google suggests checking its record of your site changes whenever you make a change.

The Google News Publisher Center is only available in the U.S. for now. Additional countries will be added soon, as will more features.

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Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.