Getting featured on Google News has more advantages rather than traffic and exposure. Once if your site is listed, then Google will keep your site in mind. Same goes for Techmeme, you can also get your blog/site featured there.
Advantages of getting featured
- Your website/blog will get good exposure.
- Boosts targeted traffic to your site.
- You can proudly mention this anywhere!
Basic Steps For Getting Featured
#1 – Verify the ownership of your site using Google Webmaster Tools.
#2 – Submit your sitemap to Google. [Procedure]
#3 – Update your Sitemap as you add new articles. Use Ping services.
#4 – Submit your content to Google. Google can help you reach out to the world by distributing your content on Google Web Search, Maps, Product Search, iGoogle, and more.
Resource : Getting Started – Submitting Your Content
#5 – Suggest news content for inclusion on Google News.
Tips For Getting Your Article Featured
#1 – Original content : If your content is original and genuinely generated by you, then you can maximize the chance of getting featured.
#2 – Response time (website speed) : Also optimize your site’s loading site since Google Search Rankings Considers Site Speed.
#3 – Proper Attribution : Give proper attribution or credits to the original source.
#4 – Multiple Authors : You can assure Google about your quality if you have multiple authors. A page listing all the authors would be great.
#5 – Tweak Your Design : Your website should look like a news source. Magazine layout recommended for it.
#6 – About Us and Contact Pages : About and Contact page must be visible on the homepage. Your “Contact” page should have your organization’s name and contact information. Give more information about your company or site on “About” page.
#7 – Article Format : Each article format should have a proper title, author name, publication date and time (optional) and a minimum of 250-300 words in the article body.
#8 – Posting Frequency : You should update at least three new articles every day. The more new articles you add the better.
#9 – Concentrate on niche : By seeing your homepage, they should be clear about what niche or industry your site relates to. Also make sure your site content is unique.
#10 – Satisfy Them : Show awards your site received and your site stats. Show the number of backlinks your site has. Also mention the links available on Google Blog Search.
#11 – Optimize Permalinks : Each article URL should be unique and contain a unique number consisting of at least three digits. Also it won’t crawl an article URL with four digits, which resembles a year.
For example, it won’t crawl articles with permalinks like this :
But it will crawl these articles :
#12 – Images and videos : Enhance your article/post with images and videos. Don’t forget to optimize the images. You can check some tips to optimize images I provided earlier. Create a Video Sitemap for indexing videos quickly.
#13 – Avoid Updating/Modifying : The Google News crawler only visits the URL of the article once. If you make any changes to the article after Google has crawled it, then the changes will not be reflected on Google’s site. So proofread it!
Google News alone? Do you recommend any other site?
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