Google News Rank Boosters

by Gary on September 22, 2009 · 8 comments

in Google Page Rank,News,On Page SEO,SEO,SEO Tips

Last time I gave some tips on how to rank better in Google News. Today I’ll be giving some more tips that are still straight from Google Developer Programs Tech Lead, Maile Ohye.

According to Ms Ohye some of the best practices you should adopt include:

Keeping the article body intact – Don’t break the article body. Place ads and other stuff on the sidebar or at the bottom of the article but not in between paragraphs!

Put dates between title and body – This makes it easier for Google to determine recentness of your articles. This is also really useful in terms of usability. One of my pet peeves is having to look for the date/time stamp when reading online articles/posts, especially when reading older articles because I want to be sure I know how old or new an article is when citing that article.

Smart Titles – Titles matter so think about your titles really hard. It matters in SEO so make sure you squeeze in your most important keyword(s) in there. It also matters to readers so make sure it is both informative and catchy.

Separate original content from press releases – As mentioned in my previous post, Ranking in Google News, “opinions, editorials, satire, press-releases and subscriptions are not eligible to lead [story] clusters” so make sure you separate them and give them their own section/page. Of course you should place the original articles on the main landing page and not the other way around.

Publish informative unique content – When it comes to publishing, whether internet publishing or in whatever form, we will never tire of reminding everybody – Content is still and always be king!

The use of unique permanent URLs with at least 3 digits – This helps Google determine that the page contains an article and is not a static HTML page. This has roots in the traditional way news sites/publishers choose their URLs. However, if your pages does not have this kind of URL you may skip this and simply do the next tip.

Submit a news sitemap – News sitemaps are beneficial because it will make it easier for the news crawler to find your article and re-crawl that same article to look for updates (re-crawl happens in 12 hours). Aside from this it contains the meta-data (i.e. keywords, publication date) needed by Google to help them determine not only relevancy of your article to their story clusters/categories but also determine the other ranking factors without having to rely on Google’s extractor.

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Ashley September 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Just found this blog and it is a very good one I must admit! Sine good points mentioned here and I’ll be on the look out for your new content!


David S November 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I am fairly new to all this, so the advice above is very much appreciated & will save a lot of time deciding what to write & how to structure articles. I have saved your site to my favourites & will check back on a regular basis.
Many thanks

Daphne November 17, 2009 at 5:16 am

keyword stuffing must be avoided in writing articles. Consider the quality and keep the sense of the article while mentioning the keywords in the content.

Dwayne December 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I’ve had articles rank pretty well in Google news in the past and got such little results in the form of traffic that I pretty much gave up. Maybe that has improved some recently.

Lewiy January 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I can not believe update is in place, and how much work has been done, 3-months will be sweating at 100%. Beginning of the year is not the best

Vikas Rathi January 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I got second article here for Google news. In first article you have highlighted two important points. This one makes a lot of significance in terms of what to do? Thanks again for such a nice article. Keep going Hannah.

anubhav kapoor June 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

I read through your post and found every point useful. However, there is one thing: is this thing of putting dates between title and the body of the article been validated at large in the SEO community or is this something that is yet to gain overall acceptance? for example, using smart titles is something that every SEO professional would readily agree to…thanks!

nick August 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

if u want to make your rank godd in google ranking four thing in your wesite is very important that is…

Is it compelling?
Is it easy to read?
Is it grammatically correct?
Is it optimised for search engines?
and this is all done by SEO

Thanks again for such a nice article.