I looked for a plugin the other day to generate a proper Google News sitemap. Unfortunately, most of them were either not working, premium plugins or too bloated.
After looking for a good while and testing a handful of plugins, I set out to make a plugin that is compatible with recent Google News additions, including the possibility to specify many parameters manually.
I hope to maintain this plugin throughout 2014 and 2015 and add a few more features. If there are any bugs please report them so they can be fixed with the next release.
Some of the new features
- Provide publication name manually – if you don’t want it to be your Homepage name
- Provide site language using Google’s language codes
- Provide related stock tickers manually
- Rather than excluding categories, this plugin allows you to include categories only
Why You Should Include Only A Few Categories
Google is very picky about what sites they include. If you create a sitemap that is fetching content from your entire site, you won’t get accepted.
It is a far better idea to create a “News” and “Opinion Piece” category
What features will you add in the next version
Next on the list are additional genres: Opinion Piece, Op/Ed and other genres accepted by Google.
How do I avoid my blog from dropping out of Google News
For more info, check out the following article:
- [Avoiding Google News Pitfalls] (https://www.webmaster.net/one-surefire-way-of-blocking-your-news-posts-from-getting-indexed-into-google-news-from-your-wp-blog/).
- Google News Sitemap Guidelines.
This will help you to correctly install the plugin
news-sitemap-generator-2014directory to the
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Move the file “google-news-sitemap.xml” to the root directory e.g. public_html and open a SSH terminal. CD into the directory and run chown nobody:nobody google-news-sitemap.xml where nobodoy MAY have to be replaced with your Apache username on certain machines
- Publish a test post
No questions yet – send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contributors & Developers
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- Added Stock Ticker
- Added Publication Name, Publication Language
- First Re-Release: Usability Improvements