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Working News Sitemap Generator For Google News (2015)

Description

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.

Screenshots

  • Add Publication Name and Language Manually

Installation

This will help you to correctly install the plugin

  1. Upload news-sitemap-generator-2014 directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. 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
  4. Publish a test post

FAQ

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Contributors & Developers

“Working News Sitemap Generator For Google News (2015)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.03

  • Added Stock Ticker

1.02

  • Added Publication Name, Publication Language

1.0

  • First Re-Release: Usability Improvements