Google News Publisher required websites to meet specific criteria to be eligible for inclusion in their index. The process might have changed or been updated since then.
However, I can provide a step-by-step guide based on the information available up to my last update.
Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to submit your site to Google News:
1. Meet Google News Publisher Guidelines:
Ensure your website meets GoogleNews Publisher Guidelines, which outline the content and technical requirements necessary for inclusion. Some of the key requirements include having original news content, clear ownership, and transparency.
2. Create a News Sitemap:
This requires a News Sitemap in a specific XML format. This sitemap should contain information about your news articles, including publication dates, titles, and URLs.
You can create a News Sitemap manually or use various online tools or plugins available for content management systems like WordPress.
3. Verify Ownership in Google Search Console
If you haven’t already done so, verify ownership of your website in Google Search Console. This is an essential step as it allows you to access valuable information about your site’s performance in Google search and helps Google recognize you as the site owner.
4. Apply for Google News Inclusion
Go to the GoogleNews Publisher Center (https://news.google.com/publisher/) and sign in with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you’ll need to create one.
5. Add Your Publication
Once you’re signed in, click on “Add Publication” and provide the necessary details about your news website. This includes the publication name, website URL, location, and other relevant information.
6. Submit Your News Sitemap
After adding your publication, you’ll be asked to submit your News Sitemap. Provide the URL where your News Sitemap is located. Google will use this sitemap to discover and index your news articles more efficiently.
7. Review and Approval
Google’s team will review your website to ensure it meets all the Publisher Guidelines. This review process may take some time, so be patient. If your site is approved, you’ll receive a confirmation email, and your news articles will start appearing in GoogleNews.
8. Monitor Your Performance
Once your site is included in Google News, use the GoogleNews Publisher Center and Google Search Console to monitor your site’s performance. You can track article impressions, clicks, and other relevant data to optimize your content and improve visibility.
Remember, getting accepted into Google News is not guaranteed, and meeting the guidelines is crucial for approval.
Additionally, Google may change its criteria and submission process over time, so always refer to the official Google News guidelines and documentation for the most up-to-date information.