Google News SEO: The Definitive Resources List

This is a regularly updated list of official documentation, helpful guides, resources, and tools to help you optimise your site for Google News.

I regularly get asked about official Google documentation relating to Google News, as well as helpful resources and tools that can inform and educate people interested in the topic.

Rather than type out a fresh list of links whenever such a question pops up, I figured I’d create a single list of resources that I can keep updated and send people to.

So that’s what this edition will be for.

Below I’ll list various docs, guides, tools, etc. categorised in a way that sort of makes sense to me and along the lines that people most regularly ask me about. If you know of any link that you feel should be added to this list, please let me know via a comment or email: barry@polemicdigital.com.

I’ll be updating this page with new and changed links to documents, guides, and tools, so make sure you bookmark this URL and check back regularly.


Getting into Google News

How do you get into Google News? That’s the million-dollar question. Here are all the best documents and guides I can find on the subject.

Official Google Documentation

3rd Party Guides


Optimising for Google News

Getting included in Google News doesn’t mean the traffic just comes flooding in. Your articles need to be optimised for maximum visibility.

Official Google Documentation

3rd Party Guides


Technical SEO

A technically sound foundation is crucial for all SEO success. Here are some Google documents and 3rd party guides that provide best practices on various aspects of technical SEO.

Official Google Documentation

3rd Party Guides


XML Sitemaps

Sitemap files allow you to submit to Google all the pages you want crawled and indexed. For news publishers, extra challenges arise regarding large scale sitemaps and Google News specific sitemap files.

Official Google Documentation

3rd Party Guides


Video SEO

Video content is a cornerstone of many publishers. Google have some official documentation on how to maximise your videos’ potential impact in search.

Official Google Documentation


Page Experience / Core Web Vitals

The Page Experience update is now rolling out, which means core web vitals are now ranking factors. Slow loading pages are at a disadvantage in all of Google’s results.

Official Google Documentation

3rd Party Guides


Paywalls

When it comes to paywalled content, there’s a lot of confusion about what to show Google versus what to show your end users. Here are some official Google docs and general guides into paywalls for publishers.

Official Google Documentation

3rd Party Guides


Tools

SEOs rely heavily on tools to help them identify and analyse issues. Here are some of the most useful tools from Google and 3rd party providers that I regularly use in my work.

Official Google Tools

3rd Party Tools


This is just the first version of a comprehensive list of resources for people working in news SEO. I’ll be expanding and updating this list regularly, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back once in a while.

And please do let me know what links you feel should be added here. I want this list to be as good and useful as possible, which can only happen with your help. Leave a comment on email me on barry@polemicdigital.com.

As always, thanks for reading and subscribing. Please send this on to anyone it may be useful for, and see you at the next one.

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