Google News Will Not Accept Single Author Blogs

By 21-12-2009   BloggingGoogle

I put in an application to submit our blog to Google news, but it seems Google news will not include sites that are written and maintained by one individual!

I share with you the rejection email we got –

Thank you for your interest in Google News. We’ve received your suggestion and we’re unable to include it in Google News at this time. We don’t include sites that are written and maintained by one individual. We currently only include articles from sources that could be considered organizations, generally characterized by multiple writers and editors, availability of organizational information, and accessible contact information.

If you have additional questions, please visit our Help Forum at: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/news?hl=en. We appreciate your taking the time to contact us and will log your site for consideration should our requirements change.

Regards,
The Google News Team

Surely that will dissappoint many good blogs which are maintained by single authors, and they will miss out on a chance to get additional site traffic. But the reasons are understandable to keep the high content quality of Google news – because single authors might not be able to push original niche breaking news as fast and as exhaustively as multi-author blogs and organizations could, and of course what happens to the blog updates when the blogger is busy in real life or on vacation with no one to back up. But I suggest Google should clearly mention this on the submission page so that this multi-author requirements is clear to interested bloggers.

If you are a multi-author blog, submit your blog on the Google news submission page – it is clear they require a contact page and an about page detailing staff members. Also meet the technical requirements and remember to create a news sitemap.

 

7 comments on “Google News Will Not Accept Single Author Blogs

  1. Only Admission says:

    As far as I remember they had it mentioned somewhere in the help. These requirements are completely documented and you are supposed to have specific pages with information on all contributing editors. The permalinks also need to have a specific structure to be included in Google News Index.

    Too bad that single author blogs can not participate.

  2. Ngan says:

    I guess the whole point is to catch you off guard. If you knew earlier, you would probably select more than 1 author… right?

  3. Kok Siong Chen says:

    This is a sad news for me. My blog is just maintained by my ownself. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Himachal Hotels says:

    I have the same problem!! My blog is maintained by myself only..Is there any other google service where we can submit blog that only single author is maintaining…accept feeds..

  5. Keith Dsouza says:

    I am a publisher on Google News, and yes they require multi-author blogs. As you mentioned, multiple authors usually post much more news than single author blogs and also more real time news, however, I am not sure why exactly they have it, but yes they have this criteria in place for a long time.

  6. Shahab khan says:

    I think a news blog should have two or more authors otherwise that blog wouldn’t get updates on real time basis.

  7. دردشة says:

    I have the same problem!! My blog is maintained by myself only..Is there any other google service where we can submit blog that only single author is maintaining…accept feeds..

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