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This article was published on August 4, 2014

Google News gets a Publisher Center to let news sites directly update details, section URLs and labels

Google News gets a Publisher Center to let news sites directly update details, section URLs and labels Image by: Vstock LLC
Emil Protalinski
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Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Google today introduced the Google News Publisher Center, a new tool that lets news publishers keep Google News current on the changes they have made to the structure of their site. In other words, media companies can now directly edit the Google News record of their news site.

More specifically, the Publisher Center lets you make the following changes:

  • Update your news site details, including changing your site name and labeling your publication with any relevant source labels (like Blog, Satire, or Opinion).
  • Update your section URLs when you change your site structure (e.g., when you add a new section such as http://example.com/2014commonwealthgames or http://example.com/elections2014).
  • Label your sections with a specific topic (like Technology or Politics).

If you’ve ever tried to contact the Google News team to change or fix something related to your site, or even find out why something is being shown the way it is, chances are you didn’t get very far. Now you can finally skip the frustration and just do it all yourself. Annoyingly, the Publisher Center is only available to publishers in the US, though Google says it will come to other countries “soon.”

Welcome to the Google News Publisher Help Center

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