Google News Sitemap (Pro Feature)

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Version 3.5 of All in One SEO adds a new Google News Sitemap feature as part of our XML Sitemaps module.

Our Google News Sitemap lets you control which content you submit to Google News. In order to submit a News Sitemap to Google, you must have added your site to Google’s Publisher Center and had it approved.

Google News Sitemap Post Types

To activate the Google News Sitemap, go to All in One SEO > XML Sitemap and scroll down to the new Additional Sitemaps section.  The default setting of Posts should be enabled.  You can use the checkboxes to include additional post types that contain your news content.

Enter your publication name in the Google News Publication Name field.  If you don’t enter one, we’ll use your Site Title (Settings > General in WordPress).

Sitemap Overview

Sitemap Overview in All in One SEO

In the Sitemap Overview section at the top of the screen, you will see links to each of the sitemaps you have enabled for your site.

Note that the Google News Sitemap will result in a 404 Page Not Found error when you browse to it if you have no published posts in the last 48 hours.  This is because a Google News Sitemap should only contain news content from the last 2 days.

Further Reading

For more information about Google News Sitemaps, visit Google’s documentation here.  For more information about Google’s Publisher Center, visit their documentation here.

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