How do I apply?

Just make sure you do it right the first time. It takes patience, but it’s worth it!

How do I apply?
Now that you have determined that you are not already in the Google News search results and your site meets all the above requirements, you are ready to apply for inclusion.

Just a quick note to the eager beavers out there – If you decide to submit your site for inclusion before making sure you meet all the guidelines, the chances are you will be denied. This means that you won’t be able to reapply for another 60 days. This is why it is so important to make sure your site is ready.

To apply, all you have to do is fill out this form. They ask for basic information like the site URL, location of the original news articles, where author contact information can be found and so on.

Once you have that submitted, you should continue to monitor your site in the search results. If you get rejected, you may not know why, meaning you have to go through all the guidelines again and make sure your site meets that criteria. Then, you can re-apply 60 days later.

What is a Google News sitemap and do I need one?
Sitemaps for Google News are not necessary and it doesn’t help a site rank better in this vertical’s search results. Why even have one then, you ask? It’s simple, really. While the Google News sitemap may not help with rankings, your articles will get discovered faster, only your news articles will be crawled, the information in your articles will be more accurately displayed and your articles can be annotated with meta data.

There are two main differences between news and web sitemaps.

Make sure your are properly using their keywords and queries
Make sure the articles listed in your News sitemap are no more than two days old and contain a publication date
To show illustrate a proper new sitemap, below is a screenshot of the sitemap Google gives as an example: Capture5

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