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Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Jan 13, 2014

Which Google News Sitemap Plugin for Wordpress is the best?

A Google News Sitemap can help you control which content Google News crawls and can speed up the inclusion of your articles in Google News search results.
So, a lot of people who have Wordpress hosted blogs and write content that is related to news want their website to get featured in Google News. Getting into Google News is not easy but it is definitely possible for new websites with great content. The process of getting there is a bit tedious.

A major hurdle in the race to get to Google News is having a 'Sitemap' for your website that adheres to the rules set by Google. So, the sitemap that you have on your wordpress blog should follow the so-called Sitemap Protocol. Google adheres to Sitemap Protocol 0.9 as defined by sitemaps.org and Sitemaps created for Google using Sitemap Protocol 0.9 are therefore compatible with other search engines that adopt the standards of sitemaps.org.

Submitting your sitemap
  1. First, you'll need to add your site using a Webmaster Tools account
  2. Go through the steps necessary to verify your site
  3. Once verified, go to your Dashboard page. Under Optimization, click Sitemaps in the left navigation bar.
  4. In the Sitemaps section, click the Submit/Test a Sitemap button in the top corner of your screen.
  5. In the text box that pops up, complete the path to your Sitemap.
  6. Click Submit Sitemap.
Re-submitting Sitemaps using your robots.txt file
You can tell Google News about your Sitemap by adding the following line to your robots.txt file (updating the sample URL with the complete path to your own Sitemap):

Sitemap: https://example.com/sitemap_location.xml

This directive is independent of the user-agent line, so it does not matter where you place it in your file. If you have a Sitemap index file, you can include the location of just that file. You do not need to list each individual Sitemap listed in the index file.
Among all the Google News Sitemap plugins available for wordpress - which one is the best?

Could anyone share some information?
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Jan 13, 2014
Let us also discuss -
How do normal Google XML sitemaps differ from Google News XML sitemaps?
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Jan 14, 2014
Guys, do share the plugins you people are using. 😀 It will be of help to a lot of publishers.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Jan 16, 2014
I read online and found out that there's a lot of confusion among people between -
a normal Sitemap and a Google News Sitemap for wordpress.

Anyone here knows the best new plugin for generating Google News sitemap in the correct format for Wordpress?

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