Introducing News Sitemaps: Submit Articles to Google News Faster

In March’s release of All In One SEO 3.4, we released a variety of updates to help you improve your website. And since then, we’ve been busy behind the scenes preparing more features to boost your site’s SEO.

Today we’re excited to announce the News Sitemap feature, more link attribution settings for the WordPress block editor, and more.

Let’s look at those releases in more detail.

News Sitemaps for Google News Feed

Did you know Google News sends 6 billion clicks per month to publishers all around the world? That’s a huge amount of potential traffic you could be missing out on.

But getting your articles added to the Google News feed is challenging. You need a whole separate sitemap dedicated to the task. And setting it up yourself is hard without help from a developer, if you don’t know any code.

That’s why we added the News Sitemap feature for Pro customers with Business and Agency plans to make it easier to submit your news articles to Google News.

With this feature enabled, Google is informed of all news articles listed on your site within the last 48 hours, so they show up in the Google News Feed as quickly as possible.

You can easily select which post types or pages to include in your Google News Sitemap, including any custom post types you may have on your site.

submit custom post type to google news sitemap

Then, Google News publishers will be able to view their new sitemap with all articles published within the last 48 hours:

google news sitemap

For step by step instructions, see our documentation on how to set up your Google News sitemap.

One-Click Title & UGC Link Attributes

With the last update of All in One SEO, we added the option to control nofollow and sponsored link attributes with a single click.

In today’s release we’ve added the ability to enable the user-generated content (UGC) attribute on a per-link basis for free AND pro accounts.

This means you can let Google know that your link is within user-generated content such as user comments and forum posts, making it easier to inform Google the content isn’t a form of advertising.

ugc link attributes in wordpress block editor

Not only that, but you can also add a title attribute right in the WordPress block editor.

We’ve also added a bunch of bug fixes and improvements that you can find in the changelog here.

There are always exciting things happening at All In One SEO as we continually strive to create the best SEO plugin for WordPress. Keep your eyes on the blog for future updates!

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Keri Engel
Keri is Director of Content at Awesome Motive, working on cool projects like OptinMonster, MonsterInsights, and WPForms.

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9 comments on “Introducing News Sitemaps: Submit Articles to Google News Faster

  1. I am using All in one SEO science 2012 (free version). Waited for Google News site map. But today I saw that it is only for pro version. Hopeless..

  2. If I upgraded to the Business plan, My website articles will be directly listed on Google News?

    Or any other is required to be list on Google News.

  3. Will it help to rank better in Google news? As we are not listed our website in Google News yet.

    1. This just let’s Google know where to find your news articles, it doesn’t affect ranking. Bear in mind you have to add your site in the Google Publisher Center and be approved.

  4. Want to get this plugin for my website but here is my question… Is it only he posts marked for Google News will be found in GN Publisher console or it will be mixed with other posts found on the other Sitemap not dedicated for Google News? Because what I want is for Google to only load the Google News Sitemap for Google News Publisher and nothing else
    Thanks… Awaiting your response on this.