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Create a Google News section based on a part of your website

You can submit a section of your website’s content to Google News. For example, https://example.com/business. To submit your content, create a web location section first.

Important: Web location is not available for publications that have enabled sales content.

Create a section based on a web location

  1. Open Publisher Center.
  2. Select your publication.
  3. Click Google News.
  4. Click Edit and then Content settings.
  5. Under "Content settings," click + New section and then Web.
  6. Under "Section title," enter the title you want to display for your section.
  7. Under "URL," enter the URL of the web location that includes the articles you want to display for this section. 
    • Tip: The order of the articles isn't guaranteed.
  8. Under "View access," select the access level to define who can find each section.
  9. To add the web location section to your publication, click Add.

Important: Google News displays AMP pages if available. To learn more about AMP content in Google News, go to AMP rendering of your Feed content.

Update your web location

  1. Open Publisher Center.
  2. Select your publication.
  3. Click Google News.
  4. Click Edit and then Content settings.
  5. Under the web location you want to update, click More More and then Edit.
  6. Enter the new URL in the pop-up window.
  7. Click Save.

Delete your web location

  1. Open Publisher Center.
  2. Select your publication.
  3. Click Google News.
  4. Click Edit and then Content settings.
  5. Under the web location you want to remove, click More More and then Delete.

Best Practices for creating a web location section

  • The URLs used for web location sections need to regularly link to fresh content. Since we look for content less than 90 days old, the site needs updates regularly.
  • The URLs used for web location sections need to be a page that links to multiple articles, for example, the “Business” section of a news site. If the page doesn't serve this purpose, the section is empty.
  • The URLs used for web location sections must be in the Google search index. Visit Search Console and use the URL Inspection Tool to see if there are issues with being in the search index. 
    • Tip: Remove the “noindex” tag from your header as it prevents Google from crawling your site, and use the URL you submitted as a web location.
  • Be sure to enter a valid URL in the Publisher Center. The URLs resolving in 404 cannot be used as web locations.
  • You need to enter a canonical URL in Publisher Center and avoid the use of redirects. A canonical URL avoids empty results. Your content still renders AMP when available. 
  • The language that's set in Publisher Center as the publication’s primary language must match the content of the URLs used for web location for the content to be fetched.
  • You need to select a country in the Publisher Center so that the location can be used to more accurately search for articles in the URL that's used for web locations.
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