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Avoid article duplication in Google News

Articles in Google News are selected by our automated systems. If there are many versions of the same article, it can be difficult for our systems to identify the original article. There are a few ways news sites can help Google News find the original version of a news article.

Avoid duplication by syndication partners

If you syndicate your articles to other news sites or other sites within your own network, they can add this robots meta tag to your articles:

<meta name="Googlebot-News" content="noindex">

This tag stops Google News from indexing the syndicated versions of your content.

To restrict syndicated content from both Google News and Google Search, other sites can add this robots meta tag to your articles:

<meta name="Googlebot" content="noindex">

This tag stops Google's main user-agent, Googlebot, from indexing your content.

Learn more about restricting bot access to content.

Tip: If you want to avoid duplication by syndication partners, the canonical link element is not recommended because syndicated articles are often very different in overall content from original articles. Instead, partners should use meta tags to block the indexing of your content. Learn more about the canonical link element.

Avoid duplication on your own site

If you publish the same article on multiple pages within your own site, you can use the rel="canonical" link element. Learn how to specify a canonical.

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New Publisher Center

Google launched a new Publisher Center interface to help publishers easily manage how their content appears across Google News surfaces. Read more on this FAQ page and our blog post.

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