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News Sitemap errors

The News Sitemap Details page in your Search Console account lists errors Google found with your Sitemap and warnings about potentially problematic issues.

Address any errors as soon as possible. After you’ve fixed an error (see instructions on how to fix each news error type below), save your sitemap and then re-submit it. It can take up to a day for Google to process the re-submitted Sitemap, so you might continue to see error messages until then.

Note: For any general sitemap issues, please consult the Search Console article on Sitemap Errors.

 
Error Description How to fix
Too many News URLs More than our specified maximum number of URLs (1,000) appear in the Sitemap file. Break your Sitemap into several smaller Sitemaps, and list these in a Sitemap index file. Then, upload and submit these files.
Unknown news site Your Sitemap is on a site that isn't in the Google News database. Google News can only accept Sitemaps from sites that we crawl. Check that the URL of your Sitemap matches the URLs of your articles as they appear on Google News, including any leading "www." If you'd like to request inclusion of your site in Google News, apply for inclusion within the Google News Publisher Center.
Unresolved news source At least one URL in your Sitemap is on a host that isn't in the Google News database. Google News can only accept Sitemaps from hosts that we crawl. Check that the URL of your Sitemap matches the URLs of each of your articles as they appear on Google News, including any leading "www."
Unresolved news section At least one URL in your Sitemap can't be matched to a section in the Google News database. Google News sitemaps can only contain URLs from sites that we crawl. Check that the URL of your Sitemap matches the URLs of each of your articles as they appear on Google News, including any leading "www."
Unexpected publication name The publication name specified in your Sitemap doesn't match the publication name we have for your site in our database. Make sure the publication name in your Sitemap <news:name> tag exactly matches the publication name displayed for your articles in Google News. To check your site’s publication name, run a site search [site:example.com] on the Google News homepage. If your publication name is outdated, update your site name.
Unexpected language The language specified in your sitemap doesn't match our record of your news source information.

Check that you've specified your language code correctly for each article. Language should be an Language Code (either 2 or 3 letters). Exception: For Simplified Chinese, use zh-cn and for Traditional Chinese, use zh-tw. You can also check our record of your site language in the Google News Publisher Center under Details > Language.

Your source was originally accepted into News for a given language so you can’t update your site language within the Publisher Center. If your edition has changed languages, re-apply for inclusion within the Google News Publisher Center.

Missing <publication> tag Each URL in a News Sitemap must have a <publication> tag. Add a publication tag to each of the article URLs in your news Sitemap. Learn more about how to create a Google News Sitemap.
Invalid publication label The publication label that you selected when submitting this Sitemap doesn't correspond to a known publication in the Google News database. To check your site’s publication name and language, run a site: search [site:example.com] on the Google News homepage and review your articles. Include this publication information in your Sitemap by updating to the new format, which involves attaching a <publication> tag and other relevant tags to each URL in your Sitemap. Learn more about how to create a Google News Sitemap.
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