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Article content errors

Your page is not eligible to appear in Google News because of a problem with the content of the article.

Article disproportionately short

The article body that we extracted from the HTML page is too small when compared to other clusters of text without links on the page. This applies to most pages that contain news briefs or multimedia content, rather than full news articles. We generated this error to avoid including what might be an incorrect piece of text.

Recommendations

This problem is often caused by:

  • Too many snippets for related articles—to help our extractor, consider making these snippets clickable.
  • Features such as 'Send this article to friends' with long descriptions—consider setting a "display:none" or "visibility:hidden" style to make the text invisible, or try using JavaScript to dynamically create the HTML code.
  • User comments—consider enclosing the comments in an iframe, dynamically fetching them with AJAX, or moving them to an adjacent page.

Article fragmented

The article body that we extracted from the HTML page appears to consist of isolated sentences not grouped together into paragraphs. We generated this error to avoid including what might be an incorrect piece of text.

Recommendations

  • Try formatting your articles into text paragraphs of a few sentences each.
  • Make sure your sentences are well punctuated.
  • Make sure you don't use frequent <br> and <p> tags within your paragraphs, and try to avoid breaking up the article body in general.

     

  • Consider removing some of the non-article text from the article page.

Article too long

The article body that we extracted from the HTML page appears to be too long to be a news article. We generated this error to avoid including what might be an incorrect piece of text. Common causes include news articles that contain user-contributed comments below the article, or HTML layouts that contain other material besides the news article itself.

Recommendations

Consider removing some of the non-article text from the article page. If the article page contains user comments, consider enclosing them in an iframe, dynamically fetching them with AJAX, or moving part of the comments to an adjacent page.

Article too short

The article body that we extracted from the HTML page appears to contain too few words to be a news article. This applies to most pages that contain news briefs or multimedia content, rather than full news articles. We generated this error to avoid including what might be an incorrect piece of text.

Recommendations

  • Try formatting your articles into text paragraphs of a few sentences each. If the article content appears to contain too few words to be a news article, we won't be able to include it.
  • Make sure your articles have more than 80 words.

Empty article

The article body that we extracted from the HTML page appears to be empty.

Recommendations

  • Make sure that the full text of each of your articles is available in the source code of your article pages (and not embedded in a JavaScript file or iframe, for example).
  • Make sure that you're not using a style in the source code of your articles such as "display:none" or "visibility:hidden".
  • Make sure the links to your articles lead directly to your article pages rather than to an intermediate page using a JavaScript redirect.

No links found

Googlebot-News didn't find any links to valid news articles on the page. This error applies only to news section pages.

Recommendations

  • Make sure your articles are located within the domain of the site included in Google News.
  • Check the page that generated the error and make sure it includes crawlable links to news articles. Googlebot-News is best able to crawl HTML links and is unable to crawl image links or links embedded in JavaScript. See our Webmaster Guidelines and tips for creating a Google-friendly site for information on how to ensure your links are crawlable.

No sentences found

The article body that we extracted from the HTML page appears not to contain punctuated sequences of contiguous words. We generated this error to avoid including what might be an incorrect section of text.

Recommendations

  • If the article content doesn't have punctuated sequences of contiguous words, we won't be able to include it in Google News. Make sure that the text of your articles is made up of sentences, and that you don't use frequent <br> or <p>tags within your paragraphs.
  • Make sure that the full text of each of your articles is available in the source code of your article pages (and not embedded in a JavaScript file, for example).
  • Make sure the links to your articles lead directly to your article pages rather than to an intermediate page using a JavaScript redirect.

 

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