Earlier this week, we reported about a number of complaints from Google News Publishers where they said it is hard for their content to be found in Google News. Google posted in the Google News Help forums yesterday that they plan on releasing an update to help resolve some of the issues.
Lisa Wang said “We are working on an update which should help resolve some of the issues that publishers have raised around finding their sites or particular articles in Google News.” “We estimate this will be ready in the next few weeks and will provide another update at that time,” she added.
What exactly this means is unclear. It sounds like Google may provide a better site command feature or something where news publishers can restrict Google News searches to just find content from their site. Although – that feature exists already. So I am not really sure.
Maybe they found a bug with some publishers content not surfacing due to a technical issue. But Google did not state that. They were very exact in their language about helping these publishers find their content in Google News.
I guess time will tell, we have a few weeks to see if changes are implemented and what that actually means.
Forum discussion at Google News Help.