How to Configure Google News Sitemap in BWP Google XML Sitemaps

Posted OnOct 4, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

In this section of the guide to the BWP Google XML Sitemaps plugin, we will take a look at configuring the Google News Sitemap.

A Google News Sitemap is a file that allows you to control which content you submit to Google News. By creating and submitting a Google News Sitemap, you’re able to help Google News discover and crawl your site’s news articles.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard navigate to BWP Sitemaps -> Google News Sitemap.


Below is information on how to configure your Google News Sitemap:

A. Enable news sitemap Place a check mark in this check box to create and add a post_google_news.xml sitemap to the main sitemapindex.xml.

We recommend that you review Google’s Guidelines before enabling this feature.

Note: The Google News sitemap is an extension (or sub-module) of the post.xml sitemap, which means it also uses posts from the Post post type, but only from categories that are selected.

B. Enable keywords support Place a check mark in this check box to enable Keywords. The tag is used to help classify the articles you submit to Google News by topic. Although there isn’t a maximum number of keywords you can add per article, it’s unlikely to be useful to specify more than a dozen keywords per article. Click here for additional information.
C. Get keywords from Select from the dropdown list where to get the keywords from. The default value is News Categories.
D. Enable multi-category support Place a check mark in this check box if you have posts assigned to more than one categories. The default value is unchecked.
E. Ping search engines when a news article is published Place a check mark in this check box to ping the news articles. This ping works separately from the sitemapindex ping, and only occurs when you publish an article in one of the news categories selected below.
F. News sitemap’s language From the dropdown list select a language for your sitemap. The default value is English.
G. The Google News sitemap will From the dropdown list, select either Include or Exclude and then place check marks in the appropriate check boxes shown below.


Click the Save Changes button.

The next step of the guide will focus on the Sitemap Log feature.


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