• http://www.planetc1.com/ Michael Dorausch

    From a user perspective I think this is great but I’m a bit confused as to how Google determines news site vs blog. Take SEL as an example of a ‘news site’ that runs on WordPress (a blog platform). There’s multiple authors, unbiased and objective reporting, and breaking industry news. I’d imagine SEL would easily fit into the news category but I’m not certain on similar sites running on ‘blog’ platforms. Suppose I’ll start testing and find out.

  • Matt McGee

    Google News is terrible at determining what a blog is versus what a news site is. And as Michael points out, the definition of a blog is not a black/white matter.

  • http://www.techmedianetwork.com Robert Roy Britt

    Big question: What about sites that pose as news sites but effectively only post regurgitated press releases?

  • Simon

    I share the concerns of Michael Dorausch. I run a news site that got lumped into the blog category. With multiple authors we needed a platform that was simple, and WordPress fits our needs.

    It would be very informative if Google were to share the ‘rules of engagement’ with their News system. It seems to me that everyone and their dog can happily republish material from AP or another stream without fear. Where does ‘duplicate content’ enter the game?

    What constitutes a blog? What constitutes a valid News site?

    Unlike other aspects of Google I can see no reason why they are not willing to share the information. Alas the SEO world is so tied up in the commercial aspects of the Web that no-one has any time for exploring the world of news. Take a break from selling Womens Purses or whatever. The news industry is in a shambles, I could rite a book on it, the last bastion of independent news is online. Now, that seems to be cracking at the seams.

    Please tell me if I am wrong?


  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    I think this is a good change but I would like the ability to block Wikipedia from the news results. It has no business being there.

  • http://www.seokoeln.de schikowski

    At least people have the option to get more content from blogs as well as reduce or drop it entirely. But this absolutely require Google to distinguish between blogs and news sites correctly, and it’s terrible that they get it wrong in many cases.

  • http://www.gamerstube.com Joe Youngblood

    All hail the powerful Google. your blog is not a blog, be happy we spared you from the blocking that comes now

  • http://www.gravitationalfx.com G.F.X.

    Google are getting a bit gung-ho at the moment with their lack of telling people how they are classifying content.

    With the Panda update it was an issue with what is high and low quality content.

    As you guys have pointed out, where does one draw the line between news and blog?

    I agree with Robert Roy Britt that there are a lot of sites that “regurgitate” content, however, isn’t that what news sites do, even the larger nation media ones look around for other peoples stories and aggregate it.

    Of course copying content verbatim and passing it off as your own without permission, and even worse making money from that, is not condoned.

    It would be very interesting to get a comment from Google as how they define the differences between Blog and News Source.

  • http://www.ericward.com Eric Ward

    I understand the intent and have always wondered why press releases were considered news, but blogs open a can-o-worms. A major news outlet with multiple contributors that publishes via wordpress is completely different than a “citizen journalist” who uses the identical wordpress CMS to whine about local politics. So you can’t just say a blog is a blog is a blog. So Google has to make the distinction between blog content quality in choosing which blogs get the axe. And that brings us right back to the link graph. A site like SEL will produce content that attracts links shares, tweets, likes, etc in a pattern that is much different than JoeBobBlogger, so it seems to me that it’s not so much whether you define it as a “blog”, but whether anyone is listening (and linking) to what you write. GIGO.