Spanish Law To Force Google To Index And Pay For Local News

spain-spanish-flag-600 There's a basic feeling among traditional news publishers throughout Europe, and among some in the U.S., that Google has benefited enormously from their content but failed to offer anything in return. Furthermore, many publishers see Google as directly responsible for the decline of their traditional advertising and circulation revenues. The counter-argument that Google sends traffic to publishers is unpersuasive to local authorities and most of the publishers themselves. Across Europe various legislative and litigious efforts, in France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and now Spain have s [...]


Google: News Sites May Have Seen A Decline In GoogleBot Crawling In March

google-news-600 Google's Matt Cutts tweeted that news related sites, such as this one, may have noticed a drop in the crawl statistics within Google Webmaster Tools. If you did notice that drop, Matt says you do not need to worry. Google News added if-modified-since support in March, which would be the reason for the crawl changes. Matt added that "Google News doing smarter crawling now" and thus being more efficient. I've checked the crawl stats for seroundtable.com, a Google News publisher, and indeed, the crawl stats have declined significantly in March 2014: To learn more about how GoogleBot [...]


Everything’s Not Awesome: Google News Spammed With Pitch To Watch “The Lego Movie” For Free

lego-movie-featured It's definitely not what you expect to make the top of a Google News section, a crappy article promising that you can watch The Lego Movie online for free, not when the film is still in theaters. But that's what Google is delivering up. The screenshot above shows the situation, which reader Vishvesh Agrawal of DhanInfo tipped us to, after coming across it when reading Google News. The "story" appearing at the top of the Google News entertainment section is all types of bad. Supposed News From The Call & Post Let's look at a close-up: Supposedly, this is a story from the Call & [...]


Google News Reader Is Updated For Android & iOS, With Customized Settings & Added Desktop Features

google-news-logo-square Google is updating the look and feel of its News reader on Android and iOS devices, as well as adding a few new features. According to the announcement, the new Google News reader for Android and iOS offers three new customized settings: the option to change the theme from light to dark, reduce or increase font sizes, and select larger-sized story cards with more information. Google says the updated News reader has improved navigation, with a listing of sections made available by clicking the Google News icon in the top left of the screen. A "Google Feedback" option has also been added t [...]


European Publishers File New Antitrust Complaints Over Google News & Images

t-google-images-1312982585 European newspapers, magazines and photographers are not happy with Google and how their content and images are shown in the Google search results. IDG News reports Google was slapped with a new antitrust complaint over Google Images. EMMA wrote that newspapers and magazines are "extremely concerned by the Commission’s on-going assessment of the new set of commitments proposed by Google as part of the EU competition investigation." Google Image Search Complaint The Center of the Picture Industry, CEPIC, is saying that Google uses images without the rights of the copyright holders consen [...]


9 Tips For Getting Free Clicks Through Google News

google-news-articles-featured "News is anything that's interesting, that relates to what's happening in the world, what's happening in areas of the culture that would be of interest to your audience." Kurt Loder, American journalist. Consider this: does the above quote describe the content of your website? Does your website publish a continuous flow of fresh content about current events? Perhaps you publish frequent reports of local activities, the goings-on within a niche industry or a specialized area of interest? Do you publish a regularly-updated blog with timely commentary? Developing high-quality news content i [...]


Google News Showing Web Site Results For Some Navigational Queries

google-news-logo-square Google News is now showing the top web search result listing in the news results when the query has navigational intent. For example, if you search Google News for [ask.fm] at the top of the search results page, you will see a search snippet and link to their web site. Clicking on the link takes you to the ask.fm web site and not to a news story. Clicking on the "all results" link below that listing, takes you to more web results. Below that, you will find the news results. Here is a screen shot: This works for me sporadically for searches on large and even small brands. It wo [...]


German Publishers Opt-In To Google News — For The Moment

Google legal Following the enactment of a controversial copyright law in Germany, Google said that it would require publishers to formally "opt-in" to Google News or be excluded from results. Accordingly major German publishers have decided to do so -- for now. The new law, which went into effect today and gives publishers almost total control over the use of their content, still allows news aggregators and search engines to show “single words” and modest “text excerpts” but creates legal uncertainty and potential liability for those who misinterpret the rules. What qualifies as a "text excer [...]


Google Reportedly Testing Local News Card For Google Now

google voice search Google is reportedly testing a local news "card" for its Google Now predictive search product. Quartz first reported on the project, and says it's currently only being tested internally by Google employees. The revelation came from an interview last week that Quartz did with Google VP Johanna Wright: "One thing we're testing right now is a very local hyper-local news card," says Wright. "Which is really useful—it teaches me things about my neighborhood. For example, I found out Miss Mexico came to my son's school, I saw that [the local] Chipotle was giving out burritos, and someone was [...]


Google News Showing Old Stories As New: A Google Bug Or Publisher Hack?

google-news-featured Last week, I reported on the Search Engine Roundtable, a huge array of complaints from Google News publishers and searchers that some news outlets are showing old stories in Google News, but they are appearing as breaking new stories. The example I gave was a story from USA Today showing as being 14 minutes old but in reality being over 24 hours old. Here are screen shots from then, but I have confirmed this is still happening today. Here is the Google News page showing the story was 14 minutes old: Here was the article timestamp, which actually was over 24 hours old at the time o [...]


Google News OneBox Card Style

google-news-logo-square Aaron Bradley spotted a new look for the Google News OneBox results, as you would see them in the Google web search results. The new design for the news results in the web search results look more like "Cards" that Google has been using within their Google Now and mobile views. Here is a screen shot from Bradley: The top image is the new card view, the middle image is the standard news result with an image and the bottom image is the standard news result without an image. I would not be surprised if we see Google continue to unify the interfaces among desktop and mobile. If you [...]


Google Testing Larger News Photos In Search Results

google-news-logo-square Google Operating System reports Google is testing showing larger photos in the News OneBox Google Web results page. Often, when you search for news related topics in Google.com, Google will show news results at the top, middle or bottom of the results. This is part of Google's universal search launch from years ago. Often, the news onebox result will show a small photo next to the news items. Now, it seems Google is testing showing larger news photos. Here is a screen shot from Google Operating System showing the larger version of the news OneBox photo: Here is what it typic [...]


Google News Adds Sports Scores & Weather To Homepage, Gives Business & Tech Sections Editors Picks

google-news-logo-square Google News has rolled out three updates, giving users quick access to sports scores and weather forecast from the News homepage, while adding Editors' Picks content to the Business and Technology sections. The newly added 'Sports Scores' content highlights recent sporting event scores on the homepage, and can be customized by sport. For now, this feature is launching in the US covering basketball, football, baseball and hockey; but, Google says more countries and sports will be rolled out over time. From the 'Sports Scores' section, users can click the score to access more details on th [...]


Google News Sources Grow 15% In 2012 & Continue To Climb With Patch.com In The Lead

google-news-logo-square After seeing a 15 percent increase in Google News sources last year, a recent study conducted by SearchMetrics discovered that a majority of the News integrations displayed in Google Universal Search results are coming from AOL-owned Patch.com. Analyzing several hundred thousand keywords, the study found that Patch.com made an appearance in the News integration results 4,352 times, followed by HuffingtonPost.com which made a total of 3,530 appearances. According to the SearchMetrics study, the top ten sites to appear in Google News integrations were: Patch.com HuffingtonPost.com Go. [...]


Enterprise SEO Interview With ABC’s John Shehata

I spoke recently with John Shehata, the director of search for ABC News. Since he owns the SEO responsibility for a number of large media properties, I leapt at the chance to explore some of the things he has learned along the way. We dug in and explored the challenges of educating a large media company, dealing with multiple content management systems, syndicating content and query deserves freshness, all viewed through the eyes of ABC! Interview Transcript Eric Enge: Can you provide a brief outline of your responsibilities at ABC News? John Shehata: I’m the Executive Director of Se [...]


Google Shopping Visibility Plunges In “Universal Search” Results; Video Stays Dominant

Google logo Findings from a new study show the visibility of Google Shopping in Google's "Universal Search" results dropped significantly after the search engine implemented a new paid inclusion model. Video content also dropped but still remained by far the most dominant source mixed with web page listings. Searchmetrics, a provider of search and social analysis software, conducted the study by analyzing millions of listings to evaluate Universal Search results for videos, images, maps, shopping and news. Google implemented Universal Search in 2007 to offer an improved search experience for users [...]


As News Publications Experiment With Sponsored Content, Google Says Keep It Out Of Google News

news-money-ads-featured News publications having "sponsored content "deals are on the rise, and Google's apparently concerned enough that it's issued a warning today that publishers should keep such content out of Google News. In a post today on the Google News blog, the company writes: If a site mixes news content with affiliate, promotional, advertorial, or marketing materials (for your company or another party), we strongly recommend that you separate non-news content on a different host or directory, block it from being crawled with robots.txt, or create a Google News Sitemap for your news articles only. O [...]


Google Avoids Link Tax But Ambiguous New “Ancillary Copyright” Law Sets Up Legal Battle To Come

Google Germany In August of last year, a number of German lawmakers were pressing proposed "ancillary copyright" legislation that would have required Google and others that indexed or aggregated news to pay for links or excerpts from those news items. The proposed law was championed by German magazine and newspaper publishers who, like their counterparts in the US, are seeing declining readership and ad sales. The law did pass in the German parliament, but Bloomberg reports that a compromise reached earlier this week stayed in. That compromise will allow Google (and others) "to display 'single word [...]


New German Law Will Allow Free “Snippets” By Search Engines, But Uncertainty Remains

Google Germany The good news for search engines like Google is a proposed German copyright law won't require them to pay to show short summaries of news content. However, uncertainty remains about how much might be "too much" and require a license. The new law is expected to pass on Friday. NOTE: See our follow-up story from today: Google Avoids Link Tax But Ambiguous New “Ancillary Copyright” Law Sets Up Legal Battle To Come Der Spiegel explains more about the change: "Google will still be permitted to use "snippets" of content from publisher's web sites in its search results.... "What the ne [...]


Google Settles With France: No ‘Link Tax,’ But €60 Million Media Fund

google-france-french-featured Google has avoided getting hit with a "link tax" in France by agreeing to create a €60 million "Digital Publishing Innovation Fund" to essentially help French media adapt to the online age. The settlement, announced today in France by President Francois Hollande and Google's Eric Schmidt -- and announced on Google's blog -- ends several months of debate over France's plan to charge Google for linking to French news content. When the French law was first proposed, Google threatened to just stop linking to French newspaper websites, saying that the country's publishers would miss out on [...]


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