Google News- Three Digit Numbers No Longer Required in the URLs!

Mar 25, 2009 | 2,788 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Webmasters are no longer required to include three digit numbers at the end of the URL to be in Google News. However, they need to submit a Google News sitemap to alert Google crawlers.

These numbers didn't mean much and were primarily used to get Google's News spider worked. With the announcement, most webmasters have started removing these numbers to keep their URLs keyword specific.

Now, you can create sitemap for your website with the help of Google News Sitemap generator plugin.

According to Google News,
“The three-digit-number requirement is waived if you submit a Google News sitemap in order to alert our crawler to your news articles in your Blog.

This tool will enable you to optimize the inclusion of your content without having to change the structure of your URLs. You can find more information about creating a News sitemap in our Publisher Help Center”

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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