Google News Does Not Index Article Updates

Jan 16, 2008 • 7:46 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A Google Groups thread asks if they publish an article and it is found on Google News, but then want to make a change to that article - will it be updated?

The answer is no. Google News crawls the page once and will not come back to look for changes. A Google News representative confirmed this:

Currently the crawler crawls a particular article at a particular URL once. So in short, no.

You can get articles completely removed by submitting a written request, but that won't update the news story. In these cases, it is probably best to write a small "postscript" and link to a new story if warranted.

Want an example of a mess up that I personally did once or twice?

Back in August 2006, while at Search Engine Watch, I wrote a dumb typo where instead of writing "Google Has Too Much Money", I wrote, "Google Has Too Much Monday." It got indexed by Google News and showed up like this:

Google News Updates

So these things do happen and they are hard to fix.

I do have a feeling Google News is working on something to update articles, but I have no insider information on this.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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01/16/2008 03:25 pm

This seems to be the opposite of what Google News announced recently: "One example we recently released is a new algorithm to help determine the most recent update to a story. In other words, it lets us find something new that's been added to a breaking story."

Barry Schwartz

01/16/2008 03:32 pm

Actually, not really. There, they are looking at new urls, not updated URLs. New URLs with updates to old stories.

Loren Baker

01/16/2008 08:30 pm

Yahoo News however does update articles when their content changes.

Barry Schwartz

01/16/2008 09:29 pm

Didn't know that for sure Loren. Thanks for adding.


01/17/2008 07:05 pm

Our site gets checked by the Google News bots every few minutes. After we also added News Sitemaps (may as well,) that are only called by G News every few hours, we found headlines do change when altered after the initial bot pickup but before the next news sitemap call.

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