Obituaries Are Not Wanted in Google News

Feb 28, 2008 • 9:15 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A Google Groups has a member complaining about the number of obituaries found in Google News, the local section. It is from there I learn, that generally, Google doesn't want obituaries in Google News.

Google News Guide Marcela said:

BonBon is right -- these articles generally shouldn't be included in Google News at all. If you send us the URLs to the sites, we can do a little detective work. Here's the form you can use to report these issues:

Thanks for your help!

I guess that is an editorial decision by Google News. But on the local front, would some people like to read obituaries? I personally have no interest in that but I am sure some people do.

Forum discussion in Google Groups.

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Michael Martinez

02/28/2008 07:05 pm

It would depend on the obituary (and/or the person who passed away) but, yes, there is a market for obituary content. Maybe there is an obituary news service that should engage in some active marketing.


03/04/2008 09:20 pm

Coming from a newspaper's perspective yes, obituary content is huge. Obits are consistently one of the top 5 search queries on our site each month. And I know for a fact that not all of our visitors come to our site first to look for or browse the obits; many times they will go to a search engine first. I can understand not wanting to include death notices because there just isn't much content there, but the full-blown obituaries are nothing but, and are oftentimes about very prominent people in the community. Local readers gobble that stuff up.

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