Google News Now Recrawling & Reindexing Stories For Updates

Aug 18, 2009 • 8:33 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

In the past, once you published a story and Google News indexed it, that was it - Google News would keep the story as is. That caused issues in the past for stories that needed to be updated, but yet reflected the wrong information in Google News. So what you would have are stories that are incorrect on Google News and corrected on the publication source.

Yes, even I have made typos in headlines and such, and Google News had the embarrassing typos forever, even though I updated the story minutes later in my publishing system.

This seems to have now changed.

A Google News Help thread has confirmed reports from Google's Inbal that Google News now reindexes and crawls news sources for the latest version if those updates are posted within a "short period of time." So if you make a mistake in your publication, you now have a short window of opportunity to update the article, in order to make sure Google News updates your mistake in their index.

How long exactly? One member said he thinks it is within 12 hours, but Google has not confirmed that number.

Forum discussion at Google News Help.

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Comments:

Brent D. Payne

08/19/2009 11:29 pm

Actually Maile confirmed it at SES San Jose in her Google News talk. It is at least every 12 hours . . . probably faster. However, I'm not seeing them update it fast enough. News SEO is about INSTANT. They are recrawling fast enough in my opinion. I'll create some examples and blog or tweet about it.

Beth

09/13/2010 03:56 pm

Google News loves to recrawl sites with more updated content -- ever since the attacks on Sep 11, 2001, Google News has improved their content and the time it takes to update with new, updated news.

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