Significant Delays For Google News Submissions

Jan 12, 2011 • 8:06 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

google news iconBefore the 2010/2011 holiday season, Google News informed us their would be a slow down in reviewing sites for inclusion in Google News. Harvey P. from Google said this would last "through the end of the year."

Yesterday, Harvey P. replied to a complaint in the Google News Help forum about the process still be delayed significantly.

I was shocked to see Harvey from Google saying it would continue to be slow even now, well after the holidays. Harvey said:

Currently, we've slowed down our submission review process. Publishers who have submitted their site for inclusion to Google News in the last two months should expect significant delays, however we will send you notification when we do review your site. Please see the thread linked to below for more information and for future updates. We appreciate your patience.

I hope this is a just a backlog issue and not something that we will continue to see in the upcoming months.

Forum discussion at Google News Help.

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Allan L.

01/14/2011 08:07 pm

It looks like G is processing some applications, though they don't appear to be moving in chronological order: Harvey P. also offered this on 1/7/11: "We want to thank you all for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this delay may have caused. We should begin to review sites again in the next few weeks. However, there is a substantial backlog to process so it may take some time to get through all previously submitted sites. While I can't predict exactly when your site will be reviewed, we will work to get you a response to your submission."


01/19/2011 11:16 pm

Does this delay have any relation to the 50 recent job postings at Google?

Richard Hartley

04/19/2011 09:41 am

It's April now. I submitted in February and have heard absolutely ZERO. This is very poor and does not reflect well on Google. The complete lack of communication is appalling. If, as Google, you set yourself as a market leader and virtual monopoly you simply have to perform better. Google has become it's own worst enemy and is losing focus on where it is going. If a service such as Google News is offered it must allow new comers into the market and be dynamic. We write 2-3 articles day and the content is high quality. I note recently searches produce the same old tired results with limited quality and this in itself Google News is becoming redundant as a search function as it is missing important news in certain markets. I think some of the quality media with bigger budgets already recognize this which is why they are moving to subscriber content and taking back ownership of content. That could have a been a great opportunity for Google to allow new News providers to come and fill the void. That would have been progress. Failing to provide the service described will eventually cause people to move away from Google. A simple email updating individuals on a News Feed Submission would suffice. I just get the feeling that whilst Google was once technically superior in News Aggregation it was in fact riding on the back of Quality tabloids. Unless Google improves drastically this will leave a whole in revenues. In particular I have read that people are pulling away from Adwords as they represent poor value, again lost focus. The lack of action can only continue to hurt the Google share price.

Richard hartley

06/16/2011 09:19 am

It is middle of June and still no response!

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