Google News Unaffected By Mobile-Friendly Ranking Algorithm - For Now

Mar 26, 2015 • 8:15 am | comments (10) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google NewsA week or so ago, we asked if Google News will also be impacted by the mobile-friendly algorithm.

The answer is what I expected, that no, not yet.

Stacie Chan, who I have been pestering on this question for over a week, answered it in a Google+ hangout at the 23 minute mark. She said:

As of now, Google News is not committed to making that change yet. We are always exploring because we think it is awesome that sites are trying to be more mobile friendly. I love that. And Google News is very well aware that search is doing that… We are definitely exploring that option as well but don’t have an exact timeline for that or even weather or not we will implement that.

Here is the video embedded so you can listen for yourself:

The one question I have, which I mentioned last week, is how does this impact the "In The News" box in the web search results. That In The News box is only shown in web search results and can/does include none Google News publisher content. Stacie did not address that and I am pestering her to answer it. :)

Forum discussion at Google+.

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