[SmartCrawl Pro] Smart Crawl Pro and Google News Sitemap

I'm evaluating the use of smart crawl pro instead os Yoast News SEO. Can Smart Crawl publish a sitemap for Google News excluding certain categories?

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hello Settimio

    I hope you're well today and thank you for your question!

    The SmartCrawl Pro plugin doesn't create a specific "Google News Sitemap", it provides a regular web sitemap.

    While, according to Google, a "news sitemap" doesn't help with search results ranking ("Google News doesn't favor sites that use News Sitemaps in ranking results. Whether there's a News Sitemap available, Google News uses normal crawl methods to search and index all news sites (homepage and sections)." [https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/74288?hl=en]), it would surely help with better and faster inclusion of your articles in Google News - so I agree it would be a great feature.

    That said, I've moved this ticket to our "Features & Feedback" forum as a feature request. If more Members of our Community will vote for it, our developers may put it on a "to do" list for the plugin.

    We're also announcing all major new features on our roadmap, so it's good to keep an eye on it as well:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/roadmap/

    Kind regards,
    Adam

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