Google News no longer requires stupid numbers in the URL

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  • March 19, 2009

A few months back I added 3 digit numbers to the end of all the URLs on Blogstorm purely to get included in Google News. I’m not a fan of numbers in URLs because they don’t mean anything to users and just make it look untidy.

Yesterday I removed the numbers because it is no longer a Google News requirement, as long as you have a News Sitemap.

The three-digit-number requirement is waived if you submit a Google News sitemap in order to alert our crawler to your news articles in your Blog.

This tool will enable you to optimize the inclusion of your content without having to change the structure of your URLs. You can find more information about creating a News sitemap in our Publisher Help Center:

http://www.google.com/support/news_pub/bin/topic.py?topic=11666

I used the Google News Sitemap generator plugin to create my sitemap.

If you want to get into Google News read the Advanced Webmasters Guide to Google News.

Patrick Altoft

About Patrick Altoft

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events.

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