Top 10 Most Important Google News Ranking Factors


The following are the most important factors for gaining high rankings in Google News as judged by the respondents:
1Category AuthorityThe news source is known for its expertise on a particular topic (e.g. ESPN and Sports)
2Keyword(s) in Headlines & Page Titles
3Domain AuthorityThe news source has strong SEO presence including strong inbound link profile, social
4Social Sharing of ArticleVia Facebook & Twitter and maybe even Google+. Velocity is a factor.
5First to Publish Story
6Citation RankThe number of other high value sites that cite your article in their stories.
7Unique ArticlesOriginal content with low/no use of other sites’ texts.
8High CTR From Google NewsFrom both and other various Google SERPs.
9High Quality ContentAs determined by Google News editorial evaluators.
10Use of Google News XML Sitemaps


See also Top 10 Negative Google News Ranking Factors

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