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Google News: getting started

So, you're a news publisher and want to get listed in Google News.
Fortunately, Google has plenty of guidelines on how to get everything right, so let's go through those first.
 

 

 Now, let's talk about applying.

You can apply here.

Keep in mind that while Google allows applying more than once, you won’t be able to reapply for another 60 days after rejection. So make sure that you’re completely done with all the requirements.

Once you're accepted into Google News by filling out their form, we need to follow a few steps to get your site ready to go.

 


 


Step 1: Verify ownership of your news site:

  1. Either add a new site or click Manage PropertyVerify this property on the Search Console home page (webmasters) next to the existing property that you want to verify.
     
  2. Add a meta tag to your site’s homepage (you can do this easily with the Layout & Design tool), verify this tag by signing in to your domain name provider, Google Analytics account or Google Tag manager account.


Step 2: Review and update your news site details

Once the site is verified, find the “Sitemaps” section under “optimization” in the navigation bar on your Dashboard page

Choose to “submit/test a sitemap” from the Sitemaps section of the navigation bar

Your RebelMouse website has Google News optimized and guideline compliant sitemaps automatically generated so you can get indexed the best way possible.

Full sitemap format:

To find your full sitemap, you need to append the following to your site's home page URL:
/feeds/sitemaps/news_1.ggl

Example: http://www.ecowatch.com/feeds/sitemaps/index_news.ggl

Section sitemap format:

For sections, the URL is slightly different. It should be: /feeds/sitemaps/$sectionname/index_news.ggl

Example: http://www.ecowatch.com/feeds/sitemaps/climate-change/index_news.ggl


Step 3:  Review and update your site's news sections (and choose and Editor's Pick sections if you have one!)

You can choose which sections you want to feed to Google News, and they recommend you create an Editor's Pick section to hand-select the best ones.

Editors’ picks: You can provide Google with up to five news content items on which you want it to place more prominence.

This could be done for a number of reasons; it could be content you are especially proud of, or it may be particularly topical. Perhaps it relates to content that you feel Google News has missed but should be picking up on.


ALL DONE!

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One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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