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Publish on Google News in 3 Steps

We're obsessed with getting your content to its maximum audience, and that means it should travel across platforms seamlessly. Google News is a great way for news publishers to engage new followers. Google has a number of guidelines that cover how to get everything right, so let's go through those first.


Submit Your Application

You can apply to have your site included in the Google News Index by clicking here. But please be aware that, while Google allows you to apply more than once, you won't be able to reapply for at least 60 days if your current submission gets rejected. So make sure that your site completely meets all of the requirements listed in the links above before applying.

Once you're accepted into Google News, you need to follow a few steps to get your site ready for the format.

Step 1: Verify Ownership of Your News Site

  1. To verify ownership, either add a new website property or click Manage property → Verify this property using the Google Search Console home page (formerly Google Webmaster Tools). The drop-down menu shows up to the right of the existing property that you want to verify.
  2. Add a meta tag to your site's home page (you can do this easily with RebelMouse's Layout & Design tool).
  3. Verify the tag you added by signing into your domain name provider, Google Analytics, or Google Tag Manager account.

Step 2: Review and Update Your News Site's Details

  1. Once your site is verified, find the Sitemaps section under Crawl in the left-hand navigation sidebar of the Google News Publisher Center.
  2. Choose ADD/TEST SITEMAP in the top right-hand corner and complete the URL for your website. Your RebelMouse site is already optimized for Google News and has guideline-compliant sitemaps automatically generated so you can easily get indexed.

Step 3: Review and Update Your Site's News Sections (and Choose an Editor's Pick Section If You Have One!)

You can choose which sections you want to feed to Google News, and it's recommended that you create an Editor's Pick section to hand select your best stories. You also need one section that is only hard news, with no opinion pieces featured at all. This will help you be a visible, clear news source in the eyes of Google.

Editor's Picks: You can provide Google with up to five news items that you want featured prominently. This can be done for a number of reasons, such as promoting content you're especially proud of, or elevating content that may be particularly topical. It could even be timely content that you feel Google News has missed and should be picking up on. Monitor and adjust this content as often as necessary.



Publishers No Longer Have to Submit Their Site to Google News

Google's Publisher Center creates new opportunities for audience growth

Just before the start of the next decade, Google announced an important change to its Google News offering with the launch of Google Publisher Center. The new interface merges Google News Producer and Google News Publisher into one to streamline the partnership process for publishers.

Overall, the change should make it easier for publishers to manage their Google News settings, including updating themes, directing URLs to section pages, and configuring user permissions. Read the full list of features here.

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Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

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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