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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.



How to Include Interactive Elements in Posts

Enhance your articles with rich and creative media

Every article is a fresh chance to grab new readers and nurture loyal followers. This is why we give creators every opportunity to build content rich with media elements that enhance every reader's experience.

Add More Layers to Your Content

You can easily add interactive elements, like charts, to posts on our platform. For example, if you need to embed iframe code into a post, this can be done via our Add Media Bar. To do so, click the code icon (< >):

A text box will appear so you can insert your code:

Embedded Code Across Platforms

One important thing to keep in mind is that Google AMP, AppleNews, and Facebook Instant Articles will not always support embedded code. So if you use an iframe, it's best to turn off distribution to those channels for that particular post. If you have a lot of posts that require embedded code, this could be problematic for growth across those important platforms.

If you do want to use an iframe on a post destined for Google AMP distribution, it can be possible if the iframe is not at the top of the page or within the first 75% of the viewport when the page is scrolled to the top (whichever is smaller). AMP is a fast technology designed for mobile users and iframes are loaded using arbitrary timing that AMP's technology cannot ensure. For this reason, it's suggested that iframes be included in places that are not visible by users upon load.

If you have an article that needs to include an iframe at the top of the page, or within the first 75% of the viewport, AMP can be turned off for that individual article within Entry Editor.

If you don't need an interactive chart to be interactive in nature, can turn it into an image and upload it directly to your post. This way it will work on all platforms, including Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. This option, when possible, is ideal to ensure you're optimized for page speed.

Take Advantage of Shortcodes

Another great way to embed media is through our shortcodes functionality. Click here to learn more about shortcodes. Shortcodes can also inserted using the Add Media Bar. Click the brackets icon ([ ]) to choose the shortcode you want to use.

Here's an example of a chart on an article page that's been inserted using a shortcode:

If you have any questions about how to add interactive elements to your content, please email support@rebelmouse.com or talk to your account manager today.

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Quickly add an SVG to any page

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To add an SVG to your RebelMouse site, first go to your Layout & Design tool. Next, open the SVG in a code editor and copy the entire <svg> element. Then, add a Custom HTML element to your layout and paste in the SVG code:

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