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News Sitemap

Google News Sitemap - allows you to control which content you submit to Google News. By creating and submitting a Google News Sitemap, you're able to help Google News discover and crawl your site's articles. News Sitemap is different from regular Sitemap, because the nature of news sites is that they change very often and need to be crawled and indexed much more frequently. News Sitemaps let Google know when new articles have been posted and are available for crawling and indexing. Especially recommended for new websites, with dynamic content, with few links to it or requires users to follow several links to reach your news content.

News Sitemaps are specific to Google News. News Sitemap content is very dynamic - as soon as new items are published - they are added to this sitemap and previous ones are excluded. News Sitemap lists only news articles which have been published on your site within the past two days. Older articles are not allowed. A News Sitemap must contain a publication date for each article, which refers to the date that the article first appears on your site.


Being a unique Sitemap Type, News Sitemap has some requirements about its structure and contained tags. Here is a News Sitemap requirements: Old and New required formats.

NewsItem additional configuration menu

According to the News Sitemap specifications News Sitemap should now have several tags to each entry to provide more information about individual articles. Some of these tags are taken from Plone's default fields:

  • <n:name> - Title of the NewsItem
  • <n:language> - Its language, may be specifically set of be automatically taken from site default language
  • <n:publication_date> - Date of NewsItem publication
  • <n:title> - Title of the NewsItem
  • <n:keywords> - Specific keywords/categories/tags

There are also some specific meta tags that are not available in Plone's default NewsItem content type. That is why stating from 1.3 version quintagroup.plonegooglesitemap brings special additional configuration menu to NewsItems:

Create News Sitemap with quintagroup.plonegooglesitemap product

  1. Add News Sitemap at Google Sitemap Settings tab (Add-on Products Configuarion -> Google Sitemaps).

  1. Define what content should be added to the sitemap by setting necessary parameters on Sitemap Edit Form:
  • Select News Item or other content types to be added to news Sitemap

  • Select items in what state should be included
  • Provide more specific details if necessary
  • Save your sitemap

Your NewsSitemap? will have approximately such a look:

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