The News SEO plugin for the Yoast SEO plugin helps you do all the things that allow you to optimize your site for Google News. It creates XML News Sitemaps, editors’ picks RSS feeds and allows for use of the standout tag and the meta news keywords tag as well as helping you optimize some of the more advanced XML News sitemap options like stock tickers.
While this plugin won’t submit your site to Google News for you, it will help you optimize your site to appear as often and in the best way possible in Google News and in the universal search results.
XML News Sitemap
Because of the XSLT stylesheet that comes along with it, the news sitemap is formatted easily for the eyes:
The module immediately pings Google on the publication of a new post and because it uses the WordPress SEO plugins’ sitemap API it creates a sitemap on the fly: no waiting times, no long sitemap generation issues.
Advanced News SEO
The module allows you to do a bit more advanced News SEO by allowing you to decide whether a specific article should be in the Google News XML sitemap, specify meta news keywords, set a genre and define stock tickers:
With the News SEO plugin you can easily disable specific categories that shouldn’t be included in the Google News XML sitemap. You can select them after you enabled certain post types.