You don’t have to be a CNN or BBC news reporter to get considerable traffic from Google News. Google, as far as I am aware, only keeps news articles for the last 30 days.
How to use
Using the search bar at the top of the page start off by typing in site: – you would then enter keywords to search for a site’s content. You will then see how many sites Google has approved in the timeframe that relates to your keywords. The lower the response, the less popular that keyword material is. For example, if you wanted to look at the search engine industry over the last 30 days, you would type in site: seroundtable.com and you will see that not a huge number of pages come up.
The owners of these pages have suggested to Google that their site is one with good news and if you think your site also has good news and is not included under your keyword search, you can submit it to Google for their approval. If your site gets approved by Google as being newsworthy, you can get a lot of traffic from this by people visiting Google News.
If you want to submit a page for approval, go to the home page and scroll down to the bottom, click on the link ‘about Google News’. What will come up is quite a lengthy page so scroll down to the FAQs and go to Q 26 – What if I don’t see my favourite news source in the search results? You can get in touch with them and recommend a news source by choosing the first option. If your site does have news and it is up to date (it helps if your site is industry specific rather than just a general news site), then just submit it for approval. It is possible that Google may not approve a site that is brand new but that shouldn’t deter you from applying. A site that has been around longer generally has more authority.