How to Submit your Site to Yahoo News

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With the rise of blogging and low cost content management systems also comes the rise of news publications and the need for content syndication. Yahoo News is by far the most popular online news aggregator and search engine in terms of daily usage.

The main stories on the Yahoo News front page are powered by content partners, and internal search stories are served via the Yahoo News index. Similarly, Google News serves front page results from sites it deems news authorities, and internal results are based upon search relevancy and story timing.

Question is, how can one list their news site in such a valued source as Yahoo News?

Submitting your news site to Yahoo News is a little more old school than one may think. Yahoo News uses a News Source Submission Form which asks for information like news topic, RSS feed and geographic location.

Personally, I’ve seen jumps in referrals here at Search Engine Journal from Yahoo! News reach 5,000 a day dependent on news story, search terms, timing and whether or not Yahoo Search lists those topical stories as a Yahoo Search Shortcut or not.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Laurie

    Great tip! Thanks!

  • John / SocialNext

    Thanks Loren!

  • Jonathan Kraft

    This is a really good piece of advice. I went over and added my IdentityTheftSecrets site. Thank-you for recommending it.

  • Jon

    Excellent tip Loren. Do you believe this results in a better chance for more prominent coverage on Yahoo News vs. having the story submitted and/or picked up via a third party PR distribution site such as PRWeb?

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Jon, the value of press release printing services like PRWeb is more of a long term result as the releases will be indexed in normal search engines far longer than they would be in news search.

    When syndicating news from a publisher site into search engines however, the user is taken directly to the site of the publisher, and not through a third party, like the PR services do.

    If a story is newsworthy, exciting, or timely, then you may see great advantages from news search indexing (that is, if approved by the news search engines).

    If the story is boilerplate press release, chances are sticking with release distribution is the way to go.

    • diane

      Jon, I have applied to yahoo now over eight times to have out site included in their yahoo news and it says they will contact us within 24 hours but we never get a reply from them. Can you give us any tips on how to get a reply from them and find out how we get into yahoo news. The last time we applied was yesterday to be included in yahoo news but still no word from them

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Jon, furthermore, I’d ask myself; “Do news readers know the difference between a news site and press releases?”

    Usually the answer is yes 🙂

    (Would make for a good study!)

  • Jon


    Yeah and understand and agree with what you’ve just said. Let me rephrase my inquiry:

    If one were to consider two methods with the goal of getting not simply a Yahoo News pickup, but one that is featured prominently within Yahoo News (and thus get more eyeballs), would you think that submitting via the Yahoo News form would be more effective (submitting directly) than having that submission made via PRWeb?

    My hunch is that it might well do just that. I would think there is a fair amount of automation in how Yahoo features PRWeb-originated news items within Yahoo News. By contrast, when submitting directly to Yahoo News there *may* be an actual editor that gives it a closer look. If that is indeed the case than to me that makes it worthwhile to submit directly as all Yahoo News pickups are certainly not equal.

  • Jon

    Loren, Upon re-reading your comment I believe you may have addressed it there… Seems as though the direct submission “can’t hurt” and in some cases where you’ve really got something special it might indeed be advantageous.

    On another unrelated note, check out the Baltimore / DC SEO Meetup group we’re starting… my name above is the link.

  • Don Abhilash

    Dear Friend ,
    Thanks for the tip.i have implemented it and iam waiting for the feedback…
    My site is for latest updates on formula 1 race..
    please look at it good enough
    Don Abhilash

  • Mr Optimize Your Web (aka Kristjan Mar)

    Thanks, great stuff and works like a charm.

  • Max Worton

    Thanks, this is how we are doing it

    Web Efforts

  • Scott Porter

    Great post. My hunch is that submitting directly can’t hurt, but could help immensely if it’s picked up. It’s hard to justify several hundred bucks to submit through the 3rd party guys if you can submit releases directly to the top 5-10 news sites and get 75-80% of the coverage for 30 minutes worth of work. MarketBuilders can submit directly.

  • Joe Sacramento

    Hi. What about my site? Can I submit it for Yahoo you think? Do opinion sites qualify for Yahoo news? sacramento, ca

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  • Arthur Action Jackson

    Great Story for Yahoo News

  • Jim Burns

    Great resource! Thanks!

  • James Doran

    thanks Jon you get my vote

  • James Doran

  • Angie’s List

    Thanks. Great Stuff

  • Dilshan

    I tried your method but all in vain my news site is not getting listed in news search.

  • Phil

    Just looking at this submission form it seems as though you can only submit individual stories one at a time.
    Is that correct or is there a way of asking Yahoo News to crawl your site on a regular basis for new stories (in a similar way to Google News)?

  • Phil

    Also, do you use Google News Loren?
    Is it easy to get stories published?

  • moin ansari

    Our site owned and operated by Sapaertese Management has several authors submitting articles to the site.

    Our site is similar to which publishes news and views to the readers. Our site is regularly carried by Reuters and the Chicago Sun Times.

    Please confirm the submission and inclusion

    Editor Rupee News

  • A Doyle

    Many Thanks.. I have added my feed.

  • Rajeev Saxena

    Tanks for your great advise.


  • Andrew Parks

    This is good advice, I would think that Yahoo News at this point would be considered almost in the category as an authority site, so the exposure would be good for you if you had something to contribute.


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  • Rehan Ahmed

    Great post thanks for sharing … well by the way can i post my Free hosted blog to yahoo news ? Or they just accept own hosts ?

  • Chuck

    This is going to be very interesting. Sites try to get into Yahoo as well as Google news. I wonder if it increases their rank.

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  • Daniel

    Thanks for these instruction. We are trying to include our blog, and hope to join.

    What we're extremely frustrated with is how do we reach AOL News? We've been searching for this topic for months now. Also, for Bing News submissions the only way to reach is to submit to an email. (or something similar).

  • Daniel

    Thanks for these instruction. We are trying to include our blog, and hope to join.

    What we're extremely frustrated with is how do we reach AOL News? We've been searching for this topic for months now. Also, for Bing News submissions the only way to reach is to submit to an email. (or something similar).

  • Giriraj Ranawat

    Thanks for the, I am looking forward to submit my site on Yahoo news.

  • Som

    Thanks for the useful information .I was just randomly digging the web to get it .

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  • Azhar Nadeem

    I am also struggling to add my site to some really promising News Source like Google News but no luck….Are there any other alternatives?