WordPress Plugin Auto-Generates Google News Meta Tag Keywords

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Last month, Google announced a new way to tag news articles that allows webmasters to assist Google News in properly categorizing their posts.

From the official blog of Google News:

…we’re excited to announce a news_keywords metatag. The goal is simple: empower news writers to express their stories freely while helping Google News to properly understand and classify that content so that it’s discoverable by our wide audience of users.

Keep in mind that this metatag will be one signal among many that our algorithms use to determine ranking. The news_keywords metatag is intended as a tool — but high-quality reporting and interesting news content remain the strongest ways to put your newsroom’s work in front of Google News users.

–Google News Product Manager Rudy Galfi

SEJ publisher Alpha Brand Media has created a free WordPress plugin that automatically creates Google News Meta Tags, based on the tags the writer has assigned to the article.

This plugin uses your posts’ tags to generate “news_keywords” meta tags. No setup required, it’s all done automatically.

If a post has no tags, the Google News Keywords meta tag will not be displayed.

You are limited to ten Google News keywords, so don’t go too tag happy.

More about the Google News Keywords meta tag:

You can download the Google News Keywords from Tags plugin here.

Brent Csutoras

Brent Csutoras

Managing Partner & Chief Social Media Strategist at Search Engine Journal
Founder & CEO of Pixel Road Designs, a well respected marketing design firm, and Managing Partner at Search Engine Journal. Brent has over 10 years experience in Social Media Marketing and is an avid Futurist, focusing on the implications of future technology on society and societal growth.
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  • Vicky Patil

    Still not useful for me as I am designing a news website in regional (marathi) language ., it won’t be able to generate meta news keywords 🙁

  • http://36creative.com Maciej Fita

    This is a nice little plugin that should be able to strengthen the SEO for many posts.

  • http://www.engage-2012.com/ Michael Black

    It is a nice WordPress update. I will surely try it on one of my sites to see the impact it has on SEO.

  • http://webtips.in Deepanker

    Nice plugin. It helped me in better listing in various news categories.
    Thanks SEJ..