A disruption in Google News indexing leads to a drop in traffic for content publishers
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A disruption in Google News indexing leads to a drop in traffic for content publishers

According to the Google Search Status Dashboard, Google is investigating a service disruption affecting Google News indexing.

There is an ongoing problem with indexing in Google News, affecting all sites. The sites may experience a drop in Google News traffic. We are working to identify the root cause. The next update will be made within 24 hours.

A disruption in Google News indexing leads to a drop in traffic for content publishersScreenshot by Google, July 2023

The Google Search Status Dashboard is a tool that provides status updates to Google search systems and flags issues affecting multiple sites or users that may explain changes in site performance.

When Google News indexing problems started

A few hours ago, problems with Google News traffic were reported on Twitter.

John Mueller, Google Search Advocate, replied:

The Publisher Center Help Community is also discussing the issue. Publishers have noticed volatility in Google News traffic over the past few weeks, possibly due to syndicated content rankings.

Semrush Sensor has also noticed the Google quake in the “News” category for the last 30 days.

A disruption in Google News indexing leads to a drop in traffic for content publishersScreenshot from SEMrush, July 2023

What’s next

When a problem is identified, the search relations and search engineering teams at Google work together to solve it.

Detection is often based on various signals, such as internal monitoring and community feedback.

Now the Search Engineering team is tasked with investigating the root cause of the Google News indexing issues.

While the problem is ongoing, remedial actions can be taken to reduce the scope or impact of the problem.

More updates on Google News indexing

During the lifecycle of this issue, the Search Relations team should provide regular updates.

These updates should include more details about the issue, such as: B. the scope or affected regions, a timeline for the next update and the progress of the resolution.

We will continue to monitor the situation for updates, which are expected within 24 hours.


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