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First Arkansas News granted ‘Google News publisher’ status

By: 22 June 2010 3 Comments

Brenda SueCarol Nobles was one of several First Arkansas News fans who celebrated when they heard the news...

After being in existence for a little over two months, First Arkansas News has been selected as a Google News publisher.

That’s not bad at all.

What does it mean? It means that — before long — articles that are posted here will be indexed by Google News. What that means for us is more traffic heading this way in the near future.

What that means for readers is that we’ve got to put up quality stuff or risk being delisted by Google News. In other words, we’re expected to provide local news and commentary rather than paid posts and other things that visitors probably don’t want.

We also hope that more visitors will attract the interest of some advertisers. While we’re not ones to go around utilizing the “hard sell” to attract revenue, none of the contributing writers here have made a dime so far and it would be nice to have some cash to share with site contributors every now and again. Prospective advertisers might want to jump on the boat while ad rates are cheap — click here for ad rates, contact information and that type of thing.

At any rate, here’s the relevant bit of the response from Google News to out application:

Great news! This message is to confirm that we’ve reviewed and added your site to Google News. The inclusion of your articles should be processed within the next few days. Please retain this message and refer to it should you have any issues with your site in Google News.

Onward and upward…

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

3 Comments »

  • Bellesouth said:

    That’s awesome! Let’s not forget the power of keywords in our future posts/stories.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    That’s why filling out the “tags” section when posting is critical — I’ve got an SEO package that both turns those tags into keywords and includes a separate link for each keyword in the site map…

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