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Google News Deprecated Several Features Like, Tags, Crawl Errors, Schema Guidelines, More

Back in May during I/O, a revamped Google News, which uses real-time artificial intelligence and machine learning to organize the news was made public with addition of many new features along with a completely redesigned interface. At the same time, it also a number of features as well.

On News Help Forum, Google’s Lisa Wang announced that after re-evaluation some features, like tags, and schema guidelines were removed with the recent launch of Google News update. These features meant for publishers were built for over years.

In addition, some other features were also deprecated, “Our goal is to engage the publisher community with features that bring substantial value to both our publishers and our users. Some of the underlying ideas for these deprecated features may show up in new ways in the future,” wrote Wang.

While deprecating, Google is also keeping and evolving certain features said the representative, specifically features, such as “opinion,” and “satire” tags etc. in Google News articles. Furthermore, there are many new features the company is still working on for Google News an which will be shared in the future. “We are still working on which we will share in the future,” added Wang.

From the statement, here is a list of all deprecated features:

  • Editor’s Picks
  • Standout and original-source tags
  • Ability to highlight mobile apps in the Google News Publisher Center

Also, Google is removing News crawl error tool in Search Console that include errors such as:

Article disproportionately short.
Article fragmented.
Article too long.
Article too short.
Date not found.
Date too old.
Empty article.
Extraction failed.
No sentences found.
Off-site redirect.
Page too large.
Title not allowed.
Title not found.
Uncompression failed.
Unsupported content type.

In other Search related news, Google has shared some key takeaways point from its I/O for web developers to keep an eye on when building websites, such as:

  • Indexing and rendering don’t happen at the same time. We may defer the rendering to a later point in time.
  • Make sure the content you want in Search has metadata, correct HTTP statuses, and the intended canonical tag.
  • Hash-based routing (URLs with “#”) should be deprecated in favour of the JavaScript History API in Single Page Apps.
  • Links should have an href attribute pointing to a URL, so Googlebot can follow the links properly.

For more information on indexing, dynamic rendering and troubleshooting your site, watch this video:

And, to learn more about things to do as a CMS developer or theme author or Structured Data, watch this talk:

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