The free News SEO module for the WordPress SEO plugin creates XML News Sitemaps for your WordPress blog, including images. It’s based on the latest standards for XML News sitemaps and should allow your WordPress site to show up in Google News.
Because of the XSLT stylesheet that comes along with it, the news sitemap is formatted easily for the eyes:
The module immediately pings Google on the publication of a new post and because it uses the WordPress SEO plugins’ sitemap API it creates a sitemap on the fly: no waiting times, no long sitemap generation issues.
Advanced News SEO
The module allows you to do a bit more advanced News SEO by allowing you to decide whether a specific article should be in the Google News XML feed, specify meta news keywords, set a genre and define stock tickers:
Installation of the News SEO Module
Download the zip file and, without unzipping it, install it through the Add New Plugin interface of WordPress via upload. Then activate.
You should now see “News SEO” as an option under SEO, clicking on that will show you this:
Click on “enable” and you’re done: your sitemap should now work. Open your site’s sitemap_index.xml sitemap and you should see your new News Sitemap added to this index sitemap. You have the option to add extra post types to your news sitemap here, as well as set a default Genre etc.
News SEO Module Development
The module is in active development, though it can be considered stable for use. Feel free to browse the source and more at Github.