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I have been noticing this for some time, but poignantly now I realise that Indian newspaper articles that are published on the web for all to read have really bad Google Rankings! Its surprising considering how important these results are for the Search term!

Couple of days back I had written an article RIP Harish Maroliya, this incident has been covered numerous times in leading Indian newspapers. When I searched Google for any recent news coverage about the incident I found my blog article to be the 3rd result on the 1st page.

I noticed something similar while doing social media stuff for a client Amara Fashion House, events at this boutique have been covered a large number of times in the newspaper, however a Google search barely showed any of them. Even now a search for it will show all social network/website results not a single newspaper article!

Very surprising, newspapers are such a rich source of content. I guess they need to seriously work on their SEO stuff! I guess what also would help is to have a strong social media presence like the NYtimes.

 
  • >I've found that websites such as the TOI, Economist and DNA have good Google rankings and consistently show up near or at the top of the SERPs.TOI and DNA have good Twitter feeds too. DNA doesn't have RSS feeds for individual categories and so I subscribe to their twitter feed instead…

  • >I checked their Twitter a few thousand followers aren't that good. NYTimes has like a million people on their facebook/twitter. Can you give an example of good newspaper SERP cause I have not seen any yet.

  • >Well, if you do a search on Google for "M F Hussain" (without brackets), you'll find 3 results in the first page of the news section from the TOI and at least one result in the main section – and the search phrase isn't even a news phrase!If you instead type "M F Husain Qatar" (as broad a search term as it gets), the very first page of the google SERPs gives you articles from the TOI, The Hindu, Tehelka, NDTV, Zee news, The Indian Express, and one other Indian news site.So when it comes to Indian current events, Indian news sites are pretty high up and in fact are almost exclusively shown.Why don't you instead give me an example of a search phrase dealing with a current Indian news event (make it as broad as you want) and see if Indian news sites don't feature highly?

  • >M f hussain search has only one TOI result. M F hussain qatar has a lot of newspaper links coming up, I agree..but maybe thats cause no blogs have written abt it. So it seems sporadic at best abt where they score on SERPS and often they don't.I already gave the example of Harish Maroliya and Amara…

  • >Or they should tell google to add them to google news 🙂

  • >they are in Google news! check out google.com/news