If you want to be indexed within Google News, your site must have a particular XML sitemap published specifically for Google News. This plugin lets you publish this XML sitemap as a separate file.

N.B. Looking for the regular XML sitemap plugin? Make sure you use WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast which has loads of features including XML sitemap – you won’t regret it!


This plugin is derived from another Google News Sitemap plugin by Chris Jinks. I have tweaked his plugin to make it compatible with WordPress 3.1 and to conform with the current Google News Sitemap requirements.


  1. Download the plugin direct from the Plugin Page at WordPress.
  2. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  3. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin
  4. Move the file google-news-sitemap.xml into your blog root directory and CHMOD to 777 so it is writable
  5. Save/publish/delete a post to generate the sitemap
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As well as being the co-founder of Peadig, Alex is also a Director of the online marketing company FireCask. He also develops many WordPress plugins with over 500,000 combined downloads.

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