Is Google News Violating Google’s Webmaster Guidelines By Not Blocking Stories?

It looks like Google is not just indexing but also ranking Google News search results pages and landing pages in Google search. This comes shortly after Google reportedly dropped Bing Discover search results pages from its index allegedly because it violated the webmaster guidelines of not no indexing search result pages.

This was spotted by Sanchit on Twitter who shared a search for [war shoot in arctic circle pinkvilla] returned Google News pages on news.google.com. Here is my screenshot, I can replicate it:

 

Google News Content Google Search ResultsWhen you click on those results you are taken to stories landing page with essentially Google News search results. Here is a screenshot of the results I see when I click on this first listing in Google:

 

Google News Stories Page ResultWhy is Google not blocking these in its robots.txt file?

Not only that, a [site:news.google.com] command brings back 173 million results:

 

Site Google NewsGoogle’s guidelines specifically say “Use the robots.txt file on your webserver to manage your crawling budget by preventing crawling of infinite spaces such as search result pages.”

I am not sure if this is a “bug” or a “feature” but it is what it is.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source By: Seroundtable

 

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