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Resolved Article Images Scraping and Google News

Discussion in 'AMS Support' started by TheGroove, Feb 7, 2022.

  1. TheGroove

    TheGroove New Member AMS Premium

    I got accepted into Google News but am having issues with my images not appearing. I am linking the RSS feed, tried both from the rms and root pages:

    This is a link to my Google News feed

    Note, it should have images like this example from ESPN

    I've been trying to figure out how they're scraping it but can't seem to determine the formula. Google News also allows for web URLs but those don't seem to work at all. It sounds like Wordpress has a plugin for this, not sure if something can be picked up from that but am open so suggestions.
  2. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    AMS RSS feeds do not include images, just TEXT (its based off of Core XF RSS feeds, which also is just text). You MIGHT be able to have a developer modify the AMS RSS Feeds to a very specific specification that the source wants/needs (they should have documentation on what to include in the RSS output.

    Really wish XF would add support for Google News Sitemap support as that would be standardized and would mean easy integration for any content type that implements a site map handler. Lets see what XF 2.3 brings :)
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  3. TheGroove

    TheGroove New Member AMS Premium

    Okay, thanks for the quick reply. If we go here https://news.google.com/publications/CAAqBwgKMNDpsQsw3YTJAw?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en you see a couple with the images showing but those are in xenforo posts only, it just doesn't show for articles for some reason. Both have images attached.
  4. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    XenForo does NOT include images (VIA A RSS IMAGE TAG) with Threads RSS Feeds, so those are most likely from someone that has modified Article Threads to include images to Google News RSS specifications.

    They (google) might be picking up img tags from within the post content itself, which they would do the same with article content itself if images or attachments were embedded into the article body and included in the CONTENT snippet
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2022
  5. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    Have you tried to EMBED an attachment towards the TOP of the body in any articles? Maybe give that a try to see if Google News will pick it up as part of the CONTENT tag (it would need to be close to the TOP so that its not cut out when creating the CONTENT snippet.

    In both of those threads, there is very little text and both have an image attachment embeded into the content, which is probably included in the Snippet and google news might pick those up.

    Its worth a shot and you can look at the feed to see the CONTENT TAG and see if the embeded image(s) are included :)
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  6. TheGroove

    TheGroove New Member AMS Premium

    Got it, good to know about RSS. Okay, I realize this is something proprietary about the way Google News picks up the featured image. I'll keep working at it, appreciate the feedback.
    Bob likes this.
  7. TheGroove

    TheGroove New Member AMS Premium

    Hey Bob, just wanted to let you know that I got this worked out using the web URL instead of RSS, it just took a long time to resolve, so I after adding the URL it was about 3 hours before I saw it in the feed with images although it still doesn't show properly in the property (maybe a bug on Google's side), as to where RSS was immediate and visible. All is working now that I see how it operates. Thanks again for looking with me.
    Bob likes this.
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