Google Offers Publishers an Olive Branch

Ainsley Jones

Google, in a move to improve its relations with those in media, is allowing publishers additional control in how their content appears on Google News. The tweak to Google's First Click Free program will enable publishers to limit the amount of paid content a user could access for free through its search engine to five per day, ChannelWeb reports.


According to PC Magazine, average users shouldn't notice much of a difference. According to Josh Cohen, senior business product manager at Google:

If a publisher opts out of Google News, but stays in Web Search, their content will still show up as natural web search results, but they won't appear in the block of news results that sometimes shows up in Web Search, called Universal search, since those come from the Google News index.

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