Custom News Feed with Google News
Creating a custom news feed with Google News is not as complicated as you might think. And, once you've done it, you can turn it into RSS and display it on your website or blog, or through your own RSS reader. Here are the steps:
- Go to news.google.com.
- Put your search terms in the box. You can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Keep tweaking it until you get the results you're looking for. Here are some good tips for super-effective Google searching.
- At the top of your search results, you'll see a link to "add [your search terms] section to my Google News homepage". Click it.
- You should now see [your search terms] in the left column. It might already be red-colored, but if not, then click it.
- Now look over in the right-hand column, and scroll down a little bit until you see "About This Section", and [your search terms] listed. Click the "edit" button underneath it.
- Among the options on the left you'll see a checkbox to "publish this section to the directory." Check it. You'll need to assign it a category, and then click "save".
- Now scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, and click the "RSS" link in the footer. The result should be your same news results, but less elaborately formatted.
- Go way up to the top and copy the URL from the URL bar, and paste it into your RSS reader, blog or website.
Next up: I'll show you how to import that custom RSS feed into your Drupal website using the Feeds module.