How to Use Google News to Build A Custom RSS Feed

Combine the power of Google and RSS for a better news experience

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Do you like keeping up with your favorite sports team? Or finding out about video games? Or reading about parenting tips?

An RSS feed can be a great way to keep up with your interests, but wouldn't it be great if there were a way to automatically scour the web for news on your interests? Luckily, there is a way to do exactly that.

Learning how to use Google News is your ticket to a custom RSS feed that brings your news straight to your RSS Reader. Follow the steps below to find out how to set it up for yourself.

Note: If you previously used Google News RSS feeds dating back to 2016 or earlier, you will need to update these feeds. In 2017, Google announced that it would be deprecating old RSS feed subscription URLs by December 1st, 2017. The following steps will show you where to find the new feed URLs.

Access Google News

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Using Google News is really quite simple. In a web browser, navigate to News.Google.com.

You can either click the category sections in the left sidebar or use the search bar at the top to type in a keyword or phrase that you'd like to scour the news for. You can also use the filters at the top (Headlines, Local, For You, Country) to personalize your news experience.

Google will then search through every website it has classified as either news or a blog and bring back results for your search.

Get Specific With Your Searches to Get Custom RSS Feeds

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If you're more interested in stories about a very specific subject (as opposed to a broader category), it can be helpful to search for an exact phrase instead of just a word. To search for an exact phrase, include quotation marks around the phrase.

You also don't have to search for just one item at a time. The real power of Google News is that you can search for multiple items and bring them all back in the same custom RSS feed.

To search for multiple items, type in the word "OR" between the items, but do not include the quotation marks.

  • Example: "Dallas Cowboys" OR "Houston Texans"
  • Results: Any news articles or blog posts that either contains the phrase "Dallas Cowboys" or "Houston Texans"

Sometimes, you want to make sure two phrases are in a single article. This is done the same way as searching for multiple items, only you type in the word "AND" instead of "OR".

  • Example: "Dallas Cowboys" AND "Houston Texans"
  • Results: Any news articles or blog posts that either contains both the phrase "Dallas Cowboys" and the phrase "Houston Texans" in the same article or blog post

These results can be used as a custom RSS feed.

Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Page to Find the RSS Link

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Whether you're looking at the main Google News page, browsing a broad category (like World, Technology, etc.) or looking at stories for a specific keyword/phrase search term, you can always scroll down to the very bottom of the page to find the RSS link.

At the very bottom of the page, you'll see a horizontal footer menu. RSS is the first menu item to the left.

When you click on RSS, a new browser tab will open showing a bunch of complex looking code. Don't worry—you don't need to do anything with this!

All you need to do is copy the URL by highlighting the URL with your mouse, right clicking and selecting Copy. For example, if you were to copy the RSS URL for the World news category, it would look like this:

https://news.google.com/news/rss/headlines/section/topic/WORLD?ned=us&hl=en&gl=US

Now you have exactly what you need to start receiving Google News stories for a particular category, keyword or phrase in your favorite news reader. If you haven't chosen a news reader yet, check out these Top 7 Free Online News Readers.

Updated by: Elise Moreau