How To Submit Your Blog To Apple News Publisher

With iOS 9, Apple is all set to launch Apple news that is similar to Flipboard. As a blogger & publisher, you can submit your blog to be a part of Apple news app. By submitting your blog to Apple news, you will be reaching out to millions of iOS users (iPhone, iPad & iPod). I have just finished submitting ShoutMeLoud to Apple news, and you can do that too.

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can submit your blog to iOS 9 news app. You can read the review of the upcoming app here, which will give you a fair idea of how your content will be displayed.

How to become a publisher at Apple news:

The process is easy & you can submit your blog in the next 5 minutes.

  • Head over to Apple news publisher page here.

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  • You can login with your Apple ID & if you don’t have one, click on Signup at the bottom to create one right away.

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  • Once you are logged in, you need to accept the End User License Agreement for News.
  • Next step is to setup the Publisher information, which is pretty straight-forward.

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  • Create new channel: This is where you will add the information related to your blog or news website. You can create different channels if you have more than one blog.

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  • You can click on Specify territories to make your content available on specific countries only. By default, all countries are selected. Use this feature if you don’t want your content ton be visible in certain territories. Click on Submit

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  • Submit RSS feed:

You can select either submit RSS feed or submit as an Apple news format. You can follow this guide to create an RSS feed for your blog.  Apple news format adds tons of added advantage over RSS submission.  This is what I selected & that’s what I recommend for you.

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  • Click on next, and last step is to add your brand logo. Here is the requirement for adding logo:
  1. Full-color transparent PNG
  2. Required height: 256px
  3. Recommended Width: up to 2048px (8:1)
  4. Maximum width: up to 2560px (10:1)
  5. Complete logo guideline here.
  6. This is not mandatory but I highly recommend you to complete this step for higher brand visibility.
  • Once done, Apple news publisher team will review your submission in few days. You will also get an email after the successful submission.
  • If you have multiple blogs, you can click at the top & click on create a new channel to add more blogs.

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As a blogger, I’m pretty excited to see my blog reaching out to a wider audience with the help of Apple news app. I will share the stats & more details once iOS 9 will be launched & ShoutMeLoud starts getting traffic from Apple News app.

Update: It took about 12 hours for the review & ShoutMeLoud is now live in Apple news app here (link will work in iOS 9)

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Important information about Apple news publisher:

Here is one important announcement from Apple which I saw after submitting my first blog:

  • You can monetize your content on Apple news using iAd. The revenue distribution is 70% to you & 30% to Apple.
  • Here is the WordPress plugin that you can use once Apple publisher team approves your application.
  • You can also keep 100% revenue by selling your ads directly. I don’t have enough detail as of now on this part.
  • A company, a publisher, a Blogger can submit their digital property in Apple news.
  • Every channel has section that you can use to organize your content. You can have a separate section for your categories. If you use this feature, you need to have a minimum of two sections.
  • Currently, they are accepting submission from English language only.
  • Your RSS feed needs to be full & not partial. Read more about RSS best practices here.
  • You can read more details about Apple news publisher & FAQ here.

For now, you should leave everything & submit your English blog to Apple news. It would hardly take 5 minutes, and I’m assuming that Apple news will be a game changer for many publishers in the coming days.

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Do let me know how was your experience with the sign-up process? If you have any query that I can answer, feel free to ask in the comment section below. If you think this blog promotion & distribution channel may help one of your blogger friend, do share this guide with them.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

28 thoughts on “How To Submit Your Blog To Apple News Publisher”

  1. Prabhudatta Sahoo

    Thanks for sharing this Harsh. Absolutely this is helpful. And more importantly what’s helpful is another promotion tool for us, more power and more reachability. I was able to successfully submit my blog using the process and it was done like a charm. After all it’s Apple, so they just won’t stop amazing you with the little things they do that matters. Thanks again for sharing this. It was of huge help since the process was unknown. ? cheers!

  2. Hie Harsha,

    Thanks for valued post.

    I have one concern, After login to account, I am just getting Pages, Number, Keynotes, Setting. But there is no option for to feed publisher information ?

  3. Thanx Harsh, for informing us about Icloud NewsPublisher.Now people can get more exposure.I will submit my website here too.
    Yes, I agree with you that ‘it could be a game changer’. People should submit there NOW.

  4. Awesome news Harsh! I have just added my blog successfully in Apple news. Hope I will get a positive result. Thanks for sharing this information so fast with each and every step.

  5. Hey Harsh

    Thank you for sharing man, I didn’t had a slightest idea about Apple accepting blogs. Should do it, I’m a big fan of apple and feels great to see my blog on their platform.

  6. Thanks for that Harsh. I have submitted by application and waiting for my review and also you forgot to mention publisher’s page link, After creating account there is no guideline to Publisher page.May be you should edit that. Thanks for the Post.

  7. Hi harsh,

    Thanks for this new information. I submitted my website to apple publishers yesterday and today I got approval email from Apple that my website is approved. Feeling great. Thanks again for sharing this information.

  8. Apoorv Agrawal

    Wow that’s really cool is there any pre-requisite for any blog that shall be met before submitting to news? And also how many posts a blog should have what if it’s new?

    Thanks

    Regards
    Apoorv Agrawal

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Approv
      I think the major requirement is your blog needs to be in English language. Rest I’m not sure if they have any other requirement for now. One thing is, all application is reviewed manually, so any spam blog or site will not be approved.

  9. Hey Harsh That’s really great and helpful to get traffic (enormous traffic) From Apple. BTW you forgot to blur your mobile no. πŸ˜›

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Ahh….Thanks Nafees..That’s why I was wondering how come I started getting so many unknown calls. Updated the image πŸ™‚

  10. Hey Harsh,
    Thanks for sharing this. I was unaware of apple news but now i have submitted a application for it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Vibhanshu Kulshrestha

    My application is accepted by apple, Now kindly guide how we can publish our blog posts in it.

  12. Hi Harsh, thanks for the heads up, I had no idea about Apple news before reading this blog post. There is one correction though. I was looking at RSS guidelines and it says
    “Long-form (full text) RSS is recommended. Short-form RSS, consisting of excerpts or summaries instead of full text, is also supported.”
    It means that Short Form RSS is also supported.

  13. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Nice insights Harsh. Great I have submitted my blog. Let see what happens. I hope everything will be fine. I am your blog regular reader and like your posts because it helps me lot and of course it is very informative. keep it up.

  14. Hello brother,
    Thanks a lot for the insight. I tried signing up just now, I could not go beyond the personal details page, the next button just won’t work. What can be the cause of this? Is there anything I’m doing wrong? Please how can it be rectified?
    Thanks a lot for your kind responses.

  15. Thankyou for sharing this harsh,recently i have been through you blog…and i am liking it so much that once i open it…i dnt go back before reading 4-5 of ur articles ,,,and must say,all of ur aticles are equally good….hope they will help me to get to my desired destination..Thankyou again for sharing such unbiased and vital info

  16. lol, I thought there is only Google news after reading this post I came to know there is one news more exist on the Internet πŸ˜€ . I think there should be bing news too ? correct me if I am worng

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