Add Your WordPress Blog to Apple News
Andrew Tuzson – Founder / CEO
Did you just start a blog and want to submit it to Apple News? By becoming an Apple News publisher, you can monetize your news channel while giving your readers the ability to read your blog alongside with their other favorite websites from a single app. In this article, we will show you how to add your WordPress blog to Apple news.
Before Getting Started – The Apple News App allows users to read news and blogs articles in one single app on their Apple devices. It makes it easier for users to stay updated with their favorite content from a single app and provides a better reading experience. The Apple News program for publishers allows you to submit your blog as an Apple News channel. It also allows you to monetize your content by showing advertisements. The monetization program, however, is still in beta, and it is only available in the United States, UK, and Australia. You will have to wait for a couple weeks for your application to get reviewed.
Adding a WordPress Site to Apple News
The first thing you need to do is visit the News Publisher app on the iCloud website. You will need to log in with your Apple ID. Once you are logged in, you will see News Publisher terms of service. Click on I agree and then click on the submit button.
Next, you will be asked to provide publisher information. Fill in the form and then click on Next. In the next step, you will be asked to setup your channel by providing information about your website. Fill in the required fields and click on the next button to proceed.
You will then be asked to provide a type based logo for your channel. A type based logo is just an image with your site name in legible text format. It should have a transparent background, and the file size should be less than 2 MB.
Next, you will be asked to choose between RSS or Apple News Format. Go ahead and choose Apple News Format, we will cover this in the next step. If you use the RSS feed option, then you will not be able to monetize your content in Apple News. It also prevents you from using other Apple News features as a publisher.
Once you are done, click on the Signup for Apple News Format button. That’s it, you have successfully finished your application for joining the Apple News! All that’s left is for you to wait to hear back from Apple News. An application can take up to two weeks to be approved. You may want to bookmark this article now and come back to complete step 2 once your application is approved. Press Ctrl + D to bookmark the article in your browser (Cmd + D for Mac users).
Once your application is approved, you will be able to submit articles from your WordPress blog to the Apple news app. You will have to manually submit your first article via your News Publisher account on iCloud. Since Apple is notorious for quality, your first article will be manually reviewed by the Apple News team, and this could also take some time (anywhere between 1-2 weeks). After that Apple News will automatically start showing articles from your RSS Feed.