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12 months of rankings: Most visible U.S. news publishers in Google News, Top Stories boxes

Another 12 months, another group of millions of news-related rankings we’ve crawled with the News Dashboard.

Our last U.S. search index analysis was in September 2018, so we’ve decided to write a full analysis of all the months between then and now.

News Dashboard methodology

The News Dashboard is an analytics and SEO tool that looks specifically at Google search visibility. All of the Google News categories – Top Stories, U.S., World, Business, Technology, Entertainment, Sports, Science and Health – are considered in this analysis.

Mobile News Box

CNN, the New York Times and Fox News compete for the top 3 spots in the Mobile News Box.

Here are a few of the top articles for most visible publishers from October 2018 to September 2019 in the mobile News Boxes:


Watch the Trump ‘baby blimp’ take flight again in London

Fox News

Dem court filing suggests Trump impeachment probe began before Mueller even submitted report 

Washington Post 

Uncalled Senate, House and governor’s races to watch in midterms 2018

Desktop Visibility Overall

In August, the YouTube visibility lines dips after we released an update that added the visibility that publishers got from their YouTube videos into their publisher lines.

The Desktop Visibility Overall report includes the News Box (headline, text and carousel) and Video Carousel in the desktop SERPs:


Donald Trump’s entire 2019 State of the Union address | Full speech on CNN 


Trump’s full 2019 State of the Union address

New York Times

Full Speech: Trump Addresses Nation on Immigration 

Mobile Video Carousels

YouTube takes the lead with visibility in mobile video carousels by a considerable amount compared to its predecessors.

In this case, we considered only the mobile Video Carousel ranking type. YouTube is undoubtedly receiving the most visibility – but unlike the others, YouTube in a video platform and not a news publisher.

Below are some of the most visible videos for top publishers in this ranking type:

RealClear Politics

Full Replay: President Trump Responds To 2018 Midterms; “Time To Put Partisanship Aside”

The Guardian

What are the US midterms and why do they matter? – video explainer


Everything you need to know about campaign finance laws 

Google News

YouTube, CNN and Fox News take the lead in visibility in Google News (

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