An SEO professional was worried about using the instant indexing API. They read the documentation and noticed that it is relevant for jobs.
However, someone in a Google help community explained that it could possibly be used for news.
They asked if it is okay to use this for news.
The second part of their question is – they publish a story, then they unpublish it. Then they republish it during editing, and then they finally publish it.
Is this process a concern?
John said that the indexing API is not relevant for news, and that it is really intended for job posts.
He expounded that it is also quite limited in terms of the URLs you can send to the API, so it shouldn’t change anything for news very much.
John also added that yes, with the API you will see Google crawl the URL very quickly, because they need to pick up the structured data in order to understand if this is a job posting or not.
So, on the crawling side you should see a change, but John does not expect to see a change on the indexing side.
He also emphasized that there is no penalty for using the indexing API for news if you just so happen to use it that way.
This happens at approximately the 32:59 mark in the video.