One of the very best ways to get started blogging today, especially if you have aspirations of making some money for your efforts, is simply creating a news blog that covers, celebrates and aggregates information related to a topic of your choosing. Of course it’s always a good idea to make sure you aren’t the only one interested in “news” about your niche…but, with the understanding that you’ve already got this part figured out, let’s take a closer look at how you’ll do it!
First, I recommend you install and use WordPress as your blogging platform. It’s free, open source and is a simply phenomenal tool for news types of sites due to all of the plug ins and enhancements that can be utilized. You next need to install a good news oriented template, again, these are easy to find online, there are plenty of free ones to choose from, I personally use premium (professionally designed) templates for my own news sites, but you don’t have to if on a budget.
Then you simply can use a whole host of free tools to collect, aggregate and parse the information that is of interest to your readers Dailynewsup.com. If yours is a New York City news site, for example, you would plug in some RSS feeds from around the web on NYC, add some other popular similar sites to your free bloglines (or any RSS reader) and watch for news that you can excerpt and “scoop” on your site. You can use other free WordPress plug ins to republish information from other people’s NYC sites on your own, in short excerpts, with links back to the original source so they are credited with the content and get a valuable back link as well. You can use tools like clipmarks, flock and syndicated video to do the same…and of course, you’ll want to add lots of your very OWN unique, original content so that you build a constant and refreshing audience base hungry for your own unique perspective.
With printed newspapers losing subscribers every day, people are finding other options to stay up to date with their news. Newspaper sales reached their peak in 1970 when approximately 62 million newspapers were sold in the country every day. However, with the population in the U.S on the rise, newspapers sales are not keeping up. It is estimated that approximately 55 million newspapers are sold every day.
In the 1920’s the average newspaper purchased per household peaked at 1.3. In the 1970’s that figure started to dip to below 1 paper per house worldnewupdates.com. By the year 2000, the number dropped to.53 newspapers per household.
One reason is that people just don’t read as much as they used to. People seem to be busier then ever and just don’t take the time to read any more.
Many are switching their news habits by watching the big three network news and cable news programs in place of the newspaper. With so many options on TV news, it seems that there is a news station for every taste.
While many “older” adults still prefer newspapers, “young” adults have seemed to prefer to get their news from the internet. TV news still is the most accessed news source, but the internet is quickly becoming the favorite source of news, especially in the form of news blogs, news portals and online newspapers.
Online news is gaining popularity every day. Virtually every major newspaper has a version of an online newspaper. Pioneers like Mike Drudge have been leading the way in independent news providers. And there are countless news blogs across the web.
Part of what makes news blogs so popular is that they can be used as an RSS feed. This allows the news feed to be used on other blogs across the web and also allows the news feed to be read by many more viewers. People also love news blogs because you can leave comments and this creates a dialogue on the story which is a great way to feel like you are a part of the story.