After you have created your news blog, you will need to first get news contents to your news blog, then know how to write the news contents and generate traffic to your news blog before you can start making money from a news blog.
In this article, I will explain how to get news contents to a news blog, how to write a news blog and also how to generate traffic to a news blog.
How To Get News Content For Your News Blog
Are you having troubles getting news contents for your news blog?
Do not worry, I will highlight some ways you can get your news contents
The following are proven tricks I use to get news sources, trending topics, and stories from around my locality, community, and also around the world.
- Subscribe to latest updates on most companies websites, politician/sport/celebrity websites and press release sections, websites such as CNN, Aljazeera, BBC etc.
- Follow most companies, celebrities, politicians, businessmen on their social media accounts. Most of them post an update about life and the next line of actions on social media.
How To Write a News Blog
1) Create A Captivating Headline For Your Blog.
The first, most important part of any news article is creating a captivating headline for the post. This is true for regular and news blogs alike because you want and need people to click on the link to read your post. When you write a headline, make sure it is informative, letting your clients know what the news will be about. You should also make sure that it has a bit of a cliffhanger, making people desire to learn about the story behind your crafty headline. You can write it in a question format, showing you will be answering the question or you can make it personal by adding “you” or “your” to the title. When writing one, always make sure the headline matches what your content will be about, don’t mislead your readers!
2) Always Begin With The Facts First.
When you write a news piece for your blog, you need to make sure you start with the facts first. Give readers the information they want at the beginning of your post and summarize the story in twenty to thirty words. People will appreciate this because many simply want the facts before they get to the opinions or editorial version of the story. Once you have given the facts, you can break them down and discuss them, giving your opinion or telling how these pieces of information will impact your readers.
3) Use Present, Or Active, Tense.
When writing news pieces use present or active tense instead of past tense. This makes the story and facts have more impact on the readers. It will also take a lot longer for a person to read the past tense version of a sentence than an active tense.
4) Keep The Blog Jargon-Free.
When you are writing on news items within your industry, it is a good idea to avoid using jargon in the post. This will help make it easier to read and understand for your clients. Sure, some of your clients might understand the jargon, but it is always wise to make your content easier to read for anyone who happens across your website. Keeping your posts jargon-free is not only a great idea for news pieces but is also great for any and all other blog posts you create in the future.
5) Always Write Out The Acronyms In The Beginning.
Another excellent point is that you need to spell out any acronyms you plan on using at the beginning of the post. When I start a post about search engine optimization (SEO) or the search engine results page (SERP), I always make sure to write them all out first. As you notice, I put SEO and SERP in parenthesis. This is so that you will know that SEO means search engine optimization and SERP means search engine results page. If I use these later on in the post, I can then save on wordage by simply using the acronyms. However, you now know what they mean. Do this with any acronyms you plan to use for your news piece.
6) Do Your Research And Always Fact Check.
When you are writing a news content, you always want to make sure you cite the facts of the story. However, you need to make sure you do your research and fact check various pieces of information. This will help ensure that you know everything about the topic, keeping you from making a mistake and looking like you are fabricating facts for your post. If you do not fact check, you will most likely be greeted with a few troll comments pointing out how wrong your post is. Fact checking will help you avoid as many troll comments as possible!
7) Follow The Four “C’s” Of Captivating Content.
When you write your news piece, you should make sure you follow the four “C’s” of creating captivating content from Buffer. These are:
These will not only help you craft a compelling news piece, but they will also help make sure you are writing something that will show you are trustworthy. It is important to be a trusted source when someone is reading your news blog because clients are more likely to listen to your ideas about the story.
How To Generate Traffic For a News Blog
There are many ways to grow an audience for a news blogs. Here are some ways you can generate traffic to a news blog;
1) Social media
You can share you news contents across social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter etc. Social media is the major way news blogger generate their traffic, so do not ignore the power of social media.
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3) Guest posting
Guest post on other news blogs or news sites. This can give your news blog exposure. Also, make sure you talk to other news blogs and be friends with them. A collaboration with other journalists may help build your traffic.
4) Advertise your news blog or contents
Spend a bit of money for some targeted ads on Google or Facebook, this can generate a lot of traffic for you and also boost your income.
5) Engage with your audience
Someone doesn’t agree with your opinion? Respond to it. Encourage people to send you tips and news. Tell your audience to spread the news contents for you.
6) Newsletter/Subscribing to your blog
Capturing your readers via newsletter or telling them to subscribe to your blog in case you drop new contents is one of the ways in generating traffic to your blog.
With these tips, I am sure you know how to get your news contents, how to write your news blog and also how to generate traffic to your news blog.
If you need help in getting your news blog on track or you plan on having a news blog, feel free to contact me