Making and building a news blog can be the question of any budding Internet entrepreneur. This may mean joining an established news blog site or creating your very own. One of the first things you need to figure out is what you want your blog to do. What kind of content will you provide? How to make a news blog?
The answer to this question depends on your intentions. If you plan to just showcase some of your photography or other talents then you won’t need to worry about a great number of tech tools and applications. All you really need is a platform that allows you to post pictures (e.g., Flickr, Picasa, JPEGs, etc.) as well as other resources (e.g., videos, audio, etc.). A Local News blog, for instance, could easily be updated with a series of short stories based on your chosen themes and posted at regular intervals.
When you’re thinking about how to make a blog you should also consider whether it’s better to be viewed from within your niche (i.e., if you’re writing about real estate in San Francisco, then you might post information about a new home in the area, a housing market boom in the city, etc.) or from a perspective independent of your niche (by using your social media accounts, e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.). If you want your readers to get more involved, try breaking your story up into segments (a daily podcast, weekly newsletter, etc.)
To get started you will need to find a host for your news blog. There are a number of options available to you. For instance, you can use a free blog service (i.e., WordPress), sign up for a domain name and web hosting, or purchase a simple WordPress theme. Some of the more popular WordPress themes include The News Kitchen, Widget Box, Social Mention, and WP Big Featured Stories.
Regardless of which route you choose, however, it’s important that you realize that there is actual “news” behind the posting of your blog entry. For instance, you’ll want people to “like” your posts (i.e., click on a link in an email you’ve sent them to) or share the post with their network. Google and Facebook allow for this through their APIs. If you’re not familiar with these, Google and Facebook both have help pages that will walk you through the process. Their FAQs are also a great resource for learning how to create your first Google+ or Facebook account, and their basic functionality will match whatever you have in place internally at your company.
Once you have your blog, you’re ready for the next step – getting creative with how you use it. To do this, it’s easiest to use an existing template or plug-in to customize and streamline your news blog. There are thousands of free WordPress themes out there to choose from. The most popular WordPress plug-ins include themes for social media, calendar, photos, news, business and weather, blog optimization, and social media management.
Adding social media to your website
When you’re ready to start adding Facebook and Twitter integration to your website, it’s best to start small. Start with one (or two or three) social media accounts that you’re comfortable with before expanding to the rest. This will allow you to get used to using the plug-ins and features that will allow these media accounts to integrate seamlessly into your blog content as well. Remember: if you don’t “like” something in a particular post on your blog, chances are you’ll be asked to like it in the corresponding social media account.
Start integrating these social media accounts in earnest, staying within the themes or designs that you already have installed on your site. The tech business news in Australia is a great example. Once you get comfortable posting and reading posts on these media blog sites, it’s time to introduce Google Reader to your news blog. It’s recommended that you introduce Google Reader to your readers before publishing your first post since it will display the most recent version of any article you publish.
This will ensure that your readers are getting the latest information and content on your site at the time they’re most interested. To get started, go to the settings icon at the top of the page, click “Google Reader”, and then choose “Add”. Then fill in all the necessary information, save your bookmarks and publish your first blog post!