A news blog, just like most things in life, has its advantages and disadvantages. But if the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, you will need to devise a winning strategy.
In this article, let me share with you some of the challenges with the news blog.
By news blog, I mean anything news-related, including niche-based ones like a blog that covers news in a specific industry or topic(e.g. entertainment news) and full-fledged new sites the cover multiple topics.
Challenges with running a news blog…
1. It is full-time
This is a very big challenge with news blogs. You have to be on alert from morning till night, sourcing for the latest news and be among the first to publish the news as they come.
Unfortunately, if you don’t publish the news early it becomes very difficult to compete in the news niche!
2. Sourcing the news
Yet another big challenge is how do you get the news in the first place? Do you employ people to source the news for you? Most likely not because you don’t have the resources.
Hence, you settle with republishing news already published on other websites. This also makes the competition against you already.
This brings us to the next challenge – duplicate content!
2. Duplicate content
Because you’re not the original source of the news, you end up duplicating other people’s content.
Talking about SEO, we all know how Google frown at duplicate content. It is bad for SEO and you will seriously struggle to get found on Google and other search engines.
You might want to write the news in your own words and make references to or quote some portion of the original source but most times this is not so convenient. Also, it will make it difficult for you to keep up with the tons of news that come in every day.
So you still want to start a news blog?
If yes, maybe pick one popular niche instead of trying to cover multiple topics, and see how it goes.