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. 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.
News sites are VERY easy to do these days…and very valuable as well. Remember, once you establish a site like this, you can always sell it a year or two down the road and pocket some quick and easy cash – which is why I recommend you do MORE than one:-)