Market is flooded with newspaper websites. Some we forget as soon we close the window
and some compel us to return to them. Ever wondered why? What is it that these websites
do differently that makes them stand out from the crowd? Is there some way by which
we can make our online news site compelling?
We list 5 such ways which, if followed, can help you create a compelling newspaper
1. Quality Content:
As the saying goes, content is the king. Good
news websites invest in their news quality. They work hard to ensure that their
content is unique and interesting. One way of doing this by clearly defining your
target audience and their interests. Follow this up by developing crisp and to the
point articles for your readers. Also, it is important to work on your headlines.
Catchy headlines attract readers. Sharing of articles increases when titles are
tweetable or social media friendly.
2. SEO Friendly:
It is important to understand how search engines
work. First, remember search engines don't identify photos. So, ensure that the
website is not heavily and unnecessarily burdened with pictures. Second, the article
should consist of right keywords. For this, it is important to know the keywords
used by people for searching. Also, keywords featuring in the page title, headings,
sub-heads and the first paragraph count more than the keywords used at the bottom
of the page. That’s because the URL, file and directory names, page title and the
headings/sub-heads are more essential for the search engine than the rest of the
text on the page.
3. Understand your readers and deliver accordingly:
are curious about their target audiences, their interests. They study the trends
(how users navigate their website) in order to get a better understanding of their
users and then tailor their offerings accordingly. This way they not only attract
new visitors but also retain their old customers. Also, the approach helps provide
only useful and significant information/news to users, ensuring a clean site.
4. Decongest the website:
In a way, it is an extension of the above
point. Once you understand the requirements and interests of your users, you need
to replace the irrelevant content on the website with a useful one which is appealing
to your readers. It is also important as the attention span of a user on online
platform is very short. If the user doesn’t get what he wants in the first glance
itself, he is likely to move on. Also, create a good balance between visuals and
text (aesthetics and the needs of the target audience). This is important not only
for SEO but also for making the website appealing and generating positive user experience.
5. User experience:
It is the most essential requirement but is
hardly given any attention to. Does the website take too long to load, is
mobile friendly, or are the sliders used on the site
irritating the users, etc.? These are questions that should be given due consideration
as this is a major factor which determines whether the user will return or not.
The reader is likely to revisit if the experience is user driven. It is important
to understand and respond to user experience if one has to be ahead of its competition.