The one statistic that the BlogStorm Tracker has reinforced for me
over the last two months is that news bloggers attract a lot ore links
than blogs offering tips and informational content.
You don’t have to be blogging about news all the time but adding a few
unique stories per week that are related to the rest of your content
works very well as part of an ongoing linkbait strategy.
Sites such as Mashable, Engadget, Gizmodo, Consumerist and CrunchGear
as well as Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Land and Marketing
Pilgrim are all examples of sites that gain a lot of links by covering
the latest news in their niche. Most of these sites also offer a
mixture of informational content as well to keep regular readers
Being a news blogger is hard. Unless you gain a reputation for
breaking news stories first and having quality content it is hard to
gain traction. Even when you get thousands of RSS subscribers many
will not bother to read your stories unless you’re the first to
publish (make sure you ping Feedburner!) or have an interesting title.