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10 ways to improve news websites

The Bivings Report which has been looking at American newspaper web sites has come up with ten ways to improve news web sites. Some are debatable but they are all worth considering. This is the list:

  1. Start using tags (sometimes called categories) in stories to improve searching.
  2. Provide full text RSS feeds.
  3. Work with external “social” websites (eg del.icio.us and Digg).
  4. Link to relevant blog entries (some like the Washington Post and the Press Gazette in the UK already do this).
  5. Get rid of all registration.
  6. Partner with local bloggers (see the recent Wordblog post on the BBC Manchester blog).
  7. Offer alternative views of your content.
  8. Modernise your site’s graphic design.
  9. Learn from Craigslist.
  10. Make your content work on cell phones and PDAs.

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