How to Start a Free Gossip Websiteby Donn Saylor
Since the days of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, celebrity gossip has been a guilty pleasure for many people. With the advent of the Internet, the interest in gossip websites has skyrocketed. Those who run and write these sites have the ability to develop a growing readership, generate an income, and, in some cases, become celebrities in their own right. With some ingenuity and determination, it has never been easier to start a gossip website of your own with no overhead cost.
Establish a Free Website
Search the Internet for free website services. Both Google Sites (sites.google.com) and Yola (http://www.yola.com/) offer websites and website-building tools at no charge. Blogs have become increasingly popular, and several companies offer them absolutely free. Blogger (http://www.blogger.com), WordPress (http://wordpress.org), and LiveJournal (http://www.livejournal.com) are just a few.
Name your site or blog. Be sure to pick something unique that your readers will be sure to remember.
Build the layout of the site. All the previously mentioned services offer preformatted templates that make this set-up process a snap. In a matter of minutes, you will have your own website up and running online.
Research and Writing
Surround yourself with as much gossip-related material as possible. This includes celebrity magazines, newspapers, books and other websites. Arming yourself with knowledge of the current goings-on in the gossip world will make you a valuable and trusted source of information.
When you have a solid grasp on the latest happenings, you are ready to write the first post for your site. Come up with a catchy title that will attract a reader's attention. In your article, make sure to cover the five W's--who, what, when, where and why--of the story. Also, many bloggers post personal opinions on the stories they relate.
Remember to cite your sources. Tell your readers where you got your information. Unless your story is an exclusive scoop that you yourself uncovered and investigated, providing a link back to the original story is essential to maintaining your integrity as a trustworthy source.
Start marketing your site and getting your name out there. With the recent onslaught of personal blogs and websites, marketing is vital to establishing a readership. Use social networking sites such as Facebook (http://www.facebook.com), Twitter (http://twitter.com) and MySpace (http://www.myspace.com) as a means of discussing your website with others.
Register your blog name and address to free search engines, which will help readers find you more easily.
Link to other sites and blogs. By doing so, you get the attention of those sites' owners, which helps establish you in the "community."