Tuesday, November 29, 2005

How Do You Get The News?

Right now, I read the main car sites (not the magazine sites, tho) then about 15-18 blogs and grab what is interesting and put it up on my site.

But I assume Autoblog and Jalopnik use some sort of wire services/PR stuff. Where does one sign up for that stuff if one was interested? Is it free?

I try to compete with the other blogs (in a fun way and to keep myself motivated) but I can't keep up with constant posts, a _staff_ of contributors and just endless news that I don't read elsewhere. They rock!

How do you find the news to post? (News = what ever interests you...)


Blogger Randall said...

The best tool out there by far is Google Alerts.

Go get a gmail account, sign up for google alerts. When you create an alert, you will tell Google want keywords you want it to report on, and it will fire back an email to you when something new hits the web. Google Alerts are focus on sites that show up under news.google.com.

There are some RSS feeds put out by some manufacturers, but Google Alerts is so simple and brings in just about anything you can imagine. You'll be asking yourself, who needs a wire service?
Yahoo also has automotive news from Reuters and AP, but there isn't always something 'new' out there.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Cars! Cars! Cars! said...

Rock! Thanks man. I'll set that mofo up right now!

7:59 AM  
Blogger carscomblogger said...

I can't share all the tricks of the trade. That wouldn't be good for bidness. But yes MPH uses paid for wire services so we can use full Detroit News articles etc. That kind of makes us stand out as not a blog, but online magazine/content provider.

Originally a blog was supposed to take content from a provider and add their own take on the news. Like how delphi really impacts the avg joe etc. But AB and others are now trying to be news outlets as well so there's not as much of that there. But your take is awesome, focused on a few things and do it well. You won't get traffic like autoblog but it's worth the visit.

8:26 AM  
Blogger carscomblogger said...

on your google alerts do you ever see MPH sourced stuff? We're on Google news but its hard for me to trak everything.

8:27 AM  
Blogger JD said...

MPH has popped up on Google news for me occasionally. (I think the M5 Touring was one.)

I generally check Google news myself, but I dig the idea of Google Alerts... thanks.

I'm more interested in how everyone finds the time. Not being independently wealthy, I always find my day job gets in the way of making the blog what I really want it to be. I'd love to spend more time, but daddy gotta bring home the bacon.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Croak said...

Topix.net is also a decent source, sometimes they have things that Google News doesn't pick up, and the layout is conducive to more in-depth digging, for stuff that may not be fresh "news" but interesting nonetheless.

And there are a few press release aggregators out there, but wading through them can be a real PITA.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Big Ford Fan said...

This was a great question, and it's nice to see real cooperation here. I'll have to look into those Google Alerts also.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Croak said...

Almost forgot, you can get an RSS feed from Google News/Alerts, and you don't need a gmail account, just need to have a Google whatever account.

2:31 AM  

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