How to Easily Create A News Aggregator Website With WordPress

Want to set up a news aggregator website or planning to build one? Don’t know where to start? This page will help you easily create a news aggregator site on WordPress.

What is a news aggregator site?

A feed reader (RSS feed) that pulls the information on a specific niche from various websites in one location for easy access of reading. A news aggregator site can include anything from online blog posts to videos to podcasts.

It makes it easy for readers to get the latest information around their favorite topics at one place.

How do news aggregator sites work?

News aggregator sites pull up RSS feed information from various sources and when any of the sites publishes a new post, it gets posted automatically on the news aggregator site.

The biggest advantage of creating a news aggregator site is that you can show all the relevant information at one place so your target audience save a lot of time without hunting the information on social media or somewhere else.

For instance, if you set up a news aggregator website on WordPress plugins, you can include all the useful blogs that cover WordPress plugins and help your readers to find all the WordPress plugin related tutorials at one place.

What are the top news aggregator websites?

Although there are tons of news aggregator sites currently available online, here are few of the well known sites to give you a clarity on how these sites look like in general.

  • Huffington Post (kind of news aggregator site but it mostly publishes the full content)
  • Alltop
  • Blog Engage
  • Blokube

 

How to start a news aggregator site?

There are multiple ways to create a news aggregator site. If you are using WordPress as your content management system, you have plenty of options to design your site however you want.

I highly recommended you to use WordPress if you want to create a news aggregator site. You will have full control over your sites and you can play with it however you like.

One of the biggest reasons to choose WordPress is that there are a lot of plugins and tools available to easily turn a normal site into a news aggregator site.

Basically there two simple ways to start a news aggregator site using WordPress.

  1. Using plugins or tools
  2. Using news aggregator theme

We will talk about both of these options now.

#1. Using WP RSS Aggregator plugin

WP RSS aggregator is a free plugin which is also considered as one of the best autoblogging plugins used by thousands of people worldwide. It helps you easily import, merge and display RSS feeds on your news aggregator site.

You can fetch as many RSS feeds as you would like to run your news aggregator site. There are also a lot of shortcodes available which can help you manage the plugin easily.

Here are few of the features offered by RSS aggregator plugin.

  • Set the name for each RSS feed source
  • Unlimited number of RSS feed importing
  • Set the pagination for the displayed feed items
  • Set a general feed import time interval
  • Set the links as no-follow or not, or add no-follow to the meta tag (this is really important!)
  • Incorporates feed auto-discovery, which lets you add feed sources without knowing the exact URL

Click here to download this plugin

#2. Two themes to help you easily create a news aggregator site

Now, let us talk about two magazine themes that can help you easily create a news aggregator WordPress site. Picking the right theme for your WordPress sites is really hard especially if you are new to online world. Make sure to install a aggregator plugin such as WP RSS aggregator (mentioned above) to pull the RSS feed from all the other sites that you require.

1) NewspaperTimes

If you are looking for a news paper or online portal kind of design, NewspaperTimes WordPress theme is designed just for you. It makes it easy for you to display a lot of content on your homepage without making your design look clumsy. This is the best theme if you want to create a news aggregator site.

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With this theme, you will get the following features.

  • Mobile responsive design
  • Full control over your admin control panel to easily customize your design
  • Dedicated support
  • Advertisement options to easily add options
  • Various color options to make your design look stunning
  • And a lot more..

Live Demo | Download The Theme for Just $59

2) Standard News

This is ideal for news sites and big online portals to show a lot of information on the front page. This theme has 9 category blocks, a featured slider and a ticker on the header, and with the integration of Mega Menu,your website will look more professional and attracting your the readers.

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Here are few great features of this theme:

  • Mobile responsive design
  • Advertisement slots (AdSense compatible)
  • Dedicated support
  • Built-in Magazine3 widgets to easily customize your site
  • Various color options to make your design look stunning
  • Translate it to any language
  • Valid HTML5 markup and many more

See Live Demo | Grab This Theme

Few things to remember when creating a news aggregator website

Don’t go fully automated

Fetching RSS feeds of other sites and showing other sites URL’s at one place is really simple and easy. But with the latest algorithm updates from Google (such as Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird), it’s relatively easy to get penalized for content redundancy.

So make sure NOT to show the full content when creating a news aggregator site. Just include the post title and the URL (with a brief introduction if possible) to get rid of Google penalties.

Also, don’t consider a news aggregator site as “set it and forget it”. You need to spend quality time on moderating the things like removing unwanted URL’s, sites or all the data that is no longer useful for your target audience. Stay away from autoblogging software like WP robot as these plugins just copy and reiterate the content from other sources such as Amazon, Clickbank etc.

Ask permission

Before starting a news aggregator site on your interested field, create a list of all the sources you want include. Email all of the blog owners and ask their permission.

Most bloggers would be happy to let you promote their sites if you are only showing their blog post titles along with the URL’s. They get more traffic for free and you can serve your audience better by showing the best information in your field.

Keep an eye an Google algorithm updates

A news aggregator website basically combines all the information, links and data from various sources. This is where you need to keep an eye Google’s updates like Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird etc.

Even if you are not copying others content to curate on your sites, you still have chances of getting hit by Panda algorithm updates because of the redundancy. So make sure you are building a news aggregator site that gets love from authority bloggers in your niche.

If top bloggers and authority sites are frequently linking to your aggregator sites, Google thinks your site has “brand value” which is really important to increase your search rankings even if your site is new.

So make sure to get recommendations, press, links from other bloggers etc to set up a solid news aggregator site.

Don’t think “news aggregator sites” as automatic content generated platforms. Majority of the news aggregator sites are filled with too much spam and that’s the surefire way to get penalized by Google search bots.

Always use excerpts

I say, always use excerpts and never EVER show full content of other sites. It can easily get your site banned by Google crawlers because of the redundancy.

Moreover, no blog author would appreciate copying their whole content and showing it on your own news aggregator site. So it’s advisable for you to simply show the following things.

  • Post title
  • Post URL (use do-follow links for better relationship building)
  • Excerpt (brief introduction of the post)

Over to you

Creating a news aggregator website can be easy with WordPress. Not only you have plenty of options to choose from (plugins or theme) but you will have ultimate design control over your sites with WordPress platform.

Connections and relationship building is crucial when starting a news aggregator site. Without seeking others permission, don’t include any website RSS feed on your site. Only show post title, image and excerpts if you want to stay away from content plagiarism and Google penalties.

So what are your thoughts? Do you have any more ideas on starting and a news aggregator site on WordPress. Share your views in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “How to Easily Create A News Aggregator Website With WordPress”

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