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As a blogger, not only is it important to write amazing content that your readers will love, but it’s equally important to promote your content and get it in front of the eyes of new readers. Expanding your audience isn’t always easy, but there are tools out there to help you get it done.
One of the newest tools soon to launch in September that can help bloggers expand their audience and gain new readers is the news discovery app called Apple News.
So What is Apple News?
In short, Apple News is a news and article discovery app developed by Apple for their new operating system iOS 9, which was announced back in early June. The app works by finding relevant stories and articles based upon what you’re currently reading, then suggesting new content relevant to that.
By analyzing your most read content and learning your specific interest, the app is able to pull and suggest new content that’s related and relevant to those topics.
While there are many apps that have similar functionality already, what sets Apple News apart from the crowd is the way it allows publishers to present their content to viewers. Using what they call the Apple News Format, users can create amazing new layouts different from what we’re use to seeing when viewing traditional web pages.
Why Does It Matter?
Simply put, over 190,000,000 people currently have iPhones. This isn’t even counting the amount of people who have iPads. By not signing up and submitting your website to the new service, you’ll be missing out on an opportunity to get your content in front of millions of readers.
By submitting your website early, you’ll have the advantage of making sure your site is ready for users just in time for the launch sometime in September.
How to Submit Your Website to Apple News
In order to submit your website to Apple News, you’ll need to complete a few quick steps and you’ll be on your way.
- To start, you’ll need to access the Apple News publisher Portal.
- After accessing the publisher portal, you’ll be asked to sign into the iCloud account you’d like to be associated with Apple News.
- Once you’ve agreed to their EULA, you’ll be prompted to enter in your personal information along with the name of your WordPress blog and other details.
- Next you’ll provide Apple with your channel information and
- Your last step is submitting your RSS feed to Apple News. After that you’re done!
After everything is filled out and completed, your website will be under review by Apple to be included in the new service. Yes, it’s just that easy!
While the process is pretty straight forward, gettings things setup may be tedious for some users. Fortunately, if you’re not interested in setting this up yourself, you can reach out to ChillyBin and we’ll get you setup in no time. So, what are your thoughts on Apple News? Leave them in the comments below!