Woolworths Will Open Their Doors Early: DailyMail Covers Coronavirus

Review of DailyMail story article on Woolworths’ new opening hour for the elderly and disabled and how it could be improved.

Headline

The headline is the first thing a reader sees when opening an article. The headline in this article has 19 words, which is the first apparent issue. I would have shortened the title to not give everything away and to save the reader from reading repetitive information.

DailyMail Woolworths Opening Hours Feature. Image via: DailyMail
DailyMail Woolworths Opening Hours Feature. Image via: DailyMail

Advertisements

The advertisements that litter the whole article are the main issue. The ads almost make some of the copy illegible as words are partially or completely covered up for a period of time before it gets removed, and makes the reader lose patience and interest very quickly. The ads change rapidly and they are intrusive.

Embedded Links

There are also not only advertisements for other companies, but many embedded links to other Dailymail stories. These embedded links come in the multimedia forms of video, stagnant links in a side bar which show the different featured images and many text links all listed below the article. These links distract from the story and many are unrelated.

SEO

For the most part, the use of keywords and SEO are fairly standard and cover the topic well, however there is an overuse of some words which are purely there for recognition and repetition.

 

1 Comment

  1. Your link doesn’t work 🙁 I did have a look in the post edit, and you have some stuff in there that is extraneous to the DMA story URL. It also wasn’t set to open in a new tab, which you should do. But you did try to embed it, so kudos for that.
    I like your suggestions for changing the headline to make it less than the rather incredible 19 words, but do you think that fits the Daily Mail’s house style? You’ve also made a reasonable observation of how difficult the intrusive advertising makes it to read a story; can you think of other ways the Daily Mail might add to their revenue stream? Are the ads as intrusive on a mobile and in the Daily Mail app? For part 2 of the assignment consider each story on different devices, too.
    Good use of a screenshot to illustrate your post, with appropriate caption and attribution for the source of the image.
    You have also structured your post well, using subheadings (with heading tags, not simply bold text), shorter paragraphs, and white space, enhancing scannability and making it easier to read and understand.
    You suggest some words are repeated – which ones? Be specific when you discuss SEO and use examples of the keywords you think are effective.

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