Crossword and Sudoku puzzles are often a huge draw for students to pick up the print edition as it provides a great distraction in class.
As laptops and digital devices become more and more prevalent as a note taking device, online newspapers can take advantage of students' proclivity for puzzles by making sure they are in the online edition as well.
Park & Homer Puzzles provides free online interactive syndicated puzzles for daily and weekly publications. The embedded content refreshes with new puzzles on daily and weekly frequency without any effort on the newspaper staff.
Research indicates that crosswords increase readership of online publications and circulation of print publications. In January of 2009, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle discontinued a syndicated crossword service to reduce the size of their ‘Living' section. Online blog response and subscription cancelations had enough influence to reinstate the puzzle syndication within a week of the termination.
Readers love puzzles. Advertisers love puzzles. Students love puzzles.
To embed interactive online puzzles into your site and/or have matching paid syndicated puzzles in your print edition, visit Park and Homer's enrollment page and complete the form.
Daily and weekly puzzles include a collegiate crossword and Sudoku. Embedding script and print syndication information will follow.
Visit their site for samples.