Better Blogging Basics
Blogging today has really evolved from its primary purpose and for small business owners in particular, this can be both a good and bad thing. While initially people used blogs as sort of online journals to document their lives, they have become an essential tool in marketing for both professional and personal purposes. But blogging, or at least, blogging that is well done, isn’t just something that you can accomplish by the seat of your pants – especially when the purpose of your blog is part of your overall business marketing effort. Even for those who have established businesses and e-commerce websites, the success of your blog is self-determined and not automatic. One of the biggest problems facing blogs today is the issue of visibility. If you were to ask pretty much any blogger what they consider to be the biggest problem they faced when they first got the blog ball rolling, they will probably tell you that getting it noticed posed the greatest challenge. Unless you are personal friends with someone like Darren Rowse, founder of the super blog resource ProbBlogger.net, you’re not going to realize blog superstardom overnight. The development and popularity of any blog depends largely on the amount of time that is invested in it along with other key factors that must work in tandem. While certain industries require specific blogging techniques to be successful, there are some better blogging basics you must adhere to if you want your blog to not only stand out, but to have a dedicated following as well. Allow us to present some ideas and tips to help put your blog popularity into hyper drive:
Market your marketing tool!
As we’ve already mentioned, blogs are often used today as marketing tools but they themselves must be marketed too in order to develop your readership. A good way to do this simply and effectively is by implementing an email marketing campaign. With thoughtfully crafted content for the email body, you will be able to persuade even the most discerning readers to give your blog a visit and even better, recommend it to others. This is a bit of a Herculean task however so you should enlist the help of professionals. The email services by iContact are a good example of what will need to be done in order to achieve this goal.
Focus on crafting original content!
We should not have to say this but due to the state of many blogs today, it obviously bears a mention. For far too long blogs have ripped each other off for content and some unscrupulous bloggers have made whole businesses of stealing and recycling others’ content. Don’t be one of these people. To get a true following that is full of substance, you need to have original content. The internet is changing and people are tired of reading the same thing over and over. If you’re not satisfied with your own content, feel free to invite guest bloggers within your industry to contribute articles.
We hope these tips were helpful and we look forward to reading about you on the blogosphere soon!