Are Your Business Blogs Too Boring? (Part 2)

Are you afraid that your business blogs are boring your customers? Here’s our companion post to help you find ways to keep your content fresh and interesting:

Engaging Content – Pictures, free downloads, and video content are excellent ways to break up content in your blog posts. These are all assets in your content arsenal that will help capture reader attention as well as showcase your company’s versatility. Different types of content in blog posts will help create highlights and give readers something new to look forward to.

Make the Most of Social – Integrating your social networking profiles is a great way to cross-promote and bring something new to your posts. Encourage readers to get social on Twitter by using certain hashtags or create excitement by inviting them to enter in a contest or giveaway. And it doesn’t have to be a big prize to capture someone’s attention. Free downloads are great but even a free hat or t shirt will get more attention than just a normal blog post. Remember that the point isn’t just to give away free stuff but to bring the relevancy back to your company and how to be useful to customers.

Connect With Your Readers – Asking for comments and feedback promotes engagement. Blogs are a platform for open communication and you want a place where readers can feel comfortable leaving feedback or asking questions. Connecting also means showing your personality – meaning solving problems, responding to reviews and expressing real, human emotions. Who knew that blogging can be such a freeing opportunity?

There are many different ways to spice up your blog posts and these are just a few ways to get started. This especially holds true for businesses like e-commerce or other industries that aren’t considered reader-friendly. Do you have any other tried and true tips for your business blog?

Knowing When to Quit Blogging

quit bloggingAll good things must come to an end – or so they say. Is it time to quit your business blog? If you’ve had this feeling for quite some time, or feel that your blog isn’t a useful asset to your company, it’s time to take a comprehensive look at what you can do to go through with it or to change your outlook completely.

Whether browsing client-specific industry blogs or getting ideas from other online marketing blogs, I find it interesting to see a growing amount of un-updated and un-interesting blogs. I can’t help but ask myself, why are these blogs still here? Sure, it might take some time to come up with a blog topic but seeing posts from 2009… really?

Blogging takes commitment, perseverance and time management. If you don’t have any of these qualities or aren’t willing to hire anyone who does, it might be time to shut your blog down all together. Some people argue that they would rather see no blog, than to see a blog that hasn’t been updated for months or even years. Here are some other signs that you should quit blogging:

– No new visitors to your blog
– Your blog isn’t bringing traffic to your main site
– You don’t want dedicate yourself to blogging
– You feel burnt out and lack inspiration
– You’d rather invest your time and resources to other forms of online organic marketing

These are all valid reasons to quit blogging. And this doesn’t have to be a permanent move. You can also hide your blog from main view on your site until you’re ready to pick it up again or start anew later. Because really, if there’s a blog button front and center on your home page – people are going to expect recent and interesting news!

If you still have some inkling of hope that your blog can make it, chances are that it can! If your blog has some hefty content from the the past, it might be worth it to suck it up and continue blogging every so often. As PageRank improves over time, these pages will become a valuable and some-what permanent asset to your business. You’ll be surprised at the different ways customers can find you online – it doesn’t have to be just through your main site.

For more information or help on maintaining your business blog, contact us today!

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Why Should Businesses Blog?

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For most people blogging can be seen as an enjoyable way to showcase your creativity. But what about businesses? Is there really a point in business blogging? The answer is, YES – of course!

Blogging is great for your business and you an also express your brand in an unlimited platform. Before all the fancy social media sites were available, blogging was it and nowadays, it’s still the foundation of social sharing. If you’re still  not convinced of the power of blogging, hopefully these reasons will help convince you otherwise!

  1. Attract local customers – If you have a small business, it’s important to be connected to the neighborhood, events and its people. If you’re part of your city/town’s Chamber of Commerce, you can extend your local efforts when blogging. Whether you’re focusing on promoting local business, participating in family events, volunteering for notable causes or just sharing fun company events, blogging  will help give your brand a personal touch. The upside is that you’ll be able to promote this content on multiple social networking sites so that the SEO power doesn’t stop just at your blog.
  2. Dominate the competition – As a small business, you can use blogging to set yourself apart from the competition. Relevant and regular blogging will help if your competitors aren’t blogging (or blogging consistently as you do). Use geographic key terms to get that edge and over time, this permanent asset can bring your site more traffic.
  3. Showcase your knowledge – Learning is a big part of blogging. When you write useful information that’s intended to help others, it also benefits your business. It can reinforce what you already know in your area of expertise, as well as learn more about other things and what your peers are doing.
  4. Serves as a reminder. Forcing yourself to blog can be a pain if you don’t have the time. Ultimately, blogging is a great way to remind customers that you’re still around and that you’re still relevant. Blogging keeps you on your toes and also serves a great self-reminder as to why you’re still in business!

If you can handle blogging in house, more power to you! There are also outside help that can assist with your SEO  efforts. Contact us if you’re interested in how blogging and keyword advertising can help your business grow.