Category: Blogging Tips
If you’ve been blogging for business for any time, the issue of how to get your blogging audience to engage has probably come to mind. If it hasn’t, then you might need to reevaluate what the purpose of your business blog is.
Determining an effective call to action (CTA in the industry) for your business blogging can be both challenging and rewarding. In fact, assuming you’ve got stellar content in your small business blog, the CTA might just be what’s holding you back from killer metrics. Let’s look at 5 ways to look at your call to action that will not make people feel slimy.
1. Be clear about it: If you hope to build trust with your audience (and why wouldn’t you?), then let them know what you’re up to. Saying “click here to learn more” is not a … Read More »
When blogs first presented themselves, the world wasn’t as hyper-connected as it is now. Most people didn’t frequent the web and even fewer considered a blog as a vehicle for commerce. Even the term blog–an amalgam of the words “website” and “log” or web-log–serves as a clue to how self-serving blogs were. And, because of this legacy, most people don’t see the true potential for business blogs.
At it’s core, business blogging has to be different than your run-of-the-mill blog. Narcissism should be the last reason you create a small business blog. Try these reasons instead and you’ll see far better return for your blogging seo:
1. answer questions: This is especially important if you are in an industry that is highly technical, or have been in your industry long enough to gain insider knowledge. blogging for seo this way … Read More »
You’ve probably seen titles of blog posts with vague entries like “recent updates”, or comprised of witty quips. Now, while this is great for your loyal blog audience or if your blog already has thousands of visitors per day, but these SEO free titles don’t index well with the search engines. Not only that, but that kind of title is really too broad to mean anything to your potential audience.
Writing an effective title for a blog post is like choosing the right net for catching your preferred quarry. Too big holes in the weave and your catch might get away. Too narrow and the net won’t reach as far. Let’s look at some key formula’s to put your title through so they don’t bring in the wrong audience.
Keep it short. Search engines are like children. They need quick … Read More »
We’ve talked before about how your business blog is a constant message being sent out to the cyber void for your customers to pick up whenever they are ready. This is one of the most powerful elements about online content marketing. But what if you could bait the hook that lays in wait; driving traffic past your diligent blogging efforts rather than hoping someone will land on the blog eventually?
In this post we’ve broken down the myriad ways your business blogging can attract readers into three main categories–what I’ll call “devices”–that will help maximize your blog for social impact. Whether you’re first starting a business blog, or your small business blogging is a main-stay in your marketing efforts, you can find something doable in all three of these devices. Remember, however, that combining your efforts will … Read More »
Any new social invention has to pass a gauntlet of acceptance and acclamation before it becomes convention. Cellular etiquette, the proper time to use shouty caps in an email (NEVER!), anything to do with texting, and even what you should talk about on your blog, all still have a ways to go before “how to use it” becomes common knowledge.
But what, then, is the etiquette for a business blog? This has the danger of becoming a multi-post, but let’s start the conversation about blogging for business with humor.
Why humor? Well, when was the last time you saw a serious commercial? When insurance companies start cracking jokes I think it’s safe to say that everyone is using Funny to get their message across.
So, is humor something worth adding to your content marketing?
To answer that, let’s turn the … Read More »
If you are like me you spent most of your childhood glued to the TV set. Despite all the varied content available–even back then, my favorite type of program was the Do It Yourself show. As it turns out, there are a few things that Bob Vila, Hometime, and HGTV can teach us with regards to the creation of content when blogging for business. Creating content with “How To” steps and instructions can be a fantastic way of increasing dwell time, setting you apart as an expert in your field, and getting traffic to your site.
PBS had it right; people love to learn something new. By adding instructional elements to your web content marketing, you create a powerful driver. Nothing builds dwell time like people camping out on your site, learning how to gain an edge on their … Read More »
Innogage is a content marketing company. We help small to mid range businesses with their content creation, business blogging and managing content marketing. Since this is our world, we thought that it would be a good thing to share some of the better lessons we have learned through the years.
For this first installment of the Content Marketing Builder series keeping content fresh & vibrant felt like a great place to start. So let’s just jump into the conversation about building the content you plan to use in your business:
Variety of content is your biggest asset when building your online content marketing platform. There are two major reasons to keep the topics moving and fresh: 1) your blogging audience and 2) the SEO bots. The first is kind of a no-brainer. People get bored fast. By recharging your blog … Read More »
Want to dominate in content marketing? Well, you can start by answering people’s questions.
So now you’re probably asking: “what questions”?
Well, what’s on everyone’s mind? How about Price? Problems? Comparisons? Which is the Best? What are the reviews?
That’s 5 posts right there. And those posts will drive traffic to your content marketing blog. Why? Because (assuming you actually answer these questions) you are answering the same queries that every business has. After all, you’ve asked those yourself, right?
When it comes to building links in your online content marketing, be sure to write good stuff that people want to share. Don’t hire some company to hand you links out of straw-built directories. You’ll want to take the time to grow your own links through the fertile soil of good content. It is the only way to qualify the links. And … Read More »
We talk a lot about content and the value of quality content in this blog. When it comes to business blogging the charge is more than just good content. If you need a high bar set for your home business blog or content marketing, you can always strive to be a thought leader.
If you want to be a thought leader in your industry there is a simple approach:
Have an opinion…
and then share it.
Of course, it’s easy enough to say: be the best teacher in the world and your customers will love you. But the truth is- that takes a lifetime of effort. But now that the bar has been set, how do we reach for greatness in a hairsbreadth of time?
As with most things, the fundamentals are a good place to start. Let’s look at five simple questions … Read More »
In our previous post about business blogging for B2B we covered wisdom of vetting your content to a sustainable group of employees and writers. We also established that ‘story’ is paramount when creating powerful content for your small business blog. So by now you should have a story, writers and your business blogging software ready to go. What now?
No matter how great your story is, the story, in-and-of itself, can only go so far. To get the most mileage for your brand, you’ll need to have a few other tricks up your sleeve. Here are 7 tools to take your story to new heights:
Timeliness – Look at any Calendar and you will see something worth commenting on every month. Creating posts a few days out from holidays, seasonal changes or Hallmark holidays, you can drive traffic … Read More »