Blogging for Business
The word ‘blog’ is shortened from its full title ‘weblog’ and a blog is just that, a ‘web’ ‘log’. A log, journal or collection of articles on any topic.
What is a business blog?
A business blog is an ongoing log about your business. It can comprise articles about your business and products or services, new launches, promotions, your backstory, industry news, case studies, testimonials and more. It can be presented using text and multimedia such as podcasts, vlogs and slideshows. Done well it will demonstrate your expertise, build customer loyalty, drive traffic to your business and increase your sales and profit.
The power of blogging should not be underestimated and you really are missing a trick if you aren’t already doing it.
Here are some benefits of business blogging;
* It is a platform to create preeminence and expertise
* You can capitalise on relationship marketing
* You can improve SEO by creating a steady flow of keyword rich relevant content
* You will increase incoming links
* You can increase your pagerank
* And overall increase traffic to your business website
How to start a blog
The first thing you need to decide is whether you’ll host your blog on your business website or create a ‘stand alone’ blog hosted on its own domain.
There are pros and cons to each solution and to make an informed decision you really need to decide what you want your blog to do.
Here are some things you may hope to achieve;
* Improved SEO (search engine optimization)
* Incoming links
* Improved pagerank
* Regular readers (relationship marketing)
Think for a moment: what are your aims for YOUR blog?
Step 1 – Choosing a Domain Name and Host
Your first task whether you plan to build your own blog or have it built for you is to choose and purchase your domain name.
Consider this decision carefully. If you have a business already then try and get as close to your business name as possible.
Avoid hyphens and underscores and try and keep your domain name to below 35 characters. Try and buy the .com and local domain, this will be .co.uk if you’re in the UK.
You also need hosting for your blog. You can search in Google for hosting and it should only costa few pounds a month
Step 2 – Making Design Decisions
It’s now time to decide on the look of your blog and the layout. Search for ‘wordpress themes’ in Google – there is lots of choices. Make sure your blog looks good but don’t forget functionality – Is it easy to navigate? Is the content nicely presented? Is there space for advertising and/or an email sign up box?
Step 3 – Building Your Blog
Once you’ve made decisions on how you’d like your blog to look it’s time to get it built. We outsource this to a tech person as they will be more efficient than us. Check out www.tametechy.co.uk. It should only cost a couple of hundred pounds or so depending on whether you want your site customised or not.
For more on blogging see Blogging: The Essential Guide by Antonia Chitty and Erica Douglas
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