Ok, so you’ve heard about blogging and bloggers. You’ve read some, even liked some, maybe even been inspired by some (possibly even this one).
But… you’ve decided that blogging isn’t really for you.
After all, you don’t have time for that. You’re a busy entrepreneur that’s flat out running a business and clocking up the hours on your way to making your first million.
You know that the entrepreneurial lifestyle is nowhere near as glamourous as people like to think.
So, why would anyone want to read about what you have to say?
It’s really not that exciting, is it?
Wrong! Of course it is.
What you’re going through is real, gritty and intense. You have a real human story to tell, and people love that.
Regular blogging can be really beneficial for any business, and not all that taxing if you approach it correctly.
Here are just some of the benefits.
It’s a great way to promote your business throughout an online community. It gives you a consistent voice, and keeps your business alive in the minds of your customers.
It’s a simple and effective way of reaching new customers in this community.
By regularly posting and incorporating photos and videos into your written content, you make it more interesting which boosts engagement and improves your SEO ranking.
It’s a handy way to share new and relevant information that warrants more than a social media update.
It’s also a fantastic opportunity to position yourself as an expert in your field. Whether you realise it or not, all that hard work you have put into your business has made you somewhat of an expert in something. The trick is just to discover what it is. Once you have, you’ll realise that when the topic is something you know well, blogging about it is easy.
Blogging is also a great way to really engage your customers by gathering feedback, reviews and testimonials, which is all vital information to help you improve your business, better tailor your marketing to your target audience, and ultimately increase sales.
Here are a few basic tips to start blogging effectively.
- Complete a blogging plan. This will help outline what you want your blog to achieve for your business, what messages you want to get across, and how you want to engage with your blogging community.
- Decide up front if you want to use a third-party blog hosting platform or host your blog on your own website.
- Choose whether to use a template or a customised design for your blog.
- Start practicing writing blog posts. Remember, practice makes perfect.
- Analyse the stats. Start looking at what is working and what isn’t. What topics, styles, keywords, images, etc are getting the best engagement. This is all valuable information. Use it to your advantage and feed it back into your blogging plan.
And that’s about it. Away you go now. Start blogging!