Blogging benefits small businesses in so many ways. Blogging helps to establish yourself as the expert in your field, drive traffic to your site, and allows you to engage with your readers and build your community of loyal followers. A successful blog post could bring flood of visitors to your website!
Furthermore, the search engines love content-rich websites. Sites that have lots of originial and quality content generally get good rankings on the search engines.
And the most effective way to add high quality content is to add a blog to your website. A blog allows you to quickly and easily supply fresh content to your site. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you can definitely compose and publish a blog post.
It’s been shown that companies that blog generate over 50% more visitors and leads/sales than those who don’t. That should be a big motivation factor right there!
Most people struggle with topics to blog about. Let me give you some ideas…
First, put yourself in the shoes of your target audience and think about the problems they want to solve, the information that can help them with their businesses, the news or updates that are relevant to them.
Here are some additional topics you can blog about:
The purpose of blogging is to inform, educate, update, entertain, and tickle or stimulate your visitors. For example, if you have a dry cleaning business, you can blog about “green” dry cleaning process. If you are an accountant, you can blog about ways to reduce your tax bill. If you’re a dentist, you can blog about the importance of flossing. Giving tips is a great blogging idea. You can give tips to help your readers learn more or understand more about the topics related to your business.
There are a couple of blogging platforms that you can use. The two most popular are blogger.com and wordpress.org. My choice is WordPress.org due to the wide variety of free plug-ins available. Plug-ins are scripts written by individuals to provide additional functionalities to WordPress. WordPress has a big and powerful collection of plug-ins.
Most web hosting companies give you a one click installation of a wordpress blog using SimpleScript or Fantasico. It’s very easy and straight forward to install a blog. There are lots of free as well as paid themes that you can use to quickly setup your blog.
However, you should look for WordPress themes that have built in strong SEO functionalities and attractive looking designs.
The 2 best wordpress themes that meet my criteria of having strong built in SEO functionalities and attractive looking designs are the StudioPress and Thesis Themes. These 2 themes are 2 of the most popular WordPress themes used by many small businesses.
Here are some blogging best practices to follow:
To learn more about blogging, you can do a search on Google for wordpress tutorials or visit Youtube to find video tutorials on how to setup a blog. Additionally, you can check out the websites below for more information:
Again, blogging is one of the best inbound marketing strategies. Blogging helps build brand awareness, bring free traffic to your site, and generate leads/sales for your business. It may take lots of time and works, but it’s worth it!