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Get More Return
by Blogging Better
Amanda O’Brien
Who We Are
Amanda O’Brien
VP of Marketing
amanda@hallme.com
@amanda_pants
Hall Web Services
www.hallme.com
www.hallme.com/...
Got Questions?
• Use GoToWebinar “Chat” or “Ask a Question”
• Twitter with @hall_web
Document or note
your current
blogging efforts.
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62648476@N00/4545576365/sizes/l...
What are you doing?
What are you not doing?
How are people reacting?
What do you want to be doing?
What are your competito...
• Who is going to read your blog?
• What other blogs do they read?
• What's their preferred way to get content?
• How hung...
• Pay attention to comments
• Engage every commenter
• See what content is popular on other blogs
• What questions are peo...
• Who is your company - one person or many?
• What is the tone of the message -
professional, personal, sassy?
• Who is re...
• What is the expected time commitment?
• What is the expected responsibility?
• Who is engaging commenters?
• Who gets in...
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scarto/537123452/
• You can't write if you don't read
• Find people on blogsear...
• How often you post?
• Who posts, when?
• The nature of the posts - do people
have a regular "beat“?
• Can change based o...
• Content updated regularly
• SEO friendly
• Bonus terms
• Inbound Links
Blogs and SEO On Page SEO items
• Title
• Content...
Speaking of Analytics… Better Content
More info:
http://www.hallme.com/blog/looking-for-good-blog-topics-try-keyword-quest...
Survey blog subscribers what
do they want more of?
Blog about industries you want to get into
What do you want people to do with your content?
Share or save to come back later?
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/pho...
Bookmarking
• Delicious
• Digg
• Stumbleupon
• Whitepapers
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arriabelli/251721732...
Share
• Simple Sharing
• Twitter
• Facebook
• Bit.ly
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3332289906/siz...
• Funny - gotta pass it along
• Inspiring - reading this makes me want to DO something
• Valuable - wow, that helped me wi...
Make it easy for people to find,
receive and share your posts
• RSS/Email
• Social Add-ons
• Post on social networks
• Cro...
In Blogging, the Turtle Beats the Hare
Blogging is a marathon not a sprint.
In It For the Long Haul
• You will get better and faster
• Become part of your online
community
• Don't burn out OR fade a...
Measure: Feedburner
• Trends - Are things growing?
• Sources - How are people subscribing?
• Reach - Who clicks on links i...
Measure: Google Analytics
• "Content" view
• Traffic sources
• Get familiar with advanced segments ...Or set up custom fil...
What do you want people to do?
Conversions – Make them very clear
• Join email list
• Subscribe to blog
• Download whitepa...
3 Ways to reach out to other
bloggers to help market your content
1. Create valuable content and make sure
they can see it...
Re-cap
Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/128004712/
• Define who does what and when
• Know your audienc...
Learn More!
• Web Vision Blog - http://www.hallme.com/blog
• Webinars – http://www.hallme.com/webinars
• Follow Hall on Tw...
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We all know that blogs are important. In this webinar we will discuss how you can step up your blogging initiatives by learning how to blog better. We will look at how to optimize your blog posts so that you rank for terms and keywords people are searching for. We will also talk about optimizing your blog to integrate with your social media and email marketing efforts. You can easily see more return from your blog just by blogging better.

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  1. 1. Get More Return by Blogging Better Amanda O’Brien
  2. 2. Who We Are Amanda O’Brien VP of Marketing amanda@hallme.com @amanda_pants Hall Web Services www.hallme.com www.hallme.com/blog @hall_web • 10+ Years in Business • Online Suite of Tools
  3. 3. Got Questions? • Use GoToWebinar “Chat” or “Ask a Question” • Twitter with @hall_web
  4. 4. Document or note your current blogging efforts. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62648476@N00/4545576365/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  5. 5. What are you doing? What are you not doing? How are people reacting? What do you want to be doing? What are your competitors doing? What are your heroes doing?
  6. 6. • Who is going to read your blog? • What other blogs do they read? • What's their preferred way to get content? • How hungry are they for new stuff? • How did they find you? • What do they want to hear from you? • Conversation – Talk WITH not AT Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterjlambert/97671748/ Know Your Audience
  7. 7. • Pay attention to comments • Engage every commenter • See what content is popular on other blogs • What questions are people asking you offline? • What are their pain points? Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/439462046/ It's About Them, Not You
  8. 8. • Who is your company - one person or many? • What is the tone of the message - professional, personal, sassy? • Who is responsible for creating content and who oversees it? • How will blog content be promoted or references in other marketing materials? Corporate Voice Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/149498941/
  9. 9. • What is the expected time commitment? • What is the expected responsibility? • Who is engaging commenters? • Who gets involved if things get negative? Make them BEFORE you have a problem! Policies Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katerha/4882721794/
  10. 10. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scarto/537123452/ • You can't write if you don't read • Find people on blogsearch.google.com, Technorati, regular Google search, links people send, etc. • Learn how to use an RSS reader (google reader) • Start to participate with your favorite blogs • Blog rolls Input/Output
  11. 11. • How often you post? • Who posts, when? • The nature of the posts - do people have a regular "beat“? • Can change based on real-time data and audience reaction Creating Your Editorial Calendar Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/donutp/357753891/
  12. 12. • Content updated regularly • SEO friendly • Bonus terms • Inbound Links Blogs and SEO On Page SEO items • Title • Content • Keywords, categories • Links Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/manfrys/2226178289/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  13. 13. Speaking of Analytics… Better Content More info: http://www.hallme.com/blog/looking-for-good-blog-topics-try-keyword-questions/ http://www.hallme.com/blog/category/blogging/ Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/2987926396/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  14. 14. Survey blog subscribers what do they want more of?
  15. 15. Blog about industries you want to get into
  16. 16. What do you want people to do with your content? Share or save to come back later? Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rutlo/4588105867/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  17. 17. Bookmarking • Delicious • Digg • Stumbleupon • Whitepapers Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arriabelli/2517217324/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  18. 18. Share • Simple Sharing • Twitter • Facebook • Bit.ly Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3332289906/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  19. 19. • Funny - gotta pass it along • Inspiring - reading this makes me want to DO something • Valuable - wow, that helped me with this problem (resource, how-to, video, etc.) • Important - you need to know this (news, events) Why Content Gets Shared
  20. 20. Make it easy for people to find, receive and share your posts • RSS/Email • Social Add-ons • Post on social networks • Cross pollinate • Be seen Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/woneffe/4048991276/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  21. 21. In Blogging, the Turtle Beats the Hare Blogging is a marathon not a sprint.
  22. 22. In It For the Long Haul • You will get better and faster • Become part of your online community • Don't burn out OR fade away (marathon not a sprint) • Pay attention to trends • Narrow your niche
  23. 23. Measure: Feedburner • Trends - Are things growing? • Sources - How are people subscribing? • Reach - Who clicks on links in your RSS?
  24. 24. Measure: Google Analytics • "Content" view • Traffic sources • Get familiar with advanced segments ...Or set up custom filters
  25. 25. What do you want people to do? Conversions – Make them very clear • Join email list • Subscribe to blog • Download whitepaper • Buy something • Contact you
  26. 26. 3 Ways to reach out to other bloggers to help market your content 1. Create valuable content and make sure they can see it 2. Guest blogging opportunties 3. Comments Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amit-agarwal/856769331/
  27. 27. Re-cap Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/128004712/ • Define who does what and when • Know your audience • Be consistent • Listen, read, listen, read, write • Measure • Strategy • Do something memorable, valuable and original
  28. 28. Learn More! • Web Vision Blog - http://www.hallme.com/blog • Webinars – http://www.hallme.com/webinars • Follow Hall on Twitter - @Hall_Web • Call us! 1-877-425-5932 (HALL-WEB) • amanda@hallme.com • Problogger: http://www.problogger.net/ • #blogchat 9pm EST Sundays • Webinars – next week ‘What is a CMS and Do I Need One?’ with Alayna Questions? Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxtongue/24720422/sizes/m/in/photostream/ • Use GoToWebinar “Chat” or “Ask a Question” • Twitter with @hall_web
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