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Blogging For Business

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Blogging For Business

  1. 1. Blogging for Business<br />The Least Expensive <br />EFFECTIVE Marketing Tool <br />For Your Business Today <br />
  2. 2. What Is Blogging?<br />“Blogging is freeform publishing without limits. You are free to publish your words in your voice, without editorial overview. You are the writer, editor, photo editor, graphic designer, advertising manager, and publisher. It’s your blog, your publishing empire.” <br /> -Blogging Tips, LorelleVanFossen<br />
  3. 3. Blog Stats<br />133,000,000 – number of blogs indexed by Technorati since 2002<br />346,000,000 – number of people globally who read blogs (comScore March 2008)<br />77% - percentage of active Internet users who read blogs -Source: The Future Buzz<br />
  4. 4. Why Blog?<br />Define YOUR Why<br />“If you don’t know <br />what you want out <br />of blogging, you <br />WON’T get it.”<br />-Blogging Tips, LorelleVanFossen<br />
  5. 5. Why Blog?<br />Become the “Expert”<br />Customer Relationships <br />Media Relations <br />Recruitment <br />Test Ideas or Concepts <br />Source: CorporateBlogging.info<br />
  6. 6. Why Blog?<br />Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Getting the “Google Juice”<br />Especially for Long-Tail SEO<br />
  7. 7. Why Blog?<br />FOR FUN or as <br />a Hobby<br />
  8. 8. Why Blog?<br />For Profit<br />Paid Sponsors<br />Google Adwords<br />To Promote a Product or Service<br />Other Reasons?<br />
  9. 9. Where to Blog? <br />Blogging Platforms<br />WordPress<br />Blogger<br />Typepad<br />ActiveRain & Outside Blogs (real estate, mortgage, video, stagers, marketing professionals, personal coaches, business consultants, SEO consultants, photographers, insurance, property management, and others!)<br />Platforms are everywhere! Merchant Circle, Internet Providers, +<br />Within Your Website<br />
  10. 10. Anatomy of A Blog<br />Blog Post Title – Headline<br />“Tantalizing Titles Are Tantamount!”<br />Side<br />Bar<br />Categories<br />Recent Posts<br />Comments<br />Links<br />Widgets<br />RSS Feeds<br />Subheading – Good for SEO & Organization of Blog<br />Blog Post Content<br /><ul><li> Content IS King (350+ words for SEO)
  11. 11. Show Your PASSION for the Subject
  12. 12. DON’T BE A WALKING BILLBOARD
  13. 13. Include Links, Graphics, Information
  14. 14. USE Photos (Be aware of copyrights)
  15. 15. AVOID Funky Formatting
  16. 16. REMEMBER TO INCLUDE a CALL TO ACTION
  17. 17. Create a Useful Footer – Info about you, links </li></ul>Meta Tags – Tag Your Post for SEO Success! <br />Comments<br />
  18. 18. What Do I Blog About?<br />Your “Why” will help give you direction.<br />Who is Your Ideal “Customer”? What do they want to read about?<br />Keep An “Inspiration File” and a List of Possible Topics<br />Potential Blog Topics:<br />Customer Q&A’s<br />Lists<br />Interview Someone in Your Field<br />Videos, Photos<br />Solutions to Problems<br />Stuck? Just “Google” Blog Topics <br />& Get 100’s of Ideas!<br />
  19. 19. Measuring Results<br />What is Your “REACH” – how many people subscribe to your Blog?<br />Website Traffic: See how many people are coming to your website because of your blog, the terms they searched to get there, the sites they came from, and more.<br />Tools To Measure Results<br />Google Analytics (Free)<br />MyBlogLog (Free)<br />GetClicky<br />Client Calls, Emails, Or Contacts<br />Track Funnel – Total Visitors, <br /># Leads, # Customers <br />Success<br />
  20. 20. Getting Started<br />Read Other Blogs – Seth Godin, ProBlogger, HubSpot, Industry Blogs (View a list at Technorati.com, Memeorandum.com, Techmeme.com, Google Blog Search)<br />Check Out the Competition<br />Choose a Platform - Within your website or outside?<br />Form a Strategy – Why & How will you measure success?<br />Design Your Blog’s “Look” – Header, Template, Fonts, Widgets<br />Just “Do It” – Get Started!<br />
  21. 21. Social Media Integration & Blog Promotion<br />Post Links to Your Recent Blog Posts on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, FriendFeed, Plaxo, Other Sites<br />Include a Link to Your Blog On Your Website, Emails, Business Cards<br />Submit Your Post t0 Digg, Delicious or Other Bookmarking Sites<br />Submit Your Blog URL to Google Blogs, Technorati, and other Blog Directories<br />Set Up an RSS Feed for Your Blog so People Can Subscribe – Make It Easy & Visible on Your Site<br />Comment on Other Blogs – Especially those that provide a link back to your blog.<br />
  22. 22. Questions & Discussion<br />

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