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The Basics of Blogging
Danielle Hohmeier
Online Marketing Manager at Atomicdust
dhohmeier@atomicdust.com
linkedin.com/in/daniellehohmeier
@daniellesmyname
The Basics of Blogging
Businesses with active blogs get about 7 times more
organic search traffic than businesses that don’t.
Hubspot
VS
The Basics of Blogging
Businesses with active blogs get about 55% more
visitors than businesses that don’t.
Hubspot
VS
The Basics of Blogging
71% of businesses that blog have increased their
visibility in their industry through writing.
Technorati
Why Should I Blog?
The Basics of Blogging
Establish expertise
The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog?
Personality
SEO
• Popularity
• Keyword or phrase matches
• Recent, updated content
• Location
• Social media
The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog?
People ask search engines questions. And search
engines want to give them the best answers.
The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog?
• More than 200 factors in determining how to rank web pages on Google
• 500-600 changes to the algorithm every year
• “Is this website optimized for SEO?” The answer is ‘for now.’
• Beware the “I can get you ranked on Google!” scam.
Ranked for what keywords?
SEO is an ongoing process.
The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog?
“Good SEO is about creating a relevant,
informative website, with unique content and
great user experience, and encouraging the
sharing and distribution of great content to drive
organic publicity and links back to your site.”
Michael Mothner
The Basics of Blogging
The First Question:
What are my goals?
The Basics of Blogging
The Second Question:
What will I say?
The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say?
• News, announcements
• Feature product, services
• Industry news, commentary
• Tips or advice
• Behind-the-scenes
• Don’t forget pictures and video!
Share what you know.
The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say?
• Create a calendar
• Start with set dates - events, holidays, announcements
• Fill in the gaps
• Balance promotional pieces with education / enrichment
Run it like a publication.
The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say?
• Competitor Industry audit
• Look to companies that inspire you
• Look for trends in keywords and phrases
Get Inspired.
The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say?
• Google AdWords Keywords Tool (free!)
• Google Insights for Search (free!)
• Google Blog Search (free!)
• Zerys.com (free!)
Keyword Research
The Basics of Blogging
The Details:
Who’s going to write it?
How often? And where?
The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where?
Public Relations, Marketing,
Customer Service, CEO
Who should write my blog?
Passion for blogging/social
media, the industry and
strong writing skills
The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where?
2k per month
How often should I publish?
1 / 2,000 2 / 1,000
4 / 500 8 / 250
The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where?
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Tumblr
• Blogger
• Wordpress.com
Where should I blog?
The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where?
• Wordpress (.org), Expression Engine
• Control over your content, domain
• SEO plug-ins
Blog on your own website / CMS.
The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where?
• Make the name of your blog and titles of your posts something
relevant for search. Humor doesn’t always translate for search
engines. You have to find a balance.
•
•
•
Quick Blogging Tips
Know the difference between categories and tags, and use them.
Create custom permalinks with keywords or phrases.
Use keywords in the names of files you upload.
The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where?
•
•
•
Quick Blogging Tips (Cont.)
Include links to other pages on your site, but don’t overdo it.
Set up RSS and email subscriptions to make it easy for people
to follow your blog.
Make friends with a developer and/or designer for help!
The Basics of Blogging
Now, share it.
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
80% of US internet users use social media.
Nielson
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Linkedin
• Google +
The major players.
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
• Make sure you are set up as a Page or a Place, and not a person
• Share 3-5 updates per week
• Tag other relevant accounts
• Photos are the new black
• Find ways to share one blog post more than once
• If you have the budget, use Facebook Ads and Sponsored Stories
• Don’t just sell yourself!
Facebook Pages
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
• Use Hootsuite (or another service)
• Share at least one update per day
• Tag other relevant accounts (@)
• Use hashtags (#)
• Share blog posts multiple times
• Don’t be afraid to preschedule
• Build relationships one (or two) accounts at a time
• Don’t just sell yourself!
Twitter
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
• Share blog posts in updates
• Fill out your whole company profile
• Don’t forget pictures and video!
• Add products, services, guides
LinkedIn
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
• May not have a huge user base, but Google rules search
• Fill out a profile - company and personal
• Share blog posts
• Video shared on G+ has an impact on YouTube search results too
Google +
• Yelp
• Flickr
• Foursquare
• YouTube
• Instagram
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
Other networks
• Pinterest
• Digg
• Redditt
• StumbleUpon
•Slideshare
No matter what networks you decide to use, make sure you fill out
your profile and use relevant keywords and phrases. Be consistent!
The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it.
• Printed newsletters, guides
• Email newsletters, guides
• Add URL to email signature, business cards
It isn’t just about social media.
The Basics of Blogging
How do I know if it’s working?
The Basics of Blogging / How do I know if itʼs working?
• Subscriptions (RSS and email)
• Comments
• Response on social media (likes, shares, retweets, etc.)
What to look for.
The Basics of Blogging / How do I know if itʼs working?
• Most popular posts
• Search keywords
• Location of visitors (especially for local businesses)
• Pageviews / Pages per Visit / Avg. Visit Duration
• Traffic sources (search / direct / referral)
• Visits from mobile
Google Analytics
The Basics of Blogging
Other Resources
The Basics of Blogging / Other Resources
SocialFresh.com
Atomicdust Blog atomicdust.com/blog and
Linkedin linkedin.com/company/atomicdust
Social Media Club St. Louis
HubSpot
ATM
DST
Thank you
Danielle Hohmeier
Online Marketing Manager at Atomicdust
dhohmeier@atomicdust.com
linkedin.com/in/daniellehohmeier
@daniellesmyname

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The Basics of Blogging

  • 1. The Basics of Blogging Danielle Hohmeier Online Marketing Manager at Atomicdust dhohmeier@atomicdust.com linkedin.com/in/daniellehohmeier @daniellesmyname
  • 2. The Basics of Blogging Businesses with active blogs get about 7 times more organic search traffic than businesses that don’t. Hubspot VS
  • 3. The Basics of Blogging Businesses with active blogs get about 55% more visitors than businesses that don’t. Hubspot VS
  • 4. The Basics of Blogging 71% of businesses that blog have increased their visibility in their industry through writing. Technorati
  • 5. Why Should I Blog? The Basics of Blogging
  • 6. Establish expertise The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog? Personality SEO
  • 7. • Popularity • Keyword or phrase matches • Recent, updated content • Location • Social media The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog? People ask search engines questions. And search engines want to give them the best answers.
  • 8. The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog? • More than 200 factors in determining how to rank web pages on Google • 500-600 changes to the algorithm every year • “Is this website optimized for SEO?” The answer is ‘for now.’ • Beware the “I can get you ranked on Google!” scam. Ranked for what keywords? SEO is an ongoing process.
  • 9. The Basics of Blogging / Why Should I blog? “Good SEO is about creating a relevant, informative website, with unique content and great user experience, and encouraging the sharing and distribution of great content to drive organic publicity and links back to your site.” Michael Mothner
  • 10. The Basics of Blogging The First Question: What are my goals?
  • 11. The Basics of Blogging The Second Question: What will I say?
  • 12. The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say? • News, announcements • Feature product, services • Industry news, commentary • Tips or advice • Behind-the-scenes • Don’t forget pictures and video! Share what you know.
  • 13. The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say? • Create a calendar • Start with set dates - events, holidays, announcements • Fill in the gaps • Balance promotional pieces with education / enrichment Run it like a publication.
  • 14. The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say? • Competitor Industry audit • Look to companies that inspire you • Look for trends in keywords and phrases Get Inspired.
  • 15. The Basics of Blogging / What are my goals? What will I say? • Google AdWords Keywords Tool (free!) • Google Insights for Search (free!) • Google Blog Search (free!) • Zerys.com (free!) Keyword Research
  • 16. The Basics of Blogging The Details: Who’s going to write it? How often? And where?
  • 17. The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where? Public Relations, Marketing, Customer Service, CEO Who should write my blog? Passion for blogging/social media, the industry and strong writing skills
  • 18. The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where? 2k per month How often should I publish? 1 / 2,000 2 / 1,000 4 / 500 8 / 250
  • 19. The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where? • Facebook • Twitter • Tumblr • Blogger • Wordpress.com Where should I blog?
  • 20. The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where? • Wordpress (.org), Expression Engine • Control over your content, domain • SEO plug-ins Blog on your own website / CMS.
  • 21. The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where? • Make the name of your blog and titles of your posts something relevant for search. Humor doesn’t always translate for search engines. You have to find a balance. • • • Quick Blogging Tips Know the difference between categories and tags, and use them. Create custom permalinks with keywords or phrases. Use keywords in the names of files you upload.
  • 22. The Basics of Blogging / Whoʼs going to write it? How often? And where? • • • Quick Blogging Tips (Cont.) Include links to other pages on your site, but don’t overdo it. Set up RSS and email subscriptions to make it easy for people to follow your blog. Make friends with a developer and/or designer for help!
  • 23. The Basics of Blogging Now, share it.
  • 24. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. 80% of US internet users use social media. Nielson
  • 25. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. • Facebook • Twitter • Linkedin • Google + The major players.
  • 26. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. • Make sure you are set up as a Page or a Place, and not a person • Share 3-5 updates per week • Tag other relevant accounts • Photos are the new black • Find ways to share one blog post more than once • If you have the budget, use Facebook Ads and Sponsored Stories • Don’t just sell yourself! Facebook Pages
  • 27. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. • Use Hootsuite (or another service) • Share at least one update per day • Tag other relevant accounts (@) • Use hashtags (#) • Share blog posts multiple times • Don’t be afraid to preschedule • Build relationships one (or two) accounts at a time • Don’t just sell yourself! Twitter
  • 28. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. • Share blog posts in updates • Fill out your whole company profile • Don’t forget pictures and video! • Add products, services, guides LinkedIn
  • 29. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. • May not have a huge user base, but Google rules search • Fill out a profile - company and personal • Share blog posts • Video shared on G+ has an impact on YouTube search results too Google +
  • 30. • Yelp • Flickr • Foursquare • YouTube • Instagram The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. Other networks • Pinterest • Digg • Redditt • StumbleUpon •Slideshare No matter what networks you decide to use, make sure you fill out your profile and use relevant keywords and phrases. Be consistent!
  • 31. The Basics of Blogging / Now, share it. • Printed newsletters, guides • Email newsletters, guides • Add URL to email signature, business cards It isn’t just about social media.
  • 32. The Basics of Blogging How do I know if it’s working?
  • 33. The Basics of Blogging / How do I know if itʼs working? • Subscriptions (RSS and email) • Comments • Response on social media (likes, shares, retweets, etc.) What to look for.
  • 34. The Basics of Blogging / How do I know if itʼs working? • Most popular posts • Search keywords • Location of visitors (especially for local businesses) • Pageviews / Pages per Visit / Avg. Visit Duration • Traffic sources (search / direct / referral) • Visits from mobile Google Analytics
  • 35. The Basics of Blogging Other Resources
  • 36. The Basics of Blogging / Other Resources SocialFresh.com Atomicdust Blog atomicdust.com/blog and Linkedin linkedin.com/company/atomicdust Social Media Club St. Louis HubSpot ATM DST
  • 37. Thank you Danielle Hohmeier Online Marketing Manager at Atomicdust dhohmeier@atomicdust.com linkedin.com/in/daniellehohmeier @daniellesmyname