Do’s and Don’ts for Successful Business Blogging

Do’s and Don’ts for Successful Business Blogging

Blogging
When you begin blogging for your business, you should be aware of certain blogging “etiquette” that will help you rise to the top of your reading audience’s list. There are many things that you should do, and of course, things you shouldn’t do, and knowing the difference will allow you to be far more effective in your blogging endeavors. Tips for Successful Business Blogging   Three Basics for Every Business Blogger #1 Types of posts Content is the hallmark of every blog. “Call to action” posts are one of the most effective blogging methods that will turn your readers into buyers.  People need to be told what to do. They like direction. As you are blogging, tell people when you want them to click the “subscribe” or the “buy” button…
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Top 10 Traffic Ideas Every Blogger Needs To Know

Top 10 Traffic Ideas Every Blogger Needs To Know

Blogging
Blogs are popular ways to create an online presence for personal and business reasons. You can build a blog for free and begin posting content right away. But, what good is that content if no one is reading it? Whenever someone asks me about starting or maintaining a blog, they usually include a how to get blog traffic or how to increase blog traffic question. Do you know how to get traffic to your blog? Of all the successful blogs on the Internet, hundreds more have failed. Running a blog is like running a business website. Unless you are willing to put the time in and treat it seriously, you won’t be blogging long. That is not to say that the failed bloggers weren’t serious about blogging. Mostly, new bloggers aren’t prepared for…
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A Quick Guide to Blog Comment Etiquette

A Quick Guide to Blog Comment Etiquette

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We learned why you should comment directly on a blog, and all the benefits and goodwill that manifest as a result in the previous post 9 Reasons Why You Should Comment On Blogs. Let’s take a moment to briefly mention a few rules of blog comment etiquette as you begin commenting more often.   Blog Comment Etiquette Tips Act Like You Care. Say more than just “hello”, “great post” or any other generic line. Mention the topic, answer a question posed, and let the writer know you really read the post. Avoid the Hit and Run. Don’t comment and run. Make sure you check back, or better yet, subscribe to follow-up comments via email. This way you'll be able to see when someone replies or references your comment. Manners Matter.…
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5 Steps to Conquer Mount Blogger’s Block

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If you’re a blogger, excuse me, content creator, you like so many of us will eventually come across blogger's block. You' ll either stare at a blank screen (gasp) or have mess of notes that don't match any particular concept. A handful of random thoughts, headlines with no body text, half sentences, rough drafts, scribbles, notes on your phone, napkins, notebook, etc. – none of which amount to a decent blog post. Just plain muck. As I sit here,  I'm tweaking a list of draft blog posts, rummaging through all the various half-written posts I have. It's hard to choose just one to settle on, but I'm overdue on a post. So what better way to answer the "what to blog about" question than to share 5 tips to find the best…
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3 Tricks To Ruin Your “No Time To Blog” Excuse

3 Tricks To Ruin Your “No Time To Blog” Excuse

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We've reached part three in our impromptu "get to blogging" series. You know why you should blog and you’ve learned a few tips to help build your blogging strategy. Now, here’s the million dollar concern that even I’ve voiced a zillion times: “I don’t have time to blog!” Ok, now I understand that’s just nonsense, but it took me a while to realize it. So before you go on a tirade about this being yet another thing you have to add to your schedule, here’s some quick tips to make sure you have time to blog. Write for 30 minutes a day. I cannot take credit for this tip. I credit the lovely Ann Evanston for giving me this idea when I participated in her accountability writing challenge. So here’s the rule:…
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Develop Your Blogging Strategy

Develop Your Blogging Strategy

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Blogging requires a strategy. A strategy of “post an article and they will come” doesn't work. Do you realize how crowded the web is? Of course you do! Whether you're new to blogging, a sporadic blogger, or you’re still on the fence about it, here are a few tips to help you start developing your blogging strategy: A 4 Step Plan to Develop Your Blogging Strategy Design: There are several blogging platforms (Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogspot, etc.) and there are differences among the options, so take a look and decide which is right for you. If you’re going to choose one of the free themes offered with your chosen platform, please please please do not use the theme as-is. Nothing says “newbie” or "hobbyist" more than using a standard template theme.…
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3 Reasons to Blog For Business

3 Reasons to Blog For Business

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You’ve heard this a hundred times already. Well, I’m telling you again, blogging is a great way to build your brand and demonstrate you  expertise, in your own words. In order maintain a successful blog, you have to build a following and keep your readers engaged, so make a plan to build momentum. For all you non-believers and sporadic bloggers, here are 3 reasons to blog for business, not personal discussions, not family pics, we’re talking blogging for business: Traditional website content is static. Think about this: If you visit a company’s website and they don’t have a blog or dynamic content, how often do you revisit that website? Want to know why you don’t visit that site often? It’s because website content is traditionally static, if you’ve seen it…
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