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Don’t Need a Blog? Think Again

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When it comes to creating a website, you may feel that blogging isn’t high on the list of priorities. It may therefore surprise you to learn that blogging is an integral avenue through which to increase traffic to your website. In fact, blogging benefits your website in a variety of ways. But it’s important to remember that successful blogging doesn’t happen overnight, and takes a huge degree of hard work.

By adding a blog to your website, you have the perfect opportunity to be seen by users as an expert – and an authority – in your field. Regular blogging enables you to reach out to both existing and potential clients, and establishes a place on your website which is a more lively and friendly place to be. As such, you will be able to build a following of readers or visitors who will return to your blog again and again, as well as interact with you through the comments section.

To many, blogging can be seen as an online documentation of work – this again is all part of establishing you as an expert in your field. If you are a regular blogger and you provide your readers with a variety of consistent content, they are sure to return to your site regularly, and even share its content on social networks.

If you are adding a blog to your business’ website, it can demystify your business by making you a lot more approachable – especially if you use a variety of embeddable content. Videos, pictures and sound clips are all ways in which you can make your blog stand out from the rest. Check out this short guide on how to make your post stand out with embeddable content.

Blogging is a great way of communicating in a timely fashion and providing readers with news and special offers. Some posts can generate a great deal of traffic, much of which many never have found the main website otherwise.

What are the advantages of blogging to SEO

  • You can target more keywords, with each post effectively a new page that can be optimised to target particular terms.
  • Websites with blogs attract more links than sites without a blog. This is especially true with commercial sites, with people more likely to link to engaging informational content than your homepage or a product page.
  • Search engines like fresh content. Blogging is a great way of encouraging you to consistently create fresh content. The more keyword-rich content you produce, the better off you’ll be.

Blogging tips

  • You must write regularly. Leaving yourself time to write and update your blog is highly important. Schedule a day to write and stick to it.
  • Quality content. If you struggle to create your own content, it might be worth investing in a writing agency or professional copywriter to assist you. Quality content is highly important when it comes to blogging. And, while anyone can create a blog, it’s the content that defines whether your blog is good or great.
  • Be realistic. Don’t expect to gain lots of followers overnight because, more often than not, you won’t. You must keep your expectations in check and really think about what you want to achieve from blogging – not everyone blogs for the same reasons.
  • Be different. Don’t be afraid to use your own writing style. Writing for a website is a lot different to blogging, so you need to try and find your own voice. Do your research and look at other blogs for a bit of inspiration.

 


About the author

Tom Black is Head of Search at Bootcamp Media Limited, an online marketing and web design agency based in Birmingham.

Top Quotes on Content Marketing

Top Quotes on Content Marketing

Content Marketing Institute has kindly put together an infographic detailing a selection of quotes on content marketing. These quotes come from a number of inspiring and influential individuals in the marketing industry, and can be relied upon when devising your content strategy. Take a closer look at the content marketing quotes below.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month – also known as NaNoWriMo – is just around the corner and provides fantastic motivation for anyone hoping to one day publish a novel. The event, which runs throughout the month of November, sees thousands of budding authors sign up online, where they’re able to record progress towards a 50,000-word target by the end of the month.

There’s few better ways to develop as a writer than to simply sit down to write. And then write some more. And maybe some more. In fact, just write as much as you can. Practice really does make perfect and, with NaNoWriMo offering tips, events, forums and support to help assist you in reaching the target, November is as good a time as any to sit down in front of your laptop and get typing.

Find out more about National Novel Writing Month today, and take the first steps towards writing your own novel. Who knows; you may even have a bestseller on your hands!

Email marketing best practice

Email marketing best practice

For a long time, it seemed as though email marketing was confined to history, with the preference for social media promotion taking prominence. Yet, with the cost and efficacy of a well-managed email marketing strategy enabling your marketing budget to stretch further than ever, it’s no surprise that there has been a resurgence in email popularity.

From lead generation to customer retention, email marketing can be used in a manner of ways to support the marketing of your company. Even as a means of collecting customer feedback for future publication will prove invaluable and, after all, staying engaged with your customers will keep them coming back for more.

I only recently came across this email marketing infographic. In terms of best practice for your email marketing, it offers exceptional advice and reminders so that your campaign can be as effective as possible. Take a closer look and let us know what you think.

Top 10 Email Design Best Practices

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Content marketing in 2013

In this fascinating content marketing infographic from Wishpond, we’re provided with an insight into the state of content marketing in 2013. Covering the potential budget to be assigned to content, as well as statistics on the use and efficacy of content investment, a number of headline figures are indicative of how the digital environment is embracing content development.

For example, it’s reveals that an estimated $118.4 billion will be spent on content marketing, accounting for more than 25% of an entire marketing budget. Take a look at the infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Website copy considerations

Below is an infographic we prepared for a short presentation last year. It’s purpose was to raise a few points of consideration for marketers and clients before investing in content.

What we’re essentially saying is relatively straightforward: who, what, where, when and why? While it’s only a very basic checklist of what to be aware of, it is a good starting point for analysing the purpose of why you may be considering website copy, press releases, blog posts and more.

If you can’t answers the questions confidently, think again the strategy behind your content investment.

Traditional marketing and content marketing

How does content marketing compare with traditional forms of marketing and advertising? The infographic below tries to encapsulate the differences in a manner that is easily digested. While it offers only a (very) simple comparison between the two forms, it makes a fantastic entry point for discussion.

Whether you’re opening negotiations with a client, or are looking for an effective slide to present to internal stakeholders, this ‘Traditional Publicity VS Content Marketing’ infographic will prove invaluable.

Take a look at the differences below and let us know in the comments any other contrasts between the two.

Traditional publicity vs content marketing

Traditional Publicity VS Content Marketing

Content marketing: why and how

In a new infographic focusing on content marketing, Demand Metric has undertaken research to analyse the current state of content marketing, the reasons why to invest in content marketing, and the process involved in successful deployment.

The research, detailed in full below, is not wholly revelatory, but more reaffirms many of the messages that content writers and genuine SEO practitioners have been aware of for some time. For example, are we really surprised that content marketing keeps reader attention and improves brand loyalty?

Of course, that’s not to denigrate the research. Far from it. This kind of attention is making a huge difference with how content marketing is being addressed by companies and practitioners alike. And, in the end, don’t we all just want more users to embrace investment in quality content?

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