Blogging should be integral to your marketing efforts.
Blogs are not only popular among search engines but a large number of people actively seek out and read interesting blogs.
Since 2004, blogs have increased in the popularity as political consultants and news services started considering it a formidable tool to reach out to the masses and create opinions. There is a regular coverage of both blog as well as blogging by the Columbia Journalism Review. Famous bloggers are appearing on television as well as radio. Famous mainstream television programs are also forming their personal blogs, like Hardball by Chris Matthews. Blogs played a key role in the Rathergate scandal.
Businesses are creating blogs in order to enhance their business and the number of visitors to their web sites. Businesses using blogs are witnessing remarkable growth in sales.
What is a blog?
The term blog is a combination of the words, web and log. A blog is actually a message board where you can post thoughts and opinions to be read by others. A blog offers information about specific topics or offers a powerful place for writers to express their feelings and desires.
It enables the writer to write in accordance with his or her interest or the visitor’s interest. The preferred way of writing a blog is informal. It also enables the visitor to add comments instantly at the end of the writings or posts. Posts are usually in chronological order. For instance, they are in the form of day, month and year.
Blogs can be written on almost anything and everything. You might think of a blog as a small or large online journal.
Incorporating a blog to effectively synchronize and boost your business should be your goal. I’ve often come across success stories that blogs create for micro businesses to large corporations. A blog is just like a personalized money churner for your website.
Your blog might contain day-to-day comments you have about the Follow Our Lead team, it’s business opportunities, a training platform for your downline, reviews of software or other material you’re using in your business, experiences you’ve had with our products or services, news items regarding network marketing or the financial industry in general, or just about anything else under the sun. However, the main purpose of writing a blog is to bring readers to a common place, encouraging an enhanced level of communication among them.
Blogs enable you to add content in a couple of minutes. There is no need to spend your precious time in file uploading (FTP) to the host. Regular updating of content is also possible in blogging. An Internet connection is the sole requirement for regularly updating your blog. In case there is some great idea in your mind and you want to express it, then log on to the administration panel and make the entry of your post.
Writing a blog is much easier than making it noticed and making it popular. Until and unless your blog gets ranked in search engines, your writing will go mostly un-noticed. For your blogs to be successful make sure that you set your area of interest and then start focusing on it. Your blogs should have an optimum keyword density that catches the attention of a search engine to get it noticed. It should also have a visual appeal along with recent and frequently updated posts. Make your blog interesting and appealing for the visitors and they will keep coming back for more.
People often get confused between a blog and a standard static web page. Actually, a blog IS a web page only with a few features that automate the maintenance of the site. New pages can be created easily in a blog – as simple as writing an email or filling in a form. Automated templates easily allow the addition of articles to the blog and automatically manage all the navigation and technical aspects.
Some benefits of blogs include:
- Your Readers can Learn More About You
Blogs provide you with an effective platform to share your ideas, demeanor and much more. It is through them that your potential Internet audience can get to know you and your views and opinion. Your blog can present your real life experiences, the person you are and the person you want to be, what makes you “tick”, or just about anything else. It is a great medium to move potential partners from being a prospect to where they know, like and trust you… and eventually joining your business.
- Interactive and Dynamic
Blogs are very dynamic and when done properly are interactive as well. You can see your blog immediately as you post it. It is a stand-alone website with all the features like automatic archiving, commenting, easy management and publishing.Blog software has also incorporated RSS feeds. Whenever something is posted on the blogsite, your RSS feed gets created automatically. That RSS feed can be shared with others, thus spreading your message even further.
Blogs can be easily started and published by anybody with just some basic information. All you need is to choose the subject for your blog and get going.
- Search Engine Friendly
Blogging is also considered search engine friendly. You can use keywords at appropriate locations to make your blog more apt to show up in search engines. Usually, search engines prefer frequently updated websites and blogging is an easy way to accomplish that. Sites that are not updated regularly and do not get new content frequently become stale and visitors slow down. Thus, regular updating is one of the significant attributes of blogging.
- Maintenance Free, Spam free and Economical
With so many viruses floating around, emails and ezines are frequently filtered out with Spam filters and the recipient never sees your message. This is not the case with the blogs. Blogs are written and published using simple blog software that is very easy to use and maintain. What’s more, you don’t have to host your blogs on your own server because many services provide hosting for free.Blog software is database driven and allows the blogger to change theme or template of the blog without causing any change in the content of the blog. It enables you to use appropriate colors as well as designs in accordance with the requirement of your visitors.
Creating a blog for your business is perhaps the easiest and most powerful way to grow your business on the Internet. With the easy to use software available for free, there is no reason why you shouldn’t start a blog today.