Good business blogs can boost your search engine rankings and increase the effectiveness of your marketing efforts across the board. It’s also a great way to show people you are an expert in your field. With a¬†couple of¬†hours a week you can use our favorite tips to build an effective blog for your business!

Growing Your Blog’s Audience

  • Add social media sharing buttons to help people to share posts¬†they find interesting and entertaining. ¬†Stick to the most popular sites or those you are active on. Too many buttons becomes a distraction.
  • Include a lead capture form and use your blog to build a newsletter contact database. Keep it simple, just ask for a name, email¬†address, and include an attractive signup offer.
  • Give readers the ability to comment on posts and engage with you. It’s an opportunity to build relationships and¬†build your profile.
  • Invite guest posts from other bloggers to cross promote¬†and gain exposure from their audience.
  • Include an author bio to build your personal profile and credibility
  • Write blog posts regularly and consistently to encourage returning visitors. If your website is difficult to update invest in a WordPress¬†website redesign and save yourself hours of frustration!
  • Spend time promoting each new post¬†through social networks, email signatures and newsletters.

Tips For Writing Blog Posts

  • Aim for 500 words as a minimum per post. Studies show longer posts rank better but don’t write¬†for the sake of it, you should be concise and engaging¬†to your reader.
  • Use graphics, photos and video to spice up your blog posts and help readers quickly understand the topic.
  • Think about common questions from your target market (raid your FAQ pages!) for blog post ideas.
  • Your blog should provide information, include occasional¬†links to products or services and leave the sales pitch on those pages.
  • A catchy blog post title is a must. Think carefully and include keywords.
  • Link to other previous relevant blog posts, and product or service pages within the post content¬†(Internal linking is a plus for SEO and navigation!)
  • Spell check! At the very least walk away when you’re ready and review with fresh eyes before hitting the publish button. Preferably get your article proofread by others before posting. They will not only find grammar and spelling mistakes, but give valuable feedback.
  • Maximise¬†search engine¬†traffic by reviewing¬†blog posts for SEO.
  • Use sub headings, bold text, and bullet points to break up text. making it easier to read (or skim) for visitors.

Remember, the results won’t happen overnight, but will come with time and consistent effort. As your blog grows so will a regular audience of returning visitors, and organic traffic from search engines.

Do you have blogging tips to add? Let me know in the comments!