Let's talk about pimping your blog.
Blogging has become a real social phenomenon over the past few years and for good reason. Besides being a great customer service tool, its ability to rank highly in search engines, attract swarms of traffic, create advertising revenue, promote services and generate sales has led to the growing importance of the blog as a business tool worldwide.
Simply put: there just isn't any way around it.
As books inform us of the past, blogs inform of the here and now.
So what makes a blog great?
Like most things in life, there isn’t really a one-size-fits-all approach.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so yes, in some aspects it comes down to your target audience, as well as topic relevance. But wouldn’t it be great if one had a general recipe for success?
There might not be a one-size-fits-all approach, but below are a few of the most fundamental things one needs to keep in mind when hammering out that next blog.
Touch on Relevant Issues and Predict Any Possible Future Ones
Talking about hot topics is an essential way to get your audience involved and keep them updated on any current happenings. Everyone wants to know what is going on around them and if there is anything they need to look out for.
Including this approach in your blogging could be the hook that reels your catch in.
Most businesses want to find out what’s next for their industries too. Make sure you include up-to-date facts and statistics; audience response has shown that numbers are powerful. This is one of the reasons why statistics can be such persuasive pieces of evidence when bringing across a point.
Acknowledge Your Audience’s Problem Points
In many cases, what makes a blog great is that it provides content that solves the problem your readers have. Now this is not to say that you must monopolise on people’s misery, but pain points are a great motivator to get people to click.
This approach can enable you to reach out and resonate with your audience rather than just throwing information at them. The fact is that people tend to pay more attention if something can or does affect them directly.
Watch How You Reveal Your Hand
An important thing to remember, especially when it comes to business blogs, is that your audience usually already know you are selling something. It's how you go about it that matters.
We all dread that sleazy, pushy salesman that gets up in your face and tries to squeeze a sale out of you. So when writing your blog, feel free to include your services or products but don't overdo it!
Go for a more rounded approach. Include interesting facts and information, concentrate on making your blog educational, engaging and relevant. Convince your audience that they need to have what you’re selling without trying to force their hand.
Making Your Audience Think
It's a fact that people like to learn. They feel useful when using that brain in their heads, even more so when they can bring an interesting piece of information to a conversation. Blogs are a great way of providing that kind of opportunity for people. After all, it is the ultimate forum for giving and receiving information.
A good point to remember is that people don't enjoy being spoken at, so when creating a blog rather angle your approach towards engaging with your audience and not speaking at them. Include questions, metaphors and examples that encourage thinking and personal deduction.
Visuals Are Key
Let’s face it, words on a screen are boring!
Lines and lines of black letters on a white screen... no wonder programmers get so many headaches.
Breaking the monotony up with relevant visuals is a must. You have to give those reading eyes a break and the beauty of it is that you can do this while still providing information. Studies show that the human brain is capable of processing information from an image 60 000 times faster than text. So those infographics not only bring colour to your piece but can actually boost what you are trying to bring across, while making your blog easier to read. Win win!
Keep Track Of Your Blog’s Performance
To know if your blog is a success or not you need to dig into its metrics.
Yes, this sounds complicated but fear not! Like everything else an app has been created. A great one to use is Google Analytics. It maps all relevant stats on your blog and feeds back information on how it is doing.
This information can be crucial in learning what works for you and what doesn't.
Blogging Your Way To A Successful Tomorrow
Blogging has come a long way since it first appeared in the late 1990’s.
It's become a universal language in its own right. And learning how to do it right is not only a requirement but a status symbol.
Like an online profile, your blogs can and do speak for you. The work you create provides a literal representation of who you are and what you seek to provide.
So the next time you write a blog, don't just indulge in verbal diarrhea. Take note of the things that matter and be classy about it!