Welcome to the Small Business Ideas Forum! We are a community of over 100,000 small business folks with over 163,000 posts for you to browse. We pride ourselves on being the friendliest forum you will find and we'd love to have you as a member of our community. Please take a moment and register for a free account. If you need any help, please contact Chris Logan.

Small Business Ideas Forum

Small Business Ideas Forum

A friendly place to share small business ideas and knowledge, ask questions, find help and encourage others that are involved in the small business industry. Topics include small business marketing, generating revenue and small business computing.

Go Back   Small Business Ideas Forum > Small Business Marketing - Online > Blogs and Blogging
Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 6th October 2008, 12:41 PM   #1
AskRex
Member
 
AskRex's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: denver, CO
Posts: 11
Default Blog Tips From ProBlogger

I thought I would post a little educational piece on the blogging world. Why? In the years I've spent dipping into Internet Marketing, I've found blogging to be one of the hottest tools out there...yet most people don't know what to do with a blog once they get it up.

So here you go folks! Time for a blog run-down...

Ok, so some of you may be total internet marketing newbies and aren't even too sure on what a blog is, so I'll start there. A blog is a website of sorts used to post entries (like a diary) on whatever topic you're excited to share with the world. Maybe you'll use your blog to write about your company's progress or affiliate products you’re selling. Maybe you want to write about environmental issues or the latest in politics.

My only warning is, make sure you like your general theme, whatever it may be. Did you know blogs on the Technorati 100 list (a ranking of top blogs) consist of users who've been writing their blogs for an average of 33.8 months??? So that's why you want to pick something you like writing about.

Now, don't let that discourage you! Everything takes a little time to build, right?

Let me give you some top tips on how to make your blog a hit so you don't have to wait 2+ years to get a following.

First, I recommend you make a content plan - before you even make one post! Figure out how many times per week you want to make posts. Do you want to post several short posts a day, a couple times a week? Or do you want to write more detailed posts every day? You don't have to overdo it to make people interested - keep that in mind. So, let's say you want to write one post 5 days a week. I suggest you make a content plan (a topic per entry) for one full month - about 20 or so topics. You will really be thankful for this on days where you have little time to write, or days when you are stuck on what to write about.

Second, I recommend you link to really great stuff in your blog! Whether you embed a YouTube video and make that your post, add a poll or survey, link to other people's blogs, etc. Most internet users come to the internet to communicate and have some fun. People spend hours surfing for entertaining videos, pictures, or audio. So why not include those in your blog? Your following will love it! Caution: Do not over-use this. Just sprinkle these ideas throughout your blog - maybe a couple a week, depending on how much you post.

And third, remember that people LOVE lists. What do I mean by this? If you made a post on "The Top 5 Things You'll Hate About _____" or "9 Ways to Get Out of _______", etc. Readers probably don't want to spend hours on your blog. They have other places to go, right? So keep that in mind when sitting down to write. Keep it short and sweet and they will get their dose, AND be sure to share with others.

Now, what I'd like you to do is shoot me a comment. Tell me about the blog you already have, or the blog you are intending to create. I'd love to see what's out there.

AskRex is offline   Reply With Quote
Register or log in to remove this ad.
Old 6th October 2008, 10:32 PM   #2
DennisChang
VIP Contributor
 
DennisChang's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Singapore
Posts: 544
Default

Thanks for sharing. I normally write my blog post in MS Word before posting. One advantage is having a spell-checker. Another advantage is I can write a few posts in advance when I have free time.

DennisChang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th October 2008, 10:35 AM   #3
youbetcha1018
Senior Member
 
youbetcha1018's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 91
Default

This is a great tip. Very helpful and informative indeed. I too write my blog on MS Word for the same purpose like what Dennis said.

youbetcha1018 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th October 2008, 04:21 PM   #4
Real Business
Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 6
Default

I totally agree about needing a content plan. I've learned that updating my blog on a consistent basis (preferably every day) does wonders when it comes to the search engines. The best way to kill a blog is to stop posting on a consistent basis. If you look at many of the top blogs, they post at least once a day - often, several times a day.

The more often you post content, the more often the search engine bots will crawl your site.

Real Business is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st October 2008, 08:53 PM   #5
Mentor_Yonelia
Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 5
Send a message via Skype™ to Mentor_Yonelia
Default

Rex,

Hello there! that's really good stuff. Thank you for sharing. My blog is in signature.

I'm trying to blog more often! :-)


Yonelia Diaz

Mentor_Yonelia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd October 2008, 03:04 AM   #6
khaty
Member
 
khaty's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 94
Default

Great tips.. thanks for posting it here.

khaty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th October 2008, 12:41 AM   #7
busyboy22
Member
 

Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 6
Default

g8 tips ....thanks buddy...

busyboy22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th October 2008, 07:47 AM   #8
Tom Lindstrom
VIP Contributor
 
Tom Lindstrom's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: TLMarketing.net
Posts: 173
Default

Thanks for the tips.I find it harder and harder to find interesting internet marketing and blogging related things to write about on my blog.Any ideas where to find new ideas, besides forums?

Tom Lindstrom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th November 2008, 10:15 PM   #9
myspot
Member
 

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Philippines
Posts: 13
Send a message via Yahoo to myspot
Default

Thanks for sharing... Those are great tips, I just started a new internet marketing blog and I will definitely take your advise. So far I think the contents on my blog is pretty good : ) It's on the make money online sig if you want to check it out.

myspot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th November 2008, 09:42 AM   #10
jv08
Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 90
Default

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

jv08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply   

Bookmarks




Thread Tools

Get Updates
RSS Feeds:
RSS Feed for Blogs and Blogging RSS for this Category Only: Blogs and Blogging

RSS Feed for Small Business Ideas Forum RSS for Entire Forum
Forum Rules


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Small Business Ideas Forum


 
At Your Business - Small Business Directory
Free Business Forms - Prewritten Documents
 
Search Engine Guide
Small business guide to search marketing

 
Small Business Brief
Fetching the Best Small Business Info


Free Links - Free Advertising
Free Guide - Online Directory



Advertise your business here
Contact us for more details!


Semantic Juice
Register now to access free Quick SEO service!


Rocket Lawyer
Sign up for free 7 day trial. Boost your biz!


Buy UPC Codes
Get your products listed online!




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2018 - Privacy