10 reasons why…
I could have written a lot more than 10…but I’ve put in the ones I think are most important and will resonate with small business owners. Blogging is time consuming and it is a commitment, but really had a lot of advantages and can be a keystone of your digital marketing strategy…and if you love doing it, then even better!
So, here they are…blogging is good for business because it will…
1 …increase sales
Don’t do anything in business unless it’s going to increase sales or increase your sense of well-being…and thankfully, blogging does both. There are ways to monetize a blog but as a business that is not what you want to focus on…a blog is a method to show off your business in lots of different ways and this will indirectly increase sales. It will increase client experiences. It will generate more enquiries and it introduces clients to new products and services.
You can get in to affiliate advertising, backlinks and guest blogging too as an additional revenue stream…but please don’t start a business blog with this as your main goal, as your primary business may suffer!
2 …let you show off your expertise
I love to blog because I love sharing what I am passionate about. I love sharing what I find interesting. The space in a blog post allows you to truly share experiences and give real insight in to your business and why you are the best person to ‘do the job’ or ‘buy from’.
A blog is also situated on your website, meaning it is in a context – a great advantage over social media posts. It means you can really share what matter to you.
3 …create evergreen content
We all know that a tweet lasts about 2 hours. We know that Facebook content seems to ‘disappear after 24 hours and, if we are really lucky, a LinkedIn post might show up in a newsfeed 5 days later…but that is it! Research shows that a blog post is still classed as relevant up to 2 years later and in some cases (if quite generic content), even 5 years. Personally, I will read articles from 2017 and not discount the information.
This means any time you invest in blogging is for the long term!
4 …be a fantastic SEO tool
A blog at over 1000 words will contain plenty of keywords. If you add to your blog regularly then these constant updates also enhance your Google results rating. The opportunities that blogs allow for interlinking and sharing is also second to none. Finally, blog posts give more and more people a reason to link to your website…increasing your number of backlinks authentically and professionally.
5 …grow your expertise
If I want to write about an area but I am struggling to write a full post then it’s time to research it. By researching it, understanding it and writing about it, I know I truly have gained this knowledge which I can then share. Blogging is a great form of professional development. You’ll also find your new knowledge translates to impressing clients in meetings and into sales, when you are talking about your products and services with expertise and confidence.
6 …be self-assuring
Imposter syndrome is rife amongst business owners. I hear so often people are worrying if they are good enough, if they know enough…and I always say, “if you can blog about it…you know know it!” Why else do you think essays are used to assess understanding!?! Be assured, communicate your expertise and feel confident in what you can do by writing it down! Then, post it as a blog!
7 …save you time
Most businesses find that they are asked the same questions or asked for the same information again and again. Whilst template emails are great…how much better is it to offer a published blog in answer to a question or in response to a question or comment on social media? By offering a direct link, you can drive people to your website and again you illustrate your customer service, knowledge and professionalism.
8 …offer you the chance to reuse content
Have you written articles in the past? Created training documentation? Had printed brochures? All of this written content can be used in blogs. Don’t let hidden gems in print marketing get lost. Reuse them and repurpose content. It saves you time. Gives you back up blogs and makes good use of the time you spent writing all of that material in the first place.
9 …increase website traffic and time spent
Driving people to your website is really important. For most businesses, it is the primary digital marketing tool so you want people to visit…and importantly, spend time there. It is hard to convince people to return to a service-based website, in particular. You don’t have constantly changing products to entice readers back. Therefore, a blog is a fantastic way to make people visit more than once and, hopefully, on a regular basis…and when they do, they’ll find something new.
With a good blog structure, appealing categories and strong interlinking, you can also increase your chance of readers staying longer on your website as they explore more and more. This is fantastic for SEO.
Furthermore, a blog will reach new audiences for your website. The blogger world is very active and your blog (especially if you are on WordPress) will be shared and recommended by other bloggers. You may also have clients who aren’t particulary active on social media but really like blogs or receiving blogs directly to their inbox (which subscribers can receive).
10 …become a content marketing bank
It’s hard to think of a new social media posts all of the time. It’s hard to keep creating new content. It’s hard to keep coming up with ideas. With a blog, you have a whole back catalogue of things to share. Olds posts, new posts, snippets of posts, updated posts…you can choose a blog topic and then focus all of your content around that topic, repurposing snippets of your blog for short posts and for updates to other pages on your website. The possibilities are endless…and remember it is not just a new post that can be used! For example, find stories or interesting facts and figures from old posts and use those!
Start your business blog today
As I say, there are lots of reason why a blog is good for business and I hope that just these 10 may convince you to make blogging a key part of your digital marketing strategy. If you are interested in starting a blog, talk to me about my Blog Starter Package. Email firstname.lastname@example.org