Planning on Blogging in 2012?

So, you are thinking of blogging in 2012.  It is a low cost, low risk and low maintenance method of marketing to both existing customers and to new customers.

Here are 12 tips and pieces of advice to bear in mind when you start blogging next year:

  1. Blogging helps with SEO rankings and gets your pages indexed more online
  2. Blogs can reach different audiences, especially if you write one per target audience e.g. one to clients and one to members/potential members
  3. Blogs can help you be seen as educational, helpful and knowledgable
  4. Optimise your blogs just like you would your website
  5. Write blogs about the subject matter of your keywords
  6. Use your blog to make you been as a thought leader for your market and earn trust
  7. Think of the problems your customers might face and tackle and solve these problems through your blog content
  8. Always have an eye catching title
  9. Include a call to action  e.g. what you want the reader to do once they have read the blog like call or email or buy etc
  10. Ask customers what they would like to read about
  11. Use guest bloggers to liven up content
  12. Plan your content ahead of time

Still need more reasons to blog?
Here goes:

  • Include social networking “sharing buttons”
  • Keep it simple, interesting, use numbers, be newsworthy etc
  • Remember to format and spell check
  • Don’t forget to promote your blog:
  • Link your blog to your website and vice versa 

As with everything else in marketing, if it cannot be measured for or if it success doesn’t come as a result of your activities, then don’t do it.  Measure your blog:

    • Measure traffic, like we do currently using Google analytics
    • Measure any leads and follow through
    • Measure subscriber count
    • Track inbound links and watch social media “shares”

Happy blogging in 2012…

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About nicolepinpointmarketing

I am the owner of a successful marketing consultancy business, established in 2008 to work with, help and support local businesses. Pinpoint wants to advise small businesses on how to best market their products and services, using minimum budget, but making maximum impact!
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