Why a Great Business Blog is great for your Business
As part of your online marketing strategy, implementing a blog is one of the simplest and potentially most effective actions you can take. If you already have your own website or are happy to use one of the many established free blogging sites, a blog needn't cost you anything either.
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Returning to the subject of a business blog, the reasons why this is such a useful marketing strand is that it can serve many purposes. With the correct use of search engine optimisation, i.e. providing quality, meaningful content which is seeded with relevant search keywords and phrases, a blog can help to boost the visibility of your business to potential customers by boosting the ranking of your website in search engine results.
Your blog can also provide a useful platform for gathering the thoughts and opinions of those who read it. By creating blog posts which raise a question or which naturally invite comments, and allowing readers to post their replies you can conduct rudimentary market research free of charge. For example, you might post a blog article which reveals that you are planning a new version of your product and end it by asking 'what features would you like to see in the next version?'
A business blog should not be regarded purely as an advertising space for your products or services. Whilst it can be used to promote your business this should be done subtly and is a secondary function to providing information, advice and news about your business and your industry sector in general. In this way your blog can become a valuable source of knowledge and comment for potential customers, increasing your reputation as a respected authority in your field of business.
If there is one thing that is crucial to the success of a business blog, however, it is maintenance. A good blog needs a constant supply of fresh, informative and quality content to ensure that readers continue to return to your website and new readers join them. A static or seriously out-of-date blog can actually dissuade potential customers.
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