By: iCopywriter Blogger, Kimberly Crossland
In the age of social networking and digital marketing, there are few companies who fail to realize the importance of having a blog. Not only is it an excellent forum to engage with customers, it also allows businesses to place keywords on their site in a meaningful format that, when done properly, will be shared on social networks across the Internet providing free exposure to new potential customers.
Yet many businesses are incredibly overwhelmed and do not know where to begin, so they simply throw together what they think a blog should look like without the thought and consideration it takes to build an effective and successful approach. If this sounds like your company, consider if you are making one of these 5 common mistakes.
- Too Much Self-Promotion – In spite of the fact that a blog is placed on your website (and be sure the blog URL is connected to your site for ranking purposes), the main intention of every post should not be to sell. Instead, this is your area to shine and give your business a voice. Talk about controversial topics in your industry, or bring up new ways to use your product or service that your customer may not have thought of in the past. Avoid self-promotion and instead provide useful content that delivers value to your reader.
- Inconsistent Posts – Do not start a blog without a plan. Design a schedule of how many posts you will put up each week, and stick to it. Inconsistent blogs send a message that you do not care about updating your readers or your website, making trust in your brand weaken.
- Long Posts – Have you ever read an article and thought it was running on for far too long? Use lists and bullet points to get your thoughts across in a format that is easy to skim for the short attention spanned web-reader.
- No Delegated Content – Putting the job of writing and managing a blog solely on the marketer in your company is not wise. Not only will this add a significant work load to your marketing department’s already very full plate, but it will also cause the blog to falter because it will not receive the focus it deserves. Outsource blog writing to professionals who can create compelling content and deliver it in a timely manner.
- Same Story, New Post – Almost as bad as drawn out posts is post after post that have nothing new to share. Keep your content fresh and avoid being dull by using an outside service to help generate ideas and create the content for you.
Your company blog can be a great asset, but if it is not done right, it can also cause your business to lose loyal website visitors and an inexpensive form of marketing to potential prospects.
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