“Content” has become a buzzword for the information shared on websites – and includes much more than written words. Content encompasses text, photos, videos, and more. One content area that’s rapidly becoming a powerful way for businesses to reach audiences is a business blog. This enables companies to reach potential customers in a way that’s less formal than traditional website content but more formal than social media. It’s about providing useful information or opinions on a consistent basis, putting a face to it (could be the company’s owner, a technical expert, or other passionate employee) so readers will become loyal visitors.

 

Example of a stand-alone blog (owned by Harris Web Works).

When blogging for your business, this simple strategy works best: provide good, business-related content that will attract your target customers, on a regular basis. When conceptualizing the blog, choose topics associated with your business, preferably that you and/or the author(s) are passionate about. Don’t be afraid to explore different topics in your posts, as long as they relate to your main theme. As you develop your blog’s voice, readers will become familiar with what it has to offer.

Guidelines for Launching a Business Blog

Own Your Blog

A major part of blogging is giving it a firm identity connected to your business, which helps make it a voice of authority in your field. Your blog should be part of your company’s website or a separate URL that you own, and not exist on a separate social site such as Tumblr (ex:yourname.tumblr.com). This makes it more professional-looking, helps boost your search engine rankings, and keeps traffic on your site.

Blog Wellness Tip: Keep content visible after it’s published. Create archives so all past posts are within reach for users, with publishing dates included. This will contribute towards your search engine rankings and online authority.

Connecting with Your Audience

Blogging gives businesses a great way to talk with new and existing customers. Blogs may or may not include the ability for people to comment – it depends on the business, the nature of the content, and whether someone can monitor and respond in a timely manner. The tools are easy enough to use that authors can post then respond to questions and comments in real-time. A comment section must be moderated or not included at all.

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Additional Resources

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