In 2009 I started the 30 Day Power Blogging Challenge. The idea caught on and I repeated it two more times before deciding that others should carry on their own version of the Blog Challenge. There are now so many blogging challenges I have lost count. There’s even one for therapists to get them started with blogging! Every time I see another one pop up I smile, knowing that my original idea was innovative and continues to help so many people.
So, What Is A Blog?
A blog, or web-log as it was originally called, is an online diary or collection of thoughts and ideas. But actually it is much more sophisticated than that. Your blog is a website that publishes your entries, known as posts in reverse chronological order, with the most recent post shown first, at the top of the page. Readers are also able to comment and share their own blog’s information so that the conversation around any topic becomes an interactive one.
But the true beauty of having a blog lies in its simplicity. There is no need for you to learn HTML code or web design, otherwise needed to operate a traditional website. You can also update your blog via any Internet connection, whether you are on another continent or even using your smart phone.
Setting up a blog can take as little as thirty minutes and then you’re ready to publish your content. It’s honestly that easy. This is definitely a skill worth having.
How Is Blogging Applicable To My Business?
The ease of publishing your content on a blog makes it a perfect marketing vehicle for any type of business, online or offline. Whether you are working from home or are the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation, blogging on a regular basis will enhance your marketing strategy.
Blogging Is The Single Most Important Activity You Will Engage In To Build A Lucrative Online Business
I’ve always said that your blog is your ‘Home on the Internet’. It becomes the ‘face’ of your business that prospects can identify with and become a part of through comments and the ability to join your list. These days we all like to be a part of the conversation and actively participate in the conversation. it is typical that a new reader will leave a comment on one of my posts and then join my list, prompting me to take a look at their site and reciprocate in some way. That’s the beginning of a relationship in my mind.
Huge corporations and entities like General Motors, IBM, Huffington Post, and Microsoft have set up blogs to effectively market their services or products as a cost-effective way of communicating quickly with their prospects and current customers. By providing a venue for people to talk about their product, companies can easily find out what they really want and then tailor their products and services accordingly. This ongoing virtual conversation between the company and the customer has dramatically cut costs and increased revenue because they receive first-hand research information at almost no cost to them. It’s the perfect way to get instant feedback.
If you are an online entrepreneur working from home, the same strategies apply. Use your blog to:
- Build relationships with people who are interested in what you do
- Provide relevant content on your niche topic
- Find new readers and prospects through your keywords
- Establish trust with your prospects while gaining credibility
- Create deeper awareness about what you have to offer
- Test new ideas and research your market by encouraging your readers and to participate in discussions
Are you blogging regularly, or is it a challenge for you? I’d love to hear from you and take a look at your blog, so please leave a comment below.