Ask yourself a few questions: What are your favorite types of blogs? Which ones do you subscribe to and look forward to reading? Which ones do you consider a good use of your valuable time?Although I can’t guess which specific blogs are your favorites (this one), I think I can predict, with a good deal of accuracy, which types of blogs aren’t on your list:
• Those that are exclusively about products or services
• Those that are constantly and explicitly trying to sell
• Those that are essentially a platform for the business
or blogger to broadcast their marketing message.
Unfortunately, many businesses publish this type of content to their company blog on a regular basis. And while they may achieve results from time to time using this strategy, these types of businesses are much more likely to report that blogging simply hasn’t been worth the investment. And this is a shame, given the enormous potential blogging has for businesses in nearly every niche and industry. For instance, did you know that 43% of marketers received a customer from their blog in 2013? High-quality, frequently published content is also necessary for a successful SEO initiative and offers many more far-reaching benefits, such as brand building, audience growth, improved conversion rates, and more. So, if your company blog shouldn’t really be about your
company, what should it be about? Isn’t blogging about your business kind of the whole point of ‘business blogging’?
I WOULD ARGUE: ABSOLUTELY, DEFINITELY NOT.
I like how online marketing strategist David Meerman Scott puts it: “Stop talking about your products and services. People don’t care about products and services; they care about themselves.”
Much of the advice you’ll read online about how to blog for business will give you tips which essentially boil down to one thing: how to make your blog as palatable as possible.
But is that what you really want? For your blog to be palatable? To be able to write in such a way that people won’t mind or perhaps won’t notice that you’re talking about your business or products? I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather my customers want to come to my company blog. And yes, believe it or not, this is possible. All it takes is one simple strategy, and I guarantee your customers and clients will actually want to read your blog.
HERE IT IS: YOUR BLOG SHOULD BE A RESOURCE TO YOUR READERS AND TO OTHER BLOGGERS.
When it comes down to it, people don’t read your blog for information about your products or services; that’s what your product pages are for. They don’t read your blog as a favor to you, and they won’t continue reading it just because they like your products or feel some sense of loyalty to your business. People will read your blog because it provides relevant and valuable information they can’t find anywhere else. It’s well-known that attracting inbound links is one of the best ways to build up your blog’s authority and visibility in the search engines. But how many bloggers do you think are going to link to your site if all you do is talk about your business?
Using your blog to become a trusted (link-worthy) resource is a strategy that works in nearly every industry. For
• A home renovation company could blog about ‘how to retile a bathroom floor’ or ‘questions to ask before you hire a
• A digital marketing company could blog about the latest SEO and social media trends and strategies.
• A real estate agent could blog about ‘the top 10 family friendly neighborhoods in Melbourne’ or ‘the best times of the year to sell
• A local coffee shop could aim to become a trusted resource for consumers when it comes to roasting beans or
finding ethically sourced coffee.
In each of these examples, the blogs are focused not on themselves or on their business, but on how their content addresses the questions and issues faced by their readers and customers.
And the benefits of this strategy go beyond simply acting as a resource for your readers; it’s equally important that other bloggers come to trust and rely on your content. Here’s why: Bloggers and journalists will link to resources, not to content that’s self-promotional in nature. If you ever hope to increase your influence and search engine rankings, you simply must produce content others will want to link to. Like this piece here.