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5 Low-Budget Ways to Distribute Your Blog Content

 We got the following message via our Contact Us form this weekend:To Elisa Gabbert: Saw your article in Website magazine! I write a marketing blog via WordPress and was writing to get your advice on how to distribute this blog beyond LinkedIn/Twitter – seeking vehicles that are low budget ... Thank you in advance for your response.Thanks for your question, Howard. I always think it's better to answer questions like this via a blog post rather than a personal email. That way, other readers get the benefit of the information too. So here are five low-cost ways to distribute your blog posts to a larger readership.Social mediaHoward is well aware of this channel, as he says he is using LinkedIn and Twitter for distribution already. But don't dismiss other social networks – Larry foun... > Read more

August 03, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 0

Why Blog? Three Good Business Reasons to Blog

 Richard Kraneis, a longtime WordStream reader, recently left a comment on our blog questioning whether a certain post would "drive qualified traffic to our website." This brings up an interesting question: Why blog? What are the goals of blogging?Of course the answer is different depending on whether you're talking about a personal blog or a corporate blog, but this is a business blog, and we wouldn't devote resources to blogging if it didn't make good business sense.

Here are three reasons that might motivate you to write a blog post for a corporate blog. In my opinion, every blog post doesn't need to fulfill all three purposes, though it's great if they do. The important thing is that every post fulfills at least one of these purposes, and that you don't focus only on one of the thr... > Read more

July 13, 2011     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 10

5 SEO Recommendations for Better Business Blogging

Corporate blogging is a great Internet marketing technique for multiple reasons. Not only does a company blog give the search engines more content to index (growing your trust factor), a business blog can be instrumental in building your online brand. Blogs are inherently social in nature, which means they are also a great way to connect with current and potential customers.

In short, a well-written blog can help all aspects of your web marketing campaign, including SEO.Here are five simple ways to better optimize your business blog for SEO:Write naturallyIt may sound like a “duh!” thing to say, but you’d be amazed at how many blog posts out there are crammed with keywords and anchor text. It’s the number one rule of any content marketing campaign: you have to write for human reade... > Read more

June 28, 2011     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 12

Top 5 Ways to Monetize a WordPress Blog

Many people start a blog with one intention: making money. While this is not a good sole reason to start a blog, it is a nice added benefit that comes with building up your blog with quality content and maintaining a decent amount of traffic.It’s not a mystery that you can make money from your blog, but many users often struggle with it and end up giving up altogether.

You cannot expect to make a lot of money when first starting out. You have to create a name for yourself and prove that your blog can stand on its own. While these five methods to monetize your WordPress blog are sure to come in handy, you’ll also want to take note of the essential tips for building and maintaining a successful blog.Pay Per ClickThis is one of the most popular methods used to monetize a blog and one of t... > Read more

June 02, 2011     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 11

Launching My First Blog: Learning from My Mistakes

What’s the old saying? “One definition of crazy is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results”? Are you “crazy” when it comes to online marketing or do you adapt and learn from your mistakes? After 12 months, I’m adapting. Around March 1 of last year I began my Online GED Site blog.

I never expected it would make tons of money. I hoped it would teach me about blogging, WordPress, Google Analytics, keyword research, and using some of WordStream’s free tools. Here’s a graph of my visitor traffic for one year. It took 8 months to attract my first 1000 visitors. Now, during this last month, I attracted 1000 visitors in 30 days alone.   What were my mistakes? A failure to build backlinks, building an email opt-in too late, an unattractive website (... > Read more

March 14, 2011     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 6

How to Build a Blogger Outreach Campaign, Part 2

Traditional advertising is so 2010. It shows too: People just aren’t trusting and are learning to tune out those banner and video ads that pop up. So why spend your money on something that may or may not get you results, especially when there are ample substitutes that likely cost less and absolutely get you better results.

Enter the blogger outreach campaign. A few weeks back, I showed the basics to building a blogger outreach campaign for your business. If this is your first visit, you’ll want to go back and read steps 1-4: You wouldn’t be seeking inbound links if you haven’t done your keyword research first. Here, we’ll run down what you do once you’ve selected and signed on your blogs, what to expect, and how to measure if it was successful. 5. Do What You Said You Would Wh... > Read more

February 22, 2011     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 8

Using Google Insights for Search to Fight Blogger's Block

If you write blog content with any consistency, you've stared at a blank page anxiously as time winds down on a deadline. But one of the great things about being a blogger is the wealth of keyword tools available online. Rather than being left to your own brainstorming devices, you can use any of a number of tools to come up with great blog ideas.

One such tool with a lot of great features for blog ideation is Google Insights for Search. Getting Started: Using Google Insights for Search Terms & Filters We'll start at the beginning and look at some different ways to seed our search for great blog ideas. We have some great options at our disposal for filtering the types of insights we get from the tool right out of the gate. If we're running a local blog we can use time range in the... > Read more

February 07, 2011     |   Written by: Tom Demers   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 4

Be Nice to Bloggers & They'll Be Nice to You: How to Build A Blogger Outreach Campaign, Part 1

AP officially recognized blogs as credible news sources in September 2010, but people have trusted blogs a lot longer than that. In fact, due to an over-saturated, price-driven advertising market, blogs — and the recommendations and sharing of information through social media that come from them — are quickly becoming the most trustworthy form of “advertising” (and I use that term loosely because blogs are more editorial than anything).

Adding a blogger outreach element to your marketing campaign is the best way to harness the power of your industry’s influential blogs, build brand awareness among the people who matter, and get some quality content links back to your website to drive your SEO campaign. Best of all, you have a definable way to measure your ROI. Caesars Entertainme... > Read more

February 02, 2011     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 1

10 Great Corporate Blogs and What Makes Them Work

Corporate blogs have a reputation for being nothing more than another way of distributing press releases. This is because most companies just don't understand how blogging is supposed to work, and they view it as a way to talk to the public rather than with them.While corporate news, sale announcements and product launches are all important things to have in a corporate blog, they don't have to be the focus.

A good corporate blog offers readers a reason to subscribe and can keep customers connected and interested in a company, even when nothing in particular is happening.But while creating an engaging corporate blog is not complicated, very few companies seem to have mastered it. However, some have and here are just ten examples of companies with compelling blogs that do more than serve as... > Read more

December 13, 2010     |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 4

Blog Strategies: How to Build Relationships with Bloggers

I've been blogging now for a little over three years now, and one of the important lessons I've learned during that time is that, to have a successful blog, you need to build relationships with other bloggers. Now, smart link builders have long understood that "link building is relationship building," and you will get more links by forging friendships than you will cold emailing strangers and begging for links.

The same holds true for "blog building," and developing relationships with your contemporaries is something that should be part of every bloggers' strategy. Networking with other bloggers in your niche allows you to: Develop mutually beneficial connections Generate more awareness for your own blog Establish credibility and cache for you and your blog (via a recommendation from an ... > Read more

October 14, 2010     |   Written by: Ken Lyons   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 9
 
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