Starting a blog is one of the best ways to engage potential clients as well as current customers. It can provide a focus for breaking information and is a great forum to let everyone know the latest news and what is in the pipeline.
It could even be said that starting a blog is easy. The problem lies in keeping it going. The Internet is littered with blogs that started out fresh and relevant, but quickly faded away into forgotten endeavors.
While strong and interesting website content is vital for any business, the effect of this can be seriously negated by a poorly maintained or largely ignored blog. It can send out the wrong signal to clients, as it can often look like your business has nothing new to say and is resting on its dwindling laurels.
The same is true of any articles you may post online. They need to be link-worthy. This means other writers in a similar field will want to link to your article as it offers something valuable to their readers.
The reason most blogs and articles flounder is that the authorâ€™s inspiration fades. It is therefore essential that whenever you start a blog or write an article, you keep the creative juices flowing and find inspiration for your writing.
So how do you do this? Well, you can always do it yourself by following the tips below. If you would feel more confident letting someone else do it, then it may well pay to turn to a business blog writing service.
The great news is that whichever option you choose, there are a number of prompts which can be used to keep your blog fresh and interesting not just for you, but for your readers.
- Make a point of keeping an eye on other industry blogs, perhaps by using RSS or signing up for Smart Brief (a great service that e-mails you a daily recap of industry blog posts and articles!). This is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of whatâ€™s happening in your own sector. Reading these blogs will often prompt your own thoughts and by adding your own angle to the debate, you are both keeping the blog fresh and showing your readers that you are fully conversant with current industry trends. This also increases the likelihood of others linking to your work, which in turn will increase your search engine ranking.
- Keeping up with all the newspapers and magazines that relate to your industry can be time consuming and expensive, but a great alternative is to browse their online sites. This way you can keep abreast of current developments and use these sites as inspiration for your own blog or link worthy article.
- Donâ€™t overlook the good old manual search. It is surprising how many people spend time checking out the same few sites, in which case it is little wonder that inspiration can fade. Every now and again do a manual search. This is a great idea for two reasons: firstly, it will show you what sites are ranked highest so you can have a look at what most people are reading and what you can contribute to the debate. Secondly, it may bring up something that you may not even have considered and was missing from your regularly checked sites. Make sure to add a plugin like SEO for Firefox which will show you the links to a certain article or blog post in the SERPs, in addition to how many stumbles, diggs, etcâ€¦itâ€™s received.
- When youâ€™re entering a search in Google, look out for Google Suggest. As you type, the search engine will automatically populate the field, revealing what are the most popular searches â€“ a superb way to discover the current hot topics.
Keeping your blog fresh and ensuring your article is link-worthy is a relatively simple process, that many people still get wrong. By using the above tips, a business blog writing service or yourself can keep readers coming back to your blog or article timer after time.
About the Author:
Steve Lazuka is the owner/operator of Interact Media, a business blog writing service providing excellent content to customers across the web.