Do you want to have a home based business blog, but you don’t know how?
Blogging is a simple method of communication that anyone can do from anywhere, that is why it is a perfect candidate for a home based business. Most successful businesses have a blog in one format or another and the Huffington Post is one of the most successful and lucrative blog websites around today.
However, there are vital steps involved with blogging effectively, and the ten (10) strategies listed below will help you create and grow a successful home based business blog.
10 home based business blog strategies
- Consistency is key
- Keep yourself renewed
- Use constructive criticism
- Develop a mailing list
- Patience is a virtue
- Create good content
- Break up long blog post
- Research every topic
- Have a contact page
- Know thy competition
One of the major problems with many new bloggers is consistency. They begin writing a blog maybe 3-4 times a week, and then that turns into 1-2 times a week, and eventually it becomes once a month. When this happen many new bloggers complain that they do not have a large amount of followers. Readers become bored quickly if articles aren’t updated on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to create new blogs weekly and update your readers by email.
Maintain good fresh content by keeping yourself renewed. Don’t let blogging overtake your life and cause you to burn out. Blogging consistently can be a chore if you are not renewing yourself and your spirit. If you fail to take time off and replenish yourself you can run the risk of burnout and repetitive blog post, because your ideas are becoming stale.
Improve your blog post by using constructive criticism to your advantage. Criticism does not have to be taken negatively and if used wisely this can be seen as you listening to your readers. Harsh and baseless criticism can be disregarded, but make sure to reply graciously and continue your work.
As your blog readership is growing you must develop a mailing list. The development of this list can begin at the beginning of the blogging process. The faster you start, the greater the amount of time you have for your list to grow. A strong mailing list can assist you down the line when needed.
As the saying goes, patience is a virtue, and this is true about blogging. Growing your readership list will take weeks if not months to happen as your blog post are growing in the search engines. In the beginning it may take a while for people to find your blog because you do not have much to show, but as you add valuable content your blog website will grow.
Creating good content directly ties into the last strategy. Without good content your blog will eventually fail for lack of readership and interest. If you want to improve your blog’s readership numbers, it’s critical that you concentrate on creating good content. If you provide quality content that gives the reader valuable information people will return.
When writing, make sure to break up long blog posts with subheadings. A long post can be too much for many people to read and can overwhelm others. This gives you a wider viewership making your blogs easier to view and is a strategy several newspapers and other bloggers use. This modest step can help you elevate your blog to another level. Another trick is to break up long sentences into miniature ones for easier reading as well.
Before creating a blog post make sure to research every topic thoroughly. You want to ensure that your facts are correct and that you are providing valuable information to your readers. When responding to comments you want to also make sure that you research any information that you may be unsure about. It would not be a bad idea to consult others before writing on a topic you are not familiar.
Your blog site should have a contact page. Readers like to know who is writing the information they are reading, and if the content is good they will usually contact the reader for more information. This may start with the reader leaving a comment, but if you offer great content and follow up advice you should expect an email contact message. You may also hear from other bloggers that offer you to do a guest post on their blog site, which is a great SEO boost. For more SEO strategies visit my post Marketing Tools for Small Business – SEO.
Know thy competition. In business this is a common theme which is true for home based business blogging as well. You need to keep track of what your competition is up to in order to know what you may need to improve on. Often times you can gain valuable insight into how you should enhance your blog site based on what the competition is doing. Believe me your competition will probably be scoping you out in the same manner.
Everybody has a message and information they’d like to share. The easier it is for people to find your blog, the higher your readership numbers will be. The information provided here will help to boost your readership numbers.
Home Based Business Blog wrap-up
Blogging can appear to be easy at first glance, but writing consistently can prove to be a challenge for even the best trained bloggers. It is important to stay consistent and provide value and you will build your audience.
These are just a few strategies for building and maintaining a home based business blog. For additional tips visit my post on Blog Home Based Business. Those interested in learning how to start a home based business blog that can make you money in the next 30 days, click here.
Here’s to thinking link an entrepreneur and achieving your dreams.