Updated May 7, 2022
Looking to write a blog to build brand awareness and authority in your industry? Writing a blog for a small business is still one of the best ways to reach their potential clients online — no salesy ick required.
Providing relevant and useful content to your target audience through consistent blogging is a free and effective way to get results.
Why? Because writing a blog is one of the most cost-efficient content marketing tools for small businesses to drive traffic to their website while attracting a new customer base.
Writing a blog for a small business is an opportunity to talk directly to potential clients — and they are listening!
Nearly 50 percent of buyers read 3 to 5 blog posts or content pieces before talking with a salesperson, according to DemandGenReport. Blog and website copy is your first introduction to your next clients.
Which is why when I came across an article entitled, “Is Blogging Dead in 2022?” I had to do a double-take. Blogging is more relevant than ever. It’s an authentic way to forge a deeper connection with your audience in a time when in-person networking is out of reach.
Roughly 409 million people read about 20 billion blog pages monthly. This is why 53% of marketers prioritize blogging as their primary content marketing strategy, according to leading Digital Marketing expert Neal Shaffer.
Furthermore, blogging continues to flourish with a 12% increase in the last 5 years, indicating that people are searching for questions your blog has the potential to answer.
So, why does your business need a blog in 2022? We’ll dive deeper into the technical aspect in a moment, but here are the top takeaways:
There are many acronyms to know in digital marketing, and SEO is top on the list. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. By using relevant keywords and answering the searcher’s inquiry, SEO blogging boosts businesses’ ranking on significant search engines (thinking Google, Bing, and Yahoo).
These search engines pride timely content that helps users answer their questions. This is why consistency in posting — and including the terms most relevant to your businesses — is essential to SEO marketing. Did you know that blogging regularly can increase your traffic FIVE times — no advertising dollars needed?!
This is one of the top questions I get asked about blogging. Industry-standard is that blog posts should at least be 500 words. But you’re not average, and either is your blog, so I’d aim for at least 500 words. That’s because the longer your post is, the more hints (keywords) Google has to figure out what you’re writing about in your post.
One tactic I use to ensure my blog posts are long enough to compete on Google is to, well, Google. Research the topic you’re writing about and take the average word length of the first ten related posts, then add 200 words, and that is your magic word count.
Tools like SEMrush’s SEO Content Assistant also help clarify word count objectives.
Consistency is vital in content creation. There is nothing worse than heading to a website to realize that no one has updated it in weeks or months. Clients want to know that you’re up-to-date and present online.
There is no one size fits all approach to the amount your company is posting. Some smaller businesses can get by with one or two blogs a week; larger companies might post daily or even twice daily.
If your goals are to raise brand awareness and increase organic traffic to your website, you’ll want to post frequently — at least once or twice a week. It can be a challenge, especially for small businesses or marketing teams, to develop content ideas and find the time to write the posts. It is a primary reason so many are turning to content creators to assist in their digital marketing efforts.
This brings us to…
Who are you trying to reach and help with your writing? Start by knowing your audience and your content pillars. What are the topics you could discuss related to your industry all day? Blogs answer questions and showcase your expertise.
Coming up with three-to-five go-to content pillars can help streamline the creative process. Once you identify your core topics, write about them meaningfully.
Effective blogs follow these guidelines:
Tools like Also Asked and Answer The Public are great for helping you generate content ideas that support your SEO strategy.
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