While having a Web site and print marketing materials is important for businesses of all sizes, having a blog may be one of the best ways to market your business. Blog is the shortened form of "Web log" and having one allows you to post information about your business on a regular basis. The reason that blogging is such a popular marketing tool is because having a blog offers so many benefits. Blogs are versatile and can be used to improve your business in many ways. Understanding how a blog can help your business is the first step to blogging for marketing purposes.
Blogging Improves Web Traffic
Everytime you update your blog, a little shiver runs up Google’s spine. This is really no joke. The search engines love blogs because they are updated frequently. Having a blog is one of the best ways to improve your search engine rankings. Content the King reigns here. Pepper targeted keywords into each post you make, drive traffic from your blog to your Web site, and promote your products and services all in one place. Blogging is a sure fire way to generate more traffic to your site.
Blogging Can Make You Extra Money
You can really put your blog to work for you in many ways that will help you to make extra money. You can promote your affiliate products in your blog and include links to order pages. You can use programs like Google AdSense in your blog and earn commissions when your readers click on those advertisements. You can even join referral programs where you promote the services of other businesses and collect a commission each time someone places an order using the link you use on your blog. But most importantly, you can drive your readers (Read: potential customers) to products and services within your own site.
Blogging Can Build Relationships with Customers
Having a blog is a great way to let your customers get to know you so you’re more than just another online business. Blogging help build relationships. People are more inclined to buy from people they know (or feel like they know), so the more you can build your relationships, the more successful you’ll be in selling your products and services.
The Power of Multiple Blogs
My recommendation is to always have a blog installed on your own site. There are a couple of great blogs that I recommend: WordPress and Textpattern. They install easily and can be heavily modified so the integreate into any site. That being said using free online services like blogger can drive traffic to your site by adding links to your site in the posts. Running multiple blogs can help greatly with the search engine ranking since a major criteria tht they loook for is relevant inbound links. And as an added bonus, readers of your other online blogs are more likely to become customers. Why? If they click the links in these posts, they have already found value in what you are saying, thus more likely to be interested in more. The purpose of multiple blogs is to have several places where you can filter people into your site. Consider it free advertising.