Blogging, A Powerful Tool For Your Business: Getting Started

Writing requires time. Especially when it comes to creating a compelling and original text, that will stick to the mind of your readers. Writing requires a range of skills, from creativity to the ability to organize information and building arguments. To be effective, writing needs to be nurtured.
Why on earth should then a business spend time on running a blog that will require a lot of writing?

The reasons are many, let’s dig into some of them!

Increase traffic to your website

Become a trustworthy actor in your field

Increase the interaction with your potential customers

There is no doubt that having a blog is a great investment for your business. So, how can you get started?

Here are three must-do activities for those on the verge of starting a blog:

  • revise the mission and strength points of your business. These should be always clear in your mind, especially your unique value proposition. Starting from your UVP you will be able to set the right goals, to decide the most suitable writing style and, above all, to choose the best topics.
  • take some time to see what your competitors are writing about. By saying so, I am not suggesting you to copy and paste their content but instead to read it carefully and understand what is done well, what could be done better and what could be done completely different to offer an additional value to your future readers. In other words, you should spend some time at looking at your competitors to get inspired, to understand the most popular topics and to develop new ones on which you can leverage to attract visitors.
  • define the roles: who will pick the topics? Who is going to write and who’s going to publish the content? Who will analyze the performance of the blog? Especially when your business cannot afford to have a specialized copywriter, then tasks and responsibilities must be assigned since the very beginning. You want to run your blog in a systematic way, so that consistent and captivating content is published on a regular basis.

After having gone through these three preliminary steps (remember…do not cheat!) it’s finally time to choose the topics you are going to write about in your super blog.

Are you ready to brainstorm with your team? Remember, while focusing on this important activity, keep in mind the following factors:

  • who’s your target? Are they students? Businesswomen? Businessmen? Full time moms? The content you are going to offer and its style will change a lot depending on who’s going to read it. Also remember, choose a tone of voice that mirrors your brand personality!
  • what’s your target interested in? What does it need help with? How can you amaze it? Think of your blog as a tool that will entertain and make the life of your readers simpler. Talk about you only on few occasions.
  • engage in keyword research: whenever your amazing brainstorming team comes up with a word topic, take some time to understand how many people are looking for it in search engines. Google keyword planner is a great instrument to do this. Remember: do not take anything for granted, a slightly different term can really make the difference for your post to perform better!
  • how many times are you going to publish? Having a planned schedule will help you produce and publish your content on a regular basis.

There you have it, if you were planning on starting a blog these are the steps you should carefully follow to get started!

Frontend-developer, nature addicted, runner, coffee & yoga lover living in Helsinki.

Frontend-developer, nature addicted, runner, coffee & yoga lover living in Helsinki.