Yes, it feels sort of silly to blog about blogging, but that aside, have you looked at your blog(s) lately? By now, blogging is not a new medium, but it isn’t any less critical than it was before—for building traffic, boosting audience engagement and driving revenue. It might be time to give it a fresh look and decide if you’re using it to its best potential. Let’s look at 7 qualities of successful blogs.
1) Great Content. It’s the backbone of what you do and it’s no different for your blogs than your articles and other content. It needs to:
2) Build Relationships. Blogs are about dialogue. They are about community. They are your cooler talk that engages readers and they can be informal, even opinionated. How do they succeed? By:
3) Consistent. This one is simple. Post regularly and at regular times. If you can’t commit the time to it, you may just achieve the opposite of your intentions.
4) Searchable and Related. If your blog isn’t easily found, it isn't doing you much good. It’s important to:
5) Visually Enticing. You know that multimedia, particularly video, is more important than ever. We are visual creatures who tend to engage more quickly and deeply with visual content. Spice it up:
6) Data Driven. You’ve got the data, use it to:
7) Email Incorporated. Your blogs should be tied to your email marketing and newsletter efforts. Not only does this help you to get specific posts to specific members of your audience, it also supports a more personal connection with your subscribers and gives you the opportunity to milk older content—resurfacing it when the time is right!
Now that you’ve been reminded of what a successful blog looks like, take some time this week to make sure you're leveraging it to its greatest potential.
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