Search for your business the way new prospects would search for you, without knowing your name.
When you do, you’ll know that it’s difficult to be found on the World Wide Web, because there are a lot of people and companies doing what you do. Okay, maybe not as brilliantly, and granted, maybe they have bigger marketing budgets than you, but the thing is, those search engine robots don’t care who’s big or small or even who is a qualified professional doing great things.
That’s right, search engines like Google and Yahoo only care about words and links. I know, cold and cruel, nasty little algorithms, but that’s life on the Internet. A business blog is the most common publishing platform that smart professionals use to get found on the web.
So what do the others (not-so-smart) do? Some people have found success by using expensive web site designs and hiring Search Engine Optimization experts, but there’s only so much Google juice they can get out of a site. You still need content and lots of it.
What’s needed in the online search world is a lot of content, using keywords, published frequently and attracting inbound links from other people and connections. This is why a business blog is what successful people use to get found, get known, and get clients.
I don’t want to confuse you, so let’s cut to the chase: what’s needed is for you to publish 2-3 times a week on a business blog, writing about the problems you solve for people. Oh, and it helps a lot to have some video. …And to update social media sites about what you’re blogging about.
But there are a few things you should know before you start a business blog, to ensure you get found on the ‘Net. This post will tell you what you need to know to start and to continue blogging so that you successfully come up looking better than your competitors in searches.
If you’re looking for a successful blog, the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you get found online, is by looking for these things:
- Make sure your blogging platform is search engine friendly (check out Headway Themes). And, each time you post you need a way of checking that each post is optimized for keywords. If it isn’t, you’ll have trouble getting your posts indexed appropriately. ( I use Scribe SEO Optimizer because it’s user-friendly and will teach you how to make each blog post search friendly.)
- Ensure you or someone you trust writes and publishes using your clients’ keyword phrases at least twice a week. (If you can’t do that, then outsource. There are many journalists and guest bloggers who seek opportunities, and if you’re a coach or consultant, I can help you with content.)
- If you need someone to make sure your blog is secure and updated and all that geeky stuff, outsource to a WordPress expert like Suzanne.
- If you need someone to update your social media sites like Facebook, LinkIn and Twitter, hire a social media ninja like Christine.
- If you need help with videos, iMotionVideo offers great, affordable service.
While not necessary, you can always get help for the parts of blogging you don’t like or understand well.
Now that you know a few tips for your business blog, you’re ready to start posting and generating lots of search engine love without worrying. Soon, you’ll be getting comments and leads and it’ll start paying off.
Got questions about how this works? Call me: 858-224-5886