Blogging is something that many online businesses do, but it is also something that ALL businesses should do. There are all kinds of excuses for not blogging – I don’t know how, I don’t have time, I would run out of ideas or wouldn’t have a clue what to write about. The fact is, there are countless benefits your business enjoys through blogging, and it really isn’t that difficult. Ever heard of outsourcing? Now you have no excuse! There are plenty of writers out there that would gladly create the content for you, saving you the time and effort.
Here are 4 of the most important benefits of blogging:
On-the-spot discussions. Blogging allows you to connect to your audience in real time. Unlike newspapers where readers have to wait until the next day to learn all of the juicy details, you can get involved in discussions or even debates right now. In addition, you can give your audience updates instantly, regarding new products, price changes, special offers, etc.
Reputation building. What better way to build the confidence and trust of your audience in your products/services than a blog? A blog portrays your level of knowledge and authority to your reader, building your reputation as a trusted provider of your product or service. Through your posts and discussions, readers get a real sense that they know you, thereby building their confidence.
Connectivity to a larger audience. With the huge popularity of social media, blogs are a great way to connect to a much wider audience. Those who actually visit your blog can “like” and “tweet” your content to their followers, spreading the word all around the world wide web.
SEO. Last, but certainly not least, blogs help enhance your SEO efforts. Search engines love blogs, because they provide fresh, updated and original content on a regular basis, unlike many static websites. Keyword optimized posts help search engine ranking; you can link to other pages of your blog, or to a separate website using keyword rich anchor text.
These are just a handful of the countless benefits your business will enjoy through blogging. Are you one of the many who make excuses for why you don’t blog? Put your excuses or fears aside, and get started. You’ll be amazed by the results; in fact, you’ll probably wish you’d started sooner!