By Kyle Lacy, kylelacy.com
Many business owners have launched blogs after attending a conference where an enthusiastic expert tells the dramatic story about how he made thousands of dollars and expanded the reach of his business by blogging. It sounds irresistible.
The attendees rush home, set up a blog, and begin posting. A few weeks later they hit a wall. No one is reading their posts, let alone sharing them. Ideas for new posts have dried up.
What went wrong?
Whether you’ve been blogging for a long time or you’re hoping to launch one soon, here are eight things you need to know about launching and maintaining a blog:
Understand Your Audience
People want stories or a high value offer that will help them. You need to communicate in terms that they can identify with or you need to offer them something valuable that they actually want.
Even if your blog is focusing on bare facts or industry trends, look for a narrative hook or brief anecdote that will draw readers into your post. Most blog readers scan posts for key content, but if you can’t figure out a way to draw them in, your hard work will go to waste.
Research Your Material
If you don’t have solid content and unique ideas that take stock of what’s been written before, chances are you won’t add anything valuable to what exists online. Why should readers visit your particular blog?
Read the blogs and magazines of your industry, and pay attention to any bestselling books. Look for fascinating angles on a story and explore counterintuitive or fresh ways to write about your topics. Spend some time learning how other professionals research so that you are never stuck with blank page syndrome.
Develop a Specific Niche for Your Writing
Readers need to have clear expectations for what they’re going to find at your blog. Quality is important, but the subject….>>>>READ MORE
Kyle is principal at MindFrame, a digital direct response company serving the nonprofit sector. Recognized both locally and globally for his knowledge of social media, he has currently trained over 175 companies and organizations across the world. Kyle is author of two books: Twitter Marketing for Dummies (Wiley, 2009 / 2011) and Branding Yourself (Pearson, 2010). The second edition of Twitter Marketing for Dummies was released in 2011. His website can be found at www.kylelacy.com.