Blogging for business is a strong and wonderful reality. Just because the content is geared toward business people doesn’t mean that it can’t be compelling, interesting, informative and educational. Your content serves as a vehicle to help others in many ways.
When it comes to blogging, it isn’t enough to write a blog article once. As a business owner, you have a commitment to blogging on a regular and consistent basis. There are many different ways in which you can present your content so that it is appealing to other people and so that those people keep coming back to your content over and over again to try to glean as much wisdom from your writing as they possibly can. At the same time, you need to get your readers to connect with your writing on an emotional level.
There are many different elements that make up a good blog post.
Speaking to all target audiences at once
It can be challenging when it comes to consistency among blog posts. Your blog article must have the same voice from beginning to end and if that is achieved, your writing will be effective for many different audiences at the same time. The level of expertise within your blog should also be consistent throughout. If you are addressing a complicated issue, you should put in a lot of details that address that issue. Your assumption, in that case, should not be that your audience members need a “101” course first to be able to understand what you are discussing.
The length of your blog posts
Your blog posts should not be extremely short or extremely long. Somewhere between 500 and 1,000 words is perfect. You will see that the length of your articles will vary depending on how much you really have to say about any given topic. You need to remember that a longer article is perfectly acceptable if your are speaking clearly and concisely. On the other hand, if you start to repeat yourself and that contributes to the length of your article, it is not acceptable. In that case, you need to find a way to edit your article so that the information that you are sharing should really be there.
Interesting and compelling content
There is nothing worse (or more destructive) than trying to read an article that is boring and not valuable in any way. If you don’t really have something valuable to say, don’t say anything. It is better to wait until you really have something worthwhile to share than to just put some words (any words) on a page and call it an article. As you are writing your blog article, ask yourself if you would be willing to share the article with other people if you were the reader. If the answer is yes, you are on the right track.
Perfection isn’t always necessary
You don’t really have to work your blog posts until they are perfect in every possible way. You need to be the most concerned with earning the interest of your readers and making sure that you are constantly offering them a solution to their problems. If you are able to achieve that, they will continue to want to read whatever you are posting.
Exciting title and first paragraph
If you are able to grab your readers with the title and first paragraph (or teaser paragraph) of your blog article, chances are good that they will read the rest of the article. You only have three seconds from the time that they first start reading to make them want to continue reading. If their interest is not held for more than three seconds, you will lose them altogether.
Search engine optimization
It is critical that your content is optimized for the search engines. If it isn’t, nobody will be able to find your content and if they can’t find it, they can’t read it. Make sure that your content has rich and effective keywords that will make it as easy as possible for people to find you.
Having a call-to-action at the end of your blog post is critical. If you don’t have one, how do you expect people to find you so that they can interact with you after they have read your blog post? Your call-to-action should never be a hard sell. You should include an Email address and perhaps a phone number. Then, it is up to your readers to decide whether they want to reach out to you.
Corporate blogging is not that different than other types of blogging. The language may be a little more formal and the topics will be different but if the writing is exciting and compelling, it will have a positive effect on your readers. They will be interested in what you have to say and they will want to get involved in a discussion with you. People love to share their thoughts and opinions with other people. The more you offer other people, the more interested they will be in what you have to say.
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Carolyn Cohn is the Chief Editor of CompuKol Communications LLC. Mrs. Cohn has a wealth of experience in business writing as well as having a strong editorial background. She manages all of the company’s writers, journalists and editors as well as writing, editing and publishing several business articles a week on a consistent basis, which are syndicated globally.
Mrs. Cohn has run several editorial departments for other companies. She has over 25 years of editorial experience and her expertise covers a wide range of media, such as online editing, and editing books, journal articles, abstracts, and promotional and educational materials.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Cohn has established and maintained strong relationships with professionals from a wide variety of companies. The principle that governs her work is that all words need to be edited.
Mrs. Cohn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.
Mrs. Cohn is a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).
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