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The Amazing Power of Blogging

The Amazing Power of Blogging

Original article by Tony Cordingley

So what is a blog? After all, it just looks like a regular website to many people. In fact, it is one of the best ways of holding a conversation online. You can hold this conversation with as many people as you want and it is only limited by the amount of people who come to your blog.

What is a blog?

It is a great way to connect with people especially those with similar interests to yourself. Simply put up interesting or controversial thoughts and opinions and invite comment. If you have a particular passion you can easily attract interest from similarly passionate people and stimulate further interest in the subject.

Of course, it hasn't taken long for commercial interests to cotton on to this and see the money making opportunities inherent in this technology. The main object here is to establish yourself as an authority on a particular subject and to build a profile for yourself.

This can work for anybody from an internet marketer selling money making products to your local real estate agent or neighbourhood lawyer. However, building credibility has it's cost. You need to maintain contact with your readership and regularly write interesting and valuable content for your blog. This regular input is the most daunting aspect of blogging unless you are a skilled and competent writer. Fortunately, these written pieces do not have to be very long but they do need to be regular, especially if you are also hoping to get noticed and indexed by the search engines. Getting on the first page of Google is incredibly good for business.

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Be careful to avoid blatant advertising in your blogging. Otherwise, it is all too easy to put people off. A casual recommendation is the best promotion. Building your profile and authority will have all the positive spin-off to bring people knocking on the office door. Encourage questions that can showcase your knowledge in your answers.

Google alerts can be emailed to your email address daily and can be a source of inspiration on what to write or discuss with your readership. Regular attendance at online forums on your subject will also give you ideas on what is of current interest on your subject.

How to start a blog

Blogging can be purely a platform to share your passion on a chosen subject or it can be a great way to build your business. If it is for building your business be careful not to be too obvious about it. Give good content, good advice and be open and conversational and you can't go wrong.

Blogging is incredibly easy to set up. Google's Blogger.com or WordPress are very easy to set up even for those challenged by technology. And there is now also a new blogging platform for entrepreneurs called Marketive. There is no need to do anything fancy just blog regularly with good content and try to remain current with what is happening in your niche.

 

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How often should I blog?

This is a big question for online entrepreneurs, and a dilemma for many bloggers.  It is not an easy question to answer, but I will try to give you information with some perspective to help you determine your ideal blog post frequency.

The answer to this question is dependent to a large degree on your particular niche. and what your competitors are doing in that particular space.  For example, if your blog is in the general news category, your biggest competitor happens to be one of the the biggest blogs in the world, The Huffington Post.  This blog's latest Alexa numbers, (a blog traffic tracking and ranking site), are 152 /35.

This means there are only 151 blogs in the world that receive more traffic than The Huffington Post, and only 34 blogs in the US that receive more traffic.  They have 255,422 sites linking to their website, (backlinks), and nearly 100 million monthly visitors.  They also produce a new piece of content or post every minute of the day on average.

Of course, this an extreme example of massive content creation, and top shelf blogging success.  It is obvious that you would have an uphill battle if you decided to compete against this kind of "super blog", and a significant investment to even come close to their online accomplishment.

Note:  All the major US news media struggle to compete with The Huffington Post in terms of their online success.

Now for comparison purposes, let's see what kind of competition you would face in the dog training niche.  The most popular blog in the dog training niche has Alexa rankings of 23,966 / 6,748.  (cesarsway.com)  Again, that means they rank 23,966 in the world for traffic, and 6,748 in the US.  This is quite a good result for this niche.  Obviously it would be much easier to compete with a blog in this niche than a blog on the level of The Huffington Post. Other blogs on the first page of Google for dog training are much less popular than this one.

Your niche may have blogs that offer much less competition than the dog training example above, (I hope so),…but you need to do this kind of basic research to determine the level of competition in your niche.  This is one of the first factors you should asses when you begin to post and promote your blog.

When you are first starting out, it makes sense to blog on a fairly frequent basis.  It tasks a number of posts to gain traction and gain interest.  At the risk of you not doing the simple research, I highly recommend you do the bit of research that I have recommended above. as it will help you to know what you're are getting into.  If you already have a blog, research will also help you to position yourself in your niche and give you an idea of what it will take for you to compete successfully.

There is quite a bit more to say about blogging, but I will reserve those suggestions for future follow-up posts.  I hope you will find these recommendations helpful, and try to implement them as soon as possible.

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