Small Business Blogging Tips for Beginners

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Small Business Blogging Tips

It’s no secret that companies allocate a great deal of time and effort to develop credible blogs that draw additional traffic to their sites. Unfortunately, small business owners oftentimes find themselves at a disadvantage. They might not have the experience or finances needed to establish a blog that will increase their company’s SEO — or so they think.

Step 1: Effective Site Development

If you’re setting up your first professional blog, keep in mind that less is more. Be ambitious but don’t bite off more than you can chew. Otherwise, you could end up with a blog that doesn’t engage readers. As such, there are two crucial fundamentals to designing any blog.

  • It must be functional and easy to use.
  • It must be organized in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Along these lines, the key to setting up any worthwhile blog is to always consider your audience. Make sure your site serves your readers in the best possible way. For example, the surety bond blog I maintain isn’t overly fancy or complicated. Instead it has a nice, clean presentation that makes it easy to navigate.

It’s true that it can take a significant amount of time and money to develop an authoritative blog that supplements your company’s website, but it doesn’t have to. For starters, there are numerous affordable web hosting companies vying for your business. For a small monthly hosting fee, you can quickly install WordPress and start blogging immediately. Using a basic WordPress template can be especially helpful if you want it to work effectively and don’t have

  1. experience with coding
  2. a budget for the project
  3. very much time

You can always alter a blog template later on as you develop further online branding, but this is a good place to start when setting up your first company blog.

However, if you’re still hesitant to take on the task yourself, there’s another great option for you to consider. Contact a local institution of higher learning to see if the school’s IT, marketing or graphic design department offers partnerships with local businesses. These partnerships allow students to gain experience working with real companies and also give small business owners access to web development services they might not be able to afford otherwise.

Step 2: Effective Blogging

The greatest benefit of blogging is that it generates new content for your site regularly, which allows you to attract new readers and potential clients. When you set up a blog for you business, updating it should become an important aspect of your online marketing strategy. Search engine algorithms value websites that update their content frequently. Maintaining a blog as an extension of your site allows business owners to keep their websites current.

However, you shouldn’t establish a blog to shamelessly promote your business. Your audience won’t want to read a blog that’s simply an advertising supplement to your regular site. Instead, use your blog to educate those who are invested in the market, which will establish your company as an industry authority. This can be achieved in a number of ways.

  • Share what you think about new products and trends within your industry.
  • Explain new laws or regulations that will affect the industry you work in.
  • Help clients understand complicated legal issues related to your industry.

By establishing an authoritative blog and then updating it regularly with quality content, you’ll be able to maintain an effective online marketing strategy that can increase consumer awareness of your business and attract new clients.

About Danielle

Danielle Rodabaugh is a professional writer, editor and marketing specialist. Danielle has helped develop the online branding of Surety Bonds.com, an online surety bond company, since its inception in 2009.

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Candice Bluski December 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Danielle! This is perfect for helping me start out my new blog. I’ll follow these steps and be sure to have a successful blog!

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Danielle Rodabaugh December 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for reading, Candice. I’m glad you found the article to be helpful 🙂

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Anne December 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

Thanks for pointing out about shameless advertising. I have seen a lot that fell on that trap when they started a small business blog and this is a huge turn off. It is best to provide tips and other relevant information on their blog to attract and retain loyal readers and followers.

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Danielle Rodabaugh December 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I totally agree Anne! Even if your blog is a facet of your company’s online marketing strategy, you should remember why people are there to read it. Most people could care less about being sold to, which can become a big turnoff. The same goes for social media. They’re typically looking for supplementary information and engagement, both of which are crucial to online branding — NOT additional sales pitches.

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Alice Cornelios July 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your thought Danielle. I am poor in tweaking the settings of my blog site design. I know how important it is, but I get lost with the codes and symbols. Is it advisable to seek out professionals to do this stuff for me?

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Danielle Rodabaugh July 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

Hello Alice,

If programming/coding isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of professional designers out there who should be able to help you. If you’re on a budget, I’d advise looking for a graphic design student at a local college/university. Many of them learn these skills and would love to be paid anything to get some tangible work experience for a portfolio. You can get a professional looking blog at a lower cost. Good luck!

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