Blogging Tips

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Donna Ward

Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Blogging Tips 1: Do you know what guest blogging is and how it can be used as an effective business SEO strategy?

To be in the SEO top page rank (PR) may take effort, goal setting, scheduling, and time, but it will prove worth it.

  • Find a blog similar to your information and ask if you can become a Guest Blogger. If your are allowed to put your URL address either in the address area or the comment area – this will become a link back.

Blogging Tips 2: Make relevant comments on blogs that are similar to yours – and again you will get those link backs!

  • These are in-bound links to your site and remember in-bound links are another great piece for your SEO.

Blogging Tips 3: Great sites for link bakcs are: Read more

What Is A Blog?

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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What is a Blog? And, what is a blog going to do for your small business? The answer to what is a blog, can be short, a blog is the “Heart” or some say “Hub” of your small business online.

What is a blog and it’s purpose for your business and the people that come to your site?

  • A blog gives you the unique opportunity to show who and what your business is, in a totally new light.

Because the Internet has encouraged a much more sophisticated consumer base, they Read more

Creating a Business Blog

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Creating a business blog? So, what’s happening with your work on creating a business blog and making it work for your small business? Creating a business blog is essential in your business plan.

Do you find yourself hearing this a lot? ‘If you are in business, you need to be found on the web. You need to be everywhere your potential client hangs out.” Well, when you create your business blog, it is your business hub on the web!

There are four primary reasons why you want to use a blog for your business:

1. Build a brand
2. Generate leads
3. Get sales
4. Advertising Revenue

Creating a business blog can support any one of these goals. You have to know that being found is the key on Read more

Small Business Visibility

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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What gives your small business visibility online?

  • Well, Google also loves blogs, because they are constantly being updated with fresh content and changing. A blog reader is likely to come back to a blog, and maybe even bookmark the site, if they know there are going to be constant updates and new information for them to obtain. So your blog can really increase Read more

A Small Business Blog

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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It makes sense that small businesses would be attracted to blogging, which really is a do-it-yourself publishing site that characterizes the very spirit of being an entrepreneur.

What do blogs add to the small business exchange of ideas that a whole host of magazines, TV channels and Web sites don’t? Read more

3 Steps to Writing Great Blog Headlines

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Blog HeadlinesWriting great blog headlines can be difficult, which is why many bloggers simply don’t bother to do it. However, if you’re willing to learn how to get better at it, you’ll be surprised by how much a good headline can improve your results.

So what’s the secret to writing good headlines?

It’s a combination of things.

But most importantly, it involves thinking like a copywriter. This means that you must understand your audience, think like them, and then make a conscious effort to persuade them using every strategy available to copywriters.

In the upcoming days you’ll learn 7 ways you can use to write great blog headlines, but first #1:

1. Make a Big Promise

Your blog post may provide very large benefits to your readers.

Example: It might tell them how to use a new Internet marketing technique that is not explained well elsewhere.

However, if you do not communicate this information to your viewers, then they won’t see the benefit and won’t bother to read your entry.

Example: As an example, consider using a headline like:
“Do _____ 3 Times Faster.”

For all readers, this is a simple and tangible benefit and if this is something they want, then there’s a good chance they’ll read the entry.

There is the old saying that ‘content is king’ – and one of your small business strategies better be to learn what this means!

2. Arouse Curiosity

Another strategy you can use to improve your blog headlines is to arouse curiosity.

  • You’ll make it difficult for the reader to leave without having first satisfied that curiosity by at least skimming your entry.

Again, using our Internet marketing example in Part 1, you might say something like this:
Example: “3 Tips: How The World’s Strangest Marketing…”

On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. This is the secret to the power of your title, and why it so highly determines the effectiveness of the entire piece. (from Copyblogger, Magnetic Headlines)

3. Use Trigger Words

If you’ve ever read a guide on copywriting, you’ve probably noticed that the term “trigger word” is thrown around quite frequently.

  • If you’re not familiar with the term, it refers to any word or phrase that triggers a psychological response on the reader’s part.
  • Sometimes these are called ‘power words’.

These are very useful, as they can compel people to take action and make decisions when an alternate choice of words would not.

The following is a short list of some “trigger words” that you may want to use in your blog headlines:

· free
· news
· introducing
· new
· announcing
· explosive
· proven
· shocking

These types of methods will help your blogging content efforts stay fresh and interesting.