My most recent blogging workshop gathered together a dozen participants with a wide range of experience and understanding of social media — from some attendees who weren’t quite sure what a blog was to a few people with active, sophisticated websites.
What they all shared, however, was the question about whether or not they should set up their own blog. To help them determine that answer, we discussed five other questions:
1. Will a blog help me build my business?
2. How do I set up a blog?
3. How frequently do I need to post an article?
4. How do I get people to read my blog?
5. How do I monetize a blog?
Here are some “simple” answers:
Will a blog help me build my business: YES, it can. Further Reading is all over the Internet [social media marketing articles], but basically a blog can put a human face on a company, and people do business with people not organizations.
How do I set up a blog? You can read my article with wordpress.com directions
How frequently do I need to post an article? NO . . . you do not “need” to publish every day. . . unless you want to. The main thing is to be consistent — and at least once a week when you begin. You may love blogging so much that you will want to write every day.
How do I get people to read my blog? The answer here is not difficult, but it is BIG, i.e., there are lots and lots of ways including the following:
How do I monetize my blog? My suggestion here is easy: The Common Wisdom is that you do not even think about monetizing until you (a) know you are going to continue blogging, (b) build a sizable readership, and (c) have something valuable to sell — either your content or your own products offered on the blog.
However, if you really want to get into monetizing “early,’ then check out Darren Rowse’s hugely popular Problogger; this blog really does offer all the answers you could ever require — and don’t forget to read the reader comments after each post.
But if you are still looking for more to read, try some of my past articles:
Now let’s get blogging.
And if you have Questions — or more Tips — please leave your comments below.