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Small Business: To Blog or Not To Blog


A weblog, or "blog" started out as a personal journal on the Web. They have evolved far beyond that initial concept. Now, weblogs cover as many different topics as there are people writing them. Some blogs are highly influential and have readership which exceeds most traditional newspapers, while others are mainly intended as personal journals to be shared with only family and friends. So, should you consider blogging?

The power of weblogs is that they allow millions of people to easily publish their ideas, and millions more to comment on them. Increasingly people write, read and comment on blogs. Many people mistakenly believe that blogs are only personal diaries. More and more, blogs are being used by businesses to attract customers. Since blogs now come in all flavors, let's look at the basics of blogging.

A blogger is someone who writes a blog. The "Blogosphere" is a word used to describe the online community of bloggers and their writings. A blog differs from a website only because it is a website that is updated frequently, most often displaying its material in journal-like entries. An entry, a post, or a posting, are the terms often used to refer to a specific article or commentary written by the blogger on his or her blog. Many weblogs allow readers to write a reaction to what was written in the blog entry. These comments can often be found directly following the blog entry.

For millions of people, blogging is a hobby. For some, like journalists, writers, business leaders and political leaders, writing blogs enhances their professional careers. A blog gives the voice a broader audience and allows more direct and interactive contact with the readers. Some bloggers have readership numbers approaching that of big media and are able to earn income from their blogs. But potential profit should not be the primary motivation for blogging.

Why should a blog be part of your business' marketing strategy? The blogging movement is picking up speed, particularly for businesses. Blogging is one arena where the size of your company won't matter. A blog is NOT the place to promote your product or company. It is a place to promote your ideas, provide tips, and express yourself in the hopes of building an audience. That audience may , in turn, become customers.

There are two key concepts to keep in mind when deciding whether you will launch a blog or not; providing quality content and blogging regularly. These are critical to creating an audience for your blog.

A successful blog is written with a distinct audience in mind. In this way, you can provide content that is unique to your audience's issues, needs, or desires. If you create content they like and wish to return to read, you will produce quality content. Successful bloggers have a focused topic and a unique personality.

Both your topic and unique style will cause your audience to return to your blog. When they return, it is critical to stay true to your audience and tone of your blog. If people are reading your blog, it's because they like your topic and tone. Try not to stray from your typical topics and style too much. This will give your readers a reason to link back to your blog on an ongoing basis. But your content and tone are just one element to consider. Also critical to your ongoing blogging success is how frequently you update your blog.

If you don't update your blog often enough, blog readers will move on to other blogs. There are too many blogs out there competing for your reader's attention. Blog readers will go where the content is.

Successful blogging takes a commitment of your time. When you begin blogging and wish to capture an audience, you should be prepared to blog every day. In this way, you can develop an audience who counts on you to help them begin or end their day. This means you should also try to post at the same time each day. Your readers will get accustomed to your schedule and check your blog at the appropriate time. The time of day is not as crucial as the consistency in your posting.

So, is a blog right for you? You tell me. Do you have a distinct topic in mind? Do you have a strong opinion or passion for the topic? Do you know what audience you are writing for? Do you have the time to commit to regular postings on your blog? If so, see you in the blogosphere!

Michele Schermerhorn calls herself a "Corporate Freedom Fighter" dedicated to freeing cubicle prisoners to experience their own successful online business. She has over 30 years experience in the business world and over 12 years running her own successful online businesses. She is President of Online Business Institute Inc. (http://www.obinstitute.com), authors a sassy marketing blog (http://www.imarketblog.com), and regularly conducts free online seminars. Online Business Institute Inc. exists to "Create Successful Online Business Owners One Person At A Time".


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20 Email Marketing Services and Tools  Small Business Trends

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Blogging 101: Why Bother & Key Elements of an Effective Blog  Business 2 Community

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WordPress.com Launches New Courses With A Focus On Customer Education  PRNewswire

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Young London Digital Entrepreneur Creates First WordPress Blog Hosting Control Panel  PRNewswire

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Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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'I'm the patient now' | Maryland ER doctor blogs about breast cancer journey  WUSA9.com

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RSS bets on small shakhas in hinterland to make it big in TN  The Times of India Blog

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eBay Kills Affiliate Tool that Drives Traffic to Seller Listings  EcommerceBytes

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Plano teen creates blog about mental health | News | starlocalmedia.com  Star Local Media

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The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

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news Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog Sep 28, 2020  Packers.com

Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math - Gamasutra
Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math  Gamasutra

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Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds  Digital Inspiration

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VA Catholic priest blogged about child sex abuse. Now, he says bishop is threatening to defrock him  WUSA9.com

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RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1  Times of India

What I learned from doing a game jam every month for a year... - Gamasutra
What I learned from doing a game jam every month for a year...  Gamasutra

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As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

What Happened to Tagging? - JSTOR Daily
What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism - Times of India
RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism  Times of India

What is RSS? And Is It Still Important? - Small Business Trends
What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?  Small Business Trends

Bioshock Infinite: A level analysis from a gameplay point of view #4 - Gamasutra
Bioshock Infinite: A level analysis from a gameplay point of view #4  Gamasutra

My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network - Scientific American
My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

David D'Angelo's Blog - King of Cards: Joustus Deep Dive - Part 3 - Gamasutra
David D'Angelo's Blog - King of Cards: Joustus Deep Dive - Part 3  Gamasutra

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Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs  PRNewswire

Steve Thornton's Blog - Soft Skills for Game Developers - Gamasutra
Steve Thornton's Blog - Soft Skills for Game Developers  Gamasutra

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Time has come for an all-India Muslim party  The Times of India Blog

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RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

Web 100: Best law blogs - ABA Journal
Web 100: Best law blogs  ABA Journal

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Doing Gandhi and Godse with Sikhs and farmers’ movement  The Times of India Blog

Roman Szomolai's Blog - How to measure fun for game designers - Gamasutra
Roman Szomolai's Blog - How to measure fun for game designers  Gamasutra

The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species - The Times of India Blog
The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species  The Times of India Blog

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Twibble Automatically Tweets Blog Posts or RSS Feeds On a Schedule  Lifehacker

The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 2 - Times of India
The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 2  Times of India

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How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis  The Washington Post

Simon Carless's Blog - What happened with Microsoft's Switch publishing experiments? - Gamasutra
Simon Carless's Blog - What happened with Microsoft's Switch publishing experiments?  Gamasutra

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Is there a bigger agenda behind drug probe against Bollywood stars?  The Times of India Blog

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Manusmriti, maya and Hindutva’s other ghosts  The Times of India Blog

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A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

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Best blogging platforms of 2021  TechRadar

Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT) - AnandTech
Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT)  AnandTech

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Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To]  Rocks Digital

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What Hindutva trolls can learn from Gandhi  The Times of India Blog

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Launch Day Depression (And Why I'm Over It)  Gamasutra

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Sande Chen's Blog - The Evolution of Digital Storytelling  Gamasutra

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Emotion in Game Design, Video Game Storytelling, and Tips To Help Memory | GameDev Weekly Digest 04  Gamasutra

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How did Fall Guys get it so right?  Gamasutra

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What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started)  G2

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How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter  Digital Inspiration

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Will 4K/60fps Be The Next-Gen Standard? Not a Chance!  Gamasutra

Agriculture’s watershed moment: New farm bills will unshackle 43% of India’s workforce that is engaged in - The Times of India Blog
Agriculture’s watershed moment: New farm bills will unshackle 43% of India’s workforce that is engaged in  The Times of India Blog

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8 Ways to Get (And Keep) Blog Readers  Backstage

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Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots  Digital Inspiration

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2244™ Launches an Edited Blog and Annual Festival  PRNewswire

Facebook refused to remove anti-Muslim posts to not upset Modi govt: WSJ - The Times of India Blog
Facebook refused to remove anti-Muslim posts to not upset Modi govt: WSJ  The Times of India Blog

Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom - GigaOM
Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom  GigaOM

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The APMC conundrum: Rolling back this reform will encourage vested interests to strike down all reform  The Times of India Blog

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How to Submit a Podcast to iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify in 2020  Voices.com

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Sebastian Long's Blog - Should Players Buy Their Own UI?  Gamasutra

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress - Digital Inspiration
How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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How to Move your Blogger Blog on Custom Domain to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

Farmer agitation: Use iron fist in a velvet glove - The Times of India Blog
Farmer agitation: Use iron fist in a velvet glove  The Times of India Blog

Will COVID-19 Make Us More Socialist? - Scientific American Blog Network - Scientific American
Will COVID-19 Make Us More Socialist? - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

Why BJP needs Nehru-Gandhi ‘dynasty’ more than Congress - The Times of India Blog
Why BJP needs Nehru-Gandhi ‘dynasty’ more than Congress  The Times of India Blog

Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots - Boing Boing
Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots  Boing Boing

Chris Zukowski's Blog - Why people aren't buying your game - Gamasutra
Chris Zukowski's Blog - Why people aren't buying your game  Gamasutra

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Move FeedBurner RSS Feeds From One Account to Another  Digital Inspiration

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Is Short-form Blogging Dead? | Adrian Dayton - JDSupra  JD Supra

Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu - Times of India
Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

XML – RSS - Business Blog Consulting
XML – RSS  Business Blog Consulting

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All The Outstanding Races Called In The 3+ Weeks Since The Presidential Election  FiveThirtyEight

Lee Odden - Business Blog Consulting
Lee Odden  Business Blog Consulting

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The Rule of 5 for Bloggers  Entrepreneur

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Blogs:  Gamasutra

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How to Set Up a Subscription Podcast on BlueHost - Chron.com  Chron.com

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Introducing Circuit Breaker, a new gadget blog from The Verge  The Verge

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Rising divorces a sign of justice, not arrogance  Times of India

Sergio Garces's Blog - Steam in Graphs in 2019 - Gamasutra
Sergio Garces's Blog - Steam in Graphs in 2019  Gamasutra

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Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  Times of India

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Add Inside Higher Ed content to your site  Inside Higher Ed

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‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’  Times of India

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What Went Down During The Final Presidential Debate Of 2020  FiveThirtyEight

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Your Top 15 in '15: Most popular on PLOS BLOGS Network  PLoS Blogs

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100 Best RSS Feeds to Follow Engineering News  SociableBlog

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How to Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days  Business 2 Community

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Private blog networks: A great way to get your site penalized  Search Engine Land

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How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in 5 Steps  WordStream

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Blogs:programming  Gamasutra

12 ways to automate and systemise 95% of your blog promotion strategy - Econsultancy
12 ways to automate and systemise 95% of your blog promotion strategy  Econsultancy

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Genre Viability on Steam and Other Trends - An Analysis Using Review Count  Gamasutra

Timeline: The Life of the Blog - NPR
Timeline: The Life of the Blog  NPR

Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta | Research Blog - Duke Today
Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta | Research Blog  Duke Today

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11 Amazing Affiliate Marketing Blogs  Search Engine Journal

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Everything Should Not Be A Blog Post: Start Using Silos  Search Engine Land

26 Platforms for Blogging - Practical Ecommerce
26 Platforms for Blogging  Practical Ecommerce

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This Is the Dumbest Foodie Battle of Our Time  Slate

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What is Mr Modi’s plan for India’s Muslims?  Times of India

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How to find ‘feeds for leads’ as a journalist  Online Journalism Blog

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Content Syndication Basics: Who, What, Where, When, Why & How  Search Engine Journal

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