In this episode we will recap a tip from the last podcast, a quick seo tip and then we will get down to it with a conversation about being stuck and need fresh ideas for your blog.
Tip from Podcast 21: Ideas on what you should know about seo, at least
Doing SEO means putting a set of tactics such as updating your meta title, meta description and even meta keywords into action.
[su_note note_color=”#ffb766″ radius=”5″]Caution: Do not think just because you start SEO efforts that you will suddenly be on the first page of Google. It takes time, effort and yes more time and more effort.[/su_note]
Now let’s go over a very quick SEO tip
Make your site easy
The easier that your site is to use, the more likely people are to share it. For example, Forbes has wonderful articles that I love to read but I find the site so frustrating that I hate to share their articles. Now, obviously they do just fine without me but there are smaller sites that are similar. If I have to jump thru hoops to read your content then I am not going to share it, just to make someone else do the same thing. There is a wonderful book that I read when I first started web design called Don’t Me Think and I highly recommend you check it out.
Now let’s get down to it and discuss ideas for your blog
Are You Stuck and Need Fresh Ideas for Your Blog?It happens to all of us. Sometimes we get stuck with blog topics and content ideas. It seems like a terrible place to be, but the opportunity can create new material. There are different types of blogs in the world, ranging from cooking to sports to business. For the sake of this conversation, we are going to purely discuss business blogs. The suggestions however, will easily transfer to other types as well.
Idea #1: What Five Questions Do You Get Asked the Most?
The answers provide great subject matter to write about. These discussions can save you support time by allowing you to address ongoing questions and issues once, without have to repeat the discussion with multiple clients. For example, at FunCitySocialMedia we got asked:
- How do I get to my Facebook Business Page?
- What is the difference between my personal Facebook and my business Facebook?
- How do I add a new page to my website?
- How often should I update my blog?
- How do I tweet out links?
Idea #2: What Five Things Do You Wish Your Clients Knew About Your Products or Services?
- We wish clients knew that the key to social media is to make connections with people, not just trying to sell them.
- We wish clients understood that social media should be treated like a networking meeting, just on a computer.
- We wish clients understood to ignore the rude and porn people on social media.
- We wish clients understood that social media, like other marketing, takes time to see positive results.
Next we would like to give you several fill-in-the-blank ideas. However, we learned this idea from an expert. Go read Copy Blogger’s article. Copy Blogger is one of the most famous bloggers around and his entire blog is about blogging. Consider using his blogging prompt fill-in-the-blank method.
Our favorite blog title prompts:
- The ______ Ways to ______.
- Five Quick Tips to _______.
- The Top Five benefits of ________.
It has been our experience that the biggest problem with writing blog posts are not actually a lack of content, but more a fear that no one will care. The sad part of blogging is that for the first 50 to 100 blog posts, you will have little interaction and followers. However, the happy part is this gives you some time to work out the kinks and to find your groove and voice. It generally takes about 100 blog posts before you start getting consistent response and followers besides your mother and faithful friends.
Keep blogging, keep writing post and remember it also help with your search engine rankings so don’t quit.
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