Why Should I Blog?

When working with a new client on their website, I invariably ask if they would like to include a blog as part of their site. Most would not.

“Why would I blog?” and “What would I write about?” are questions that often come up. Along with, “I don’t want to do that.”

But wait, let me tell you a little bit about why you might want to.

Most new clients are building a website for one reason only: to grow their business. They want new business, new customers.

For the small, local company, blogging is a great way to do just that. Why?

First, blogging on the topic of your business demonstrates that you are knowledgeable and have expertise in your chosen field. It builds trust with your audience. In fact, they more they read, the more that trust grows. And everyone prefers to do business with someone they trust.

Second, the more you blog, the more you improve your SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and it’s the stuff that helps you get found on search engines like Google. That’s because search engines like fresh content, and a blog provides this.

Third, you can use your blog to provide important information to your customers, like how-to’s and reference materials.

What is SEO and Why Should I Care?

I often get clients who want a website built and when I start talking to them about SEO, they glaze over. They just want a website. And from it, more business.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and simply put, it’s what gets your website found on Google, Yahoo, Bing and the like. If you want your customers to find you online, you need it.

SEO is part art, part science. Search engines are continuously cataloging the internet. Each has its own unique algorithm that places emphasis on different parts of your website to best serve up what their users are looking for. Knowing what’s important to search engines, what’s important to your potential clients and the language to express it is key to good SEO.

Building in SEO

There are many elements that go into creating good SEO. This is by no means a complete list, but the basics include:

  • Your URL
  • Site title
  • Page title
  • Headings, used in descending order
  • Links in and out
  • Image titles, descriptions and alternate text
  • Size of your website
  • Unique content
  • Content freshness
  • Keywords and meta data

Some of your SEO is buried in your code, but most of it is visible to the viewer. When creating good SEO you need to think like your potential customer.

For example, if your company is called Persnickety Painters and someone keys Persnickety Painters into Google, your website is going to come up on top. But what if someone who’s never heard of you wants to find a top quality painter in San Francisco, CA? They’re going to key in ‘house painter in San Francisco, CA’ or some such phrase. Your job is to anticipate what your customer is going to key in, and have a page ready that meets their search requirements.

That means your site title might be San Francisco’s Top Quality House Painter: Persnickety Painters. And your home page might include a testimony by a client stating that Persnickety Painters offered the best quality house painting for the price on their home in San Francisco.

Next, as the owner of Persnickety Painters, you would create a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the business with links to that page.

To keep content fresh, you’d include a blog and post regularly about the latest homes you painted in San Francisco, CA.

And so on…

Choosing the right language and expressing it throughout your site is key to creating good SEO. It’s what brings you new business. And isn’t that what every business owner wants?

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