How to blog effectively?

Who rules the internetYesterday I found an interesting post on Dan Schawbel blog. The debate was Conversation or Content. Who rules the Internet? I think that in the first years the Internet we had this split (Web 1.0). We had either content (websites mostly static) or we had conversations (forums). The model was not perfect so we improved it and Web 2.0 was born. And so came the blogs.

What defines a blog? A blog has two very important characteristics:

  1. It offers the possibility to quickly and easily create and publish your content
  2. Has a mechanism that allow readers to leave comments or another form of feedback

If you miss any of the above you do not have a blog. For sure you can argue that Seth Godin for example, does not accept comments. You are right but he accepts trackbacks which is a form of feedback.

Coming back to conversations or content discussion we can see that a blog has both. It has content created and published usually by the owner and it has the feedback mechanisms that spark the conversations. And that’s why blogging got so much traction. In 2008 13% of the US population was maintaining a blog. This will increase to 17% form the US population by 2013. The readers of blogs represented in 2008 45% of the US population and they will increase to 58% by 2013. This means that by 2013 128 million people in the US will read blogs while 38 million will blog.

When you start blogging the first thing you have to decide is what to blog about. If you are blogging for business you should ask yourself who are your customers and then figure out what are they interested about. Statistics show that you will find your blogging “voice” and you’ll figure out how to blog after creating the first 30 posts.

By now you should have a lot of questions: How to blog? Is blogging for me? What platform to use? What should I write about? What layout should my blog have? What theme should I choose? What domain name? Most of these questions will be answered in the first class of Inbound Marketing University that you can watch below. Learn how to blog, enjoy and if you have more questions or comments, post them below.

How to Blog Effectively for Business (GF101)

Photo credits by Courtney Bolton

SEO got simpler

In the last couple of weeks I have launched a new site. It’s called Personal Brand Grader and it delivers advice and tools for improving your personal brand but this is not about what I want to talk today. Instead I will tell you about a tool I have found when working on Personal Brand Grader. It’s called ScribeSEO and it helps optimizing your blog posts for search engines.

When we write a blog post or any piece of internet content we have to take into account a lot of things like the number of words a post should have, the frequency of the keywords present in the article, their prominence or density, what tags you should post for your article and so on. Unfortunately Scribe will not write the post for you. Instead it will give you the statistics for your article, it will give you a grade based on how optimized is your piece of content, it will recommend the tags for your post and it will give you a lot of advice on optimizing your article and changing keywords. I have used this service for the past month and it is just brilliant. It has optimized my posts from the beginning (before posting them) and it has also educated me on what I should consider when writing a headline, description or the body of the article. So in time I managed to get high SEO grades on my articles from the first analysis.

The SEO service is developed to be either a WordPress plugin which is great for those that use WordPress to power their blogs. You just have to press a button and your post gets analyzed and optimized. It has also a web based version. With this last one you can optimize any piece of content, grade it and when you are content with what you got you just have to copy and paste it in your CMS (Content Management System).

The only downside of this service is that you have to pay for it. The price starts from $27 a month for 30 evaluations which is more than enough if you have just a blog. You can choose the publisher option that gives you 120 evaluations for $47 or the advanced option where you have to pay $97 for 300 SEO evaluations.

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