How to get more bang for your blog-writing buck
Whether your blog is giving you sufficient bang for your
blog-writing buck depends on:
- What your blog’s about and how relevant it is to your target audience
- Your use of metadata and SEOs
- How much time you spend writing your articles
- How smart you are about what you write and how and when you publish your article
your idea of ‘success’ is winning new clients, sharing information and/or other markers
1. What’s your blog about?
You’re more likely to get bang for your buck if your blog is:
- About something that is going to be of interest to the sort of people who might be potential clients.
- About something you know like the back of your hand (because then it’s more likely to be good, clear information).
- Well-written and easy to read so that people will not only start reading your article but finish it.
something that’s either relevant to your business or to your areas of
interest/expertise, whilst making sure your blog is not obviously promoting
or advertising your business.
- Constructed using relevant metadata and SEO terms so that gives you brownie points in terms of Google rankings.
For example, the purpose of my website is to advertise and promote what my business sells which is scribing, editing and producing transcripts. Whereas the purpose of my blog is to share information with whoever visits my blog and in the process, quietly complement the website in promoting my business. I write work-related articles about editing, writing and transcription; but
I also write non-work-related articles about books and movies and art exhibitions, and different aspects of managing small businesses.
2. Metadata and SEO’s
Although I am no expert in how to use metadata and SEOs, I’ve found that this works:
- If the article is about my services (e.g. scribing, editing or producing transcripts) I insert those relevant terms into the metadata and include those relevant SEO terms within the text of the article where it makes sense to do so.
- If the article is business-related but not about any of my services (e.g. this article about blogging), I will link the topic of the article back to my business services (which are scribing, editing and producing transcripts) by including some examples drawing from my experience running my business; thereby including relevant SEOs that fit well into the context of the article.
- If the article’s not work related at all (e.g. a review of an art exhibition or book), I’ve written it simply because I enjoy writing about non-work related as well as work-related subjects. I haven’t written it to promote my business. Therefore I don’t include any relevant SEOs or metadata in the article.
3. How much time do you spend writing articles?
When I started writing blog articles I didn’t count how long it took to
produce each article. Then I started counting and discovered I was taking up to 6 or 7 hours to write and edit each article – hours for which no-one was paying me. I realised that if I wanted to get better bang for my blog-writing buck I’d have to spend less time writing articles.
And so I decided to try to spend no more than 3 hours writing and editing each article and quickly discovered I could only meet this target if I stuck to articles about subjects I knew really well. Nowadays, if an article’s not coming together easily I simply delete it and write a different article that comes more naturally and is easier to write. And as it turns out, the best articles are about the subjects I know best.
4. Are you a smart blogger?
If you’re a smart blogger, you:
- Don’t write more articles than you need to. Publishing one blog article a week arguably gives you similar results (in terms of how search engine spiders view your website and business) as publishing two or three blog articles per week.
- Write articles that give good information that will benefit people but don’t make your blog articles longer or more detailed than you need to. A medium-sized article is more likely to be read in full than a very long article and takes less time to write.
- Share your blog articles on social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn) regularly – once or twice a week is okay – and at the times of day or night that your potential readers are likely to be online.
- Republish or recycle your articles on different platforms. For example, every time I publish a blog article, I copy it into a new LinkedIn article and publish it on LinkedIn – always including a link back to my website and/or blog. Social media experts also suggest editing each blog article into different versions of the article and posting a different version on each of your social media platforms – each of those articles is then regarded by the search engine spiders as a new article connected to your website.
5. Is your blog ‘successful’?
Whether your blog is successful in giving you and your business sufficient bang for your buck depends on what you mean by ‘success’. In my view, your blog is probably successful if it has been:
- giving you good job satisfaction and enjoyment
- helping you win any clients or work, either directly or indirectly
- resulting in broader or stronger networks and relationships with colleagues and/or clients
- opening up new areas (e.g. social media groups) that are resulting in referrals
- increasing your ranking on search engines which has resulted in your business being noticed by more potential clients.
Other ways to get more bang for your blogging buck
If you have any other ideas or hints about how to be a more efficient blog-writer, increase readership or make your blog more successful, please add your comments below.
This article is based on my own experiences since 2002 when I started On Time Typing as a sole trader business in Darwin which has over the years evolved into an online transcription, scribing, writing, editing and proofreading business with clients across Australia.
Stay posted for future articles about blogging and other aspects of freelancing and managing home-based businesses, especially online scribing, secretarial or editing businesses.
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