Although blogging is a common activity among wellness-preneurs, I often hear that blogging isn’t really living up to their expectations in terms of getting results for their business.
I suspect that this is the case with a lot of passion-driven solopreneurs regardless of industry, so in this post, we are going to outline four things you need to do to make your blogging efforts actually pay off.
Here’s a scenario: You start a passion-driven and heart-centered business. You idolize so-and-so and she happens to totally rock at blogging and it’s clear that she gets amazing results from it. So you start blogging too. But then… nothing happens. No influx of clients beating down the doors. No comments. No extra followers. What the heck?! What am I doing wrong!?
When our marketing efforts don’t get results as expected, it’s easy to feel discouraged and confused. After all – blogging is supposed to be the way to get more clients and credibility, isn’t it? (well, that and Google+ isn’t so bad either, right? 😉
So why haven’t you gotten more clients yet?
In this post, you will learn four things to always include in your blogging for it to actually get you real results in your business.
The truth of the matter is – many solopreneurs don’t use blogging the right way for business: in a way that not only increases trust, but also gets more leads and creates that expert-level status in record time.
I’m already hearing the outrage: “There’s no such thing as blogging the right way – blogging is meant to express my personality and connect with my readers on a personal level, don’t tell me how to do it!! I got my way and I’m doing it just fine!”
True – I guess there is no right or wrong way to blog. Blogging may absolutely be used as an expression of your personality. But if you are using blogging as a means of marketing your business, really connecting with your potential clients, and actually getting results, there are several things you need to keep in mind to be successful.
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The fact of the matter is – personal blogging is a lot different than blogging for business. (tweet this)
Let’s talk about the four crucial ingredients to making sure your “blogging recipe” is set up in a way that invites more leads and customers your way. Effortlessly.
1. Your blog is not your diary
The biggest difference between personal blogging and blogging for business is treating your blog with the right intent. Most wellness-preneurs get this wrong when they use blogging in hopes of getting more clients.
Have you ever heard the term “content marketing?”
The whole idea behind this concept behind content marketing that you are providing high-quality free content (in a clear, visually-appealing way) for your potential clients with the intent of marketing and getting real results for your business. Blogging is a major (but not only) part of content marketing. This is actually the way most brands and marketers are moving towards because they understand the immense value it provides and the crazy good results it can get.
So, how is personal blogging different from content marketing?
In personal blogging, bloggers simply write about themselves: what they have been up to, what their plans are, what they like to do, and what they think about. Basically, the focus is mostly on them and they frequently treat their blogs as a public journal or diary (I know all about this, having been involved in the healthy living blog community for several years myself).
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When you blog with the intent of getting results for your business (through content marketing), you are writing articles rather than diary entries. You are writing articles that are valuable, helpful, and create a connection between your expertise and your readers’ needs.
2. Write as if you are writing to your one ideal client
The second point is very closely related to the previous point of treating your blog as a content marketing tool rather than as a diary. Now let’s talk about another huge difference between personal blogging and blogging for business – the target focus of your writing shifts.
No, I’m not saying you should change your point of view or your target market. Not even close. I’m simply saying that if you want to truly connect with your readers and actually get clients through blogging you need to shift your focus from writing “me-centric” content to “client-centric” content. (tweet this)
Let me explain…
While I’m sure your readers love hearing about your adventures in life and wellness, as well as getting your own unique perspective on things, this type of diary-writing is “me-centric” because it has you as the focal point. And the truth of the matter is – as much as we love to creep on people’s lives (don’t pretend you don’t do this, I know why you go on Facebook all day, hehe), we are also unlikely to buy from someone unless we truly feel they understand us and can help us.
If you are writing with you as the focal point, this leaves your ideal clients’ struggles and needs unaddressed, and you are therefore missing the mark. Big time.
However, when you speak to that one ideal client, the focus and perspective shifts. When you speak to her pain points, her wants, and her needs, you show her that you understand. And as human beings, we want to be around people who understand us, uniquely. We want to work with someone who truly and undoubtedly understands us.
That’s the type of writing that gets clients.
3. Don’t obsess over SEO
When many solopreneurs start using content marketing (particularly blogging) to get more clients, they tend to get a little obsessed with search engine optimization. Getting your blog posts found on Google is a fantastic goal, but going overboard with keywords may actually backfire.
Google’s new algorithm puts more value on quality content rather than super-keyword-heavy content. When scouting your blog posts to determine how to rank them in search engine results, Google also looks at whether you use synonyms and how much other websites are linking to your blog posts, rather than just how many times you plugged your target keyword in the post.
I won’t go too much more into SEO (that would be a whole book in itself) but know this: write for people first, search engines second. (tweet this)
Basically, write your article as you would normally write it. Write it with your personal flair and fun voice and don’t worry about any keywords just yet. Then, once you’re done – adjust it to include your target keyword a few times as per your SEO plugin of choice.
Doing this ensures that your articles are written with your own natural voice, they flow well, but are still conscious of SEO practices.
4. Don’t forget a call-to-action
Another super important part of writing blog articles that get results is including a clear call-to-action.
A call-to-action is basically a “call out” at the end of the article (it can also be intertwined through the post itself) that tells the reader what you want them to do as the next step.
Ask yourself these questions: What is the one thing you want your reader to do once she’s done reading? Do you want her to comment on your post? Do you want her to share it with her Facebook friends? Or do you want her to subscribe to your newsletter? Or maybe it’s something else entirely.
Whatever option you recommend as the “next step,” make sure it is clear and obvious to the reader. Don’t try to hint at it. People online are often multi-tasking and the vast majority of your readers will never leave a comment or make an action without being blatantly asked to do so. (tweet this)
When you include a clear call-to-action, you let your reader know what you want her to do next. If she made it through you entire post, then she’s clearly captivated and you have her attention. Don’t leave her hanging. Take advantage of this and tell her what to do next if you want to get real results through your blogging.
What do you think?
If you are currently using blogging as a way of marketing your business, I hope that these four major tips will help you get more results faster than before.
If you are a wellness-preneur, I have something for you:
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No need to feel confused or overwhelmed when you’re stuck on finding ideas on what to blog about. I gotchu!
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