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To blog or not to blog?

Is everyone around you talking about blogging? Are you wondering whether you should be doing it too? The term is actually “weblogs” which boomed in 1999 when some easy to use blogging software was released. Since 1999, the number of blogs on the Internet has gone from a few thousand to over 100 million. Here are some advantages of blogging:

  • If you don’t yet have a website, blogging is a low-cost alternative.
  • Blog software is easy to use. Some common (free) blogging tools are: WordPress and Blogger.com
  • Business blogs give you the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge with a larger audience.
  • Blogging can result in worldwide exposure
  • It’s possible to make money via a blog (via advertising, affiliate programs, and so on)
  • There can be satisfaction that comes with inspiring, educating or helping others And here are some downsides:
  • Blogging does not provide the functionality of a website and has limited e-commerce capacity (i.e. if you want to sell online)
  • If you do not have the time to dedicate to making frequent posts, your blog could go undetected on the Internet. When you decide to start a blog, it’s important to work out why you are blogging. That is, do you want to make money from it? Simply write about what you love? Provide expert opinion? Showcase your work? Get people to take action? Answering those questions will make it much easier to work out what you should write about. It’s also highly advisable to subscribe to some successful blogs before you start, so that you can better understand how it all works. One of Australia’s most popular blogs is Problogger (http://www.problogger.net/blog/). You can also find a list of the Top 100 Australia blogs at: http://blogpond.com.au/top-100-australian-blogs-index/ And in the words of Brian Clark: “Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”

 

 


Michelle Grice writes a weekly column for business women in The Western Weekender

 

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Shel Design
PO Box 8142, Glenmore Park NSW 2745
0412 701 147
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ABN: 88 695 161 542

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Shel Design
PO Box 8142
Glenmore Park NSW 2745
0412 701 147
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm
ABN: 88 695 161 542