… from Ketchup Marketing
In 2012 Ketchup Marketing have designed, built and launched 24 websites (another 9 are pending pre Christmas Launch), of these bespoke websites 22 have an integrated WordPress blog, so we are often asked “What makes a good blog post?”, of course the answer will differ depending on your business sector and your marketing strategy, but as a starter for 10, here are our top ten tips for the business blog writer:
1. Talk to your audience
2. Keep to one audience.
You are likely to have more than one target audience, so keep the brand message and tone consistent throughout your blog, whether you are writing about new products / services or recruiting. A good idea is to lead the blog with a question and then answer it within the blog post, for example How do I write copy for a website?
3. Think word count.
A good blog article should be between 250 and 400 words easy and quick to read to keep the reader entertained and to read your full message and any call to action. If your article needs more words then consider splitting into in to 2 or 3 parts, and then use links to drive the visitors to these other article.
4. Good blog posts are easy to read.
Use lists or sub heading to make for easy reading.
5. Good blog posts actually say something.
Of course it is ok to comment about a recent event or news within your industry, for example commenting on the Christmas advertising of the big brands, but ensure that your blog starts and ends with a story or reason, plus reinforce this with a call to action, for example “hey John Lewis give Ketchup a call next year we will help you spend your marketing budget” 🙂
If you are unsure of the content ask a colleague or a friend to sense check it.
6. Good blog posts don’t have to be works of art.
You are unlikely to win any literary awards for your blog, but as long as you keep to our top ten tips people will come back for more.
7. Good blog posts show your expertise, they don’t yell at you.
Show your readers you are a great company, showcase your expertise, don’t tell them you are great at designing websites or creating email campaigns, build up trust, show expertise, use testimonials.
8. Good blog posts use a headline and sub heading.
Remember your keywords, use interesting language or question to encourage readers. You can look back over past blogs and see what have been the most successful headlines.
9. Good blog posts use keywords and are SEO optimized
See point 8, for further information on SEO can be found here
10. Good blog posts include a call to action.
Well, there are my top 10 hints and tips for a new blog writer, please comment, please add more.
About the Author: Michelle Jones is the owner, founder and steering force of Ketchup Marketing. Established in 2009 and based in Long Clawson, near Melton Mowbray Ketchup delivers full branding and strategy to local SME’s. A selection of recent work can be found here.