How to start a blog was thoroughly dealt with in one of my recent posts. But, most of the questions I came across thereafter was why should a businesses invest in blogging.
Ordinarily, business blog is a marketing asset, just like company social media pages. Making a business owner to accept to start a blog has not that being that ordinary though.
This is why I decided to follow up the how to start a blog for small business in Nigeria post with this; answer all possible questions regarding what a business will gain from blogging consistently.
What makes blog different from website?
A blog is a journal on the internet or your online diary which you frequently update to keep your audience up to date about you or your business. While a website is a collection of web pages or documents which are accessible via the internet.
Only e-commerce websites and a few transactional websites get frequent updates with fresh content while many other businesses leave their webiste to become mere online brochure.
Yet, these dormant websites need leads and new businesses from online users. What an irony?
If your website is optimized for search, your meta tags, image alt text, inbound and internal links are intact, you have a wonderful traffic-generating website. #wehdonesir!
Let’s flip the script and reason like a prospect for a moment…
You have a burning issue to solve. You Google and find a website that sells what solves the problem or offers services that can resolve the issue. Clicking through to the website, you find out more about the organization on their website.
You take their contact details and plan to reach them later. To be honest, you have an idea of who can solve the problem already but there is so much uncertainty as to how that problem is actually going to be solved.
What small business blog offers prospects?
Over time, a blog is supposed to address issues, answer questions common to the industry, support or criticize school of thoughts on matters arising.
In order to give prospects reasons to contact you immediately, you must have, through your blog posts, identified problem(s), provided perspectives to his situation, proffered solution to his problem and positioned your business to effectively tackle the problem.
Your company website introduces your business to the world as a problem solver. It is a consistent blog that helps the world start solving their problems even before they get in touch with you.
Why you need to know how to start a blog?
Whatever form of value you offer, using blog to explain your processes, share your success stories, take a stranger through how you have solved similar problems is not impossible.
One thing is certain, every business that has a product to sell has a story to tell.
Blogging is one effective means of telling your story as a business. When you run promos both online and offline directing prospects to your website, it is a vibrant blog that can make first-time visitors come again after the first encounter.
What can small business blog about?
- explain your product design processes
- answer ‘FAQ’ questions about your product
- provide interactive guide to how best your product works
So many milestones can be achieved small business blog. But, please, don’t use it to blow your honorable trumpet. A blog that is too salesy get boring quickly.
How will blog benefit small business?
- Customer satisfaction and retention
- Brand awareness
- Direct sales
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It may interest you to know that your entire buyer’s journey can be summarized into a blog post.
How to capture buyer’s journey with small business blog?
Use links within the blog post to direct readers to landing page, product pages or other pages
where they can take profitable action.
A blog post could contain text, images, links and a video. While the plain text addresses a particular topic that the blog post is about, you can embed internal links that lead a reader through the conversion process in clickable texts.
Besides text and links, well-crafted images (with Alt text and descriptive caption) can help buttress your topic.
Use Images within the blog post to break down seemingly complex process your customers might have complained about in their feedback
Such instructive blog post can come in handy when your online customer service rep needs a bullet-point to support his/her response to customers’ complaint. Your rep could forward the link or refer the customer to read further.
Use Video to engage prospects.
There is practically nothing any business does that video cannot be used to demonstrate. A video can be used to explain an offer, your CEO could address customers using video on your blog post.
Customers’ experiences can be made into series of short videos. Think of everything you can do to attract and retain customers, a short –less than 15mins max- video will blow your mind in terms of engagement.
What are the roles of blogging in marketing?
This bothers on the content strategy for your blog. Of course, you do not want to wake up
tomorrow morning a blogger for your business without clear, concrete, sustainable plan for research,
development, distribution and promotion of your blog.
As you choose topics, titles prior to blog content development, have at the back of your mind which of your buyer personas that particular blog post is meant for.
Also take into consideration, what stage of the purchase funnel the buyer personas are before
developing the content of your blog post.
You don’t want to target everybody and you don’t want to address more than a particular topic
per blog post.
A blog post could be aimed at attracting strangers to your business, convert new visitors to leads, closing leads to customers or delighting existing customers so they
become promoters of your business.
To attract strangers, your blog post should identify and explain a particular problem. To convert a visitor to a lead, you could blog about an offer while you place a call-to-action for that offer or similar offer in a conspicuous place of the web page.
To close leads into customers, your blog post should position your product or service as the solution to the problem already identified and explained.
Some copy-writing plus appraisal of your offers is allowed here, but be careful not to over-do it.
For customer delight, you could blog about how your brand makes life better for customers. You could address after-sale complaints made via such blog posts. Customers’ suggestions could be the center of blog posts like these as well.
By sincerely putting yourself in your existing customers’ shoes, you definitely will know what to blog about that will promote customer loyalty.
Whose duty should blogging be in my organization?
Much as everyone in your organization may not be good writers, everyone is eligible to make contribution
to a successful business blog.
After you have outlined topics relevant to your purpose, every prospective contributor to your blog content should be guided your blog content mission statement.
It is advisable to have someone or a team dedicated to developing content, distributing and promoting your business blog.
This brings some sense of responsibility. Though, content development should not be limited to this person or team. The reason is that the idea some people within your organization will give towards your blog content could be amazing.
Everyone who interacts with customers, whether in sales, marketing or customer service, should be encouraged to contribute towards your blog. It could be what a customer confide in them or what trend they notice in consumers’ behavior that would trigger your hit blog of all time.
Everyone can’t blog for your business, but everyone has the potential to make meaningful impact on your blog as a stakeholder.
Hope you found one or two reasons why you need to learn how to start a blog today.
Email Marketing has been a lifesaver for me in recent months, though I don’t like writing about it. I feel Email Marketing as a topic is quite exhausted and don’t see anything fresh to talk about in it.
But, each time I mentioned how I built my subscriber list of over 7k LinkedIn contacts, my students then looked curious.
After a couple of such sessions, I found the need to do this self-explanatory blog post to share with you how you can build your own email list of over 10k subscribers,if you have the resources required.
Email Marketing strategy can be a cliche. I mean how effective will it be if I share my best email tactics with you, hoping you will copy and paste it?
Without wasting too many words, let me go straight into how you can build a subscriber list fast, in a cost-effective way.
Apart from how I built the 7k email list, there are several other ways people build their subscriber list.
One common method of list building is newsletter on blogs or website. People publish and promote great content. Then, they ask readers to subscribe in order to get content delivered to their inbox.
Some people entice audience to subscribe with mouth-watering offer. It could be video, ebook, webinar, discount on product or service.
These two methods of building email list are cool. But, how resources and time you have to commit to it really influences your result.
Regarding the method I promised to share with you, it does not take long. It will not cost you a dime, if you already have an active LinkedIn profile. You will export your LinkedIn contacts information, among which their email list will be.
So, let’s take it one step after the other,
Step 1: Click on My Network on Your LinkedIn profile
Step 2: Go to Connections on your LinkedIn profile, click on See All.
Step 3: Click on Manage Synced and Imported Contacts, close to top right corner
Step 4: Go to Advanced Options, click on Export Contacts, close to bottom right corner
Step 5: Go to Choose the Format You Prefer, click on Fast file plus other data
Step 6: Check your registered email with LinkedIn for Link to Download Contact
Step 7: Clean up the email list and save as .csv or recent Excel version on your Computer
Step 8: Create a List in Mailchimp, or your prefered Email platform
Step 9: Name List accordingly, export Email List from your Computer
Step 10: When you send email, remember to tell where you got their email from
If you follow these steps properly, you should have created an email list of your active LinkedIn connections by the end.
REMEMBER: email marketing is permission-based. The permission you got before sending your LinkedIn contacts email using this method was that they accepted to be your contact or connection.
This means you could reach out to them, at least for business or work-related purpose.
Nonetheless, be careful with emails you send to contacts like this. It is important to be engaging, prioritize adding value or provide truly exclusive offers.
Email Marketing tips for effective campaign
- Make Sender Name as familiar as possible
- Use actionable email title
- Always use short but catchy preview text
- Don’t be too salesy, add value
- Don’t use many CTAs, one or two are preferable.
- Use different text formats -bold, italic, clickable text
- Address receiver by name
Take this to the bank. You just build yourself a good email list of familiar community of professionals and colleagues. Hope you find this helpful.
Business plan template somehow finds its way into most frequently asked questions by Nigerians who are considering starting small business. I have an awesome piece of advice on how to make a business plan for such CEOs-to-be with this piece.
Instead of trying to sell a particular business plan template which everyone uses and reuses to you, I would rather share with you how to make a one-page business plan that is quite effective.
If you can alter how you think about anything, you can do just about anything with it, if not absolutely everything you wish.
After reading this, you should be able to make your own business plan template. So, let’s get to know what business plan is and is not, why newbie small business owners are so crazy about business plan template, how you can make you own unique business and some examples of good business plan.
What did I promise you? How to make a business plan template. It will be a one-page business plan and it will rock!
What is a Business Plan?
A business plan is a formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for reaching them. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.A business #plan is a formal statement of #business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for… Click To Tweet
That’s what Wiki called it.
There are many business plan definitions, but there is no point bothering you with too much talk. How you can effectively write one is what I care about at the moment.
So, here we go!
What Is Business Plan Template?
Business Plan Template is an off-the-shelf guide meant to help different business owners understand how to start a business, generate money and make the business sustainable over a period of time.
Being a ready-made document, small business owners are expected to customize a business plan template into a proper business plan for their business.
What is Business Plan Outline?
At the heart of your business plan should be your Unique Value Proposition (USP). When you are clear on what will make your business unique, how to make a business plan will be a bit easier.
Besides, I found these military principles of strategy mind-blowing and I want to share with you. I love the discipline and mission-driven approach the military use to handle things.
Having said this, kindly permit me to compare a business plan with military strategy and these are seven military principles of strategy that your business plan should contain:
Whichever approach you use to make your business plan, or any business plan template you decide to use for your business, check it to be sure that it aligns with these military principles of strategy.
How to Make a Business Plan Template for Small Business?
Step 1: Define Mission Statement for your small business. SImply put, what impact do you want to make on your customer’s life or business?
Step 2: Outline your values as a business. What will your small business stand for, as an entity?Outline your values as a #business. What will your #smallbusiness stand for, as an entity? Click To Tweet
Step 3: State clearly Unique Value Proposition for your small business. This is what will stand you out in the market. Among all available options, why should customers do business with you?
Step 4: As briefly as possible, describe your primary target audience – ideal customer for your small business. This is when it becomes clear to you what your market size looks like. Do you have a buyer persona?
Step 5: Come up with a marketing strategy. Marketing strategy for your small business should comprise your area of specialization, product differentiation, segmentation and concentration. How will you sell more of what you sell?
Step 6: Layout your marketing mix. Map out how things will play out among these success factors of a small business -product, price, place, people, promotion, packaging, and positioning. How will you combine all these factors for a successful small business?
Step 7: Study your market, study your competition. Competition should not dictate how you run your small business, but you cannot close your eyes at them as if they do not exist. Who are your direct or indirect competitors and how is your offer superior or inferior to theirs?
Step 8: Do a detailed budget of how much will get your small business started and running for at least 5 months. Do you need to pay some due, deposit some funds or buy certain technology to get started, how much?
Step 9: Estimate your projected income till you break even. How much do you need to earn or how many units of service/product must you sell to keep your small business afloat before you start making profit?
Step 10: Consider sources of funds for early stage of your small business and be blunt with yourself with this. In most cases, people get funds from family, friends, bootstrap or crowdsource funds until the small business can successfully scale, how would you handle this?Consider sources of funds for early stage of your #smallbusiness and be blunt with yourself with… Click To Tweet
Step 11: Plan your distribution channel and workflow. Unless you want to buy your all your products by yourself, you should be clear on how to get them to the market at this point in time. Would you link up directly with retailers or make wholesalers to get the products off you and handle distribution, while you focus more on making great products?
Step 12: Pen down the skills required to get out your dreams. This is where you plan your startup workforce. Be careful of random hires or cheap labour. Can you sell your dream small business to conspirators who will join you to realize them or you need some help?
Step 13: Make a clear financial plan that comprises monthly projected income, running costs (expenses and salaries inclusive) and profit line. Assuming you are investor, after reading financial plan for your small, will you invest in it?
Step 14: Set out action points for implement your business plan. What will you do now, today, tomorrow, next week, next month to get your small business running?
Step 15: Check and then check again by going through every little details of your business plan to be sure you have fully dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s.
How to Make a One-page Business Plan Template
The 15 steps above on how to make a business plan is for detailed plan of action which you may go through once in a month, to remind yourself of why you started in the first place.
But I have a rare piece of advice for you from a shark I respect a lot regarding entrepreneurship.
Here is Patrick Bet-David advice on how to make a one-page business plan template. His one-page business plan does not replace the business plan you would arrive at by following the steps above.
Rather Patrick Bet-David will teach you to write a business plan template comprising daily habits and goals that will move you a step closer to the small business of your dream
Use the comment box below, let me know your yay and nay regarding how to make a business plan for small business. Maybe you believe business plan is even over-hyped, kindly clear me and other readers.
Share with friends and fam too. Thanks in advance for sharing.
Knowing types of entrepreneurs we have around is critical to success of every business owner because it helps you understand your style of leadership, that of other entrepreneurs you have dealings with and how to handle relationships with them.
These are 5 types of entrepreneurs based on personality traits found in animals that have been carefully studied over the years.
Types of Entrepreneurs -Eagle
Eagles fly with eagles. When eagles mix with other birds, they do so to find something to eat and then take off. The altitude at which eagles fly makes it difficult for them to keep company of other birds.Eagle does not succumb to the size or strength of its prey. It always gives a fight to be able to win. Click To Tweet
Eagles have strong vision. They see their prey from a very far distance, focus on it until they get it. Eagle’s body sits still while her head tilts side to side to observe what is happening around. They are very attentive.
Eagles do not eat dead things. They may be flying at altitude as high as 10,000 feets, they can land on the ground as quick as possible to get their preys.
Eagles test before they trust. They train their children to maturity. They retire until new feathers grow.
Characteristics of Eagle Type of Entrepreneurs:
- are fearless and face problems head on
- are very focused and value clarity in what they do,
- keep company of similar people,
- are problem solvers and don’t give up their goals easily,
- don’t sit around and grumble, rather happily take on challenges
- test before they trust and build leaders out of others
Eagle type of entrepreneurs are open to new ideas but do not fall for it easily. They always re-invent themselves, shed old feathers and come out better
Types of Entrepreneurs -Horse
Horse is very hard working and doesn’t mind being a servant. They are born with zeal and passion. They are being warm-hearted, enthusiastic, and positive.
Horses make lots of friends because they are generous to others. They have interpersonal skills that can easily liven up their environment.
Horses are typically lively and active. They run in broad areas without getting tired. They love independence and freedom. Male horses are romantic, and like to create surprises.
Characteristics of Horse Type of Entrepreneurs
- Are energetic and passionate,
- Are Upright and aspirant
- Are eloquent natural leaders.
- Have insight into people’s mind
- Respond sensibly to people
Horse type of entrepreneurs have great work ethic. They are humble enough to serve their team members. When they kick, it hurts badly. So, be careful not to hurt them.Horse type of #entrepreneurs often overspend, meaning they find it hard to save. Click To Tweet
Horse type of entrepreneurs are rarely prepared for unexpected circumstances. Some of them cannot keep secrets, so be careful with what you share with them.
Types of Entrepreneurs -Shark
Sharks have skeletal system that is made of cartilage. This makes them more flexible than regular fish.
Sharks breathe through a series of five to seven gill slits located on either side of their bodies. This is why they are super sensitive and can spot their blood of their preys from afar, together with their acute sense of smell.
Sharks have multiple rows of teeth, they grow new set of teeth often as they lose teeth regularly. They have many layers of scale on their skin which helps with movement and energy conservation.
With different skin colours at upper and lower parts of the body, sharks are able to camouflage in order to deceive their preys inside the water.
Sharks mature slowly, and reach reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years.
Characteristics of Shark Type of Entrepreneurs:
- Are risk takers, identify and take new opportunities quickly
- Are very aware of their environment
- Have big or loud character
- Like to dominate because of their big appetite
- can overshadow everyone around
- Are well socially-connected,
- Relate with different people differently
- Can be thick-skinned
Shark type of entrepreneurs can be desperate when they need something. All they care about is profit, nothing else. They care for you for as long as you help them make profit.
Shark type of entrepreneurs care less about relationships, they want to make money and that is all that matters.
They treat different people in different ways based on their perception of such person, so you want to study them carefully to be able to know how to relate with them.
Types of Entrepreneurs -Rhino
Rhinos grow up to 6 feet tall, weigh as much as 8,000 pounds; only elephants are bigger than them. They are cantankerous beasts that allow no animal or anything to stand in their way.
There are Black rhinos, White rhinos, Sumatran rhinos, Javan rhinos, and Indian rhinos. They have lips and teeth that are strong enough to break down vegetation. They use their lips as if they were fingers, to grasp branches and twig.
Rhinos wield their tusks as weapons to inflict deep, life-threatening wounds.
Rhinos have thick grey skin which is wrinkled and almost entirely devoid of hair. They have tendency to deposit their dungs in communal heaps, forming mounds up to twenty feet across and four feet high.
Rhinos are mostly killed by poachers to get their highly-valued horns. Their horns are made of tubular fibers secreted from the skin of the nose and cemented together
Characteristics of Rhino Type of Entrepreneurs
- Brawny and self-assured
- Don’t trust strangers and are always bulking up
- Are strong and loyal
- Can be very creative and romantic
- Can be a bad loser
- Can be a persuasive smooth talker
- Swear and curse in conversations
- Are not particularly intelligent
- Have charming character and are well-respected
Rhino type of entrepreneurs put their heads down -typically stubborn. They pull down, break whatever stands in their way. They are not the type that fits into an environment or team.
Rhino type of entrepreneurs act bullish periodically and gives them excuse that it is caused by the circumstance.
Inability to curb their violent or overly aggressive attitude earns them bad public image but their friends love and understand them because they know them better.
Rhino type of entrepreneurs prefer spending quiet time with their families or taking long walks with close friends. People who don’t know them well enough give them lot of space. They would rather stay in their comfort zone. They rarely go looking for trouble.
However, they can turn out to be a dangerous creatures with uncontrollable anger.
Rhino type of entrepreneurs bully their ways to success, if they find reason to do so. Be careful with entrepreneurs who bully or blackmail people into doing things for them.
You know any abusive boss? He/she may be a rhino!
Types of Entrepreneurs -Monkey
Monkeys are hairy animals with long, fur-covered tails and hands with thumbs. They kinda act silly most of the times!
They have grasping tails that help them stay balanced when moving from branch to branch. They are rarely on the floor (of the the forest) as they are either jumping from one tree to another or clinging and swinging in between branches of trees.
Monkeys have different body sizes, ranging from small to medium which helps them with leaping that they are known for. Those with big body sizes live on the ground though.
Some monkeys have colorful patches of bare skin on their bodies. They mostly live in the jungle, love to eat fruits (banana preferably) and anything that smells good.
Monkeys help and nurse each other when they are wounded. They hold each other’s hands and groom their offspring with affection.
Characteristics of Monkey Type of Entrepreneurs
- Are curious and adventurous
- Are mischievous and intelligent
- Are strong and swift
- Are caring and helpful
- Are cheerful and emotional
- Are witty and smart
- Are sneaky and can catch feelings
- Are fast learners and crafty opportunists
- Do enjoy being bad because it’s fun
Monkey type of entrepreneurs do not settle quickly into relationships, because they are curious and alway jumping in and out. But, once they find someone to trust, they commit themselves as much as possible.
Monkey type of entrepreneurs are the less serious type that procrastinate a lot. You sometime wonder within yourself how this type of entrepreneurs got money to start business or how they manage to survive in business.
They are charismatic, fun-loving type of entrepreneurs who put up a show at every opportunity. It is easy to get distracted when working or doing business with such people, though they may manage to stay focused and keep going because it is their lifestyle.
Monkey type of entrepreneurs do great in business. They keep fantastic relationships. It is not bad doing business with them, you only need to put on your guard so you don’t get carried away by their showmanship.
Chinese people believe that those who were born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 are predominantly monkeys in behaviour.
Check that entrepreneur’s date of birth (or your boss’) to be sure he/she is not a monkey. I’m not anyways. LOL!
Hope you can identify what type of entrepreneur you or you can identify that your boss is, so you know how best to relate with him or her. More types of entrepreneur with their personality traits are coming. Fingers crossed!
SEO tools for small business abound on the Internet, choosing one that will tell you exactly why your website is not ranking is harder than hard itself.
I have reviewed quite a bunch of websites with SEO tools but I will be using seositecheckup to reveal reasons why most business do not get seen in Google search at all in this piece.
Google images are not the only reason your website is not showing in many more search results, but if you optimize your images for organic search, traffic to your website will turn a new leaf.
Among SEO tools that every small business owner should learn to use, seositecheckup is paramount because of how simple and straightforward it is.
Yeah, keeping it simple and straightforward. KISSS?
The PDF report that seositecheckup generates makes it classy to use, as you can easily use it to pitch client or tell stakeholders why SEO strategy deserves handsome investment at any point in time.
After screening SEO tools to use for this review, I started looking over the Internet for a website that will be my scapegoat. Mike Horev’s iknowseo.ca came in handy.
We shall see with our eyes why many small business websites do not show in search results. despite they contain information relevant to search terms.
Inknowseo.ca renders effective SEO services to small businesses both in Canada and across the world. It makes a great case study because it truly represents the meaning of SEO as a website.
This is it.
Your darling SEO company can run their routine SEO services on your website and you won’t still be as visible as you should be in Google search. I am not saying they don’t know their onions.
Many a SEO services provider miss this part, truth be told. Whose problem it is, I do not know. But I will show you the solution now. That’s what matters.
First, do technical SEO audit of your website with seositecheckup or any other SEO tools. Why?
The fear of technical SEO is the beginning of wisdom in Digital marketing. The lurking danger in not resolving technical SEO is that everything will look but the desired results won’t just come through.
There will be less organic traffic, which means you have to keep paying to generate traffic. If a small business has to pay through the nose to consistently get more leads all year round, then there is real big trouble.
How to do SEO, technical SEO audit precisely?
- Log on to seositecheckup
- Type in your URL
- Press Analyse
Technical SEO audit report of your website is what you will get from this. The report will show why search engines do not display your website, or some particular pages in search results.
If you Google search specifically what is on your website and your website does not show in search results, how do you feel? Hope not heartbroken.
You can find and fix technical SEO problems making your website not to show in search results from now on.
SEO Tools for Small Business: Title Tag and Meta Description TagWith Page Title Tag, you have 60-65 characters to pitch your web page to search engines. Click To Tweet
Page Title Tag is a major ranking factor. Fill Title Tag for every web page on your website and ensure no two web pages have exactly the same content, to avoid confusing search engines.
Meta Description Tag is used to further explain your Title Tag. Use this to summarize your USP in 165 characters.
Meta Description is a not organic ranking factor in search results. But, it boosts click through rate (CTR), if optimized. Don’t what to write in here?
Simply write why a prospect should do business with you. FULL STOP.
SEO Tips on Page Title Tag and Meta Description Tag
As seen in iknowseo.ca, here are tips to optimize Title Tag and Meta Description Tag:
- Use preferred keyword in Title Tag, URL and Meta Description
- Use major keyword at least once in Page Title
- Re-use keyword in Meta Description alongside keyword suggestions or relevant terms
- Homepage Title Tag and Meta Description should talk majorly about your website/business
- Title Tag and Meta Description Tag for other web pages should be unique and optimized for keyword
- Use Yoast SEO plugin to optimize Page Title and Meta Description
SEO Tools for Small Business: Keyword Usage
Keyword can be over-used and it does not determine ranking as much as it used to be. But search engines ascertain the relevance of a web page to search terms by considering frequently words used on a web page.
To avoid penalty for keyword stuffing, re-use major keywords a few times alongside other keyword suggestions and relevant terms on page.
SEO Tips on Keyword Usage
As seen in iknowseo.ca, here are tips on keyword usage:
- Combine different keyword types such as short tail, long tail and question keywords
- Break content down into simple sentences in paragraphs
- Use major keywords at least once in most paragraphs
- Avoid trying to optimize for many keywords on a page
SEO Tools for Small Business: Heading Tags
Heading tags are used to explain the hierarchy of information contained in your content to search engines.
Should you have examples, analogy, sub-categories and categories within your content, use heading tags to explain how you arrange them to search engines.
SEO Tips on Heading Tags
As seen in iknowseo.ca, here are tips on heading tags
- Heading tags are from H1 to H6
- H1 tag is mostly used for Title
- H2 tag works best for first paragraph
- If you use H3 for category, use H4 for sub category
- Make sure heading tags align in descending or ascending order
SEO Tools for Small Business: Robots.txt File and XML Sitemap
Robots.txt is a file kept at the root of your website. It is used to explain sections of your website to different types of crawlers. It uses protocol called Robot Exclusion Standard to to crawlers to exclude your web server and other sections.
Robots.txt can become a reason for your website not to show in search results if ‘User Agent’ is set to ‘Disallow’. Sometimes, coding mistakes like mis-use of * and / in the Robots.txt file.
SEO Tips on Robots.txt file
Check Robots.txt file with: ‘URL/robots.txt’
XML Sitemap is meant to update search crawlers on new additions to your website Click To Tweet. Search crawlers easily navigate web pages referenced in a website XML SItemap.
Your website will definitely show in search results if you have not yet created and submitted your XML Sitemap to Google. BUT, some important web pages may not get crawled and ranked.
To avoid the risk in keeping some critical web pages from being crawled, indexed and displayed in search results, create, submit and always update your website XML Sitemap today.
SEO Tips on XML Sitemap
Check XML Sitemap with ‘URL/sitemap.xml’
SEO Tools for Small Business: Google Images
Images are critical web content for driving organic ranking and traffic to a web page. Some keywords may prove literarily impossible for your website to rank for. But, if you optimize images on your web pages and within your content, you stand a good chance of ranking for such keywords via Google Images,
Google Images is a dedicated web search algorithm for images Click To Tweet, in case you never know.
SEO Tips on Google Images
These are tips to optimize images for search:
- Use Keyword in filename for saving image
- Use keyword in image alt text within your CMS
- Explain what image is about with Caption and Description
These are few of technical SEO problems which prevent website or certain important web pages from showing in search results. If you could find and fix these SEO problems, you will definitely see improvement in organic traffic to your website.
In case you need me to explain how to use one SEO tool or the other, please use the comment box below. I have a couple of SEO tools to explore like seositecheckup, so hang around for more insights into getting better ranking in organic search plus plenty traffic.
More website traffic is crucial to everything a business does -brand awareness, lead generation, audience engagement, sales, product launch and so on. Would it rather be nice to know effective ways you can generate more website traffic then?
Trying to make more sales in this fast and furious era without making considerable effort to tap into your non-customer base is like riding a camel through the hole of the needle.
And, how do you consistently get prospects into your marketing funnel without consistent flow of website traffic?
You are about to learn effective strategy to drive more new web visitors who never heard of your business before to your website through various channels that are relatively cheaper.
Great news, some of these tactics are FOC! You can’t wait to get free massive website traffic, can you?
How to Generate More Website Traffic?
These are 10 tactics to generate more website traffic, details come shortly:
- Optimize WordPress Publicize Tools
- Improve your keyword research techniques
- Use Traffic Generating Apps
- Use PR sites to broadcast your posts/business activities
- Guest posting
- Backlink Building Campaign
- Answer Questions on Quora
- Email Marketing
- Participate in Niche forums
- Repurpose popular content into new format and share
More Website Traffic -Optimize WordPress Publicize Tools
WordPress Publicize Tools allow you to push content from your blog/website to social media audience. And, you won’t pay for using it. Just so you know.
Thus, my first tactic for generating more website traffic for you is to distribute your posts across your social networks with WordPress Publicize feature. This will automatically tell your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, as soon as you publish a new post.
Here is a detailed guide on how to generate more website traffic by using WordPress Publicize Tools.
More Website Traffic-Improve your Keyword Research Techniques
Everyone does keyword research. Everyone creates content based on keywords they research. But how many content creators get the desired volume of website traffic via keywords they have researched?
Maybe a handful. Imma tell you why.
Trying to get more website traffic via keyword solely because it has high volume of average monthly searches is like fetching water with basket. It takes so much time plus efforts but brings meagre results to the table.
This is how to handle it.
You need to filter your keyword suggestions further. You should consider the level of competition on the keyword, the Domain Authority of the website(s) currently ranking for it and if there are paid search campaigns on it.
If you are trying to rank for keyword that a very high Domain Authority is already ranking for, not good is my remark. If the ranking website has moderate Domain Authority but no one pays to rank for this keyword at all, not so good is my remark.
You need to find balance in keyword competition, ranking website’s Domain Authority and worth of the keyword.
Learn how to generate more website traffic from selected keywords by doing Free SEO Analysis with Mozbar tool.
More Website Traffic -Use Traffic-generating Apps
There are Traffic Generator Applications that can bring more website traffic to your posts even when you are offline or doing some other things at work.
What are traffic generating apps?
Traffic-generating apps are bots using proxies to appear as though they come from around the world, to sophisticated traffic exchange systems powered by real people and real advertising.
Apart from Traffic-generating bots that will run more website traffic to your blog like Usain, some content aggregator apps or websites accept content which they link to for people to read up.
You could hook up with some of these content aggregator platforms to fetch yourself some beautiful website traffic.
These are Top 10 Traffic Generator Applications on the Web. Learn more about them and deploy them.
More Website Traffic -Use PR sites to broadcast posts/business activities
To get more website traffic by using PR sites, four things are involved:
- Create one-of-a-kind content driven by research, data or insights
- Organize events, promotion or business activity to share with the world
- Establish communication channel with bloggers, journalists and media gurus
- Provide mentions and backlinks to your website in your official press release
I know every business does public relations, but you and I know how many of them are strategic enough with PR to be able to drive followup website traffic from official press releases.
Now that many blogs operate as networks, if few of them re-publish your press release and you have armed it with mentions and back links, you will be in for some social media mentions and multiple link ups.
Too much juice, too much sauce. Too much links, too much juice. (In YCee Omo Alhaji’s voice).
Errrrm, Curata did a freaking list of awesome content promotion tools, some of them are PR Sites that can help you generate more website traffic. Check them out!
More Website Traffic -Try Guest Posting
Guest posting may not generate large volume of website traffic suddenly, but you can be sure to get targeted traffic which can turn into sales qualified leads faster than prospects from regular traffic sources.
Why do I think guest posting brings targeted website traffic?
If you are contributing to a popular website or blog in your industry, with backlinks and subtle brand mentions, you are putting your business in front of familiar audience.
Those who visit authoritative platforms in industries want cutting-edge knowledge, they are mostly not novice. Thus, guest posting can serve as big bold billboard for your business.
As you share your knowledge through guest posting, more people will know you. More people will pick interests in what you do. Some readers will actually connect with you and start following you online.
Interesting partnership offers do come from guest posting too. So, ensure you put your best foot forward when creating content to contribute on authoritative platforms in your industry.
And, don’t forget to negotiate for back links in your guest posts. One or two backlinks to your website won’t hurt both parties; being there, done that!
More Website Traffic -Do Back Link Building Campaign
Getting more website traffic via back link building is different from guest posting. It is different from using PR sites. This is a deliberate marketing campaign through which you prospect and get relevant websites to link to yours.
Backlink building outreach is a marketing campaign on its own, it is an art. It requires time, expertise and money (at times) to achieve great results.
Getting more website traffic from backlink building is worth all the investment though, especially if you get onto relevant websites that will direct qualified leads to you.
Regarding backlink building campaign and how it impacts on your website, let me give you one for the road here. This is very brief but insightful.
Link building involves prospecting new back link sources -maybe sites already linking to competitors, creating content relevant to these link sources, reaching out to these link sources, asking them to loan you a link please!
Sounds pretty simple, right?
But, you need to research, plan, pitch and follow up in reality.
More Website Traffic -Answer Questions on Quora
Quora, oh Quora, my dearest Quora!
How much links you have given me, my dearest Quora!
How much exposure you have given me, my dearest Quora!
How much of a problem solver you made me, dearest Quora!
This sums it up for getting more website traffic by answering questions on Quora. People who search Quora for solutions have genuine need for such knowledge.
Nobody wants to sound stupid, but they can get more personalised answers to their worries than regular how-to blog posts. So, when you find questions related to your business on Quora, answer painstakingly.
You can research Quora questions to form content topics, it is worth the effort. It is even more than worth it because after publishing the content, you have audience waiting to devour your blog post, so far it adds value.
Do you know you can blog on Quora?
I won’t say too much. I am heading to Quora now, right now, to search for questions on getting more website traffic. I will answer all the questions and link back to this post.
That’s the code!
More Website Traffic -Do Email Marketing Right
You can get more website traffic by doing email marketing the effective way. I didn’t write do email marketing. I wrote, DO EMAIL MARKETING RIGHT.
And I mean it. Please, do not spam people in the name of getting more website traffic. It is not nice.
Email marketing has been over killed in billions of blog posts by those who are good at it and those who know email too much to learn how it is done effectively. I won’t join the ‘best way to do email marketing’ bandwagon anyways.
More Website Traffic? Participate in Niche Forums
Participating in niche forums in order to generate more website traffic is similar to guest posting. But, it is quite unique in its own right.
Niche forums are open to more contributors, though over time some members of the community become super users, based on their contributions and how other members engage with them.
In Niche forums , you do not go empty-handed if you really want reasonable amount of relevant website traffic. You should add meaningfully to conversations going on the threads. Ask brilliant questions and provide solutions when you can.
The more you participate and gain forum members’ respect, the more attention they give to content you post there. Of course, you don’t want to post content into active niche forums without mentioning your brand and linking back to your website.
More Website Traffic? Repurpose Popular Content into New Format and Share
I know a couple of ways you can use to get more website traffic by repurposing your content or other people’s content. But I will share only one here and now.
Just one? Yes. I’m in my house, coman beat me!
You can re-purpose other people’s content and share with them in exchange for mention or back links.
This is how it works.
Assuming you come across a blog post many people are engaging with. If you can find how to tie the popular blog post to your business, product or previous blog post, use the information on that popular content in new format and share with original owner.
You can re-purpose a blog post into infographics or video. You can even do a podcast inspired by that blog post you read. This popular content already have audience -it became popular because people engaged with it. Right?
Re-creating the same content into richer funkier format, will give you access to this audience. Seek necessary permission to reuse another person’s intellectual property so you don’t get into trouble in the name of getting more website traffic.
Hope you find these 10 ways to get more website traffic helpful. Wishing you more website traffic, more leads, more sales and more profit, today and forever. Amen!