As a website owner, you know the importance of having quality, eye-catching imagery to draw people in to your site and keep them engaged. When you’re ready to add a blog to your content marketing strategy, remember that the same rules apply!

When you’re passionate about what you do or what you create, it’s easy to write about it at length. You have lots of expertise to share, and your blog is a great place to share it. Just remember that your reader needs more than just your words to stay engaged with what you have to say; they need great imagery too.


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So you want to start a blog?
It makes sense–everyone else is doing it.

But how do you stand out from the crowd?

Whether it is for your small business or for your personal brand, starting a blog requires knowing tricks of the trade for it to be a hit.

Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about writing blogs…so read closely the five steps for starting a successful blog:

1. Choose your niche
Deciding on a topic for your blog is one of the most crucial steps when starting out (that’s why it is number one!). With so many topics to choose from, it can be cumbersome picking just one. Best practices suggest creating a content marketing mission statement to narrow your focus, reach a defined audience, and drive engagement.


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We could go on and on about how important content marketing is to any small business marketing plan (and we have). Not only is it a great way to establish yourself/your brand as a thought leader in your industry, it’s also a very effective SEO strategy for boosting your rank on search engines. One of the big reasons content marketing is great for SEO is that it creates links back to your website from other places – social media, other people writing and referencing you, etc. These inbound links from other domains are very valuable for signaling to Google that your website is legitimate and important.


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I was browsing the internet the other day (because I had writer’s block) and I came across the article 6 Ways To Power Through Writer’s Block. I found the advice to be pretty spot-on for those times when I am staring at a blank screen, drumming my fingers on the keys and not actually pressing them. But the most sure-fire way I’ve found to beat writer’s block is to never get it in the first place.

Before I shifted my career toward content marketing, I had experienced patchy creative blocks here and there while writing college term papers, creating ad copy, or putting together newsletters. I have become much more intimately acquainted with writer’s block in recent years, however. Since joining Webs, I have written around 500 blog posts. That’s 500 staring contests with blank screens – not all of which did I win. But over the years I’ve learned some tricks of the trade that I’d like to share with you here today for avoiding that all-too-familiar situation in the first place:


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By now, you know all about the benefits of content marketing for your small business – improved search ranking, increased social media engagement, better brand awareness, lead generation, etc. And, knowing all this, you are no doubt creating lots of high-quality, relevant content for your audience on a regular basis. But the problem is, you’re not alone. According to the data company Fractl, over SIX MILLION novels-worth of blog posts are being read on WordPress alone every single day.  Will your blog post be one of them?



Our series on content marketing continues today with a discussion about the benefits this marketing strategy can have for your small business. Now that you are familiar with what content marketing is, and some different types of content you can create, let’s talk about why you should be doing this in the first place.

1. Content is great for SEO
Search engine optimization trends come and go, but relevant, quality content never goes out of style. Each time Google updates its search algorithm (like the recent switch to Hummingbird), SEO experts pepper the Internet with articles about how to take advantage of the new system. And a lot of that is great advice, even if it can be impossible to keep up with. But one sure-fire strategy for improving your ranking without living on SEO blogs is to regularly publish quality content that people will find useful.


So you’re thinking about starting a blog — awesome! Blogging can provide lots of great benefits for the blogger and for the site on which the blog lives. Whether you’re looking to grow your personal brand online, drive traffic to your small business website, or establish yourself as a though leader in your industry, a blog is a worthwhile endeavor. You can learn more about how a blog can benefit your small business website here.

Once you decide to start blogging, there are lots of options to consider. From the tone of voice you will use, to the blogging platform that will host it. (If you’re blogging for your small business, don’t forget that Webs offers a blog app that you can add directly to your current site.) Luckily, today we ran across a fantastic blogging infographic on that was created by Barnickel Design. This infographic offers some great tips for getting started and maintaining a successful blog. Check it out below, and best of luck with your new blog!


Many times on this blog we have touted the benefits of creating great, relevant blog posts and other content as a means of driving traffic to your website and improving your search engine optimization. And because you’ve bookmarked and savored those articles (right??) I know that you’re already sold on this concept of content marketing. But knowing WHAT to do is not the same as knowing HOW to do it.

Starting a blog and creating content sounds like a great idea. But sometimes when you’re faced with that blank screen, the task can suddenly seem daunting. As someone who has written literally hundreds of blog posts, I can tell you that I’ve often faced the same challenge. But I can also tell you that not every topic you write about has to spring forth from your own brain – there are tools and resources at your disposal that can help you come up with things to write about when you sit down at that computer. Here are 5 of the resources I use to find inspiration for the blog posts I write every day:


There was a time not too long ago when people thought of blogs and websites as two distinctly different things. The purpose of a website was to promote products and services and provide static information. A blog was a type of website that featured articles or journal-like entries that people would bookmark or subscribe to and read periodically.

Today, websites and blogs have a much closer relationship, and frequently occupy the same space. A blog has become an invaluable tool for driving traffic, and therefore has become a permanent fixture of an increasing number of small business websites.


You know that it is important to update your website on regular basis and post blog updates often to maintain and improve your search engine ranking (SEO). You sit down in front of your computer/laptop but nothing comes out. You want to post an insightful update and just can’t come up with a good idea. It’s a problem that strikes us all, especially when it comes to writing — the dreaded writer’s block.

Don’t fall victim to procrastination or fear of the blank page. There are plenty of things you can do to get you on the right track towards posting:



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