Blogs can be an effective platform for your network marketing, direct sales or home based business. Blogs are easy to create and inexpensive. In fact, there are several websites that offer blogs for free such as WordPress and Blogger (although I highly recommend that you do NOT use a free service and instead pay for self hosting which can be done for as low as $12 a year!)
A blog is also inexpensive to maintain – if not free. All you have to do is to regularly post entries related to your business or product or service information, related news, tips, tutorials, and many others. It doesn’t require any tech savvy to upload content because the instructions are user friendly and are easy to understand.
Plus, your uploaded content is almost instantly published on your blog page. Therefore, if you have any important announcement regarding your business operation or any product update, rest assured that it will be immediately available to your target viewers. You can also create several blogs for each of your distinct product lines.
The following are some of the advantages of blogging for business:
It Provides A Massive Product/Service Exposure
Blogs can be easily tracked by major search engines such as Yahoo and Google as long as you regularly upload high-quality content like articles, photos, and videos. Each blog article you submit is indexed by search engines.
To further increase your traffic, you can leave comments on other blogs and have your page linked to these blogs. This will contribute to the increase of your search engine ranking.
Another feature that you can use is the RSS Feed, a built-in syndication feature that will enable your readers to see and gain access to your content even without actually visiting your page. Through this feature, you keep your readers updated and it would be easy for them to see whether there’s something new in the blog, at which point they can easily click on the link to be directed to your page.
It Becomes A Message Board for Your Potential and Existing Customers
A lot of people go online, so blogging enables you to reach out to a wide range of customers in various demographics.
You can connect with your customers on a more personal level, from content to video. You can upload a video where you can talk to them about your product professionally to generate more trust and confidence on you and on your product or service.
You can also get feedbacks from your visitors so that you will know the strengths and weaknesses of your products. This way, you can further improve them. You can also conduct polls or surveys so that you will know the preferences of your target market.
It Gives Prospects for Greater Profit
With a blog, you can gain profit minus all the expenses. Your profit will continuously increase as sales go up with very little cost on your part. Establishing a business blog will significantly reduce your advertising cost since maintaining a blog is way much cheaper than the traditional ways of advertising. And since it also reaches a wide range of internet users, the probability of attracting buyers is greater. Therefore, the prospect for greater profit is inevitable.
If you’re a network marketer, direct seller or home based business owner, you can take advantage of blogging for business to further increase your growth potential. To optimize your blog function, you can explore the different blog features such as plug-ins or add-ons, flash media, widgets, RSS feeds, and many others.