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7 Questions To Ask Yourself BEFORE Staring A Business Blog


Blogging is the latest buzzword in online marketing and PR.

But with so many marketers jumping on the blogging bandwagon, few people are giving a thought to whether blogs are really up their alley, or taking the time to consider the best ways of going about it.

If you are planning to start a business blog, ask yourself these questions before you take the final plunge.

1. Do you really need a blog?

Writing and maintaining a blog takes a certain degree of commitment, as well as a passion (or at least a liking) for stringing words into a decent sentence. If you don't enjoy writing that much, you could always create an audio or video blog.

But would your business objectives really be served by starting a blog? Or could other methods of online marketing - like SEO, ezine advertising or newsletter publishing work just as well, if not better?

2. Whom do you want to reach with your blog?

The first step to reaching your audience is understanding where they go to find information about your products.

If your audience largely consists of people who live in your town or use products that they search for in the newspapers, offline advertising might be more suited to your purpose.

If however, your target audience belongs to one or more of these segments, a blog might be just the thing to boost your business.

- Internet users

Does your target audience really use the internet? If not, then starting a blog (or any online activity, for that matter) will just be a huge waste of time and effort.

- Blog readers

Does your target audience read blogs? Or do they prefer to get their information in their inbox? If the latter is true, then an email newsletter might be a better option than a blog.

- Search engine users

A blog is an excellent way to boost your search engine rankings and get listed for a lot of your target keywords. If you know that your audience uses search engines to find information, a blog will increase your chances of getting their attention.

3. What do you want to achieve with your blog?

There are a lot of things that a blog can do for your business. Blogs can help you -

- Increase your visibility and search engine rankings

- Brand yourself, your products, your services, your company

- Build a community and network with people who have similar interests

- Expand your reach to those outside your current sphere of influence

- Establish your credibility as an expert or thought-leader in your field

- Put a human face on your business

- Reach out to potential customers and stakeholders

Deciding exactly what you want to achieve with your blog can help you get focused, so that you can spend your time and effort in activities that help, not hinder your business objectives.

4. How much time can you spend on your blog?

Serious business bloggers not only spend time writing their own blogs, but also spend a great deal of time reading up on current events and browsing other blogs in their field for information.

If you are prepared to put in the time and effort required to do that sort of research, your blog will serve as a good branding tool for your business.

If not, you should either hire someone to do the research or seriously rethink your decision to start a blog.

5. What blogging platform will serve your needs best?

Deciding your blogging platform is an important step that you should take only after becoming familiar with the features and benefits of each option.

The reason it is so crucial is because it can be extremely difficult to migrate an established blog to a new platform once you have started it. Moving your blog can result in you losing your data, search engine listings and readers, so don't take this decision lightly.

Decide which platform will best meet your marketing objectives, time constraints and personal preferences before you make your first post.

According to T.L. Pakii Pierce who writes at "How to Blog for Fun & Profits!" http://blogforfunandprofit.blogware.com, if you are short of time, and want to spend more time writing, then a hosted solution like Blogger, Blogware, Squarespace or Typepad might serve your purpose better.

This might also prove a better option if you want to get started as soon as possible, are new to the internet, or are unfamiliar with scripts or code.

If, on the other hand, you're a control freak (like me) and don't mind spending some time and effort to customize your blog, then a server-installed software, like Wordpress, b2Evolution or Movable Type might be just right for you.

If you don't want to install the scripts yourself, choose a hosting solution with Fantastico, which comes with a one-click install of a number of blogging software.

6. How do you plan to promote your blog?

Why is it good to know this before you start your blog? Because it will help you decide where best to invest your time and effort when you need to build traffic to your blog.

You'll learn more about the methods to promote your blog when you subscribe to the email course below. Some of these tasks can be outsourced, while others you would have to do yourself.

Decide what you want to take on and look out for service providers to handle the other functions so you can start building traffic to your blog as soon as possible.

7. How will you assess the success of your blog?

To determine how successful your blog is in boosting your profile or profits you will have to measure your blog traffic and track sales or leads that have come through it.

Planning this in advance will help you take more informed decisions about your blogging metrics, choice of blogging platform and degree of customization you require on your blog.

Understand that blogging is not for everyone. It's just another form of communication.

Don't get so hung up on the technology that you end up ignoring more appropriate ways of communicating your message.

Some things may be easier to communicate face to face, in a conference room, or even through the good old telephone.

But if you asked yourself all the questions above and decided that blogging meets all your objectives, then a blog may be just what the doctor ordered for your business.

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Copyright © 2005 Priya Shah

Priya Shah is a former journalist who writes on business blogging and publishes an internet marketing newsletter. Subscribe to her free eCourse on Blogging for Marketers
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Twitter restores verified blue tick of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s personal account  Hindustan Times

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Emeryville man fatally shot in Richmond  Richmond Standard

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Ticked Off: After VP Naidu, Twitter Restores Blue Badge on RSS Chief Mohan Bhagw  News18

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Using Feedly to generate post ideas  LexBlog

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Candiace Dillard Claims RHOP Co-Star Ashley Darby Gets Less Criticism Because She's “Light-Skinned”  AllaboutTRH.com

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Richmond rapper, comedian to hold block party on Macdonald Ave.  Richmond Standard

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Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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Blogging 101: Why Bother & Key Elements of an Effective Blog  Business 2 Community

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Gillmor Gang: Grifters Paradise  TechCrunch

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19 Microblogging Platforms that Let You Blog Anywhere, Anytime  Adweek

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The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

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RSS bets on small shakhas in hinterland to make it big in TN  The Times of India Blog

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What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?  Small Business Trends

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Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds  Digital Inspiration

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Desi micro-blogging platform Koo gets new logo  BusinessLine

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Exiled Azerbaijani blogger Mahammad Mirzali stabbed at least 16 times in knife attack in France  CPJ Press Freedom Online

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John Mueller Relaunches His Old Blog  Search Engine Roundtable

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Feedburner is getting an updated infrastructure at the loss of email subscription service by Google  Digital Information World

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Martin Annander's Blog - Love Letter to Cyberpunk 2077  Gamasutra

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Back to the RSS Future  TechNewsWorld

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RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

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'I'm the patient now' | Maryland ER doctor blogs about breast cancer journey  WUSA9.com

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Will there be peace between India and Pakistan?  The Times of India Blog

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A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

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Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math  Gamasutra

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RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 3  Times of India

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Simon Carless's Blog - Cyberpunk 2077, expectation management & your game  Gamasutra

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Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog - Packers.com  Packers.com

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Javier Barnes's Blog - Autochess: Market Status and Design Analysis  Gamasutra

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Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To]  Rocks Digital

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Why no one wants Mamata Banerjee to win this time  The Times of India Blog

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RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism  Times of India

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Coffman named 2020-2021 member manager of YALSA's blog, The Hub  ala.org

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What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

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As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

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PM Modi should hold firm against protesting farmers: Bloomberg  The Times of India Blog

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How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter  Digital Inspiration

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Cyberpunk 2077 or The Problem That Is the AAA Industry  Gamasutra

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Pulkit Garg's Blog - Video Game Accessibility  Gamasutra

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The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species  The Times of India Blog

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Top Game Apps for App Store and Google Play in 2020  Gamasutra

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Manusmriti, maya and Hindutva’s other ghosts  The Times of India Blog

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YALSA names 2021 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers  ala.org

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Is this the end of Location-Based gaming?  Gamasutra

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Khela Shesh: Didi just another sacrifice in Modi’s Ashwamedha  The Times of India Blog

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Is there a bigger agenda behind drug probe against Bollywood stars?  The Times of India Blog

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Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots  Digital Inspiration

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Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom  GigaOM

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Time has come for an all-India Muslim party  The Times of India Blog

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The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 2  Times of India

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WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

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Internet & Technology - Research and data from the Pew Research Center  Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project

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Biden wins, now what is for India?  The Times of India Blog

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The ‘Vishkanya’ fixation: From Hathras to Mumbai, hatred of women marks rightwing cultural warriors  The Times of India Blog

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THQ Nordic Presents: Ashborne Games – A Czech Studio Working on a Brand New IP  Gamasutra

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8 Ways to Get (And Keep) Blog Readers  Backstage

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Add Inside Higher Ed content to your site  Inside Higher Ed

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Putin says will think about creating his own blog  TASS

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How to Write a Successful Blog  Digital Inspiration

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rahul sehgal's Blog - Five Secrets of Game Art Direction  Gamasutra

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Evidence of a Homeowner-Renter Gap for Electric Appliances  Energy Institute at Haas

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We need to take Steam wishlist quality more seriously  Gamasutra

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Pulkit Garg's Blog  Gamasutra

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The Rule of 5 for Bloggers  Entrepreneur

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A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century  Times of India

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How to Submit a Podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify in 2021  Voices.com

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Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots  Boing Boing

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Janusz Tarczykowski's Blog - Agile Game Development part 2: Design Pillars  Gamasutra

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5 Indisputable Reasons Why You Need a Blogging Strategy  Social Media Today

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Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT)  AnandTech

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The Muslim Beauty Bloggers Who Have Helped Me Use Makeup on My Own Terms  Allure

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How to Set Up a Subscription Podcast on BlueHost - Chron.com  Chron.com

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YALSA names 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults | News and Press Center  ala.org

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On surviving Yahoo Pipes, Feedburner futures, and the subscription web  Diginomica

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Making That Shift from Blogger to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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Media Shower Content Platform Now Integrates with Google Docs™  Business Wire

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My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

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Web 100: Best law blogs  ABA Journal

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Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  Times of India

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How to Move your Blogger Blog on Custom Domain to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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Cryptocurrency- Hot or not  The Times of India Blog

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‘Secular’ is a phony word: Citizens must work for a modern society based on individual rights and freedom  The Times of India Blog

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RSS’s choice of shorts as uniform indicates a belief in British power  Economic Times

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The RSS isn’t an NGO, it very much a government organisation  Times of India

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How to Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days  Business 2 Community

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Best blogging platforms of 2021  Techradar

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What Hindutva trolls can learn from Gandhi  The Times of India Blog

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Introducing Circuit Breaker, a new gadget blog from The Verge  The Verge

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Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

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