Sunday, March 9, 2008

You Need A Blog: Here's Why!

By Kevin Sinclair

Blogs are more than outlets for personal opinions, they have become popular ways to comment, rant, review and market. Savvy internet marketers now use blogging as a central platform of their business strategies.

Here's the reason.

It's not hard to set up a blog. You just need a computer and a connection to the internet to establish a free blog with a free blog hosting service. Once you have done this, it is all about communication.

Blogs are attractive because they are so flexible. You can choose from a number of different blogging platorms such as Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal or create a blogging account with a free blogging service such as Blogger or Wordpress. If you decide that you want to host your own blog at some time in the future, you can then transfer it to your own server.

A lot of people are attracted to blogs because they offer a friendly and intimate environment to learn and discuss issues and products. It is this very accessibility of blogs that aid in product promotion. People feel that they are able to get "nuts and bolts" information about products without advertising hype.

You can write what you want in a blog and if people read your opinions and come to respect them you will gain credibility in your niche. When this happens, you may well be approached for comments on important issues and over time you will gain expert status. Your growing reputation can be worth dollars to you because your blog becomes saleable.

As you gain readership, take advantage of their interest to ask them to sign up to your email list so that you can update them on new information, send them special offers or newsletters. You can notify your subscribers every time you post a new blog article and include a link to the article. This reminds people to visit your site and it is easy to just click a link. You can also encourage your readers to comment on new posts.

This is a non threatening way to use your subscriber list because your readers won't feel that you are just marketing to them all the time. You can certainly use your blog to market products, however create an inviting atmosphere that encourages comments on posts and give your readers good value.

Use a very personal style in your blog, writing naturally and openly in order to build your credibility. If you do this you will find that blogging is a powerful weapon in your internet marketing arsenal that sets you on the road to success.

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