Many brands and products you see on TV and in blogs are there intentionally. These products placements can help increase sales of a particular item. It's also a great way for bloggers to monetize their content.
Bloggers can make serious money. Copyblogger began as a blog by one guy, Brian Clark, and is now a multimillion dollar business. Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income blog and accompanying podcast bring in six figures monthly.
It's not easy to start a new business, and you'll be looking for advice along the way. The internet is flooded with experts and entrepreneurs with business advice, so it can be hard to wade through the volume and find the blogs that are worth reading on a daily basis.
For many small business owners, launching your first website is a little like being a mad scientist. You work long into the night, toiling in the darkness for weeks on end, until that magic moment when you flip the switch and scream, "It's Alive!" Then you stand back and wait to see whether you've revolutionized mankind or created a monster that will send your customers screaming for the hills. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but the truth isn't far off.
How do you get the word out about your business? There are so many ways to reach out to your customers in the online world, it can be hard to know where to start. Many businesses are realizing that creating interesting content that their customers want to read and share is the perfect way to keep in touch.
When it comes to content marketing, you do everything right. You track trends, listen to your community, find compelling angles, and draft picture perfect blog posts like a boss.
Your blog can serve many purposes. It’s a way to engage and inform returning and potential customers, or a great tool for promoting deals and company changes. If your first step for your marketing plan is to create a website, your second step should be to start a blog.
It's one thing to start a blog, work out a timetable for making posts and create a calendar to ensure those posts go out the door. These are administrative tasks and fairly easy to tackle once you have a plan and the right tools for the job. It's another thing entirely to constantly come up with blog ideas for new posts and then write those posts — especially if writing is not something you particularly enjoy.
Blogging is better with photos. Good above-the-fold shots draw in readers; adding inline shots breaks up the text enough to keep readers from getting exhausted and leaving the story.
If you've ever watched a standup comedy special, you know that good comedians spend hours writing their routines. From story to set-up to punchline, over and over and over again — comedians are always working on new ideas.
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