Copyright © 2005 Priya Shah
In first three parts of this article series on marketing with blogs, I discussed reasons why blogs are excellent tools for marketing, and provided some tips on using your blog to brand yourself, boost your reputation and sell your products and services online.
In this article, I provide specific tips on using your blog help you boost your marketing ROI and visibility online.
#6: Use Good SEO Practices
Besides using keywords appropriately, take time to learn about using trackbacks, pingbacks, good linking practices and basic SEO techniques.
Remember that in blogging, public relations equals PageRank. The more you link to others, more they will link to you.
Submit your blogs and feeds to directories and search engines.
#8: Track Your Results
Keep track of your sales, inbound links, citations by using tools like adtrackers, Blogpulse and Marketleap. Also offer your readers incentives to participate in surveys.
This information is very valuable because it will help you understand what your market needs and how to give it to them.
It will also help you understand how much your blogging is helping your marketing efforts so you can tweak your methods and get more out of them.
#9: Listen And Learn
When we’re blogging we usually stating our opinions openly. As bloggers it’s all right to be controversial and frank while blogging.
But what happens when a potential customer posts a nasty or rude comment? Some bloggers think its OK to be rude right back, and even go so far as to call that person names.