How to Deal With Writers Block When Blogging for Business

Writing on a daily basis can be tough. Especially when your profession and income come from writing. Some people say they get mentally blocked and cannot write a word. Then the more frustrated you get, the less you can focus and produce the content you need.

Do you get writer’s block? For bloggers that phrase has been renamed Blogger’s Block. Maybe you have experienced it off and on. Perhaps it has kept you from publishing posts and creating content, even though you were on a strict deadline.

If that has happened to you, you may be interested to know that a lot of authors don’t believe that writers block really exists.

“All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expect sympathy for it?”
Philip Pullman

Respected authors Terry Pratchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Dylan Thomas, Stephen King and Ernest Hemingway all agree. They have all stated at one time or another that writer’s block really doesn’t exist. Not only that, but the thought of writer’s block can be overcome.

How to Deal With Writers Block When Blogging for Business

How to Deal With Writers Block When Blogging for Business

Use the following tips that have been proven to jump-start a befuddled mind the next time you can’t put a thought together for your blog posts.

• Review old blog posts for ideas.

• Expand a past article for more clarity and different keywords.

• Review a book or article that you read and expand on the ideas.

• Type “your niche tips” into the YouTube search engine. Replace the words “your niche” with the name of the market you are in. Watch videos for inspiration.

• Turn any videos you have created into posts.

• Check out the nearest magazine rack for inspiration, browsing magazines in your niche.

• Just start writing. Take your pen in hand, or start clacking the keys. Don’t worry about what you are writing. Just write anything and everything that comes to mind. Do this for at least 30 minutes.

• Visit your favorite websites, those that inspire you.

• Hit the library, or your personal bookshelf. Physical books are sometimes overlooked as sources of writing inspiration.

• Make a Top 10 post revealing resources, books, tips or strategies relevant to your industry.

• Keep a notepad with you at all times. You never know when inspiration will strike. Using this strategy, you can always whip out your handy notepad when the ideas just won’t come.

• Browse through your readers’ comments.

• Send an email to your list. Ask them exactly what they want you to write about.

• Read today’s headlines at News.Google.com. Hijack a current news story that you can link to your products, services or niche.

• Cheat. See what others are writing about in your market. Expand on their idea.

If you are feeling a bit blocked on what to write for your business blog or even a book you are writing, try working through it using some of these tips. It should help open those brain cells and get some ideas flowing through.

Is Your Business Hiding in Plain Site?

These days any serious business owner that knows their business trends has a website and/or blog to help market their business online. A website with your own domain name (URL) establishes a professional online presence and offers a central hub for all of your online and offline marketing efforts. It is a way to break out from the competition and let people know you are in business and not hiding in plain sight.

However, if you have not updated your website recently or posted fresh content to it, it’s time to enhance your online presence to improve your chances of succeeding in a competitive niche. There are many ways to enhance your online presence. Here are a few.

Is Your Business Hiding in Plain Site?

Is Your Business Hiding in Plain Site?

Tips to enhance your online presence with niche-related features like WordPress

If your website is more than a few years old, chances are it might not be mobile-friendly. With the boom in Smartphones and tablet computers, this has to be your first enhancement.

Second, do you have a blog? A blog is a fun and interesting way to present fresh niche-related content on a regular basis. Write the content, or commission it, upload it, and set the publication date. Your blog will be updated regularly without you having to work on it every day.

Check out WordPress for your blog or website

If you are working in a small company or are a solo entrepreneur, you might be thinking that you have no idea how to do either of these tasks and have no budget to hire anyone. The good news is that you can kill two birds with one stone with a completely free program like I use, WordPress.

There are two ways to accomplish this. The first is to set up a free blog at WordPress.com. This basic version of the program is mobile-friendly and will show you just how easy WordPress is to use. Link to your site and vice versa to drive more traffic.

The second way, and the best method, in my opinion, to do this is to download a copy of the free program at WordPress.org and upload it to the main folder of your website, or to a subfolder, such as one called blog. Install the program and start adding content consistently.

WordPress Tips

The full version of WordPress includes 2 key items that can really help your niche business take off. The first are themes and the second are plugins.

Themes set the overall appearance and functionality of the site, such as a text-based blog versus a photo blog. Search through all the free professional-looking themes available to find the one that is right for the look and feel of your business.

Plugins are little mini-programs that add a range of functions and tools to your pages and site. These can range from social media links that will let you promote your site on all your accounts and allow your customers to promote your site as well to a number of exciting niche options that will make your site a magnet for customers, such as:

– A forum or discussion board
– Top niche products lists with links to buy
– An article directory
– A membership site, free or paid
– A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) portal
– Affiliate promotion

And much more.

If your site isn’t getting the kind of traffic you want or enough repeat visitors, update your site/blog, add functionality, and see what a difference it can make to your profits.

If you need help with updating your blog or website, ask me how I can make a difference and assist you!

3 Quick Tips for Effective Business Blogging

With the amount of websites on the Internet today it’s critical for small businesses to really understand how the search engines work and how to maximize your efforts for your website to be found and utilized by current and potential new customers. As we know, business today is shifting from brick-and-mortar to a combination of both storefront and internet sales. In fact, there is huge business opportunity yet to be developed on the Internet and most businesses understand the internet is a hot place to be for improving sales and interaction.

Developing your website is important for a small business as that is the way you can generate more page views, which can convert into sales and income for your business. It’s a well-known fact, if you read the Google Webmaster tools website, that fresh content is a huge influence on the value a website is given in the search engine rankings. So if you’re looking for ways to generate interest on your website, one of the best ways to do that is through fresh content using a business blog.

Developing a blog can take time and effort, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to do. Here are three tips that will help you develop the content you need for your business blogging.

3 Quick Tips for Effective Business Blogging

3 Quick Tips for Effective Business Blogging | connectinglocalbusiness.com

1) Start with a plan
Understand that what you need to write about and include in your business blog has to revolve around what your business offers. If you are a realtor, for instance, you could write about how to stage your home, home updates that buyers are looking for, what colors work best for fast sales and similar features like that. So planning your articles will ensure that you keep on topic and give the consumer what they are looking for in terms of valuable information.

2) Make sure that you include some sort of call to action in each post
People need to be lead and told what you want them to do. If you would like them to sign up for your email list then ask them to do that at the end of the article or post. If you want them to follow you on social media then include the links at the bottom of the post. If you want them to refer you, etc.

3) Make sure that you are offering fresh content on a consistent basis

Writing once or twice a month or a week are perfectly acceptable. However, if you write something today and then not write again for another two months, that could be an issue with the way the search engines rank your site.

So to make an impact with your website and increase those rankings think about adding a blog to your site and start adding valuable content your readers customers and clients are looking for. It will show your expertise in the area by offering valued content as well as making an impact on the search engines and, hopefully, your traffic on your site site.

If you need help with content for your business, I can help! Contact me to discuss the types of articles that would be great for your business.