How to succeed in blogging by really trying


Last Valentine’s Day, I started my job as Director of Marketing for a SaaS software company that sells multi-channel marketing automation solutions to large distributed marketing organizations in regulated industries.  One of the things that was on the long to-do list was starting a blog to develop SEO and subject-matter credibility for the company and its executives. 

We launched The Distributed Marketing Blog in late March, just six weeks after I began work.  As anyone who’s ever started a new blog knows, it’s not easy to build traffic, SEO rank, and credibility – but we had a plan, and the plan worked. 

I should point out that we don’t have an ad budget for the blog, nor do we have a  full-time blogger on staff — and we don’t have an outside PR firm or dedicated PR resource.  Each one of the posts, press releases, and all of the supporting social media marketing to reach our goals was done on a “time available” basis, and was just one of many marketing projects that our very small team managed.  Since we were also putting together a lead generation and sales support program that helped the company grow 25% in the first two quarters of the year, there wasn’t much time to spend on the blog. 

How did we succeed in blogging?  By really, really trying — and the help of my friends at MyPRGenie and a lot of Twitter and Facebook friends who shared links to posts.  We topped 117,000 readers for a post just 12 weeks after our launch (June 10, 2011).  Along the way, PC World, Computerworld, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNet, BNet, and even Fox News picked up our original content or linked back to our blog. 

I can’t claim that we hit the 100,000 mark on every post, or that every press release we sent out resulted in media coverage.  We average about a thousand readers per post, and in the first eight months of publishing, 10% of our posts have gotten more than 50,000 readers.  More importantly, we’re consistently hitting the measurement goals we set for ourselves in terms of traffic, SEO, and click-throughs to other content.  (Next year’s goals:  more comments and more guest posts and new authors.) 

On November 15, 2011, I’ll be presenting an online master class with Miranda Tan of MyPRGenie on the tips and techniques we used to get there.  I hope you’ll join us for the free webinar titled  Master Techniques to Get Heard and Make Your Content Viral. 

If you’re a blogger or small business marketer with a good story to tell – but you don’t have an unlimited budget or a huge team who can constantly stay on the phone and manage your social media programs – then this webinar is for you.  Most of the tips and techniques we’ll be covering are free, and rely far more on pre-planning, good time management, and persistence than experience or spending.

Here’s a list of the topics we’ll be covering:

  • What online avenues to use to draw traffic for your blog
  • How to get your content picked up by the media
  • When to post new content
  • How to write effective blogs and press releases
  • Why bloggers should write headlines and Tweets first…and then finish the blog post
  • How to draw and maintain an audience
  • Where to get great (free or very low-cost) art for your blog – and why it matters
  • What kind of metrics should you consider to see what’s working – and what’s not

I’m thrilled that Miranda asked me to present our case study with her (we couldn’t have done it without her team), and hope you’ll join us for the event!  You can get more information on the MyPRGenie site, and the downloadable presentation and video from the event will be posted immediately after the webinar. 

About debmcalister

I'm a Dallas-based marketing consultant and writer, who specializes in helping start-up technology companies grow. I write (books, articles, and blogs) about marketing, technology, and social media. This blog is about all of those -- and the funny ways in which they interesect with everyday life.
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2 Responses to How to succeed in blogging by really trying

  1. Great post today thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed reading it.

    If you know anyone that is learning how to blog I would recommend this:

    Free Blogging Guide

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