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Table of Content Introduction Keep Notes Look for Contributors Start a Series Start a Podcast Contribute to the Conversation Editorial Calendar Build Your Writing Confidence

Introduction  Whenever someone asks, “How can I increase traffic to my website?” the answer is invariably, “Regularly post new cont ent.”  You could be alone in the forest where the proverbial tree fel l when you ask this question, and you’d probably get the sa me answer from a passing bear.  The bear might even offer you a course on making website content for only $49.95 USD, involving three easy web semi nars.  People keep saying that your company blog needs to be mo re than press releases, and they’re right.

Keep Notes  New writers and creators might have lots of ideas of things they’d li ke to try. and that’s great! Start with that.  But once that initial pool of ideas is exhausted, you will most likely fi nd that coming up with new ideas is one of the harder bits of being creative.  Now some people like me can only come up with new ideas when we sit down and force ourselves into a certain idea-finding mindset.  Others, however, come up with ideas all the time, and then forget th em.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Grab a note-taking app on your phone, for example, and write that stuff down! Keep all of your content ideas in one place, so you can pick and choose from them when it’s time to sit down and work.

Look for Contributors  This option requires a bit of a budget, if you want to do it right.  But, if your company is large enough, you might consider investing i n hiring a writer/creator part-time, or on a freelance basis.  This is not as easy as it sounds, though.  You want a writer who knows at least enough about your field or ind ustry that they don’t sound like complete amateurs.  You want a contributor who can meet deadlines.  You want one that can take suggestions.  And ideally, you want one that has their own voice, a distinct style t o create a personal connection with your readers/listeners/viewers t hat they’ll keep coming back for.  And then you want one that’s within your price range.

Start a Series  One of the easiest ways to keep regular content going is to start a series.  I don’t mean a series of articles that has two-to-five articles and that’s it.  Those can provide some content, but they have an ending p oint by nature.  I’m talking about a series that can be continued nearly ad-in finitum if you make a new installment every week, every two weeks, or every month.

Start a Series  Easy ideas for this kind of content include: • Reviews • State of the industry articles • Interviews • Compilations of resources (ie the 25 best tools for X)

Start a Podcast  Don’t let anybody tell you that you have to spend a ton of money to start a podcast.  There are some decent ones out there that have been recorded (an d even filmed) on higher-end mobile phones.  Just grab some friends and colleagues in your field, sit down, and t alk about your industry.  It helps to have a short outline of topics you’d like to discuss, but ot herwise, keep it fairly casual, and don’t make it too long.  Then just put up an episode on your blog regularly.  Once a month is fine to start with, if you’re quite busy.  If the podcast in particular really takes off, then you might consider i nvesting more in equipment.

Contribute to the Conversation  In every industry, the people who blog about it tend to follow some t rends.  Whenever a big story comes up, read what others have to say on it, and write a response.  Well, you could try to be first to get your opinion out there, but that’s a rough game that would require some sleepless nights.  Responses can take a few forms.  You can politely point out things you disagree with other people on t o provide a different perspective.  You can respond to people you agree with, but try to build on the po ints they made, and look for things they might have missed.  Lastly, you can just point your own readers to content that you can’t find any fault with.

Editorial Calendar  Put together an editorial calendar.  It’s like an outline for your blog, but you put in a calendar format.  Simply put, an editorial calendar does for your blogging what any c alendar does for the rest of your life.  Once you have your regular posts and already-written posts on the calendar, you can immediately see where you might be missing any thing.  You can make one with a tool as simple as Google Calendar, and k eep it synced with everyone who contributes to your company blog.  If you use a CMS like WordPress, there are plugins like the approp riately-named Editorial Calendar to give you an easy calendar over view of posts that are actually in your CMS.

Build Your Writing Confidence  One of the things that was most difficult for me as I started writing w as the simple yet panic-inducing fear of failure.  Nothing kills a writing/creative habit like just being sure that you’re i s going to suck anyway, so why try?  Practice is one of the more obvious answers to this conundrum, an d it’s absolutely essential.  However, you can get some confidence by just preparing yourself c orrectly.  Prepare yourself by reading, a lot.  I’ve mentioned CopyBlogger maybe a thousand times, and I’ll refer ence a thousand times more.  They offer good writing advice.

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