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Blogging: 4 Simple Steps Towards A Successful Blog…

By Nicholas Beeson – Marketing Associate, Buzzwords Manchester

In the age of social media, blogs should form the backbone of your social media marketing campaigns. The content is also valuable in its own right.

Blogs drive traffic to your website and create valuable links. Despite this, many of us forget what makes a blog successful. As a reminder, here are four SIMPLE – yet effective – tips on how to maintain a successful blog:

  • Develop a strong blogging ‘voice’

The overall style of your blog should reflect your business or brand. It should be designed to meet your overall marketing objectives. Your blog should be written in a tone that is open and credible, conversational and jargon-free. Use the blog as an extension of your website.

  • Blog frequently

For your blog to be successful, you need to add new content often. You should post at regular times to make it easier for your subscribers to follow. As a minimum, you should aim to post three new blog entries a week.

  • Avoid rambling on

Many bloggers don’t realise that the most successful blogs are very narrowly focused on specific issues and are made up of short entries. The title of your blog is also important as it helps optimise each blog post across the web. Blogs are meant to be read quickly. This should be reflected in your writing style.

  • Optimise for ‘The Links Effect’

Make sure you include relevant keywords – and add tags to match! This will help generate back-links to your website and thus help with SEO and search engine rankings. This in turn will generate traffic to provide the sales leads or other enquiries which will ultimately justify your website’s existence.

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How to Optimize your Facebook Page in 3 Simple Steps

Buzzwords' Facebook page

By Nicholas Beeson, Marketing Associate at Buzzwords Manchester

To get the most out of a Facebook page, you need to gain members. In order to do this, some basic SEO skills can be applied. Optimizing your Facebook page will enable it to be found on both Facebook and the World Wide Web!

Believe it or not, Facebook pages are indexed by search engines and can even be viewed by those without a Facebook account. Facebook pages also have the potential to rank highly!

Ranking well on Facebook’s internal search is even more important, as those searching for your brand or business on Facebook know what they want and will be able to find it with ease!

3 simple steps
To begin optimizing your page so it ranks well on both organic and internal searches, follow these 3 simple steps:

1. What are you about?

The “About” box is one of the most undervalued elements of a Facebook page. The “About” box provides you with a platform to add keywords that can tell customers and search engines what your page is about! The box also allows you to add clickable links that can direct customers back to your company’s website or any other related sites.

2. The category you place yourself in is vital

When deciding on the category in which to place your page, be careful. The category affects what you can add to your info, and how much you can add! When completing the info section, use lots of key words and add links to all of your related sites including your company website, blog, LinkedIn and Twitter.

3. Choose an appropriate URL and page name

When choosing the page name, make sure it is related to your organisation and easily visible to those searching for you. Once you have gained 25 ‘likes’, create a unique URL that is memorable and related to your brand!

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Buzzwords PR info now on Facebook

There’s more about Mike Beeson and Buzzwords’ PR services on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mike.beeson1

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SEO copywriting meets PR?

As a PR practitioner who also practises the black art of SEO copywriting, I’ve been surprised at how easy it is to infiltrate the online ranks (and ranking!) of larger PR companies.

It begs the question as to whether certain PR companies are serious about having an online presence.  I read a lot about how concerned PRs are about social media, but what about SEO and SEM – not to mention the wider implications for integrated marketing?

I suppose I should be happy that so many PR companies are hiding their light under a bushel – and that’s not to deprecate the quality of Buzzwords’ PR services, nor the complementary value of SEO copywriting expertise.

In these straitened times, I do wonder whether there are still PR companies out there who merely pay lip service to ‘being digital’ by having a website and some occasional Pay-Per-Click advertising? 

Of course, I’m generalising.  It’s clear that some PR companies have grasped the nettle – and run with it. To those who haven’t – and you probably won’t be reading blogs if that’s the case! – you’re missing a trick that could prove fatal.

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Buzzwords new Content Managed website is good news for more news more often!

Today, I’m celebrating Buzzwords’ new Content Managed (CMS) website!  (see: buzzwords.ltd.uk)  No longer are CMS sites poor performers on the search engine optimization front either.  I’m guessing that because they can be updated as frequently as you like, the search engines look on them much as they would a blog i.e. favourably.

As a copywriter, journalist and PR person, it’s good to have the freedom to write new pages and add them to your website instantly.  No more waiting around for web coding man to do the business.  And no more bills into the bargain.  A CMS website means I can publish news releases, articles and new pages on the site at any time.  This is orgasmic!

Blogs as a PR tool

A great addition to your PR armoury is a blog or two, optimized for the cuddliest keywords in your life.  Once you’ve established the blog, all you need to invest is a couple of hours twice a week to keep the momentum going with the search engines and to maintain your blog’s ranking.  

Even better, your blog can be cathartic: that is to say, you can get all those things off your chest that have been bugging you all week.  Far better than having a rant at a supplier or employee, cheaper than getting pissed and much safer than plonking someone on the nose.

From a SEO point of view, it may be beneficial to set up a blog which is linked directly to your website so you get all the SEO spin-offs and the added bonus that traffic is coming direct to your main website and not to your standalone blog which is a few clicks away at best.  http://wordpress.org  is the place to go if you’re interested in integrating a pro blog into your website.   


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