Guest blogging is one of the most underrated forms of inbound marketing. Most companies assume that posting social media content, updating their website, and adding content to their blog every couple of weeks will suffice. Though these are solid inbound marketing strategies, they will be greatly enhanced with the addition of guest blog posts.
The Exposure Your Business Needs
Guest blog posts strategically placed on handpicked websites can work wonders for your business. Though many question whether guest blog posts have any sort of effect on the target audience, the evidence proves they really do steer traffic to the author’s website. This is especially true when the guest blog post contains intriguing content. Most people think of guest bloggers as experts who donate their time and effort to another website because they have an abundance of expertise, advice and insight. Such a perception automatically triggers immediate respect. Those who read or even skim the guest blog post will be inclined to click the hyperlink to your website and/or social media. The key is that the guest blog post gets your name and your business in front of people who have already expressed an interest in your products and/or services. This is the vitally important exposure your business needs to increase traffic to your site and social media platforms. These visits will gradually turn into the conversion of customers, many of whom will do business with you across the long haul.
Guest Blogging Establishes You as an Expert
Part of the magic of guest blogging is that it portrays you and your company as a source of authority, and people respect those in an authoritative position. As long as your guest blog post contains meaningful content that helps the target audience in some manner, you will be respected. This respect leads to additional website/social media attention and consequently, more business.
If you do not have the confidence, time, or energy to craft high-quality blog posts that engage your target audience, do not fret! Outsource the work to content creation professionals so you have a steady stream of informative blog posts to publish in corners of the internet where your target audience is most likely to visit. The end result will be an enhanced perception of your company’s expertise, an increase in traffic to your website and a positive impact on your bottom line.
Time Your Guest Blog Posts in a Strategic Manner
Do not haphazardly publish guest blog posts across the web at any point in time. The timing of these posts’ publication is of critical importance. Release your guest blog posts in tandem with your social media pushes, on-page SEO efforts and the addition of original content to your website. These important pieces to the inbound marketing puzzle will work in unison to cast as wide of a net as possible and attract target prospects. Keep in mind that many such prospects will check out other aspects of your online presence as a means of gauging your company’s merit. Many will skim your social media pages, blog, website and beyond before making the decision to provide you with their business.
Guest Blogging is Cheaper Than Paid Ads
Sometimes it can make more sense to blog than to rely solely on paid online ads. The beauty of guest blogging is that it connects your business to parties that are already interested in what you offer. This important exposure connects you to those who can really add to your bottom line. The best part is that it is free. At worst, it will require that you provide the website owner with the opportunity to publish a guest blog on your own blog.
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