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To guest blog or not to guest blog?

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Is guest blogging and SEO still a match made in heaven

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How B2B made sense of Content Marketing for me

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A blog by Richard Gordon on how B2B makes sense for him with content marketing

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What was predicted for 2014? The final word of the year from Base One

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We were going to put together a blog with our predictions for 2015. But then others did the same and we certainly didn’t want to look like we were duplicating the rest

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The 3 big social media questions

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The simple (or simplified) truth is that if you can answer ‘Yes’ to the following three questions, you will make a success out of social media marketing… Tags: Beyond Communications Interactive blogging socialmedia socialmediamarketing Sometimes, it’s good to return to the basics. Just three.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

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In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. But blogging success is impossible without regular posting. Hence, 1,000. Quality matters.

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5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

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How do you use your blog analytics ? There There are many easy-to-use blogging analytics tools out there, but the really successful bloggers know their results and tailor their blogs accordingly. This is the fifth element in the CAST system for effective blog content : C ontent (compelling). And if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now would be a perfect time!

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[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI. If you’ve got the content nailed, turning your blog into a demand generation machine may require little more than a few simple changes.

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Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!

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If you enjoyed this infographic and would like to use it on your own blog or publication for free, you can download your own copy here: 10 Reasons to Blog Infographic And for more blogging inspiration, be sure to buy  Born to Blog , the number one book on blogging in the world. The post Nobody reading your blog? The post Nobody reading your blog?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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If you’re not generating leads – as in: a lot of leads – from your company’s blog, you’re missing out on what is perhaps not only your best opportunity to convert organic Web traffic into actionable, measurable sales inquiries, but also the best way to actually show real ROI from your social media investment. Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. No problem.

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15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? But are there blog elements you’re missing? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. The overall strategy is to keep people on your blog once they’re there. In other words, your blog is a soft-sell environment. Maybe a sign-up box.

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10 Maxims of Successful Blogging

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I enjoy coaching people with their blogging efforts and there are 10 pieces of advice I seem to dispense the most often.  So I thought you might be interested in these ideas. Whether you are blogging for your business or for the pure joy of it, I think these ideas will help you: 1. Write a blog post that only you could write. 2. Negative blog posts are like seeing a car wreck.

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What is the future of blogging?

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It seems to be that time of year when the “is blogging dead” debate swirls around the social web. In this post I will cover three very important issues to the world of blogging: Exactly what is a blog right now? Are blogs as important as they used to be? What is the future of blogging? Exactly what is a blog right now? love Mitch Joel. Audio.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

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How do you choose a blog platform ? . In my last post,  How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog , I shared important information you want to consider before your first post, including signing up for a trial blog. With so many great blog platforms available, including  WordPress , Blogger, Tumblr, Ghost, Squarespace, Wix, Typepad, Weebly, etc., Which is best?

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Why the economics of blogging are diminishing

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist When I started blogging about five years ago (back when we felt smart with dumb phones), I devoured every blog post about how to write epic blog posts. And for a while, it was good, because I followed the ‘proven’ formula of the wise ones that made money teaching others how to make money with blogging.

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Top Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading

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For marketers, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that blogs are the second most used tactic for content marketing (behind social media content). But if you’re like me, then chances are you’re pretty selective with your blog subscriptions and visits. That’s exactly why we share a list of the top marketing blogs each year. The Best Marketing Blogs of 2015. ABM Blogs.

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Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

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Are you keeping your business blog fresh? If If you’re like me, and you’ve been blogging for a number of years, chances are some of your links may no longer work. This This guest post, from Susan Boggs, offers tips for successful bloggers and blogs on how to find and correct broken links. Our blogs would rank high for our keywords, and life would be wonderful.

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The future of blogging and online publishing

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A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead. I don’t think so. When reading is dead … then blogging will be dead. Starting your social media strategy with a blog used to be a safe bet. The post The future of blogging and online publishing appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Is reading dead? Or something else?

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The 10 best big company blogs in the world

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There seems to be a lot of noise about the “death of the company blog.” ” In a world with so many shiny balls to chase like Snapchat and Instagram, are blogs still vibrant? Important? A few years ago, I did a comprehensive study of the best company blogs in America and I thought it was time to re-consider this channel. What are the best company blogs today?

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Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog

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Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" width="300" height="199" title="Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" /> How’s your blog writing going? Do you feel dread and overwhelm when it’s time to post on your blog? This is common for business bloggers who don’t have clarity about blog goals. hope so.

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How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog

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How do I start a blog ? . hear it all the time:  smart professionals, who are great at what they do, don’t know how to start a business blog , and probably wouldn’t have time to blog even if they did start one. Sure, they had started blogging with great gusto – they put in a lot of time – but somewhere along the line got stuck, and never went back.

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Lessons learned while deleting 274 blog posts

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After more than seven years of blogging I had a lot of clutter. So I started at the beginning of the {grow} timeline and began deleting blog posts. When the dust had cleared, I had trashed 274 blog posts. It was fun to go back and figure out who left the first of 65,000 comments on this blog. Since those early days I have had more than 65,000 comments on the blog.

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10 simple tweaks to generate more sales through blogs

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We’re not supposed to expect sales though blogs, right? In fact, your blogging space is a very important sales opportunity because if people are finding you through search, these are high-potential leads. I am NOT saying to be “sales-y” in the content of your blog. Here are 10 ideas to optimize sales through blogs. And Have ads for your products.

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Does Your Blog Deliver a Positive User Experience?

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You want your blog to be just that kind of place. Why would you want your blog to be joyful to use? Consider your own experience visiting other blogs and websites. So what entails a bad user experience on a blog? To identify potential user experience issues on your blog, think about what frustrates or annoys you when you visit a website. The opposite is also true.

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Blog ROI: 4 Tactics to Capture Greater Results

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The majority of B2B companies are blogging. Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” We know our brands need blogs, but to capture greater results, we need something more than just a wordy post. Brands That Do Blogging Well … and Why. Achieving maximum blog ROI starts with engaging content. Dig deeper.

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16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

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This final installment covers some fascinating though sometimes contradictory and confusing stats about business blogging and the value of marketing. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? ” Blogging is the ideal vehicle for communicating brand purpose, beyond just “selling stuff.” Business Blogging Stats and Facts. 1.

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13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

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You’ve put extensive effort into your business blog design, content strategy, research, and execution. Why isn’t your blog attracting a higher level of traffic? Find guidance on those topics and more here in a baker’s dozen of the best guides to growing your blog audience from the past year or so. Got a well-written business blog, but a shortage of readers?

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What is the ideal blogging frequency for your business?

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Blogging frequency is among the most common questions I am asked, and it occurred to me that I have never directly addressed this in a blog post. So here we go — how often should you post on your blog? First, let’s start at a very high level and set the stage about blogging as a business imperative in general. What is the ideal blogging frequency?

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8 ways blog writing is unique

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There are many great writers who have unsuccessful blogs. Here are eight ways that blog writing differs from how you might write in school or at work. 1) Headlines matter. A lot. Nobody is going to sit by the fireplace with a glass of wine and relax with a good blog post. Blog readers are SKIMMERS. That does not work on blogs. Here’s why. Descriptive. Right?

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The Anti-Blog Post to Writing Better Blog Posts.

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I can’t read your blog. In fact, I almost don’t read any social marketing blogs out there, because I’m done with wave bathing in the echo chamber.  I’m done with it  – people echoing echoes everywhere. They read Seth Godin, a bit of Brogan, maybe a bit Gary V for the attitude, mash it all together and slam out another samey samey blog post. Frizzzzzle. Right?

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Five Ways to Draw Traffic to a Blog Post

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As buyers spend more time with online articles, blog posts and reviews, and rely less on advertising for product information , companies have quickly caught onto the fact that they need great content to attract new customers and retain their current ones. Here are five methods you can use to get your blog posts more exposure amongst your audience and beyond.

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10 Maxims of Successful Blogging: Infographic Edition

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My post on the 10 Maxims of Successful Blogging has become one of the most popular on the {grow} blog and really summarizes the advice I give bloggers the most often. Feel free to share it or embed it on your own blog. Schaefer Mark, these are great guidelines for blogging. Feel free to share it or embed it on your own blog. This was designed by Sarah Mason.

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What would I do if I were starting my blog from scratch?

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If you are just building a blog from scratch, here are the foundational steps I would take to do it. 1. Maybe you won’t discover your niche until you have blogged for six months, or a year. Maybe you will discover your niche based on an insight from a blog comment, maybe your niche will shift over time. My blog is different than it was six months ago. So I changed it.

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Five simple ideas to cut your blogging time in half

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I stumbled around and fumbled around for a long time when I started this blog. Then I realized how many great business benefits I was realizing through the blog and decided I better get serious about it! Without question, my biggest obstacle to consistent blogging was time. In fact, you can cut your blogging time in half! 1. You have a great blog post.

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An inspirational blogging lesson from Keith Urban

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I would like to tell you the tale of two famous performers and how one of them changed my perspective on business and blogging forever. A few months ago I was fortunate enough to attend two concerts in one week. The struggle in today’s hyper-sensitive world The 10 best big company blogs in the world 5 Proven tips to help with your blogging confidence.

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Monetizing blog comments: Why your blog is economic gold

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“CommentGate” continued this week as Blogging Titan Chris Brogan announced he is turning off the comments on his blog. also want to say that Chris has been a pioneer in almost every aspect of blogging. People complain to me all the time that folks will chat up the link in Facebook but leave no comments on the blog, as if the comments on the blog are the gold.

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My five biggest blogging mistakes

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I am creeping up on 1,000 blog posts —  I’ve probably blogged “a bible!” It takes time, patience and hard work to find your voice and build a successful blog. I am not good at the patience part. When I arrived on the blogging scene I looked around and found a few people “doing it right.” ” What a waste of time. Arrrgh.

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