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Attract More Clients with a Blog

Blog traffic

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

Blogging is about offering a value to your audience in the way of publishing credible content where your blog will be read and shared with like-minded people.   A successful blogger scan gain great recognition and profit by blogging.  Blogging is a great way to brand your business, build trust, and creates a foundation for all your social media platforms.  You can be a full-time or part-time blogger.   To get started check out step-by-step tutorials to create your blog.

Content marketing is the act of collecting, organizing, and sharing relevant information on a particular topic of interest. Finding great topics for use in your content marketing strategy is very time consuming.   Source for your blogs can come from search engines, social platforms, and Pinterest.

There are pros and cons to free and paid blog websites.

Free blog sites: This is blog website that you set up for free.  These blog sites will set up their advertisements (not your choice) and make money off of your blog space they offer you for your blogs.

Paid blog site:  To set up your paid site you need a domain name and a web host, then you install your blog platform from your hot server.  These blog sites give you access to a full range of features that help you become a successful blogger.  They provide security for your blog site so it won’t be hacked.

Start a List of Ideas for Blogs

  • Listen to social media platforms and business owners for blog ideas.
  • Develop skills in copy writing.
  • Tell your story.
  • Blogging will increase your search engine optimizing (SEO) by posting fresh content in the search engines.

Create a Blogging Calendar

  • Plan ahead to create, schedule, and post your blogs using an editorial blog calendar, to help you stay organized.
  • Schedule your weekly time to blog on a spreadsheet.
  • Keep an ideas file in an accessible place like Evernote, OneNote, or Dropbox.
  • Maintain your web relationship with consistent schedule.

Blog about Many Categories

  • Your categories should reflect your target audience.
  • Organize, choose, and plan the best categories for your blog.
  • Use keywords in your blogs to help search engines, so your business can be found.

Create a Blogging Strategy

  • Determine your purpose upon creating a blog.
  • Identify the key words for subject matter.
  • Create a static front page or a splash page.
  • Research your blog topic and share links in your blog.
  • Search for a suitable image that applies to your blog to drive traffic to your website.
  • List your contact information for possible client follow-ups.
  • List five to 15 public tags that will relate to your post.

Blog Resources

Top 10 Best Website Builders http://www.top10bestwebsitebuilders.com/?kw=how%20to%20make%20a%20blog&c=34422531277&t=search&p=&m=e&adpos=2t2&dev=c&devmod=&mobval=0&a=2031&gclid=CKOAwMOXrcACFcZQ7Aod9n4AGA

Make Money Blogging

http://www.problogger.net/make-money-blogging/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-ingham/how-to-make-money-from-bl_b_5500163.html

Blogging Calendar

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/blogging-calendar-tips/

http://www.webpagefx.com/blog/marketing/editorial-blogging-calendar-schedule/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iCqZQgrw2oeVF5XjZLaRPv7IBIn8f3qao_kVJYaQ2wE/edit

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/calendar-blog-planner/

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Productive Office Work Teams

 

hand drawing the keys for success

“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.” ― Charles Duhigg

Maintain a Work Balance

  • Plan daily schedules to support short-term and long-term goals.
  • Review team goals daily, then link them to the activities for the week.
  • Avoid ambiguous language. Be very specific and precise so the listener can receive a clearer communication and less the need for repetition.
  • Don’t allow little distractions to take away your focus from your team.  Turn off those pesky text and email pings that takes your attention away from you projects.
  • Set realistic time frames on new projects.   A tight work load can frustrating and generous workloads can contribute to inefficacy.
  • Give instruction and make requests as specifically, as possible.  Ask your team to repeat what they think you said and immediately correct misinformation.
  • Use delegation skills to develop your team and expand their work experience skills.
  • Ask your team, “Is there a more effective way of doing these projects?”
  • When multiple people take a project, break it down into pieces of their own real estate.  It sometimes can get difficult to stay on track towards the end project goal.
  • Schedule creative and challenging monthly events during your peak hours.
  • Lighten up with laughter to lift spirits and enhance creativity.

Set Priorities and Take Initiatives

  • Set realistic time frames on new projects.   A tight work load can frustrating and generous workloads can contribute to inefficacy.
  • Give instruction and make requests as specifically, as possible.  Ask your team to repeat what they think you said and immediately correct misinformation.
  • Use delegation skills to develop your team and expand their work experience skills.
  • Ask your team, “Is there a more effective way of doing these projects?”

Develop a Win-Win

  • When multiple people take a project, break it down into pieces of their own real estate.  It sometimes can get difficult to stay on track towards the end project goal.

Synergize Your Team

  • Schedule creative and challenging monthly events during your peak hours.
  • Lighten up with laughter to lift spirits and enhance creativity.

Resources:

Characteristics of Good Work Team Members

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201301/characteristics-good-work-team-members

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Virtual Teams

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/culture-beat-the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-virtual-teams/

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Communication for Effective Listening

Communication

Communication by listening and hearing are not the same thing.  Hearing is the first stage of listening.

This is a communication process that requires active participation.

Stop Talking

Competency is achieved through learning and practice.  Sometimes our listening is distracted by half-attention, constant interruptions, high-volume, and talkfest free-for-all.

Active Listening

A good listener is not just a silent receptacle, passively receiving the thoughts and feeling of others.  To be an effective listener, you must respond with verbal and nonverbal cues, which let the speaker know that you are listening and understanding.  This is the feedback that is needed.

Verbal feedback works best when delivered in the form of brief statements, rather than questions.  These statements allow you to paraphrase and reflect what you’ve heard, which affirms the speaker’s success at communication and encourages the speaker to elaborate further.  You can use phrases like “uh-huh” and “I see” to let the speaker know that you’re following what they are saying.

No Multi-Tasking

In order to become an effective listener, you have to learn to manage what goes on in your own mind.  Good listening requires the temporary suspension of all unrelated thoughts.  This means no interrupting, no finishing their sentences, and no formulating your reply before they are finished speaking.

“To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well” – John Marshall

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