7 reasons your business blog is COSTING you money

Reason #2 - Your blog isn’t in line with the rest of your digital strategy

So, today we’re going to look at problem 2 of 7 when it comes to making sure your business blog is making money, not wasting it:

Your business blog isn’t in line with the rest of your strategy!

This is a HUGE problem with business blogging, as well as social media, content marketing and pretty much anything else that you might find in a digital strategy for business.  No aspect of a digital strategy exists in a vacuum. Without getting all David Attenborough on ya, it’s a complex ecosystem and you CANNOT look at one single aspect in isolation.

REALLY complex, ya hear me?!

REALLY complex, ya hear me?!

Solving the digital strategy problem

Uh, yeah. This one is, for me, the hardest problem to solve with a wave of my wand because it’s got really, really deep roots. Your blog must occupy a central place in your digital strategy, which means it has to be there from the start. Also, you have to have a digital strategy. You have one of those, right?

The solution is simple really - make sure your blog occupies a central place in your digital strategy. Don’t have a strategy? Call me.

If you’ve been neglectful and don’t have a digital strategy and also don’t want to call me, you have a big problem. You wouldn’t run any other part of your business without a strategy, and the same goes for online. If you’re ready for the challenge, get next year’s strategy planned now. There are oodles of resources online for this, and I've written a handy post on strategy specifically for blogs.


Strategically challenged?

If, for whatever reason, you don’t/can’t/won’t document a digital strategy, at least try to get a vague plan sorted out in your head, and a sense of the way in which the different digital elements in your business interrelate. Mind maps can be a good way to do this - I like Coggle - or even a pen and paper. The important thing is to understand how they support each other and make sure you are operating in the most efficient way possible.

In short

No matter how official you’re going to make it, think about your website, blog, social media and content as intimately connected. Map out every possible route for conversion and make sure they’re all aligned. Make sure that every aspect supports every other aspect in the most important ways. Ask questions like “where are blog visitors coming from? Social? Are your social channels designed to funnel visitors to the blog? Where do we want them to go next?" Follow the paths in your head or on paper, and have them to hand when you’re creating any future goals. Please tell me you have goals, right?!

Stay tuned to hear the other 5 reasons your business blog is COSTING you money, and not actually making any. If you missed last week, #1 - you don’t have any goals - click ahead or navigate via the "7reasons" tag below.

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