Why Spend Time Blogging?

Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC, www.rembrandtwrites.com, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at melanie@startupnation.com and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

And you can also sign-up to receive her e-newsletter and reports packed with great information at: http://www.startupnation.com/steps/77/steps-successful-public-relations.htm.

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An SEO secret that boosts online awareness fast

You have probably noticed the thousands of blogs online from big businesses, Mom-and-Pop stores and individuals. Some of the information is interesting while most of it is boring (or just a way for people to vent or talk about themselves.)

However, if you are not blogging, you may be missing out.

Why blog?

If you are a business owner, blogging has many benefits:

1. Boost online awareness.

By including search engine optimization (SEO) keywords in your blog titles, links and copy throughout the blog, you can significantly increase your search rankings and boost online awareness. These keywords are simply the words or phrases potential customers are using to search for your products and services online.

By including SEO keywords in your entries and writing weekly blogs that are 300 words or more, you will see a difference in Website traffic.

2. Build customer relationships.

Blogs also offer a way for you to share information, interact and build customer relationships. If people can comment on your posts and like what you have to say, they will share the information with others and build word-of-mouth for your business.

But how do you discover what is valuable to your customers?

Check your Google Analytics. What pages are your site visitors looking at most and what keywords are they currently using to find your Website? This information will give you clues as to what your customers want and help you create the appropriate blog entries.

If you’re still not sure, you can always post a quick, online survey and ask your customers want they want to see.

3. Beat the competition by providing unique content.

Blogs can help you stand out from the competition by providing valuable information that your customers cannot find anywhere else. And how do you do that?

Well, in your blogs, share your personal insights pertinent to your expertise, background, likes/dislikes, hobbies, etc. Your blog should be as unique as you are.

Blog for Business Growth!

If you haven’t looked at blogging as part of your marketing strategy, it’s time to review it again. Blogs provide a great way to boost your rankings on the search engines and build customer relationships with unique and valuable information.

However, blogs need to be written with the appropriate SEO content and posted on a regular schedule. If you don’t have the time or writing skills for this, hire a content strategist who does. It will be well worth it when you see your site visitors and sales increase!

For more information on writing your SEO blogs, please write to me below or, at www.rembrandtwrites.com.

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