Although it is a bit ironic to write a blog about blogs, I could not refrain in this case. Many of my clients have really started to take notice of blogs, have incorporated one onto their site, or are very interested in doing so.
Let’s start with the basic definition of a blog, for those of you who are afraid to ask! Blogs, (short for web log) are defined by wikipedia as a website where entries are written in chronological order and displayed in reverse chronological order. My 92 year old Grandma actually called me the other day, wanting to know what a blog was! I was shocked that she knew enough to even ask, which prompted me to inquire where she had heard the term. She recently read an article in the Sun Sentinel, which made mention that a 7 night Carnival Cruise had been specifically created for readers of their blog, which was started by a cruise director and contains advice to future passengers, amongst other cruise related topics. Their blog has become increasingly popular, and has received over 200,000 visits in less than 3 months! Click here to view full article.
Blogs have fresh and regular content on them, which Engines love when crawling, as this helps to improve organic (free) results in the search engines, as well. The Blog can either be placed on your website or hosted offsite by a blog software host. In most instances it is preferred that the blog be placed within your domain to achieve the best results possible.
If you have not yet started a blog, you definitely should! It is just another effective way of communicating with your clients, customers and/or prospects, and is an excellent branding tool, as well.
Ever since Search Engine Marketing (SEM) became such a necessity in the e-commerce world, there have been thousands of articles written about the practical aspects of SEM and ways to bring more traffic to your site. Most of these articles touch the dry facts regarding conversions, costs and results.
Now, that the holiday’s hustle and bustles all behind us, it ‘s the best time to rethink your marketing methods and turn to your emotional side. All purchases are made out of emotion, our consumption behavior is emotion driven-it’s a psychological fact. Let’s use those emotions to show your web site how much you love it! When you love it, most likely your customers will too! Treat your site with emotion and make it so easy to fall in love with!
If your web site offers what the customer is looking for, while delivering a positive experience and a user friendly attitude, it will leave a favorable taste in the client’s mouth and they will come back for more.
One strategy is to create a high level of involvement among your regular site visitors by creating direct communication and even personal communication with your visitors. A “blog” where you address your visitors or a forum where your visitors are communicating amongst themselves can be effective.
Try to avoid annoying problems like broken links, offering products that are unavailable, etc. Navigation through your site should be easy and clear. Any negative experience will be remembered by your visitors and inhibit them from returning. Make it a habit to visit your site on a regular basis. Click through all the links and make sure your site is running smoothly. This way, if there are any glitches, you will be the first person to see them.
Work on building trust; make sure your contact information is easy to find. Though you do not have to identify yourself; people do like to buy from a trusted source.
Remember-what usually brings a visitor back to a site is the level of curiosity / interest that you were able to produce with the visitor. Treat your web site with love and watch your customers fall in love with it!