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Tips for Creating Content People Want to Read

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners, Content Marketing

Creating ContentJust because Google wants you to add content to your website, doesn’t mean you should hit publish after every phrase you write. People want better content. They want content that helps them in a meaningful way or makes them feel something intense or creates a better life for them or their family.

When we’re writing for the sake of writing, no one cares.

  • Lots of content is a recycled and less effective version of what’s already available.
  • The content is being created for the sake of SEO and nothing else.
  • You aren’t solving a problem for your readers.

When we’re writing for the sake of telling a story, solving a problem, or sharing how our business helps people, we are creating content that matters. We’re creating content people want to read and that sets us apart from the loads of crap that is available. [Tweet “Lots of content is a recycled and less effective version of what’s already available. #NoOneCares”]

Who is your target audience?

A key to writing content that people want to read is to identify your target audience.

As I began my journey as a freelance writer, I went out to the community and began networking with other women in business. We went around the room saying our name, the name of our business, and described a good lead. The idea was that we could refer clients to each other as we were networking in various circles.

HINT: Everyone is NOT your target audience.

The woman who represented a large cosmetics company stood up, gave her name and business, and said, “A good lead for me this week is anyone with skin.”

Even as a newbie to networking I knew this was bad. It was too broad.

A better response would have been, “Women ages 35 to 55 who are seeking solutions to aging.”

Take time to figure out your target audience, not just for blogging purposes but for an overall marketing strategy. You can’t market to people you don’t know.

It’s okay if the target audience changes over time as it most likely will.

What pain point(s) does your business solve for clients?

Now that you know your target audience, you can create better content. Answer questions your clients are asking you. Tell your audience how you help them solve a problem.

Not enough time to blog? Great. Hire me. I am a professional blogger.

Know you need content on your website but aren’t sure what to write? Call me. I can help.

You might need to step outside your business to see the problem that you solve.

When my accountant asked me what problem he solved, I said he took the weight of tax preparation and planning off my shoulders. I guess that makes him a weight loss coach!

What problem does your business solve for your clients? Answer that in each blog post or piece of content that you create. You will soon become a valuable asset to your clients and they will refer you as a trusted source.

It isn’t enough to just be creating content. We have to be sharing it.

Often I meet with a prospective client who wonders what we will do with blog posts once we create them. It’s a great question that I love to answer! In fact, I am working on a book on the exact subject. The short answer is that we never want to let a blog post just sit on a website. It needs to be shared.

In my blog post You’ve Written a Blog Post Now What, I address the importance of sharing content on social media and in a newsletter. While these are both effective ways to share content, I’d add that sharing content goes beyond sharing on your own social media accounts.

Join groups where your target market is spending time and engage other members of the group. Ask and answer questions. Make yourself a valued member of the group. When appropriate, share content from your blog, a link to your website services, and links to your social media accounts. The best groups I’ve found have been on Facebook and LinkedIn.

As you’re developing content ideas, I encourage you to stop writing crap and start creating content people care about and that is different than other content we’re seeing.

Share your awesome content with me on Twitter @freemcauley!

If you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of blogging for business, I’d love to chat with you about creating content that speaks to your target audience. Call me at 480-206-6452 or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Writer’s Block Tips For Bloggers

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners

There are days when you know you should be working on your business blog and the words just aren’t coming to you.

Believe me, I get it.

The creative process is about more than sitting in front of a computer tapping keys. It’s about finding the right place in your home, office, mood, and brain in which you can write.

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Newsletters Aren’t Just for the Trash (How to Use Newsletter Content for Your Blog)

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners, Content Marketing

Content for Your BlogEmail can be overwhelming and sometimes we do it to ourselves. I’ve signed up for more newsletters than I care to count. Last year I used Unroll Me to unsubscribe from thousands of emails to which I was subscribed.

It was part of a strategy to test my theory that newsletters from other people aren’t just for the trash and that you can use the content for your social media and blog posts.

Here’s how to use newsletter content for your blog

Start Writing Blog Posts Today

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners

Start Writing Blog PostsIf I had a dollar for every time I’ve said, “Stop overthinking and start writing blog posts,” to business owners, I’d be close to retirement. Over the last few months I’ve learned there are an infinite number of distractions that prevent us from blogging or doing whatever it is we need to be doing for our business. Focus, managing priorities and time, and having a simple, executable plan are keys to making blogging a priority.

My Biggest Challenges

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Pro Blogger

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners

hiring a pro bloggerAs business owners, our time is valuable and often at a premium. We’re the marketing, business development, and accounting departments. While you may understand the value of adding content to your business website, you either have no interest in writing or just don’t have the time. If this sounds like you, consider hiring a professional blogger. In my guest blog post on 910 West, I share 3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Pro Blogger including specialties, pricing, and process.

 

How to Use Your Blog to Tell a Story about your Business

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners

Business Blogging Tip - Use your blog to tell a storyYour business website isn’t a stagnant marketing tool like a business card. It doesn’t just sit around looking pretty [or it shouldn’t if you want to make the investment of a website worth your effort]. A business website should be used to breathe life into your business and brand. The most affordable and effective way to build your brand online is to blog on a consistent basis and use your blog to tell a story about your business.

First things first. You must be clear about who your target client is or no marketing (blogging, social media, website, etc.) will work effectively to build your business. You have to know who you want to reach so you can create and share content related to that particular audience. Otherwise you’re throwing spaghetti at a wall to see what sticks. Over time, the spaghetti method gets tiresome, boring, and stressful.

Before you begin blogging, ask yourself:

How to Write a Blog Post

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners

How to Write a Blog PostAre you overwhelmed at the prospect of writing a blog post for your website? I get that way too especially when I overthink the process of how to write a blog post. When I think of it as an email to a client or prospect giving them information they’ve already requested, it’s a lot simpler. Here are tips for the next time you write a blog post:

Why Website Content Matters

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Content Marketing

If you’re not adding content to your business website, you’re missing a huge opportunity to connect with your target audience and increase your search engine ranking (SER). Without content, your website is nothing but a pretty design — and it’s not telling visitors a story. In my guest blog post on 910 West, I discuss Why Website Content Matters. HINT: The easiest and most affordable way to add content to a website is by blogging.

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15 Blog Post Ideas for Business Owners

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Blogging for Business Owners

This weekend at TechPHX I spoke about the value of blogging for business including why your business needs a blog, how to develop a blog editorial calendar, and blog post ideas for business. In today’s information-filled world, it’s important to have a focus and purpose for the content we are producing.

  • Blog Post IdeasDefine your target market.
  • Make your posts relevant to your target market.
  • Don’t be boring.
  • Keep blog posts simple and to the point.
  • Bullet points and numbering are your friend.

We know creating new, relevant content on a consistent basis will help with search engine rankings (SER) but the thought of producing content can give even the most seasoned content creators anxiety. Here are some ideas…

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5 Signs it’s Time to Redesign Your Website

Written by Anne McAuley Lopez on . Posted in Solopreneur Ideas

Time to Redesign Your Website

The Old Website

If you’re like a lot of business owners, you created a website when you started your business and haven’t changed it much since that time. I can relate. The McAuley Freelance Writing (MFW) website was originally a blog-only site that was (slightly) updated over four years. Those first versions were created without real focus on who my target client is and the story I wanted to tell.

I started asking colleagues what they thought of my now-old website and they gave honest feedback.

  • What do you DO?
  • How can you help my business?
  • Who is your target client?

It became clear the design was outdated, the content needed to be updated, and a clear message needed to be articulated. It was time for a website redesign.

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Here are five signs it’s time to redesign your website:

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