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Why do I need a business blog? Here’s 5 damn good reasons

You already have a relatively successful business website. So why should you add a blog? Especially if it means paying out more money to have someone write it for you?

First up, blogging is an incredibly cheap way to increase your brand’s reputation.

Blogging requires roughly 9% of a full-time marketing team’s hours and just 7% of their total budget.” – HubSpot stats.

Here are 5 more damn good reasons for why the investment in a business blog makes perfect sense.

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Business blogs are no longer optional

1. A business blog informs your customers

The age of the Internet means that your clients are now quite adept at finding information for themselves. This means that if they can’t find the information they need on your site, they will go elsewhere. Probably to one of your competitors.

Your b...

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3 tips to regain your own copywriting voice

Yesterday one of my copywriting contacts blogged about how writing for clients and adopting their tone of voice meant that she had lost her own personality. Although Rachel can write compelling text for her clients, she noticed that her own blog posts lacked a certain zing.

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Lost your copywriting mojo? Here’s 3 tips to reignite that spark

Has she lost her soul in the process of channelling her clients wishes?

Unless Rachel is working for Lucifer himself (it is possible – I’ve never seen her client list), the answer is no. Here’s my tips for getting her mojo back.

1. Stay diverse

An extremely successful copywriter once told me it is far better to specialise in a niche, than to be a jobbing writer for all trades. And he was probably completely right.

But for the professional researcher/writer

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The Death of Guest Blogging – Matt Cutts Starved My Family

Every time Matt Cutts opens his mouth, the SEO industry goes into meltdown. As Google’s “head of webspam”, his job is to tweak algorithms in any way he sees fit to deliver the best possible search results to customers. Oh, and to sell more sponsored search results.

When Cutts says something, those involved with search engine optimisation (SEO) listen.

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Matt Cutts – fairy murderer and bane of the SEO professional

Matt Cutts – Fairy Murderer

Each time Google release a new algorithm update a fairy dies. Or an SEO guru loses their job. Maybe even both.

So when Cutts issued his latest commandment - Thou shalt not guest blog – there was collective disbelief from SEO agencies across the world...

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“Not provided” and how to screw Google back

Google has announced plans they say are designed to protect the privacy of people using their search engine. The idea is to encrypt the search terms we use, thereby preventing anyone from spying on what we are looking for. In future webmasters will see nothing but “not provided” in their website logs.

Google already uses the same technique to encrypt searches performed by users of their other services, such as Gmail or Drive. Anything you search for is encrypted so that not even website owners know exactly what you were looking for when you land on their site. The idea is to extend this same privacy to anyone using Google search.

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What are your visitors searching for? You’ll never know thanks to “not provided”.

But this promise of privacy is, of course, complete rubbish...

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Copywriting tip – What happens when the PPC budget runs out?

By far the easiest way to get on the first page of Google is to pay for a sponsored results listing. Choose your keyword, set a budget and watch with delight as your website pops up at the top of matching searches. Amazing!

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PPC search results are great. Until you run out of money.

Your site will continue to appear in the sponsored search results section at the top of the page and your account will be debited the pennies or pounds quoted for your chosen keyword. Until you hit your budget limit. When you run out of PPC funds, your sponsored links immediately disappear, which is a problem if your site does not have some great search engine optimised (SEO) content to rely on.

Great content is what helps your website climb up the Google rankings “organically” (your hard work is recognised by G...

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