David Risley, one of my favorite bloggers, has put up a thoughtful post asking whether blogging is “broken” as a business model.
He notes the saturation level of information online, and wonders if it is creating a “community of tire kickers” who will never pay for high-value information products. He asks whether Apple and Google – both of which have just launched systems to charge small micro-payments for information – have seen the future of content marketing. Many of the top Internet marketers seldom post to their blogs any more, and some have quit blogging altogether.
It is true, as David says, that people who pay for content also pay more attention to that content. And it’s true that once an audience is “trained” to expect everything for free, it can be tough to overcome that training and sell them an information product.
But does that mean that blogging has outlived its usefulness for a service-based entrepreneurial business like coaching?
Blogging Builds Relationships and Trust
People have predicted the demise of blogging ever since the advent of blogging. So far that shows no sign of coming true. As for charging micro-payments for information, that may become a viable business model, but it remains to be proven, even for global giants like Apple and Google.
Here’s my bottom line for coaches.
If you’re following my advice, you may have decided that the online home for your coaching business will be a blog. Perhaps you’ve already launched your new blog, or you’re getting ready to. Now the question is how to build your audience.
There are dozens of ways to drive traffic to your blog, including search engine optimization (SEO), affiliates and joint ventures, advertising, press releases and more. SEO is a must, but that’s for another post.
But to produce results, many traffic building techniques require long lead times and significant investments of time and money. Here I’m going to focus on the first of three ways to publicize your blog that you can easily do yourself and that may get you some quick traction. Two more ways coming.
First, a word about the essential preliminary step.
On Thursday, March 18, I will interview Carma Spence-Pothitt, coach, author and web ace, about her new ebook Home Sweet Home Page: The 5 Deadly Mistakes Authors, Speakers and Coaches Make with Their Website’s Home Page and How to Fix Them!
In this guest post, Carma reveals the worst of those five deadly website (and blogsite) mistakes. Join us Thursday to hear the rest!
Do you know why your website exists? Do you know what goals you want it to accomplish? If not, how can you know if your website is effective or not?