Does Your Small Home Business Have A Blog?
By: K. Faram

When it comes to running a small home
business, it is vital you use anything that can give you an upper hand in the marketing
game. As the internet continues to grow, it is becoming extremely competitive. And
one way you can give yourself a slight edge is by creating your own blog.

Having a blog can benefit your business at home a number of ways.

Not only can you make a great deal of money directly through the blog with
advertising and so on, but you can also use it to promote your web site and meet new
people. Networking and social marketing is huge when it comes to having success

The great thing about having a blog is it allows you to socialize and meet new people.
Instead of visitors feeling pressured to purchase something off of your web site, they
can offer opinions and talk to you as another person. They can even ask questions and
you can respond, so while you can certainly make money off of your blog, you want to
use it more as a way to open up and show people your true side.

Building relationships through your blog is a great way to gain customers in the

The more time you take to post in your blog and offer enticing information, the more
people will connect with you. And as people connect with you, they will gradually
begin to trust you over your competitors. This trust will result in sales and more
importantly in referrals.

As mentioned, there are several ways you can make money off of your blog as well.
The first method is to sell advertising. If you have a blog that receives a lot of traffic,
you can actually sell your own advertising space. Otherwise, places like Google
AdSense and BlogAds can help you make money off of advertising.

Affiliate programs are another great way to make money off of your blog. All you have
to do is plop a banner or affiliate link somewhere on your blog and watch as people
click on the links. You can then even talk about the programs in certain posts to draw
attention to the banners and links.

Aside from making money directly off of your blog, there are several ways to use
your blog to better your small home business.

Simple things like referencing a new product you have or special deals that are going
on can help. Also, just displaying your expertise on various topics can be enough to
catch the attention of visitors and get them to go check out your web site.

The fact of the matter is your business at home needs to have a blog. You can build
relationships, display your expertise, sell your web site, and even make money
directly off of the blog. And that is just the tip of the iceberg for what kind of effect it
will have on your business.

See also:
Make Money from Blogging

About the author: Kerenza Faram is the webmaster Small Business Ideas.
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