Blog. The infamous four-letter word in the content world. I mean, blogging takes time, dedication, creativity… so do you really have to have one? You’re a clinic owner, not a writer. Well, folks, you do. Having a well-written and informative blog can be a game-changer for your business.
Don’t stress. We’ll go over the key factors in writing a successful blog post, so you don’t have to guess at it. This is the first in a series that will answer all your blogging questions and concerns. Get your pencil and notebook ready, and let’s start learning how to write great blog posts!
Here’s what you can expect to take away from this episode:
- Why you need a blog
- The five key steps when putting together your blogs plan of action
- Some of the necessary SEO elements needed for a good blog post
- How to promote your blog posts
- How long your blog posts should be, and how often you should write them
- And more
- [00:02:35] Will my blog help me connect with my audience? Yes! And it’ll do so much more!
- [00:03:19] How do I start blogging with my brand new website? First, be sure your core website is built with the correct pages.
- [00:04:39] How do I decide if my content goes on my blog or a webpage? More in-depth topic content is for blogging, while general services, company information, etc., are webpage material.
- [00:05:32] What will the 5 key steps to blog implementation do for me? These steps will help you write successful, impactful blog posts for your audience- leading to more and happier patients and better Google performance.
- [00:07:44] What are some SEO elements needed in my blog post? Know your audience, use your keywords, create a great title, and more!
- [00:08:50] What will a successful blog post do for me? Convert your readers into leads or get them to take the action you want them to.
- [00:09:53] What happens if I don’t provide the next steps (a CTA) at the end of my post? Your visitor leaves with great content intel but no easy way to book that appointment or take the action you want them to take.
- [00:10:10] Do I need to promote my blog post? Sure do, and we’ve got some smart ways to do it!
- [00:10:43] How often should I blog, and how long should my post be? It depends on a few factors, such as your time, your resources, the quality of your content, and more.
- [00:15:00] What are other ways I can increase my online presence? Check out our free masterclass Five SEO Secrets to Owning the First Page of Google Without Buying Ads.
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On this episode of Propel Your Practice, we're talking all about blogging. Do you really need to blog? How often should you blog? How long should your blog posts be, and how do you leverage blogging to grow your audience?
Hello, and welcome to this episode of Propel Your Practice. I'm Darcy Sullivan with Propel Marketing & Design. Propel Marketing & Design helps chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, wellness practitioners, and other clinic owners improve their website rankings.
And on this podcast, we talk about actionable marketing strategies clinic owners can put in place to help them propel their practice’s presence online.
Before we get started today, I want to invite you to a free training I put together called Five SEO Secrets to Owning the First Page of Google Without Buying Ads. You can sign up for that free training by visiting https://propelyourcompany.com/learn or by visiting the Show Notes to grab that link.
Well, hello, hello, hello. Today we are talking all about blogging.
And not only today, this is the first in the series of a couple of episodes where we're going to talk about specific elements of blogging.
On this episode, we're going to be discussing some best practices for blogging. We'll talk about how often you should blog, blog post length, and how to convert your blog post visitors into new patients or leads.
In the episodes that follow this one, we are going to be discussing the anatomy of a perfect blog post. We're going to be going over common blog post blunders- those would be common mistakes people make. We're going to be talking about some of my favorite tools for blogging and more.
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One of the key takeaways that I hope you walk away from this episode with is the fact that crafting blog posts that fill in content gaps and covering topics that your main website is missing will lead to a growing connection with your target audience.
Through proper topic and keyword research, you can develop content for your blog that provides answers to your target audience’s core questions and positions you as an authority leader.
Before we dive into some of the best practices when you're putting together a blog post, let's start at the beginning. Do you really need a blog?
If you have a new website before you dive into blogging, I would like to suggest to you that you put together the core pieces of content that you need on your website. We have a blog post that breaks down 10 Crucial Pages Every Website Needs to Have. If you don't already have those pages in place, then I would suggest that you first start with getting the elements of your core website together before you start to write blog posts.
The pages that I just described are fixed pages that make up your website and they should be full of timeless evergreen content. While blog post, on the other hand, can be considered a chronological timeline of relevant information.
If you're trying to decide if a piece of content should go on your core website as a fixed page or on your blog as a blog post, keep this in mind. Users come to web pages for information about a company, product, or service.
They come to blog posts for information about a topic.
There's a quote from Amanda Sellers, who's the SEO optimization manager at HubSpot that I think helps identify the type of content you should be putting on your blogs. Here's what she said, “Your blog is a honeypot, not a megaphone. Make it a point to position your content around what your audience wants to discover, not what you want to tell them.”
Here are the five key steps when putting together a blog plan of action:
One, determine your blog audience. Depending on your blog post topic, you might want to target a specific buyer persona. We put together a podcast directly about identifying buyer personas if you haven't gone through that exercise.
So, a specific blog post might either target one or multiple of your buyer personas. So first you want to, again, determine your audience for your blog post.
Then you want to create content that attracts your blog readers. If you're just getting started, think of the top three to five questions that you're frequently asked. Putting together blog posts around the most commonly asked questions you receive from your target audience is going to put you in a position where you're already close to identifying the exact content that people just like your target audience are searching for.
So if you're a chiropractor and there are two or three questions that you always get asked about back pain, then putting together a blog post, specifically answering the questions that you're current patients are asking you will lead you in that direction for attracting more of your ideal patients based on the fact that you're targeting the content that they're searching for.
Next, you want to make sure that you optimize the blog post that you're putting together. And when we say optimize, we're referring to SEO– search engine optimization. We have a writer's guide to SEO that you can find on our website or in the Show Notes here.
And on an upcoming episode, we'll walk through the anatomy of an effective blog post as well.
To get you started though, here are a few core SEO elements you want to consider when putting together a blog post.
First, you want to identify your target audience, which we already did.
Next, you want to identify the targeted keyword or keyword phrase you want to focus on for that one piece of content.
You want to make sure that you're using an engaging title.
That you have properly optimized your posts, meaning that you are using header tags when appropriate, internal links when appropriate, external links when appropriate.
And that you're using your keyword throughout that piece of content.
Again, in an upcoming episode, we'll walk through exactly what that would look like.
You want to make sure that you're taking actions to not only drive traffic to your blog post but also to convert the blog post readers into either subscribers or direct them to take an action that will convert them into a lead.
At the close of your blog posts, you want to make sure that you give them directions as to what next steps they should take. So that might mean if you are a chiropractor and you wrote a blog post regarding back pain that at the end of the blog post, you might tie it up with a pretty bow by saying if you're suffering from back pain and live in a specific area, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
You also want to make sure that throughout your blog post it's easy for them to schedule an appointment with you. One of the easiest ways to do that is to make sure that you just have a Book Now button in your header so that they can easily book an appointment with you
The last thing that we want is for them to walk away with amazing content from your website without knowing what their next steps are or that they should contact you because you offer a service that will help them.
The final step to creating better blog posts is to make sure that you promote your blog post. You can promote your blog post through social media, to your email list, and share them with potential influencers that can share them with their audience.
Let's move into the two other most common questions I get asked about blogging. How often do you need to blog and how long do each of your blog posts need to be?
The answer to both of these is it depends. When it comes to the question of how often should you blog, it's going to depend on your resources. Are you able to write a quality blog post once a month, twice a month, or once a week?
If you do not have the resources to create a new blog post every single week, then start by using the internal resources you do have and put together a couple blog posts a month. It's more important to have quality content than it is to have quantity.
You want to stay consistent in the amount of blog posts that you're putting together.
It's also a good idea to take a look at your competition. Are they blogging once a week? Twice a month? Once a month? Or do they even have a blog at all? This will give you an idea about how competitive your market is.
Which leads us to the next question, how long should your blogs be? It's really a loaded question as there is no straight answer. We have a very detailed blog post, which we'll share the link to in the Show Notes, that walks you through more detail about the frequency of blog posts, showing data points.
And also data points when it comes to the length of a blog post. But, you want to keep in mind that, you know, five, 10 years ago, you used to be able to get away with writing 300 or 500 words as a blog post. And nowadays, that just doesn't cut it.
If one of your goals in creating these blog posts is to increase your positions online, your organic position online, with SEO, then you want to make sure that your content is, one, authentic, two, that it's quality and three, you're gonna want to extend that word count.
When we write content for our clients, we try to stay between 700 to 2000 words when it comes to a blog post or a page.
Again, you want to look at what your top competition is doing and how long their blog posts are as well as, day in and day out, we are in analytics, looking at what drives traffic to specific websites.
And when we look at the keywords that are driving traffic to websites, you'll notice that all of the top websites in fields like chiropractic care, acupuncture, physiotherapy, all of the clinic owners’ sites that we work with- do the top-ranking sites all have blogs?
And what happens is when you're creating an abundance of content, like blogging, every time you put together a new blog post, you're giving Google a new opportunity to showcase your information directly to the audience that is searching for the products and the services that you offer.
Be sure to check out our upcoming episodes where we go into more detail about specific tips when it comes to blogging, discuss common blogging mistakes, we'll also do the anatomy of an effective blog post. And I'll share with you some of my favorite blogging tools.
Well, hey, before we head out, I want to invite you to join in on a free masterclass I put together on the Five SEO Secrets to Owning the First Page of Google Without Buying Ads.
You can find a link to sign up for this free masterclass in the Show Notes of this episode or by visiting PropelYourCompany.com/learn.
During this workshop, we do a deep dive into strategies to help you improve your online presence. Including your Google Business Profile, that's what used to be called the Google My Business listing, and what controls the Google Maps section. Along with how voice SEO plays a big role in today's search and where you should be focusing your efforts online for the biggest impact.
All right. Well, that's it for today. Again, you can join the masterclass by visiting PropelYourCompany.com/learn. And if you have a topic that you would like to hear on an upcoming episode of Propel Your Practice, please send it in by visiting PropelYourCompany.com/podcast-topics or looking for the link in the show notes.
Thanks so much for your time. I'll talk to you soon.
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