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    Hello all,

    Can I ask how many of you have a blog to complement their website?

    How much time do you spend on it and how often do you update it?

    What would be “the” tip(s) you would give to someone who wants to start one?

    Thank you!
    Cécile
    www.minxybags.co.uk
    www.minxybags.blogspot.com
    http://www.folksy.com/shops/minxybags

  • #2
    I have been blogging since August (I think?) and would recommend it. It is a good vehicle for your site as you can give more detail and information about your products. I would say my first post was the worst as it is strange feeling wittering to yourself. But I think the trick to it is to keep them constant (at least 2 a week) as people lose interest quickly. Have a look at mine and feel free to pm me if you want anymore info. Having a free Giveaway at the moment as well!

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    • #3
      I blog usually on a weekly basis, with an update on Monday's, have had sales on my website because of my blog, so worth a go. Now I have got into the habit it usually only takes about 10 mins a week.

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      • #4
        I blog at least every week, sometimes a lot more, and I've even been known to post twice in a day.

        I'd say:
        • pay attention to your post titles and tags (as in make sure keywords are in them)
        • blog regularly
        • link to your website when you blog about a new product (make it very obvious - I've had phonecalls from people who couldn't find the "buy" button, and who thought they were already on my website).
        • comment on other people's blogs and websites/products - they may or may not link back, but it does you no harm and costs nothing to be nice - and it sometimes means an awful lot to someone
        • make it interesting with pics and links
        • think about why you're blogging
        • write as if you're chatting to one person
        • proof read your posts - you want to look professional

        I love blogging, and consider it time well spent. People have found me via the blog and then gone on to buy. Old posts still come up - when I first started I thought they would be buried in time, but they're not. I started my blog before I set up my business, and blogged about doing the house up just to get the blog going. I am still on page 1 of Google for Ikea domsjo sinks, and still get about 6 hits a day for sinks, because I blogged about mine in Feb.

        Good luck and happy blogging. I would totally recommend it.
        digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
        blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
        hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
        blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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        • #5
          Originally posted by minxybags View Post
          Hello all,

          Can I ask how many of you have a blog to complement their website?

          How much time do you spend on it and how often do you update it?

          What would be “the” tip(s) you would give to someone who wants to start one?

          Thank you!
          Cécile
          I blog (on behalf of Mattched IT) at least once a month, ideally 2x a month (once a fortnight) if good topics are forthcoming.

          Really the top tip would be: Try to engage your audience. Don't just tell them things or try to feed them information or sales pitches - ask questions and try to evoke interaction!
          --Matt

          Web Development
          Beads, Charms & Findings - Jersey Craft Shop

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          • #6
            Dont forget you can schedule your blog posts too - so you can do them in advance of when you want them to appear!

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            • #7
              Excellent advice, from Wendy in particular. Just one thing to add, focus.

              Because blogging is easy, quite fun and addictive, a lot of people ramble on about this and that. No problem if it's just to entertain yourself or keep friends up to date but if you're blogging to promote your craft business you need to stay on topic.

              It's particularly important for the search engines. They're just robots after all, they might be clever robots but they need obvious signals to tell them what you're doing - hence the keywords mentioned earlier.
              My blog: Selling Crafts Online
              Ebook: Complete Craft Book Publishing
              New: Free Craft Article Directory: Great Craft Articles

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              • #8
                Blogging for business

                Hi there, I started a blog back in september and I'd recommend it to everyone. You need to stay on topic if it's about your business, but it should be fun too! Interacting with people from all over the world is really interesting and there's not much in life where your work can get this amount of exposure! I post when I can and normally at least twice a week and I think continuity is important. Some of the blogs I have followed only seem to post every now and then and it's always 'sorry i've been neglecting my blog' which is a tad boring for me. I def think it's a good promo tool for your work if you can find the time to keep it up to date and commited.
                Feel free to visit my blog if you like. I'm also having a little giveaway for my followers.....
                Ivory Bird Jewellery Blog
                Facebook Page
                Vintage Emporium Shop

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                • #9
                  I've only recently started blogging for my webshop but have been blogging for a much longer time on my other sites and even moved the webzine I edit over to a blogging facility as I think that they are a brilliant way to communicate with people. I've found people will come across you with the strangest search terms but will then keep coming back - as long as you give them something interesting, fresh ...and regular! Its also really fun to do and on top of that it can be pretty quick - I'll often write my blog in a notebook whilst i'm on the train and then all I have to do is type it up when I get home. This has the added bonus of a quick re edit too so that the next day when you go to check stats you don't read your post and end up with your head in your hands!

                  I think part of the reason blogs are so successful is that they turn a webpage into a real human being and means people can engage with your product (whatever that may be) on a much more personal level.
                  http://www.rubyandco.co.uk
                  http://rubyandco.bigcartel.com
                  http://www.katie-ford.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    i have no idea about blogging... i mean,how to start?
                    http://www.massivetemplates.com/
                    http://www.globaltemplates.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by elida View Post
                      i have no idea about blogging... i mean,how to start?
                      It couldn't be easier. Go to www.blogger.com or www.wordpress.com and follow the instructions - it will take you a couple of minutes at the most.

                      It's as easy as posting a message on here.
                      digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                      blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                      hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                      blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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