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    Hi guys,
    If any of you have read my previous threads you'll know that I am new to all this forum/blog/website things...I'm trying to expand the audience of my products.
    I have no idea how blogs work, I don't understand how they differ really from twitter/facebook and product information on my website.
    Any advice or suggestions would be grately appreciated - what do you put in a blog and how do you get it out there? Is it like a diary?
    I have attempted two 'blog posts' already so if you would like to see them to see if I am doing the right thing that would be appreciated: http://www.personalised-signs.co.uk/blog/ and http://personalised-signs.blogspot.com/

    Thanks
    Graeme
    http://www.personalised-signs.co.uk
    Unique, personalised gifts that are hand crafted to order for all occasions.

    Please follow us on Twitter and our facebook page.

  • #2
    Looking at your blog posts, I think you are doing very well with your blogging. It gives information about your products without seeming just like a sales pitch. I think blogging can give you a bit more scope and a bit more freedom to say what you want rather than Twitter or Facebook.
    Stephen
    Website - Soy of the North
    Blog - If Soy Candles Could Talk
    Twitter - random thoughts
    Facebook - more random thoughts

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    • #3
      I think your blogs are fine, they are informative but not too boring and give detail regarding your products. In my experience peoPle use blogs for different reasons I use my blog to write about my journey into the world of crafts, so fir me it is like an online diary, others use it to give tutorials some use it as a promotion platform, I don't think there is a right or wrong way to blog it just depends how you want to use it
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      Etsy Folksy
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      • #4
        thanks guys, that's been really helpful. At least I know I'm on the right lines. You basically make it what you want then don't you? I was just planning on using it to keep customer's up to date with what I'm working on, new products that are going to be coming in and to keep them updated on discounts etc.

        Thanks guys
        http://www.personalised-signs.co.uk
        Unique, personalised gifts that are hand crafted to order for all occasions.

        Please follow us on Twitter and our facebook page.

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        • #5
          Blogging can be a lot of different things to a lot of people. These are the reasons I think blogging gives you something different:

          - you can talk about anything you like - a new product, some aspect of business or even something personal. It's your own platform, a bit like inviting people round for a cuppa!
          - you'll get found in search engines much quicker for a blog than for a website (but if you put links in when you blog about products, they WILL click through and buy). It definitely works.
          - you can build up and join in a community. You can learn a lot about fellow bloggers and they you, but you'll have a lot of other readers too who don't blog.
          - if you have a blog, Twitter and Facebook, your reach is going to be much bigger than if you didn't. You just need to be able to put time in (although if I only had time for one it would be my blog).

          Also, if you want to keep people updated on discounts, try using a newsletter as well.
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by wendy View Post
            Blogging can be a lot of different things to a lot of people. These are the reasons I think blogging gives you something different:

            - you can talk about anything you like - a new product, some aspect of business or even something personal. It's your own platform, a bit like inviting people round for a cuppa!
            - you'll get found in search engines much quicker for a blog than for a website (but if you put links in when you blog about products, they WILL click through and buy). It definitely works.
            - you can build up and join in a community. You can learn a lot about fellow bloggers and they you, but you'll have a lot of other readers too who don't blog.
            - if you have a blog, Twitter and Facebook, your reach is going to be much bigger than if you didn't. You just need to be able to put time in (although if I only had time for one it would be my blog).

            Also, if you want to keep people updated on discounts, try using a newsletter as well.
            Do I need to do anything for it to appear well on google or does it do it itself?
            http://www.personalised-signs.co.uk
            Unique, personalised gifts that are hand crafted to order for all occasions.

            Please follow us on Twitter and our facebook page.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by personalisedsigns View Post
              Do I need to do anything for it to appear well on google or does it do it itself?
              Just be patient. Google takes time but gets there in the end if you use but don't overdo your key words.
              Ali x

              Etsy Shop: aliscraftstudio.etsy.com
              Facebook: AlisCraftStudio
              Follow me on Twitter:
              @AlisCraftStudio

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              • #8
                ok thank you? We talking days, weeks, months?
                http://www.personalised-signs.co.uk
                Unique, personalised gifts that are hand crafted to order for all occasions.

                Please follow us on Twitter and our facebook page.

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                • #9
                  To get anywhere significant (first page) it's probably going to be months. But as long as you are linked to from a page Google already knows about (your website, or maybe even this forum) you will get listed within a week or two. Always think long term - it's not a short term strategy.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Yeah I know it's more long term, just had no idea how long.
                    http://www.personalised-signs.co.uk
                    Unique, personalised gifts that are hand crafted to order for all occasions.

                    Please follow us on Twitter and our facebook page.

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