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12 Killer Blog Post Ideas for Business Blogs

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Having trouble coming up with content for your business or B2B blog? Don’t worry… while “business” blogs might not be as fun to write for as other industry or entertainment sites, there is still a lot of value that you could pack into some killer blog posts. What’s even better is that after you’ve created a few really high quality content posts, you can then focus all of your efforts on promoting them — instead of jumping to your next blog post idea. Remember, it’s always about content CREATION and PROMOTION, not just one or the other.

12 Brilliant Ideas for Creating Business Blog Posts

Having written over 1,000+ articles and blog posts on everything from social media, blogging, business, affiliate marketing and more… I can relate with anyone who now has a hard time coming up with new ideas and useful topics. Thanks to the “12 Brilliant Ideas Blog Posts” infographic below from Wishpond, we can now take all of the knowledge and resources we already have, and compile them into some killer blog content.

Let’s get started!

  1. Product Tips and How-Tos
    Giving your audience detailed information on products or services they are interested in, while also providing them with quality “how to” guides is a great way to provide value through your blog. You already know who your audience is and why they are coming to your blog, so why not create a high quality resource for them in the process?
  2. Case Studies
    In the world of business and services, case studies mean a lot. For example, if you were an SEO management or design agency, showing real results of how your services influence the growth of other brands is huge. Also don’t forget to include testimonials and walk through the process step by step.
  3. Contests
    Everyone loves a good content, especially when they are interested in trying out your product. When running contests on your site, give away prizes that are relevant to what you offer and sell. This way you will have a targeted list of entries that you can follow up with afterwards who might want to buy if they didn’t win. Learn more about how to create online contests here.
  4. News About Your Industry
    A great way to provide high quality content and detailed information to your audience outside of just trying to push products and sales, is through the use of industry news. Write blog content around what’s hot in your industry, how people are using relevant/competitor products/services, while also highlighting the benefits of your own business.
  5. Lifestyles
    Not everything about your blog has to be dead focused on your business, company values and what you have to offer. Instead, create content that related with people outside of your business and current trends going on in the world today. If you can relate your business with any of these key areas, you may find that your blog content will expand it’s reach as well.
  6. News About Company
    Not all businesses and brands are the boring corporate style than many people think of. Share stories, photos and media about your business, where it’s located and the people who work there on a daily basis. This will also help bring new life and relationship to your brand and the customers who buy from it.
  7. List of Great Relevant Articles / Resources
    No matter what type of business or brand you have, there is always room for more information and valuable resources. Instead of thinking about losing your audience to the competition, you should think about how you may get new visitors, link backs, social mentions and coverage by building a high quality resource that is of value to so many others. A good example of this can be seen in our blogging resources section.
  8. Customer Success Stories
    If you are selling a product or service that actually works, nothing is more valuable than testimonials from your customers. Search the internet for reviews and services based on your brand and what you have to offer. For all of the good ones you find, take the time to follow up and see if they would like to have their story featured on your site.
  9. Interviews with Industry Leaders
    Anyone who is involved in business wants to learn from other successful business experts and entrepreneurs. A great way to share value with others while also highlighting your own business and brand, is by interviewing industry experts. This shouldn’t be too hard, as most brands will now openly answer interview based emails or even hop on a quick call for a video interview or podcast. This is something I also personally do through my ROTE podcast.
  10. Interview with CEO and Your Company Staff
    Just like there are thousands of experts within your industry, there are probably plenty within your organization as well. Talk with other people in your business and see if they would like to share their own stories, content and expertise with your blogging audience. Not only will this content be original and free, it will also bring a more personal touch back into your company.
  11. Sweepstakes
    Blogging sweepstakes are a great way to bring the conversation back to your site and increase user engagement in the process. Such sweepstakes can be focused on blog comments, personal stories and social sharing.
  12. Video and Multimedia
    Blog content is great, but all of this text based content is quickly getting overwhelming. This means you are going to need to get more creative with your blog and content. Don’t just focus on boring text and images, liven it up with interactive content, video and multimedia that is accessible through all browsers, desktops and mobile devices.

Thanks again to Wishpond for their excellent infographic. If you would like to learn more about how to generate more leads through your blog and using Wishpond’s powerful suite of tools, click here.

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Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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Beware Who You Trust for Advice

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Sometimes I ask questions on Quora.

I asked a question recently about shadow boxing while walking and if this practice burns calories.

Peep 2 answers.

 

I was a personal trainer and fitness nut for 20 years. I know shadow boxing does in fact burn calories and help you get more ripped because since doing it every single day during my walks, my arms are becoming as defined as ropes. True; shadow-boxing does not increase muscle mass. But the individual gave me a false, untrue answer because he fears what he looks like and cares about the opinions of others. He is not shadow boxing while walking or jogging because it is not effective; he fears people will look at him and believe he is a fruit loop, whatever that means.

Yikes.

Exhibit B.

 

This individual actually offers honest, truthful advice; shadow-boxing while walking burns more calories. If he ended it there, the advice would have been helpful. But he also fears criticism, aka, what people think about him, so his fears advise me not to do the extra calorie burning thing, because I would look like a Rocky wannabe jerk.

Yikes.

Two well-meaning guys who offer poor fitness advice because each guy deeply fears what people think about them. If I was not a fitness pro I’d have believed their inaccurate advice and would have cheated myself out of calorie burning. All because of the illusion of fear and its hold over most of humanity.

Blogging Advice

Before you trust blogging advice, check the source. Does the blogger:

  • radiate happiness?
  • radiate compassion?
  • exude success?
  • inspire you to succeed?
  • uplift bloggers?

If so, awesome. Trust the advice because you know the person offers advice from love, harmony and truth.

But if someone adds a fear-based element to the advice – like the fitness guys above who fear what people think about them and allowed their fears to become a projection on me – you know it’s bad advice because fear is not real, an illusion, and stepping into illusion moves you away from truth.

The Truth

If you burn more calories, you burn more fat and get ripped. This is truth. Shadow boxing while walking made me super ripped so the truth shines through. But if I stopped shadow-boxing while walking because I feared what people thought about me or what they’d say about me, I would step into the illusion of fear, away from truth, and would not be as ripped and cut as I am now.

Imagine if I listened to those 2 fear-fitness guys last month when I returned home? I’d look a lot more like Olive Oil and less like Bruce Lee.

Be careful about who you trust for blogging advice guys. Most people mean well – like the fitness dudes – but project their deep fears onto you and offer poor, or downright terrible, blogging advice. I have compassion for afraid bloggers but I won’t listen to their illusory advice.

One Such Example

Many top bloggers feel terror at losing email subscribers so offer advice based on the fear. Meanwhile, guys like me who have no such fear offer advice to help you bond deeply with your most rabid fans through email, exponentially increasing your success. Loss is impossible in a Universe of abundance.

Who do you think inspires you to live your dreams?

The blogger offering advice from the illusion of fear, pulling you away from truth, into smoke, mirrors, and appearances, not really there?

Or the blogger offering advice from truth and abundance.

Follow heart-centered bloggers.

Live your dreams.

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Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?

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Some people love attention.

I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.

I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.

If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:

  • favors
  • gossip
  • small talk
  • chats
  • general BS

people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.

100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.

How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries

Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.

I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.

If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.

You Are Walking into a Word Office

Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.

What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?

I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.

I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.

I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.

People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.

Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?

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Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.

 

 

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