In my previous post I applied the Eisenhower priority matrix to companies/investors’ priorities. In this post I try to answer the question: how does the money issue affect the nature of (corporate) blogging? I also give away 6 tips for single-topic blogging and my thoughts about part-time business blogging.
The two sides of the content priority matrix for blogging
What is the main issue with blogging to make money in whatever way?
Content priority matrix for professional bloggers
It could be this: the point of anything you do to influence other people is that there are two sides to the window (or priority matrix) you’re looking through.
Where there are bloggers looking out, you’ll find readers looking in. At least, I sure hope so.
Content priority matrix: focus for professional blogging
Professional bloggers, from their side of the ‘window’, would be interested in these aspects of potential blog topics:
- Money generating topic – adjacent but non-commercial topics
- Expertise – no expertise
As a full-time professional blogger you would invest most of your time on topics that let you share your expertise and that could yield money by addressing people’s urgent and important needs. If there were a related topic that could make considerably more money you’d spend some of your time extending your expertise in that direction. The other bits you’d leave out or use to add interest to your otherwise fact-ridden business blog.
The ‘expert-no money’ quadrant is also amply filled by personal blogs. ‘No money’ may in fact not be an accurate description, because showing yourself to be an expert at anything, including being consistently funny, may still end up in some kind of business or career opportunity!
What matters to business blog readers?
What writing is there on the window sill on the outside – the side of the readers of a business blog? You might learn more by taking a peek at the matrix I made for this post, in which I try to visualize the way we (sensible consumers that we are) prioritize our purchases 😉
- Relevant – not relevant (‘important’)
- Urgent – not urgent
If a blog post deals with a relevant topic, you’ll read it – note that this involves a decision to invest your time! Now, if I try to coax you towards signing up for more, I’ll have the greatest success if I’m not only spot on topic-wise, but if you’re also convinced that:
- you need to know more
- you need to buy this service or product urgently
You’ll find plenty of blogs out there that tell you how you should tackle the issues of being utterly relevant, building trust, and connecting. Crafting a sense of urgency is an absolute knack of some sales folk. You know, the ones who catch you viewing stuff like door locks and come up with a special offer only for today to “help you keep your precious family safe” from the big bad world outside if you’ll go for the Complete Burglar Alarm Set For Pros. Them.
If you don’t want to be pushy, remember not everyone responds well to the “buy now or miss out on a life-changing experience” approach. You can opt to be more subtle.
6 tips for single-topic blogging
“Stick to one topic and forget the rest” is the advice professional bloggers/content marketers give to others who want to make money blogging. To make a single-topic blog work, you need to:
- check every month which of your posts got top numbers in readers, subscriptions, and conversions.
- skip the rest and focus on the stuff that works
- keep experimenting by introducing the odd off-topic post and check the results
- plan ahead so you don’t run out of content juice
- haul in guest bloggers to take the strain off your blogging or to increase the frequency with which you post
- keep an eye on similar blogs for more ideas.
As a part time (business) blogger you might find yourself running into a serious writers’ block if you tried to stick to just one topic and write about it several times per week. The alternative is to blog once or twice a month. That’s often enough for blogs that are part of a business website. You’ll keep fresh and relevant content coming without it costing too much time and effort.
The main thing is that you think about your blog and make decisions. It’s fine if you change your mind later – just remember to make another informed decision rather than drifting into a blogging routine you never intended to develop. Especially in corporate blogging, focus is key.
If you run into unexpected topics on this blog, I hope you find them a pleasant surprise. Add your thoughts about content, priority, money – please share this post – I hope I’ve given you food for thought 😉