10 Free Tips to Grow Your Blog

10 action steps for growing your blog right away

Great folks in the outdoor industry contact me regularly usually to say hello and sometimes to discuss blogging and business strategy. Some of these folks – being the savvy business folks they are – usually like to find some simple things they’re simply overlooking.

Most folks that inquire about information ask for pricing on the Hunting Business Marketing Services. I share the prices for the various services up front and then give a few tips on the subject specifically referred to in the inquiry. Most folks like the free tip and advice and it hopefully helps them with their current strategies.

For folks interesting in something more detailed and specific to their needs, we move onto specific strategies and planning with the paid services offered such as Marketing Consulting, SEO, and Copywriting.

In terms of blogging, I usually share some basic things as advice up front with folks. These can often be the most helpful for those in the beginning stages of blogging.

Since I repeat these tips often I thought it would make sense to share them in a post (head slap moment).

Here are 10 Free Tips to Grow Your Blog…

1| Guest Post

Guest posting is the number one way for bloggers to grow their audience and increase traffic (after writing your own great content of course). Writing guest posts puts you in front of audiences that are already established readers of the blogs. By offering to write guest posts on popular blogs you’re providing the blog editors with quality content and in return you get exposure and increase traffic for your site or blog.

Start seeking out blogs in your niche and outside of your niche and offer to write guest posts. Make sure the people that visit your blog can subscribe to your posts so you capture them as readers.

2| Determine Goals

When starting a blog as a stand-alone entity or when adding a blog to your existing site, it’s important to determine the goals up front. While there is always going to be a point where you have to just let go and go for it, you want to make sure that the focus of the blog aligns with the goals of the business.

For example, are you starting a blog with the goal of gaining attention of major publications for a potential job?

Are you starting a blog as a way to drive traffic and interest for your e-commerce store?

Determine the goals for your blog and create content with that goal as the focus.

3| Read Other Blogs

Reading other blogs is a great way to gain inspiration for your own writing. It’s also important for finding great content to build on and to link to with your own posts. Reading other blogs will allow you to determine the type of content that you enjoy and the content your readers enjoy. Also, read the comments to see how people react to certain kinds of posts. Try to copy successful patterns for your own posts.

4| Comment and Post

When you are reading blog posts and forum posts, be sure to leave your insight by commenting and posting. As a blog owner, you’ll realize that receiving a comment is a great reward. Comments validate the content a writer is writing and lets them know they’re connecting with readers.

Commenting and sharing your thoughts off your site is another way to build your audience through exposure just like guest posting.

5| Write Catchy Headlines

Headlines are the first thing potential readers see regarding the content on your site. Write your headlines after your write your content and make sure you address the interests and desires of the people you’re targeting.

You can come up with ideas for posts (which can be seen as a headline), but be sure to adjust the headline accordingly once you’ve written the post.

A great way to come up with ideas for headlines is The Cosmo Guide to Writing Effective Headlines.

6| Post Regularly

Writing your posts regularly is good for two reasons:

1) Your readers crave consistency just like they crave the news every night.

2) Search engines crave consistency as well. They will crawl your site more and increase your authority the more often you post quality content.

7| Structure Your Blog Posts

Your readers (and search engines) will love your content more if you make your posts easy to read and easy to scan.

Use headings, lists, bolding, and other structure methods when writing your posts so the content is easily digestible for readers and search engines.

8| Link to Other Sites

A way that gains attention from other bloggers in a positive way is to use your site and blog to link to the quality posts of others. Just as receiving comments on a site is rewarding for blog writers, receiving links and mentions on other blogs is validation for their hard work.

Don’t expect it in return, but most times when you link to other blogs you’ll find the other folks visiting your site to check you out and in wonderful cases even sharing your content and linking to you when appropriate.

9| Link to Your Own Content

When writing posts (and I forget this discipline sometimes) remember to link to your own content using relevant anchor text. Search engines use your internal links to determine your important content and your readers follow the links as they look to digest more of your insight.

Ex: Hunting Pictures, Hunting Resources, and Web Conversion Tips

10| Ad Revenue is Tough

When starting blogs folks will often look at ad revenue and affiliate revenue for ways to make money to support their work. This is a tough road to take since it requires a lot of traffic to generate enough revenue to make the effort worthwhile.

Something I often suggest for outdoor bloggers is to focus on writing quality material while making connections in the hunting industry that can lead to writing jobs with major publications.

Show that you’re an expert in your field and others will take notice and seek out your insight. Some will be willing to pay you for content.

With the focus on your content, you can also take advantages of other opportunities for revenue that may come about besides ads and affiliates.

Summary

These 10 tips are the ones I share the most often with folks asking about blogging. They’re very basic, but I think most find them useful nonetheless.

I hope they will help you.

What other tips can you add to the list?

Please share your thoughts in the comments (See Tip #4).

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Ways to Increase Traffic

It’s the number one question for Website owners and managers

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Part of the process for Comment and Receive a Copy of Hunting Business Marketing | The Book was to leave your frustration in the comments. The comments you left were great and I think we’re going to get some great blog posts as a result.

First, a big thanks to those who commented:

Ben G of Ben G Outdoors

JoAnna Zurinsky of My Bullet Points

Marc Reindell of Wildlife Callers

Scott Solar of Shotgunner.la

Willie of Outdoor Freaks

Native of Native Hunt (HBM Member)

Terri Lee of Camp Wild Girls

Rudy Hassall of Winded Bowhunter

There were two themes concerning frustrations in the comments:

1| Increase traffic, gain more followers, gain more subscribers, etc

2| Making money with a blog or Website

Let’s address these two frustrations with a two-part series starting with increasing traffic.

Stay tuned for the follow up…

Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Website

This is definitely the most asked question of any business owner looking to expand their Web presence. Getting traffic (and quality traffic) to your Website is something that will drive revenue for your business and expand your Web presence, which means connections that can turn into long-term business partnerships.

My view for getting traffic has been that there are generally two ways for most Websites and businesses to acquire visitors:

1| Save time and pay with money

2| Save money and pay with time

The exceptions to these rules are the sites that find a way to really connect and capture the attention of a wide variety of Web users who become passionate about what the site is doing and promote it on their own simply through their passion.

Even those sites take a lot of time (and potentially money) to setup their success…and even then nothing is guaranteed.

It’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth. And it’s not a bad thing. There is a lot of opportunities to grow your site’s traffic. Some take lots of effort and time. Some take money. Some take little effort, little time, and no money.

Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to increase visitors (and quality visitors to your site)…

Before you start, check out the previous HBM articles tagged: Traffic

Spending Time

Depending on how much time you have to commit to your Web presence, there are lots of things that you can do today and continue doing for months and years that will grow your following.

Here is a list of a few of the ways:

Write Remarkable Content

It’s something that we all generally get tired of hearing, but sharing remarkable content is really what makes an impact on the Web. People on the Web like things that are interesting and make their lives more interesting or in other words they like things that make their lives more valuable – to them and to others in their lives. There’s a reason why Justin from @ShitMyDadSays (my apologies for the bad language) has over half a million followers on Twitter – his Dad says interesting things. It’s really that simple yet it’s really difficult to be interesting. But if you can be remarkable and interesting you’ll make an impact on the Web. Focus on what is interesting to your target visitors.

Comment on Other Blogs

One of the ways I’ve been able to generate some quality traffic is by commenting on other blogs. This can take some time as you learn what sites share your same target audience. It also takes time to actually read through hundreds of posts while you settle on just a few that will potentially be worth your time. Comment on those posts that have the most potential to return traffic to your site. Add value to the post you comment on – don’t waste their time.

For more see: How to Create Marketing Pull by Commenting on Other Blogs

Participate in Forums

Just like blog posting, participating in forums takes time, but can lead to lots of traffic for your Website. Just as with a blog, you get to leave your URL so those who find your comments in the forum interesting can find their way to your site by clicking on your username and finding your other remarkable content. It takes time, but it’s worth it if you target the correct forums.

For more see: How to Properly Use Forums

Internal Linking

One of the things that takes some time, but really is worth the time investment is internal linking. If you’ve been reading this post you’ve probably noticed that I’ve linked to a few posts as well as other areas on HBM. It’s not only a way to provide value to visitors by expanding on thoughts, but it increases page views and time spent on site per user.

External Linking

If you read the blog posts on HBM you’ll also notice that I link to at least three posts not on HBM. I also occasionally link to sites and posts throughout my own posts. This has been a great way to increase the traffic to my site for two reasons:

1| When you link to other blogs and sites the owner each particular blog and site often gets a notice of your link and they are often curious about who is linking to them. They check out your site and you have a potential reader

2| Most blogs have pingbacks or trackbacks. These blogs allow their readers to view who is linking to their post (it shows how popular their post is) and those readers have the option to click on your link. More traffic.

Link to posts that are relevant off your own site and start making valuable connections.

For more see: Make Every Post a Link Post

Guest Posting

New bloggers need to consider guest posting as a way to drive traffic. Most successful bloggers find their most growth as a result of guest posting. While it seems that you’d be giving away great content to other sites when you guest post, you’re actually borrowing the attention of other bloggers and interjecting your knowledge and interesting character to potential readers of your blog. Provide valuable content to other blogs and look to expand your audience.

For more see: Grow Your Followers like a Country Music Singer

Spending Money

Businesses that have sufficient budgets to gain quality traffic have many options for making an impact on the Web. Most programs on the Web that require payment can still stay within a smaller budget. The impact generally increases exponentially the more you are able to spend and reinvest as you gain sales.

Here are a few of the best ways to utilize your budget:

Ad Words

When it comes to advertising and getting quality return for your dollar, Google is always a good bet. Many businesses, in many areas of industry, have had success driving traffic and sales via Google AdWords. The program is very simple and has the biggest company and smartest individuals working to increase its effectiveness. You can spend as little or as much as you want.

Facebook Advertising

I’ve found success with Facebook Advertising. The technology has gotten more useful over time and I think they’re going in great directions with mining all of their immense user data. I found more success for driving traffic for a membership site similar to Facebook (free membership) than I have for driving sales or anything paid. Perhaps you will find more success.

For more see: How to Use Facebook Advertising (Subscribers Only – Join for $20)

StumbleUpon Advertising

I have never actually used StumbleUpon Advertising, but based on the success I’ve had with natural traffic via StumbleUpon (see below) I’m guessing it’s pretty impactful and beneficial. Check it out and let us know if you have success driving revenue and profit for your business.

Affiliates

There are many sites on the Web that are dedicated to driving traffic and driving sales for businesses that sell things via the Web. If you have something to sell, look into the technology available to develop an affiliate program (Commission Junction is one). It’s a good way to give up a little margin in return for more unit sales.

SEO Provider/Service

Sometimes paying to learn can be most beneficial for your specific business. It takes a certain person who is willing to take both the time and monetary investment to go out and participate in learning atmospheres. There are many SEO providers/services out there who will work for you to not only do your Paid Advertising and Natural Traffic for you, but they’ll teach you techniques that will benefit you in the long-term. Consider these as options if you’re willing to spend both time and money for long-term gain.

Contests

People are always looking for deals. If you have access to prizes, try a few contests as ways to get followers, sales, email addresses, etc.

Simple Changes

Some good news for you – there are things you can do to potentially increase your traffic right now that will potentially impact the number of people visiting your site, increase the time those individuals spend on your site, and increase the number of pages those individuals view per visit.

Here are a few of the simple things you can do now to increase your traffic:

Stumble Upon

One of the things I’ve had success with for one-off traffic is StumbleUpon. The traffic I’ve received from StumbleUpon has generally come fast once a page on the site has been stumbled and that traffic has lasted anywhere from about an hour up to about 24 hours. StumbleUpon and its users are very effective at choosing the best content on the Web per my observation. It’s generally my higher quality content that gets stumbled and also receives the most visits after being stumbled. I have also noticed that photos are something the users of StumbleUpon like to see. Almost all of the posts in the Flickr Creative Commons Series have had success with getting traffic via StumbleUpon.

For more details, please read: A Comprehensive Guide to StumbleUpon

Twitter

I use Twitter as a way to drive contests, traffic to posts, and other things. I also use Twitter to share the content of others. I try to share others’ content more than my own so I’m not spamming too much. Twitter takes some time and effort, but the return I’ve seen in connections alone would be well worth the investment. The monetary return I’ve seen has been an added bonus.

Join Twitter and look to make connections by adding value any way you can.

Improve Your Titles

Titles are important to driving traffic to your blog and site. The Cosmo Headline Strategy is a great way to write remarkable and eye-catching titles for your posts. Usually, someone’s first introduction to your site is a title on a search engine result or a title on someone’s site. Consider the things that will entice people to click while remembering that the title still has to be truthful in what your post will provide.

Write Content that Visitors can Scan

Web users love to scan content. There is so much content on the Web that people need to scan most of it before they decide if they will read your arguments on topics. Use headlines, sections and call-outs to make your content easy for people to scan. If your write strong lists and strong headings you’ll get people to stop and pay attention.

For more see: 42 Marketing Lists from The Future Buzz

Highlight Others

One of the most successful ways I’ve been able to make connections on the Web and thus drive traffic has been highlighting the success of others. When you participate in social media like Twitter or when you’re writing content for a blog post, write about how amazing and remarkable others are. Write about the folks who may be wanting for some attention and who are looking to make connections. Feed their appetites and see your traffic increase as the conversation about you spreads.

For more see: Highlight Others

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Comment and Receive a Copy of Hunting Business Marketing | The Book

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How to Create Marketing Pull by Commenting on Other Blogs

“Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don’t.” Seth Godin

Push Pull Marketing

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I was asked recently about commenting on blogs.

A few of the things discussed concerned:

1| The effectiveness of getting traffic by commenting on other blogs

2| Adding links to blog comments

3| How to actually comment on blogs

I like reading and commenting on blogs and I thought it would be interesting to share my thoughts on the topic.

Here are a few other posts I’ve written about blog commenting:

Which Blog Commenter Are You?

Successful Hunting Business Highlight – CamoFire

A Hunting Business’s Most Valuable Resource on the Web

For this post, I’d like to focus on how you can use the power of blog commenting to create pull marketing for your own blog or Website.

Pull vs. Push Marketing and Blog Commenting

Maki at Dosh Dosh sums it up the best with the post Push Marketing V.S. Pull Marketing: Using Both Strategies to Promote Your Site:

In push marketing, you ‘push’ your content or product towards the audience which may or may not be aware of it.

Conversely, in a pull-marketing scenario, the customer ‘pulls’ your content or product towards themselves, because they are interested in learning more about it.

Blog commenting should be a part of your goal to make connections on the Web and subsequently market your own Website or blog.

The initial thought most Website owners have when they consider leaving a comment on another blog is that it’s an opportunity to create a link back to their own site. They’re also hoping to gain attention for their site by leaving a quality comment.

While getting a link to your site is one of the benefits of leaving a comment on a blog, it shouldn’t be your main focus.

Here are the differences…

Push Blog Commenting

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I’m sure you’ve seen it (and I for one am guilty of it).

If you read blogs or message boards you’re bound to come across a blog comment that goes something like this:

Dayne Shuda said at 5:05pm:

Hi, I just wanted to say what a nice Website you have here. I think you’d really like my Website, Hunting Business Marketing. I write about hunting business marketing and I think you and your site would benefit from all of the wonderful content available. I hope to see you over there and I’ll look for your comments. Take care, Dayne.

Now, this comment has all of the best intentions. I really do think my content will help out the readers and the writers of this [insert hunting blog here].

But it might be obvious to you now that I only have one person in mind when I’m writing this comment whether I realize it or not…Me.

That’s right, I’m only thinking about what this blog comment can provide for me and my Website. I’m writing this comment strictly with the goal of getting the site readers and editors to come visit my Website by clicking on my name or on the link I included in the comment.

This type of comment is often viewed as spam by not only site editors, but by readers of the site as well. People can sniff out your intentions from a mile away on the Web. They’re used to seeing this type of marketing offline and they don’t have the time for it online. There are too many other sites to visit.

The Web is saturated with push marketing and while it probably works to some extent (otherwise people wouldn’t do it), the quality of the traffic you want is not found by pushing your content onto your potential audience.

There is a much better alternative.

Pull Blog Commenting

I feel fortunate that you always leave great pull marketing comments on the posts here at Hunting Business Marketing.

You and other commenters on the posts here leave your insight, feelings, and thoughts regarding the topic addressed in the article and that’s what adds the most value to the discussion and the connection both with me and with other readers.

The best examples of blog pull marketing blog comments are those that have nothing to do with the author of the blog comment. Yet in a weird way when you write blog comments that say nothing about you or your Website, it actually says something about you.

Confused yet?

What I mean is that when you give your subjective thoughts and insight and add value to the discussion of the blog you’re visiting you’re letting the readers and the site editors know that you’re the kind of person who cares about adding value with no strings attached.

This is powerful and you have to be truly sincere to be able to comment on blogs in this way.

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing comments left on this blog.

Examples of Great Blog Comments

1| A Different Take on Intellectual Property and Blogging

Commenter: Albert A. Rasch

Dayne,

Overall I do agree with you.

Where I draw the line is failure to attribute the work to the originator. And I am willing to be a little flexible on that point. If you’re trying to make a buck off the work then you damn well better give credit where it is due.

I am fine with folks copying my work. Just put my link to it and we are cool. As long as your website is relatively morally acceptable, I see little issue with copying with attribution.

The problem that arose over at TROC was a multi-tiered issue of ethics, morals, and ill-gotten profits. Far from the issue and value of shared content.

The real value of TROC isn’t the content, but my ability to create that content.

Now the content has value for others, otherwise they wouldn’t visit as often as they do! There are values that I am willing to give away for free, educational, comic, inspirational, emotional, and probably others. When someone tries to use that those values to profit from my ability to create it, then there is a definite problem.

You are very perceptive to look at the music industry as an example of the disconnect between the artist/musicians, producers, marketers, hanger-ons, and leeches that have sucked that industries vigor right out of it. We are at the cusp of a paradigm shift in the music industry.

“When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied.” That sums it up very nicely. But again the issue for an Albert, Rick,or Zach, isn’t the money. We don’t make any money from our blogs! But by golly neither should anyone else. I put three to six hours a day in my blog… (Mostly because I type with two fingers and a thumb. Shhhh!) and I’ll be damned if some low life is going to steal my content for his lame dating service, (Which is predominantly stolen content too.), without me hunting him down until he wishes that Al Gore had never invented the Internet!

Lotsa Love!

Albert
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My thoughts

I have admit that I thought this particular blog post would get some comments because it was about a topic that affects so many passionate bloggers. I was hoping for some good thought and discussion. Albert delivered that and much more with this comment.

Not only is this post a great example of a blog comment that contributes more to the discussion (pull marketing), but Albert writes it in his own voice, which only adds to the overall effect of the pull marketing benefits of blog comment.

2| The Significance of a Hunting Business Logo

Commenter: T. Michael Riddle

You know Dayne,

Your site and content are addicting, I just can’t seem to go a day without visiting and learning something new here!

The title of this one really brought home some very good and quite familiar points for me.

While playing in various bands over the past 30 years and now my hunting business as well, here below was probably one of, if not the, hardest obstacles for me to over come.

First would be the name itself! Will it reflect what we do and what we are about? then how do we come up with a respective logo which will brand us effectively? etc. etc.

This process would sometimes take weeks of think tanking and brainstorming.

Then, just when you finally settle upon something which you believe does everything that you think it should, now comes the real work of checking that your Name and Logo do not infringe upon someone else’s established Trademark!

Then after that, finding a graphic artist who can convey what image that you have in “your” head to the brand that will eventually establish your product into the mind of the buying public.

The one thing which I have learned over the years is to trust the people whom you have hired out to help you do this.

They are the professionals, so let them do their job without hindrance.

You would not attempt to tell your brain surgeon how to operate upon your head, so do not tell your marketing firm how to market your business.

A couple of examples would be: When I would write songs, our producers would ask for about 30-50 songs so that they could choose 10-12 good ones to take into the studio for recording.

While in the studio those final songs would sometimes get chopped up quite a bit, rearranged etc etc. to the point that they were barely recognizable (to me the artist) from what they started out as in the beginning.

While just starting out as a young writer and with just barely 10 songs under my belt, I would view those 10 songs as my “babies” and anything that anyone wanted to do to them was particularly abhorrent to me.

“don’t molest my songs! I would be saying in my head”

After the first 100 songs or so you begin to lose that overly protective attitude, and then you start to look at the “business” of music rather a little differently than when you first started out.

That is when the real art of collaboration begins to take form and the result will sometimes be where legendary albums are created.

That same way of thinking is what got me through the Re-Branding of my hunting business.

When our marketing firm suggested that we change our logo to something a little less redneck, and something with more family appeal.

I immediately knew what to do and that was to let the pros do their job without my interference. And the result of allowing them to reshape our image placed the company exactly where, and to what I wanted it to be in the first place.

It just happened to be out of my realm of expertise in respect to graphic arts, and appealing to a broader market with a logo style that would do just what it was intended for.

It must be remembered that a single person cannot do it all by themselves because any successful company owner, be it a band or a hunting business will tell you, that it was through collaborative efforts that they got to where they are today.

I think that our old website is still up if you search down for it and you can there, view my old self designed brand compared to the new one which comes up first on the search.

My thoughts

This was a post that Sarah from On Life and Design and I spent some time on. We really wanted to touch the essence and importance of a hunting business logo.

I was glad that the post was good enough to warrant a comment from one of the best commenters on this site.

T. Michael has contributed a lot of quality, pull marketing comments on this site.

Not only does T. Michael add to the conversation, he brings his unique voice and musical background perspective. It’s a great way to bring more depth and meaning to the discussion.

3| The Best Country Songs You’ve Never Heard – A Lesson in Marketing

Commenter: Tom Sorenson

Well done – my musical tastes veer more towards alternative and classic country – but I can see and appreciate the points made just the same!

It seems we all hear about the stories of the guy/gal that just shot onto the scene and had amazing success right off without having to really work too hard to get it. That’s probably the story of .5% of success stories – most success stories begin and end with a ton of sweat toil and sleepless nights! Thanks for the reminder.

My Thoughts

Tom is another great commenter as well as a great site editor and writer.

I always appreciate his insight when he takes the time out of his busy day (he has a newborn now) to comment on the blog.

I remember writing this post and wondering if it would hit home with anybody. It felt good when Tom commented that he got the marketing message that hard work and perseverance usually pay off and that it takes time to become successful.

This is another example of how your blog comments show that you’re taking the time to understand the meaning of blog posts. Readers and site editors respond to this and they’ll often click on your name to find out more about you. It’s a win-win situation.

Summary

I’d like to finish by saying that there are some wonderful commenters on Hunting Business Marketing. You are the best readers a site editor could ask for and I thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and build on the topics discussed.

To touch on each of the questions mentioned earlier:

1| Commenting on blogs is an effective way to get traffic for your site

2| Adding a link or two in your comments is ok, but consider pull marketing when leaving links

3| When leaving comments on blogs always try to add value to the post

When it comes to commenting on blogs it really is as simple as thinking about adding value to the readers of the site you’re visiting and commenting on.

As a site owner yourself this is what you hope for from the people who leave comments on your posts so it’s logical to think others expect the same.

If you’re leaving quality blog comments on hunting blogs across the Web you’ll gain a solid reputation as a person willing to provide quality content on others’ sites.

People will take notice and click on your signature and find your Website. They’re pulling you and your content to them rather than you pushing yourself at them.

Some bloggers might even highlight your exceptional comments in a blog post (wink, wink).

So that’s my take on blog commenting.

Do you have anything to add?

I hope you do. (wink)

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You are not your customer

You are Not Your Customer

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I’ve often struggled with understanding that I am not the reader of my blog posts.

When I originally started writing posts for this blog I would think of problems I came across while trying to get Hunter Share off the ground…and trust me, there were (and still are) a lot of problems.

I would also think of questions I had about how to market the Website and try to answer those questions and solve the problems by writing a post about the situation.

It seemed like a good idea at the time and I think it actually produced a few good posts.

The trouble with this technique is that my focus was on me and not on the people I was trying to reach and connect with.

Today there are a few tricks I use to write posts that are (hopefully) valuable for you and the other hunting business owners and bloggers who read the content on this blog.

Let’s take a look at a few of these techniques.

Foreword

If you have a hunting business and are thinking about launching a Website or if you already have a Website for your hunting business, I am a big supporter of launching a blog to coincide with your hunting Website.

Before you continue with this post take a look at a few of my previous posts on how a blog can help market your hunting business:

4 Ways You Can Use a Blog to Improve Your Hunting Website

20 Steps to Starting Your Hunting Business Blog/Website

Reviews of Remarkable Hunting Blog Posts

Also check out:

A Hunting Business’s Most Valuable Resource on the Web

Hunting Blog Post Title Ideas Part 1

50 Inspirational Images to Inspire Blog Titles

Now let’s take a look at a few of those tips for writing reader-valuable blog posts…

Who is your reader?

As I mentioned before, you are not your reader.

When I first started this blog I thought I was the perfect description of what you were.

Now I realize that I was wrong.

The Web is full of individuals. It is very difficult to segment people on the Web because the Web brings out the true individual in all of us.

What you have to do is come up with a mental (or literal) image of who your blog reader is.

It’s alright if you don’t have a clear picture of your readers when you first start out. I didn’t know you until I started writing the posts for this blog.

The value of using a blog on the Web is that it gives you the opportunity to form connections with your customers on an individual basis. Your goal should be to take the time to get to know each of your readers and then write valuable blog posts that answer their questions and solve their problems.

This focus will allow you to come up with detailed information that answers the question of your specific reader. And it’s likely that your other readers may share the same problem or have the same question as the person you’re directing your post to.

Define who your readers are and work to form connections with each of them.

The Web is about individuals so try to as close to the individual level as you can with your readers.

Thinking of one person when you write

I just touched on the importance of the connecting with individuals on the Web.

A trick I have learned for writing quality blog posts is to think about one specific person when I’m writing a blog post (yes I do have someone in mind as I write this post too).

I spend some time each day reading plenty of blogs on various topics. I like to leave comments. I like to use Twitter to stay in touch with those who share a few of my same worldviews.

Through these connections, I like to pay attention to the questions and problems people are experiencing as it relates to Hunting Business Marketing.

This is where I get some of my best blog post ideas from.

And when I sit down to write the post I think of the person who asked the question or who expressed the problem.

I pretend like I’m speaking (typing) directly to them as I try to solve their problem or answer their question.

The result is usually content that is valuable, detailed, and thoughtful.

The great thing about this technique is the topics you cover will likely also be valuable to your other readers.

Most people have questions and don’t ask or have problems and don’t express them so if you can answer their questions or solve their problems before they even express them you can really win over some loyal readers.

Focus on one person when you write your blog posts and watch how you can connect with more of your readers while gaining a better understanding of who is actually reading your hunting blog.

Answering questions and solving problems

I just mentioned that I like to (attempt) to answer questions and (attempt) to solve the problems of those I make connections with on the Web when I write blog posts.

It really has been a beneficial process for me as I try to provide quality content for hunting business owners and bloggers here on this blog.

One tricky thing about answering questions and solving problems is that your readers or customers sometimes like to remain silent. They would rather remain quiet and unsatisfied than speak up to you and allow you to fix the situation.

To effectively figure out what questions and problems your silent readers are having you’ll have to pick up on subtle hints.

There are plenty of hunters on the Web openly expressing their problems, needs, and questions on hunting Websites and forums with comments and thread posts.

However, you also have to pay attention to what your target audience is saying when they’re not talking.

Confused?

What I mean by this is you have to pay attention to the actions of your target customer online. Some of the best product or service solutions have solved problems people didn’t even realize they had.

I remember when the two-strap golf bag came out. It was a very simple concept yet for years and years golfers just assumed a one-strap golf bag was the only option. However, T.J. Izzo saw that golfers were struggling to carry their bags for 18 holes. Shoulders were sore and when your shoulders are sore it makes it difficult to play golf. So Izzo created two-strap golf bag concept and now just about 100% of golf bags use his design.

Izzo noticed a subtle pain and solved the problem.

With the Web, there are lots of loud and subtle pains being expressed.

For blogging, look at what your target readers are doing and saying on the Web and attempt to provide them with answers and solutions with your blog posts.

Bonus Example – I just remembered an example of a subtle hint I was able to notice. I think I either mentioned “hunting stats” or something similar in one of my blog posts. I noticed that search traffic was coming in for the term and related terms. I realized that hunting business owners may be looking for a central place to find hunting industry statistics and information. So I took some time and created:

Essential Hunting Industry Stats

Update: I just realized that the Essential Stats post is ranked highly for the search term “hunting industry”!

Remember to add value

When you’re writing blog posts or doing anything related to your hunting business on the Web (or offline as well) you of course want to focus on adding value for your target customers.

Whether you’re answering questions or providing some valuable news, make sure you keep in mind what your hunting customers value.

I struggle myself with things that I think are valuable and useful, but readers like you may not see these things as valuable.

I have to remind myself that I am not my reader.

Focus on providing value for your real readers and you’ll find yourself creating remarkable content that is valuable for your actual readers.

Summary

Determining who your actual readers are is important for your hunting blog and Website.

Remember that you are not your reader. Focus on what your customers are asking and expressing and attempt to answer their questions and solve their problems with your blog posts.

And always remember to add value for your customers and readers.

There are lots of wonderful benefits of having a blog for your hunting business. By focusing on your target audience you’ll be able to write blog posts that reach out and capture a very dedicated and loyal readership.

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Audience or Community

What Are Your Questions?

I’m looking for your suggestions. 🙂

Ask Questions

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What are your questions?

I thought it would be fun to take some of your suggestions and questions and turn them into blog posts.

Based on the success of the Reviews of Remarkable Hunting Blog Posts Series, I want to focus on what you would like to discuss.

Please participate by asking questions or suggesting topics for discussion in the comment section and I’ll take each one and write individual posts about each topic or question.

There is no limit on the number of suggestions you can make. If you have one or ten or one hundred please post them all.

This is your chance to learn something from the other readers and me about the Web and how it affects your hunting business.

So let’s here it.

Post anything in the comments below.

Thanks for participating!

Update: Members can ask any and all questions in the Hunting Business Marketing Forum.

Questions for Hunting Businesses to Ask Hunters

One of the best things to do for your hunting business is to ask questions of…guess who?

Old Time Hunter

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Hunters!

I know, I know. It seems obvious, but I for one forget to do it as often as I should. How often do you ask your customers or potential customers, questions about what they’re looking for? What their feeling? What they would like to see from a hunting outfitter, blog, or Website?

I believe that open-ended questions on the Web are the best for forming meaningful conversations and connections.

Here are a few example questions (for you to build from) when you visit the places on the Web hunters frequent.

On a Hunting Forum

First, learn the accepted rules of forum conduct and then begin interacting with the members by asking questions that will add value to their experience and that are related to your business (in that priority order).

What are your experiences (good or bad) with an outfitter/guide?

Do you have any thoughts on what might be wrong with hunting Websites?

What are some thoughts you have on successful hunting business marketing? (Wink, wink – I’d ask this one)

In the Comments on a Blog Post

For hunters that have blogs to document their love for hunting, their hunting experiences and the like, commenting on their posts is a great way to make a connection.

What are your suggestions for applying this technique to [insert your hunting niche]?

What would you change about your hunting story if you could?

What would you recommend for a newcomer [or modest or expert] for further reading on this subject? (A question I’d love to answer on this blog).

On Twitter

Twitter is great for asking questions of your hunter followers (once you have enough – and it doesn’t take as many as you’d think if you ask great questions – to get valuable feedback).

Has anyone else gotten into a tree stand while hunting only to find out there is a branch in your draw zone? How can you fix that on the fly?

Have you ever been in a hunting situation where better equipment could have made a difference?

Does anyone have any hunting equipment ideas or needs?

Summary

Remember to ask questions that will add value to your reader’s life experience and that will prove valuable for your business (in that order).

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How to Find Secret Tips from the Web Pros

Whether they realize it or not, pro bloggers frequently share their secrets and knowledge of the Web with everybody – including you and me.

Secret Path Skull and Crossbones

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We just have to know where to look. We also have to know what to look for.

Now, if you’re looking for information on how to blog, the best places to start are ProBlogger.net and Copyblogger.com. The editors (Darren Rowse and Brian Clark) and contributors to these sites are very knowledgeable about blogging and share tons of valuable information.

But this post is about how to find valuable knowledge where you might not recognize it…at first.

Questions

It may sound simple, but think back on the questions you’ve had about blogging and creating a Web presence for you and your business.

Some obvious ones may include:

How do I get traffic to my company’s new Website?

How much should I pay for traffic?

Is paid traffic more efficient than natural traffic?

Where do I find people to connect with on the Web?

Or simply:

How do I write a blog post that people want to read and interact with?

These are questions every person asks themselves when they want to increase their Web presence.

Where to look

Go to successful blogs. It doesn’t matter what the blogs focus on. It could be hunting, fishing, photography, etc. (Kickball?)

Go to the popular sites in any niche and look at their posts.

Use a site like Alltop to find the most popular blogs. The blogs near the top of each niche are usually the most valuable by Alltop‘s standards.

These top bloggers are probably answering your questions without even realizing it.

What to look for

So as a blogger I’m always looking for an answer to the question “What makes a blog post successful?”

For fun, I’ve gone to DIY.Alltop.com (Do-It-Yourself).

I’ve chosen the blog OldHouseWeb.com.

Here is what I look for:

Comments

The first things I always look for when I’m searching for tips on what makes a successful blogger are comments.

Successful posts will have the most comments. These posts are successful in the eyes of many readers. When posts have this type of social proof they have strong contact that successfully connected with readers.

These are the types of posts that make for a successful blog.

After just a quick search through the archives, I saw that most of the posts had 2 or 3 comments. This isn’t bad at all. Having interaction on nearly every post is the sign of a successful blog.

One of the first posts that stuck out at me due to the number of comments was Beyond Fossil Fuels: Using Biomass to Heart Your Home.

This post currently has 10 comments.

What made this post successful?

Timeliness

A lot of people are struggling to save money these days. When site editors hit on timely matters like the economy and saving money, people will pay attention. Visitors are looking for answers for the questions they have right now.

Provides options

This post provides some insight into an option for an alternative energy source for your home. Most people probably aren’t aware of all of the alternatives to heating their home or which alternatives would actually work for their situation.

By providing insight, even simply stating an alternative, you can open the door for people to do more research on a topic. You can give them a nudge and they’ll still see you as a valuable resource even after they follow up on the topic.

Some pros and cons

In the case of this post, the writer provides some simple pros and cons to the post topic. This is great because even simple cons can deter a person from wasting their time researching the topic. Your readers will appreciate a little effort on your part to point out some possible cons.

Conversation encourager

The topic of this post is controversial.

Controversial and new topics encourage conversation. People will question that which they don’t fully understand.

Look at the second comment on the post.

The commenter expands on what people should think about before they switch to biomass heating for their home.

Writing posts that cover topics that naturally encourage conversations is on of the best ways to gain quality traffic.

A new post idea

I can use these three things to format posts of my own on the topic of Hunting Business Marketing on the Web.

I could think of timely events taking place right now that affect hunting businesses. The economy is obviously affecting the hunting industry.

I could write a post on how hunting businesses can save money by increasing their Web spending. (That sounds backwards, but maybe I’m onto something).

I’d have to include some options for different ways for hunting businesses to approach their Web presence. I have written on increasing your Web presence before, but doing it effectively and for little money is becoming more and more crucial as the economy worsens and businesses are looking to continue making money.

I think pros and cons are good to have. It’s difficult to be objective when blogs are meant to be very subjective, but I think I could learn to include resources to other viewpoints.

The point is, by looking at this blog and one of its successful posts, I was able to think of a great idea for a new blog post that has a good chance of becoming a successful post for my blog.

Bonus: One more example of not-so-secret Web knowledge

You Don’t Need A Social Media Expert, You Need A Good Marketer by Adam Singer at The Future Buzz

It’s difficult to find Adam’s best and most successful posts simply because there are SO many to choose from.

In the recent archives I found this post to have (at this time) 20 comments. I figured this was pretty good so I chose it for this example.

Adam discusses that you don’t need to be a social media expert to have success on the Web and in business. You do, however, need to be a successful marketer and communicator.

Having the basic understanding of how people communicate will allow to you to position your business to become part of the conversations your customers are having.

This topic is another item I could touch on here on this blog. I could write The Conversations Hunters are having on the Web (And How You Can Connect).

I could focus on a few of the specific ways hunters are connecting on the Web and how hunting businesses can join the conversation by adding value. I could go further by explaining how hunting businesses could create additional streams of revenue by enhancing the conversations and connections their potential customers are having on the Web.

Again, follow the visitors of a site. What are the areas they visit the most? What content inspired them enough to leave a comment?

Follow the people to find what makes Websites and blogs successful and build on those successes in your own unique way.

You’ll find your own success with this formula.

Summary

To find secret tips on how to become a better blogger or how to increase your business’s Web presence, find successful blogs and sites both in and out of the hunting niche.

Look for social proof on site pages and posts.

Where are visitors to the site spending their time?

Look for things like comments, ratings, Most Popular sections, Visitor Favorite sections, etc.

Follow the traffic and you’ll find the type of content that make for successful Websites and blogs.

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3 Online Marketing Ideas for Hunting Outfitters, Web Communities, and Stores

“Ideas are a dime a dozen. The money is in the execution.”

Federal Reserve Notes

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As nine students of Seth Godin’s Alternative MBA program said, “Ideas are a dime a dozen. The money is in the execution”.

This is very true. It’s fun to sit down and brainstorm ideas.

Some ideas will be junk, but that’s expected…even encouraged.

But the process of brainstorming brings about the opportunity for great ideas.

Some people never share their ideas with their employer, family, friends, co-workers, etc. simply because they’re afraid.

I encourage you to always brainstorm, always share ideas, and to follow through on ideas you truly believe have potential to fulfill the needs of the future as you foresee your customers seeing it. (I’m not sure if that last phrase made sense…)

Anyway, here are 3 ideas I had tonight for hunting outfitters, affiliates, and stores. You are welcome to take these ideas and use them for your own success. You’re welcome to comment on them (good or bad).

I’ll even include some pros and cons that might arise in the execution.

Hopefully this exercise spurs some creative thought and shows that sharing is beneficial for everyone.

3 Ideas for Hunting Businesses

Outfitters

1) Share Your Property Layout

If you’re an outfitter, why not share the layout of your property on a Website or blog?

I’m thinking this would work in a hybrid forum setting on a Website where Website visitors are allowed to comment, give advice, and share insight on how to effectively hunt the outfitting property.

I’m thinking about the images (computer created) that Field & Stream (or is it Outdoor Life?) and other hunting magazines show of property where they show wind direction, food sources, bedding, travel routes, etc. and then describe and show the best way to hunt the terrain.

Outfitters could share their property outline in drawings and allow their community of visitors to plot hunts.

The outfitters could also have versions for each year they hunt including where deer (or other game) were harvested.

Cory (Outdoors International), maybe you could help add to this idea? I’m not sure what outfitters would think of it.

For execution, this would take some programming and some design for the drawings. The outfitters would have to be willing to share their information.

Some benefits I see include a greater connection with potential outfitting customers as well as a chance for the outfitter to get an outside perspective on their property.

For the potential clients I think it would be a great way to develop a trust with a potential outfitter. Hunters would get a chance to see where deer are harvested on a particularly piece of property as well as get a chance to plot out a strategy they believe could be successful on the land.

Thoughts?

Web Communities

2) Purple Deer

There are so many new hunting communities online that the Web is saturated.

Paraphrasing Seth Godin, hunting communities now resemble a herd of cows in a field. It’s difficult to stand out. Each community (cow) looks alike. People (hunters) don’t give much of a glance at any of them.

This is why your hunting community needs to become (against, Seth’s term) the purple cow (or purple deer/elk/turkey, etc.).

What will make you stand out from the crowd?

Off the top of my head I think a hunting community on the Web could become a remarkable purple cow by offering a service like “Weekly Hunting Strategies for Your Property”. (I’m on a property sharing kick today – my imagination is not at full functionality).

Offer to give free advice to hunters on the property they hunt. Have users send in photos and descriptions of their hunting property and give them advice on how they may better find success.

Open up the topic to forum discussion. Use the resources of your site to help others out. Just give them some direction. People like to help other people. Hunters like helping other hunters.

If you don’t know how to hunt a certain property yourself, go out and find someone who will and interview them. Get some advice and help out hunters on the Web. Help them harvest trophy game.

This would be a remarkable service.

Hunting communities need something remarkable (service, feature, quality, product, etc.) that makes them stand out as the purple cow on the Web.

Any thoughts on this idea?

Do you have a better idea? Tom, any thoughts?

Web Hunting Stores

3) Connect With Photography Bloggers

As I’ve said before, bloggers are a hunting business’s most valuable resource on the Web.

Something all stores use in their displays, catalogs, Websites, etc. are photos. Stores needs photos for majestic background images, email images, products being used by hunters captured in photography, etc.

Why not use the resource of the thousands of photography bloggers available?

For this blog I use photos licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr in every post. I’ve even had posts that include 50 inspirational photos from this source.

I’m thinking that someone like Schnee’s (@Schnees, @josalisbury, @schnees_curt) could use images of blogging photographers on their Home page, in emails, etc. (under a CC-type license) to generate quality relationships on the Web, which would expand their Web presence.

Create a blog-like Web page that gives proper attribution (attribution may be necessary in emails, home pages, etc.) and highlights how you used the photographer’s image in your promotional material.

Make it easy for users to link back to their featured spot on your site as well. It will give the photographers social proof that their work is of high enough quality to be used by major businesses.

This would take some programming as well as a dedicated effort to form quality relationships with outdoor photographers.

Any thoughts on this idea?

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Inspirational Hunting Blogger Insights, Quotes, and Musings Part 1

Insight often comes in the form of a single phrase or thought.

Field of Hay Bales

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Each day I like to read blog posts from some of my favorite bloggers. I read blogs about hunting, fishing, camping, blogging, SEO, PR, Austrian Economics, liberty, and more. I come across some great insight each day.

Often this insight comes in the form of a single phrase or thought. Usually these simple phrases leave readers the chance to interpret the content in their own way. It’s inspirational when bloggers are able to write content powerful enough to inspire their readers.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember all of the great content each blogger writes. I bookmark my favorites posts I want to remember, but too often I move from one blog to the next telling myself I’ll come back again to pick up and expand on the insight posted.

Today I wanted to take the time to go back and look at some of the inspirational hunting blogger insights, quotes and musings I have recently read on some of my favorite outdoor blogs.

Here are a few of my favorite bits from a few outdoor bloggers with my comments.

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

“Hunting is what you make of it. If we, the hunting population, start to define what hunting is, where will it stop?”

From the post: Game Reserves, Preserve Hunting, High Fence Hunting, What are the Facts?

Blogger: Albert A. Rasch (@AlbertRasch)

Blog: trochronicles.blogspot.com

Albert was referring to the topic of game preserve hunting with critical analysis. I’m going to take his quote slightly out of context and use it as inspiration for blogging, hunting business, and life in general.

“Hunting is what you make it.”

Insert “blogging”, “life”, “my business”, “my job”, “golf”, etc. in place of “hunting” and you can start to understand that what you do in life is completely within your control. The decisions you make to further your experiences and connection during your life.

Make your hunting business great. Make your family & friend connections great. Make your life great.

Outdoor Media Resources

“What’s the worst thing that could happen to a gun writer?  Near the top of the list would be somehow losing use of his trigger finger, but that’s just what happened to Hal several years later. A freak tire-changing accident cost him his trigger finger, but not once did I hear him complain.  ‘I have nine others,’ he [Hal Swiggett] told me.”

From the post: Hal Swiggett

Blogger: Sherry A. Kerr (@SherryinAL)

Blog: outdoormediaresources.com/blog

This quote within a quote from Sherry is a great example of being able to tell the character of a person with only a simple phrase.

“I have nine others”.

This notion is an inspirational mantra for life and business.

No matter what life throws at you, even if it appears the world as you know it is over, continue to think positive and know better days are ahead.

Side note: this was a very touching tribute by Sherry. The business relationship she formed with Hal seems like it was beneficial for both parties and should be used as an example of what making real connections should be in our own business.

Next Generation Hunting

“As we set and waited for the deer to get close enough our daylight just wouldn’t stay around long enough. The deer came within 10 yards of our blind. Raley was ecstatic with excitement wanting to shoot the deer, but with little to no light left we decided it was too late to take the shot. This was the last day of the deer season for 2006.”

From the post: Daughter’s First Deer – A proud moment for Dad and Daughter

Blogger: Greg Slone (@GregSlone)

Blog: nextgenerationhunting.com

This is a great story of patience. One of the greatest things my own parents taught me was the value of having patience. My Dad taught me the patience of hunting, fishing, team sports, golf, and more. My Mom taught me about patience with school work, day-to-day working for a living, and much more.

Greg’s story of teaching his daughter, Raley, that patience pays off is touching. It is not easy for an excited first-time deer hunter to wait an entire year after passing up a close chance.

But it was a great lesson of respect for wildlife and her patience paid off the following season.

Patience is not only a great lesson for hunters. And it’s not only a great lesson for young people.

Bloggers, especially adult bloggers and website owners often forget to be patient. Success comes to those who are most persistent. Overnight success is a myth.

Stick with your passion and be patient.

You’ll find success.

Schnee's Powder Horn Outfitters

“There’s really no good way to count 21,000+ flies.”

From the post: Power Horn Inventory

Blogger: Jon Edwards (@Schnees_Jon)

Blog: powderhorn.wordpress.com

I’ve only had to do inventory a few times in my life. I worked in the Wausau Country Club pro shop. It was a great experience. The store was relatively small and the inventory was minimal, but it was still boring work.

I’m sure the staff at Schnee’s Powder Horn isn’t fond of inventory either.

But taking inventory is necessary for understanding your business. You don’t have to be in retail to realize that you need to take inventory of your business from time to time.

If you have a blog, take some time to look back on your archives. This will give you a chance to remember what it is you started blogged for. You’ll see how far you’ve come since your first days of the blog. You’ll come across posts that got lots of traffic others that didn’t do so well.

Bloggers and business owners can get stuck in ruts doing the same thing over and over. Taking inventory gives us a chance to understand what inspired us to begin blogging. Taking inventory gives us a chance to remember what posts were successful and what posts weren’t. We can build on our successes and continue our efforts to grow our blog and Website.

Take inventory of your Web business. Remember the passion that allowed you to start. Focus on your successes and build on them. Grow your hunting business on the Web.

Deer Camp Blog

“The first Annual Christmas Place Hog Hunt was a major success!”

From the post: The Great Hog Hunt of 2009

Blogger: Rex Howell (@rexhowell)

Blog: bodocktimes.blogspot.com

I’ll end this first installment of my favorite insight from some of my favorite bloggers with Rex’s quote about the value of spending time with friends and family.

Passion brings people together.

When people share a passion such as hunting, they have a reason to get together and connect with each other. These connections add more meaningful value to everyone willing to put in some effort.

Great things happen when you take the time to connect with friends and family. Sharing passions give you an excuse to get together and have fun.

Blogging and running a hunting Website can be a shared passion for you.

Find the people in the hunting industry who are willing to meet others who share their same passion for hunting, business and the Web.

Open up your life to sharing your knowledge and experiences and you’ll get more reward from your experience on the Web than you could ever hope for.

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