Click my post title to read what Darren at ProBlogger feels are the five emerging blog trends from his point of view. His blog is a good read and one that I routinely follow, but his is a focus for professional bloggers. So here is my list of blogging trends for clients to consider (not professional bloggers).
Trends in site and design that you should consider implementing as you set up your own business blog:
- Slick magazine portal page style blogs are the rage right now versus the typical one or two column blog layout. Here's an example of that style to consider: http://www.problogger.net/ Notice the use of multiple columns and blocks of content and advertising.
- Multiple writers on one blog. Routinely we have two writers on five day a week blogs, but now we're seeing blogs that we work on have more guest bloggers or staff writers post occasionally on the blog and all are listed on the mast head as writers. You can take this approach too. We'll help you get started.
- Multi-content blogs. Now on this point, I disagree with Darren at ProBlogger. All we do is focused on search engines. You will fragment your message, your search engine authority when you start blogging on many different topics on one blog. This may be fine for some "magazine" style blogsites, but for the typical client to stay on topic is very important. You do not want a pest control blog to be blogging about shoes or how to find coupons to buy a PDA! You need to stay on pest control and service topics. To do otherwise is to chase away your readers.
- Soft monetizing of sites. Yes, blogs are moving to include advertising, but for the typical client the only ads you should have on your blog are those pointing to your products and services. I do not know of many people who are really racking in the cash from monetizing their blog. Additionally ads can be distracting and can affect the "look" of the blog. What would work is small ads for your own products, white papers, and coupons for your services.
- Integration with other media. Yes, this is a new trend and one you can certainly leverage for your own blog. Introduce a Twitter feed, headlines, and other widgets in the sidebar of your blog site. Connect in new ways with your readers and provide ability for them to interact with you. Get signed up for Google's Friend Connect as an easy way to implement these new widgets and features without programming skills.
The world of blogging IS changing but not all of ProBlogger's recommendations are effective for business blog owners. If you need professional writing services for your business blog, consider us first.