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What started out as a hobby for tech-savvy journalists in the late 1990s, reached its full expansion during the 2000s and became a necessity for online businesses in 2010s. Blogging has been growing in popularity and becoming a widely adopted way to express your opinion, share your experience, and affect the world we live in. It has also found its way into the business world helping companies reach online customers.
The goal of this course is to help you understand what blogging is, why it is so popular, and how you can benefit from starting a blog. The beginning of the course is focused on the beginnings of blogging, alongside current statistics that illustrate the state of blogging today. This will give you insights into how people (especially in the business world) see blogging and how this is a strategy that has an impact on many other segments of business running.
Then, you will learn about blogging platforms and how to choose one. Blogging essentials are the next topic the course focuses on. Both of these are necessary steps in creating your own blog. These represent the starting point from which you will later develop other aspects before your blog is officially launched.
The course continues with blogging strategy with the most important aspects to consider when creating your own blogging strategy to support your blog. If you already have a business, the next chapter will show you how you can integrate blogging into the online promotion of your business. Since blogging and content, in general, have proven to help with organic traffic, lead generation and eventually conversions, having a blog is a great way to power up your business success.
The following segment features a couple of promotional strategies, including blogger outreach and guest blogging, and continues with vlogging, an increasingly popular type of blogging, that can be one of the options you can explore.
Apart from many benefits of blogging, which are covered in the course, making money through blogging is certainly one of the main motives people explore blogging. The course includes an entire chapter with the most commonly used ways of monetizing your blog and turning a blog into a business. These ideas will inspire you to discover the potential of your blog and turn it into a business you will love.
Tips to help you run a successful blog and mistakes that can come along the way are featured in the next section of the course. The main goal here is to have in mind that many other aspects, such as search engine optimization, email marketing, organizational skills, and technical issues may affect your blog performance. Hence the need to explore them further. In fact, you should probably find even more resources for each of these topics and discover best practices that can help you with your blog performance.
Finally, everything is wrapped up with a chapter that focuses on blogging as a part of online marketing. You will need to understand that blogging is a part of online promotion. If combined with other aspects of online marketing, it can seriously boost your performance. This is why learning more about online marketing and how your blog can benefit from it should be one of your goals.
The course starts off with the introduction of blogging in the late 1990s, details about the development of content and Panda updates, which significantly affected blogging, as well as the most relevant blogging statistics. All of this illustrates the importance of blogging and its influence on growing a business and reaching online users.
Time to take your exams to get SMConnect Certified. is going to help you revise what you have learned throughout the course. It consists of 50 multiple-answer questions.
In this chapter, you will learn how it all started, how blogging became mainstream with the introduction of WordPress, what a blog and blogosphere are. The chapter also includes a section on basic differences between blogs and websites, as well as types of blogs. The goal here is to provide a full definition of blogging which is later needed for understanding the rest of the course.
The first step when creating a blog is choosing the platform. Here you can learn about commonly used platforms for creating a blog with main features highlighted for each of them. The final section of this chapter is focused on the process of choosing a platform, and things you need to consider in this process.
The selection of blogging platform is only the first step, after which there is a series of essentials each blogger should take care of before it is time to publish content. The essentials help create an organized strategy to explore the full benefits of blogging.
To ensure you succeed with blogging, regardless if that is your hobby or a full-time job, you will need a roadmap with clear goals, resources, and metrics used for evaluation. You need to create a blogging strategy that starts with the current situation and includes where you want your blogging activity to take you next.
The statistics show that blogging can significantly boost your business, which is why you will discover ideas regarding integration of blogging into your business strategy. Starting from what business blogging is, how to create an online presence and how to blog as your business, this chapter will guide you through this process and show you how a blog can complement your website and your business promotion.
This chapter focuses on the benefits of blogging, but it also shows why blogging is so popular as well as how to overcome obstacles most bloggers face.
Some of the most used strategies for increasing blog visibility include blogger outreach and guest blogging. In this chapter, you will learn what those tactics are, what they include and how your blog can benefit from them.
The rise of video in online marketing has contributed to the increasing popularity of vlogging, a form of blogging which uses video as a content format. This section of the course will show you what a vlog is, commonly used types of vlogs, and how you can use vlogging in business.
Blogging reached massive popularity in the 2000s, after which numerous opportunities for earning money through a blog appeared. From affiliate marketing to banners and sponsored posts, this chapter shows the most commonly used methods to earn money from blogging. A special focus is on turning your blog into a business with ideas on how to do so.
This chapter includes multiple strategies to help you increase the success of your blog, starting from responsive design, blog optimization, usage of social networks to share blog content, content optimization, etc.
Things that might negatively affect your blog performance are covered in this chapter. The most common mistakes such as not thinking about target group or neglecting online promotion and content distribution can reduce your blog visibility and success, so it is better to be aware of these mistakes. Each mistake comes with a practical solution on how to avoid or fix it.
Arranged into five groups, these tools are intended to help you optimize your workflow, improve your content and content promotion, and successfully monitor the performance of your content. You should choose the ones you find most useful in your daily work routine.
This chapter explores how blogging is integrated into online marketing and how together these represent a unified strategy. Content marketing, SEO, social media marketing, and lead generation are all sections which are analyzed in relation to blogging.
The pass score is 90%. There are 50 multiple choice questions in each exam. In order to get certified you need to answer correct on 45 out of 50 questions. Time limit: 30 seconds. The difficulty level of this course is: Beginners level.
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