5 Survival Tips For Local Bloggers
A local blog is similar to other blogs, only it’s made for a purpose. The objective of local bloggers is to capture the interest of readers from a certain area, like a municipality or a region.Store owners are using this kind of blog in order to promote their establishments. Local rock band, travel escorts and even plumbers have joined the local blogging industry.
Because the internet is very extensive, let alone the blogosphere, it’s not easy for local bloggers to lead their locality. But it’s not far from reality. Here are a few tips on how local blogs can survive the fierce popularity competition:
A local business can make much noise not only through blogs but by exploring other online stuff as well. Make certain that the business and its blog site is enrolled in online listing databases like the following:
Yelp Whitepages Yahoo local Mapquest Biznik MyCity Others that caters to similar listings Based on SEO (Search engine optimization), once your business is listed on more sites like in the examples given, you have a better edge when it comes to backlinks. SEO aside, it’s easier for readers to land on your blog when more links to it can be found; even more so if the link can be found in a local directory.
Befriend other bloggers
Do you know other bloggers in your area? Regardless of the nature of their blogs, it’s always a great idea to be in contact with other bloggers to have an extensive network. Blog news travels faster among blogger groups. Some big names in the scene are more-in-the-know, so advertising offers are usually shared within blog network. Apart from that, you can both benefit from each other by guest post or have a link exchange.
Get the attention of your locality
Sometimes, you can try other interesting topics that differs from your common articles (business campaign) like for example human interests. Covering local history would be very interesting for your local viewers. You can also have an interview with a well-known individual from your locality. Other topics of interest include sporting events, entertainment shows, celebrations and even daily living, like where one can buy the best fried chicken in town. Giving out these things represents some things about your locality and let the world hear them.
Build a group community
Local readers have a potential to become a tight-knit group because of their geographic relations. A few of them have already been introduced to each other on a particular event. As a local blogger, you can take that opportunity to use your blog as a tool to bring them together. Regular meets up foster the establishment of a healthy user group community. The said community can be advantageous to the popularity of your blog, as they have dealings with a lot of possible readers that they get acquainted to.
Offer a helping hand
A blogger can very well be considered a public figure, having his own voice heard by a number of followers. And it is an opportunity to assist programs of locals, their products or an associate local blogger. Blogging is not always about monetizing or beating other bloggers in the ranks. It’s also a place where you can contribute or give back to the place where you belong.
Local blogs may not be for everybody, but it also gives information to viewers. Hopefully, following these tips, your local blog will make it to ‘household name’ status.