5 ways to get your business blog in front of a rapt audience
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5 ways to get your business blog in front of a rapt audience

Posted by Maddy Leslie
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From search engines to marketing channels, there are many ways to get your business blog in front of your audience. You don’t need to do everything on this list, but it may be helpful to prioritise your methods and test what is most effective for your own business. Let’s start with organic traffic.

In the time since this article was originally published, we have split this content between several articles, so if you’d like to read our original comprehensive guide altogether, download it using this form:

Writing for Google’s featured snippets

Google featured snippets

Featured snippets are a copywriter’s haiku. Format your writing to answer a specific question in short form, then use the rest of your blog to expand your answer. You can do this with a short paragraph, or by using your titles as a ‘how to’ list. For example, in a blog about copywriting tips for B2B:

    1. Know your personas
    1. Do your research
    1. Make your writing SEO-friendly
    1. etc…

If you land a featured snippet for a keyword, you can guarantee more traffic to your site. People love quick, digestible answers.

Make featured images do more work

Articles with an image receive 94 percent more views. Nice! Part of the reason for this is that images also appear in Google image search. If you search ‘tech company logo’, for instance, several images from this article about logos appear close to the top of the search results, which drives traffic to the blog.

However, it’s essential to understand that an irrelevant image, or one that is low-quality, turns the reader off to your message. Here are some tips for finding the right image:

  • Look for images that demonstrate the topic and have a strong focal point.
  • Try to avoid images that have no bearing on your topic, even if they do look aesthetically pleasing.
  • Steer clear of ‘shock value’ for the sake of clickbait. Yes, be different, but don’t annoy people with misleading information.

If you want to level-up your image game (to match your levelled-up content), try using blog featured images as part of your branding. Use illustrations to tie in every blog with your whole site, giving a consistent, quality feel to the visitor.

Merge, purge and polish – the copywriting clean-up

If you’re dealing with quite a mature blog already, it might be time to look back on those reams of clever words to pick out the ones that work, and get rid of the ones that don’t. Recycle and refresh your blog database in order to remove any anchors that are weighing you down and highlight your best content for your audience.


Take two or more shorter blogs that cover a similar topic and combine them into one. This will make the new content longer, more valuable and more likely to rank on search engines.


Kill your darlings. Yes, that one too. Trust us, it won’t do any harm. In fact, we do it all the time, and by getting rid of content that is no longer fresh or isn’t relevant anymore, we see increases in traffic and leads.


Sometimes a blog just needs a little touch-up. Refresh the imagery, update the statistics, add in some content or take something away that isn’t adding much to the flow of the piece. This will give it a whole new lease of life.

Pillar pages and content strategy

Pillar pages are part of a content strategy that goes beyond blogging and white papers.

The aim of a pillar page is to rank highly for short-tail keywords, by creating a hub of information. Within this hub are links to blogs that are relevant to the key subject, but are focused on more long-tail keywords. This creates a content cluster, with interconnected blogs supporting one another, rather than competing, for that top spot.

pillar pages

Image source: Hubspot

This way, readers can hop from article to article through hyperlinks. They see more of your content as they dive deeper into the subject.

How to share blog posts (and get others sharing, too)

Many businesses with an online presence will know that social media is currently one of their biggest marketing opportunities. And it's only going to get bigger.

Everything you post on the web is marketing collateral, waiting to be found by your ideal customers via search engines and social media. So, how do you engage prospects online and get them to the end of the buyer's journey?

Consumers have more of a choice online, so your content marketing needs to work harder to cut through the noise and shout their name. Here are some ways to spark engagement with your prospects from the very first click:

1. Hang out where they hang out

Don't obsess over Facebook when your ideal customers are on LinkedIn. Understand your niche and post where they are. What’s more, make sure you optimise your posts so that your customers can find them. This means using the sort of keywords that your leads might use in their search terms and promoting your content on social media and through email newsletters.

2. Source good thumbnails for social sharing

People are more likely to engage if there's a relevant thumbnail image accompanying your social media posts. That being said, not just any image will do, so don't use dodgy stock photos - these put people off. Images only work if they add meaning and value to your content.

Optimising for initial interactions is crucial because they’re the bolt of lightning between you and your customers.

3. Listen to the top trends

If you've got something meaningful to add to current events: say it. It might just be a short tweet, but if that tweet gets retweeted, and retweeted, and retweeted (you get the picture), it will draw people to the rest of your content.

Try to find recent interesting studies that are relevant to your industry, pick a few of the most interesting bits of data and tell your audience why they matter.

4. Use the right language for the right platform

Different platforms require different approaches.

  • Be short and direct on Twitter and make use of relevant hashtags.
  • For Facebook, longer content is more acceptable.
  • And, on LinkedIn, you might want to ask a question or quote a fact.

Tailor your content for social media in the same way you would tailor a blog for a business.

5. Be timely

In our experience, there are two sharing peaks during the day: between 10am and noon, and between 8 and 10pm. But the best time for sharing varies depending on the platform: 7am for email, but 11pm for Pinterest, for example.

6. Be human on social media

Don’t just share your own posts and expect people to engage. You have to take the time to:

  • Reply to comments
  • Like other relevant posts
  • Follow other people
  • Share relevant content from other sources as well. A retweet a day keeps the doctor away.

The hard facts on why people want to share

Marketers are forever chasing the elusive 'social share', but they rarely stop to ask: why do people share?

'The likelihood of your content being shared has more to do with your readers' relationship to others than their relationship to you,' says Garrett Moon at CoSchedule.

A study of 2,500 online sharers by the New York Times found five of the most common motivations for sharing content:

  • 49 percent share content to inform others of products they care about, as well to change opinions or encourage action.
  • 68 percent share to define themselves and give a better sense of what they care about.
  • 73 percent share to connect with others who share similar interests.
  • 69 percent share to feel more involved in the world.
  • 84 percent share to show support for causes they believe in.

While there's no way to predict something going viral, producing content that tries to tap into these motivations – content that's useful, relevant and emotionally engaging – will undoubtedly bump up those share button clicks.

Make content worthy of the share button

Not only do you need to reach your audience, but you need them to do the legwork for you. And that means getting them to share your copywriting efforts.

So, to get your prospects past the first click, it’s important to use a format they can digest on their lunch break.. Here are some ways to make content easier to read and absorb:

  • Your online readers are attracted to content that is easy to organise visually. Chunking information with subheadings, listicles and bullet points works well alongside good web design. Read more about how to write compelling blog posts, here.
  • Infographics and slideshares.  According to research by Xerox, coloured visuals increase willingness to read by 80 percent. Beautifying complex ideas and data will help your readers understand what you’re trying to say.
  • ‘2 min read.’ Or 1 or 3 or 10. More and more websites, such as Medium, display a ‘read time’, helping readers to anticipate the effort needed to read an article.
  • Reader progress tracking. This is a neat idea that encourages people to push on through your content. HBR do it well with slider-bars in their articles, but images work too.
  • Optimise for mobile. More and more people are using mobile and tablets, sometimes as their primary device, and therefore you must optimise your content for smaller screens. People engage more with long-form content on mobile. The sweet-spot for long blogs is around 1,000 words, with a minimum of 500 words for a regular blog.
  • Write like a human. The robots haven’t outsmarted us yet. In fact, automatically generated content will work against your SEO efforts. And besides, writing like a human is the only way you'll get through to your cynical, modern consumers anyway.

How to turn those shares into conversions

  • Link to other internal webpages in each piece of content to show a breadth of understanding and to provide your readers with other useful sources. (This also naturally boosts your search engine presence.)
  • Use call-to-action buttons on your pages to guide people to free, premium content.
  • Create landing pages for your premium content. These require people to fill out a form with their email address or other information before they can access the content. This converts prospects into leads.
  • NB: Never use your leads' information to bombard them with sales calls or pushy emails. People will actively stop engaging with you and you'll lose them for good.

A share by any other name would smell as sweet

Don’t be blindly seduced by the elusive share. Hypnotising as it may be to see the number of share-button clicks skyrocket, ask yourself why that particular piece of content is being shared. Who is it being shared with? Are they acting on it? Maybe it's gone viral because you unwittingly made an amusing typo.

The ultimate question with any piece of content is: would you hit the share button? And who would you share it with? If you don't like the answers, it’s back to the drawing board.

Understanding how people are engaging with content (and not just how you think they are) is the key to maximising growth and customer acquisition. If your website is generating leads and conversions - hurrah! If it’s not? Figure out why and fix it.

Measure what works

The most important - dare we say exciting? - part of a content marketing strategy is measuring and analysing performance. The trick is to look at the right metrics from the start and use the best tools to help.

At Articulate, we use HubSpot’s marketing software to collect data on website engagement and clicks from marketing channels like email and social media. Let us know if this technology is something you’d be interested in exploring.

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