How to make blogging work for your electrical business

Blogging is so much more than words on a page. Done correctly you will increase visitors to your site, improve search engine rankings and become an authoritative on electrical work. The purpose of blogging is to provide regular, informative and relevant content on your website which in turn makes your website more likely to be found within the search engines. How to write a great blog post Firstly your blogging needs to be relevant to the electrical industry. Many electricians focus on a market share that they would like to target for example landlords. The blog post can share the latest news, or even a reflective view of your own day working in a landlords property. The aim of the post is to provide helpful advice that your potential clients will find useful or to educate them on electrical dangers or incidents that have happened that may affect them. I write about a mix of newsworthy topics and electrical advice that my customers will find useful. Important messages can be better highlighted in your blog than in a news article. Make it personal When I write posts for Kent Electrics, I always make the post personal and tailor it to the needs of my local area. I use a lot of 'you's' and less 'we's'. Writing a blog post to your customers that talks to them not at them is important, and taking more interest in their needs, rather than your own is essential! Having an awareness of the local area will not only make your blog useful to search engines in that it contains keywords but also useful to potential clients as they will see you have knowledge of the local area, and can relate to issues that are going on there. Make blogging work for you – use keywords Writing a brilliant blog involves the use of keywords – these are the words that people search for in search engines that bring visitors to your site. Writing blogs that incorporate these keywords is a great way of gaining a great presence in search engines around a specific topic. If you want your blog to be found, then writing using keywords in a must. Writing about topics that matter to people is a better use of your time than just making a guess. Whatever you are writing about, ensure it is relevant to the electrical industry. Blog Regularly There are countless blogs out there that for one reason or another are never updated. It is better to not blog at all than to post only the odd blog here and there. Your blogs will only count if you blog regularly. The more you blog (or add other content to your website) the more often the search engine 'bots' will visit your site which in turn leads to increased exposure to the search engines. Blogging is far more than readership alone. A combination of readers and search engine exposure beings increasing visitors to your site. Your blogs do not have to be long either, an evolving story is better than a huge one told in one go. Remember people don't read for long on a screen, so your blog posts don't need to be a whole story! Blogging can bring you business This year, content is everything on search engines. Blogging (creating content) and developing a portfolio of useful information to potential clients will be far more valuable to your electrical business than paid for advertising on line. Search engines are rating websites with regular content higher than those which never change. Furthermore, blogging is an opportunity to prove what you know what you are talking about which inspires customer confidence. I have been contacted numerous times by clients who have been reading my blog posts and finding they need an electrician. This is because I have become an authoritative in my subject – the client is happy with what they're reading about and is far more social and informative than a basic website that never changes. It also means I'm here and still trading. A blog is creating that 'lights on' welcome It is always far nicer to enter a building that is lit from the outside than one which isn't. Although the offering might be the same on the inside, that inviting light from outside is far more appealing to someone looking in. Blogging creates that inviting light, inviting a potential customer to make contact.

   James Dewane – Founder ofMy Electricians ToolBox” 

   Like many of you, I started out as an apprentice, learning the craft of my trade – but not the skills to market yourself and your company.

   If, like me, you’d like a full work-book, to pick and choose the jobs you take, make healthy profits and have the time to enjoy your family and your social life –

   Then I know I can help you.