5 Benefits to Blogging for your Massage Therapy Business

Many people don’t see how blogging can help improve their massage therapy  business – it may seem time consuming or like it takes just too much effort. However, it’s just the opposite. Business blogs are simple to create and relatively easy to maintain once you’ve become comfortable with your writing style and have developed a blogging persona. Plus, there are many benefits that can be gained from your efforts. To name a few:

  1. Search Engine Marketing. Want to be found more easily on Google? A frequently updated, keyword-optimized, relevant blog can seriously improve your ranking. Because blogs are text-based, contain HTML code (search engines like this), and are usually full of links, they are great for improving SEO (search engine optimization).

  2. Direct Communications.  Blogs can help to increase communication between businesses and their customers or potential customers. Once a blog is posted, you have the option of allowing people to comment on the post and give feedback. You can then respond to this feedback, showing your customers that you are interested in hearing what they have to say – this is so important!

  3. Brand Building. You can differentiate your business from the competition through your blog. By creating a blog persona and focusing on the wants and needs of your customers, you are able to deliver a clear message, establish credibility, and create customer loyalty. Blogs allow you to share your expertise, insights, and ideas, while gaining trust from your customers.

  4. Exploit Marketable Niches. Blogs are niche market penetration tools. Use them to target a single topic that’s relevant to your business or industry. For many industries, especially B2B, chances are good that you’ll be first to market – and being a first mover has its advantages.

  5. Lead Generation. By adding effective calls-to-action in your blogs, you are able to better generate leads. However, this does not mean that your blogs should be used as advertisements – you should focus on having blogs that are informative and engaging. A great call-to-action might be a newsletter subscription, ebook download, or a link to another section of your webpage. By offering a link to another part of your site, readers are more likely to spend more time on your webpage, increasing the chance of obtaining their business.

typewriterOne obvious question that always comes to mind when writing blogs is: What do I write about? Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Write about your expertise or passion;

  • Discuss industry trends and breaking news;

  • Take ideas from customer reviews or testimonials;

  • Conduct interviews with industry leaders;

  • Discuss industry research data;

  • Cover your products and services;

  • Everyone loves lists, such as Top 10, 5 Steps, How to, etc.

 

In order for your blog to show the most results, you should post as often as time allows – the more blog posts, the better. You should try and write blogs that are between 350-600 words at least once a week. However, if you aren’t producing quality content, then you are simply wasting time. People would rather read a blog with substantial, quality content than a blog with no purpose!