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Judging by the participation level in the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival and the Blogging Organizers group on Facebook, there are a lot of professional organizers who recognize the value of blogging as a marketing tool. If you haven’t yet tried this fun and inexpensive way to promote your business, here are some of the ways a blog can help spark more interest in your organizing services, and ultimately generate more income for you.

A blog exhibits your expertise.Click To Tweet

Because a blog is easier to update than a static website, you can continually add pictures of your successful organizing projects and even videos to show prospective clients what you can do for them. Explaining the process behind your before and after pictures gives people a deeper understanding of the work you do than a simple list of services can ever do.

A blog can demonstrate how you will solve client problems.Click To Tweet

It’s often said that people buy solutions, not services. Although you can explain how you solve your clients’ problems on a regular web page, on a blog, it all becomes more tangible, because it’s more personal.

A blog shows you are actively using your skills.Click To Tweet

Any post you make about the work you are doing with your clients is a good testimonial. It shows that there are people who already trust you to do what you claim you will do. If your clients are willing to contribute to your blog or allow you to quote them, even better!

A blog can help increase website traffic.Click To Tweet

When you write and promote good, relevant content, people will take notice. When they do, they are more likely to share it on their own blogs and social networks or to email it to others – all good ways to get fresh traffic. Furthermore, when your posts include the keywords your potential clients might use when searching for your services online, you greatly increase the chance that your blog will appear in the search results.

A blog can reduce the need to answer questions over and over.Click To Tweet

There are questions in every business that people tend to ask again and again. When you answer these questions on your blog, you help your prospects out by giving them the information they want and eliminate the need to type your answer again and again. At the same time, you build trust and add fresh content to your website, stuff that search engines and people alike love.

A blog allows your prospects to get to know you.Click To Tweet

People want to do business with someone they know, like, and trust. This is particularly true when you provide a service, and especially when you will be entering their personal space. Because a blog is interactive, through the comments people can begin to experience you and get a feel of how your business treats its customers. To learn more about this subject, watch my video about Blogging to Brand Your Business.

Although starting a blog can involve a big learning curve if you’re new to web publishing, it can be very rewarding.

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This post was originally published in 2010 and has been updated.

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

18 Comments

  1. Avatar Julie Bestry on April 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    These are all great reasons to blog, Janet. To these, I’d add three more.

    First, blogging doesn’t just bring you to the attention of prospects, letting them get to know you. It also grows the number of your colleagues and potential strategic partnerships in related fields. The more people you know, the more people who know you…the more opportunities for professional and personal growth.

    Second, writing a blog, especially if you have even a soft deadline, where your clients are expecting to see something from you every week, builds an ebb and flow into your week. For me, for example, I know that on Mondays, my admin day, I’ll be working for a while on my blog. I’ve set aside time during the week so that when I’m not working on it, I’m not berating myself that I should be. A place for everything…even in our schedules.

    And third, writing a blog is a wonderful, stress-free way to develop content for a book, teleclass, home study course or other eventual passive income product. It can be overwhelming to think about writing an entire book or class, but when blogging, the logical chapters or elements seem to write themselves, eventually requiring only some editing and creating connective tissue on your part.

    Thanks, Janet, for reminding everyone of all the these excellent reasons to to blog and that it’s not just an exercise in ego.

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on April 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Julie, thank you so much for pointing out that, like networking, blogging isn’t just about selling, but about making valuable connections with other professionals. Of course, the other benefits you’ve mentioned are equally valuable!
    .-= Janet Barclay´s last blog ..Do You Really Need a Blog? =-.

    • Avatar Jill on July 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Yes, my blog is the reason I have a weekly column in our local newspaper. The editor found my blog, liked what she read, and noticed I regularly posted fresh content.

      • Avatar Janet Barclay on July 27, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        That’s fantastic! A local column is a great way to be introduced to potential clients who might never stumble upon your actual blog.

  3. Avatar Seana G Turner on July 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I like Julie’s point about the ebb and flow. I think we understand what we teach, and in a way, blogging can be a way to teach. I always learn and sharpen my skills when I’m researching a blog. It has been a real positive for me, and hopefully for my readers as well!

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on July 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Blogging can also be a confidence booster. Sometimes I choose a topic that’s a little outside my area of expertise, but when I begin to research it, I realize I know a lot more than I thought!

      • Deb Lee Deb Lee on August 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

        That’s so true, Janet. I think that’s why I love researching so much! 😉

  4. Avatar Julie Stobbe on July 29, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Blogging isn’t my passion. Thank-you for continually educating and encouraging me to keep posting.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on July 29, 2016 at 10:46 am

      We should get together for lunch one day, and talk about ways to make it more fun for you.

  5. Avatar Sabrina Quairoli on August 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Great tips for anyone starting a blog. I totally agree finding the right keywords that your potential clients may be using is beneficial. Thanks for sharing, Janet.

  6. Avatar Andi Willis on August 1, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Writing a blog has given me so much exposure and really positions me as an expert in my field. I’m so glad I started blogging when I started my business. Thanks, Janet!

  7. Avatar Jill Robson on August 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I am still in two minds about bloggging, i think there is an advantage, like you said about not having to repeat yourself, but most people i know in person don’t even read blogs, and i have not gotten clients from any of my blog posts.

    • Avatar Hazel Thornton on August 3, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Jill, I don’t wait for people to find my blog and read it. And I don’t have very many subscribers, either, compared to my number of social media followers and newsletter subscribers. I use it as material to post in social media, to include in my newsletters, and to pro-actively send to clients and prospect who are dealing with an issue I have written about. They don’t care about all the other blog posts. They care about the one that speaks to THEM. Their situations, in turn, give me ideas of what to write about. I don’t know that anyone has said to me, “You know, I read this one blog post of yours and it inspired me to hire you!” Instead, they may read many blog posts (while not even being a subscriber, because they see them elsewhere) and one day finally decide to hire me and not even be able to say why.

  8. Avatar Janet Barclay on August 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Wow – lots of different results from different people! I wonder if it’s geographic, or if some of you are doing things differently than others.

  9. Avatar Linda Samuels on August 3, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Janet-

    This is a wonderful post. I’ve been blogging for six years and have noticed that some bloggers I knew have decided to STOP blogging. I still enjoy writing, having conversations, and seeing the long term results of my efforts, but… I have been revisiting my “why.”

    After reading your post and some of the comments, I’m realizing once again the value of blogging (personally and professionally.) So thank you for helping me sort this out with your article.

    Just about all of the points you made, along with the ones Julie added have been true for me. I’m not sure I ever took the time to think them through in quite this specific way.

    You asked whether blogging results are geographic. It’s possible, but I’m guessing that has less to do with it being that blogs are accessible anywhere in the world. It might have more to do with how one promotes, engages, and matches their content to the audience they’re addressing.

    And the other piece is that things don’t just happen overnight…at least not in most instances.

    Thank you again for putting it in black and white.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Linda, I’m so pleased that my article was helpful to you!

      Even though blogs can be accessed from anywhere in the world, I was wondering if people in some areas might be more apt to read them than others, but your point is great. When you provide a service locally, you need to work that into your blog – so rather than just saying “dispose of paint in an environmentally responsible way,” provide specific instructions to the folks in your area.

      Your reminder about things not happening overnight is sound as well. I know that when I make a change in my marketing focus, it’s usually about a year before I can say, “Hey, it worked!” or “Hmm, maybe I need to rethink this.”

  10. Avatar Hazel Thornton on August 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    In addition to all of the above reasons, I like to say I can work with any budget and provide help that ranges from free to “worth every penny”. On the free end is, of course, my blog. If someone is having a specific issue and isn’t quite ready to hire me I will send them a blog post (usually mine, but not always) on that specific topic as a way to help them for free and stay in contact.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 3, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Great response, Hazel! Of course, one could have a supply of paragraphs to copy and paste into emails, but by making that information public, you make it possible for those not ready to even email you to find it, and for those you send the link to to discover even more helpful information on your blog.

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