If you’re still a skeptic sitting on the fence, then let me point you to several resources to help catalyze change in both your mindset and business which, in return, should assure you that you’ll be in business well into the future.
The first resource comes from none other than Technorati.
In a world that’s constantly changing — shocked by financial catastrophe and political upheaval, yet still moving faster every day — not much is constant. But as the 2009 State of the Blogosphere survey demonstrates, the growth of the blogosphere’s influence on subjects ranging from business to politics to the way information travels through communities continues to flourish. In a year when revolutions and elections were organized by blogs, bloggers are blogging more than ever, and the State of the Blogosphere is strong.
Here’s a small example:
- Two-thirds are male
- 60% are 18-44
- The majority are more affluent and educated than the general population
- 75% have college degrees
- 40% have graduate degrees
- One in three has an annual household income of $75K+
- One in four has an annual household income of $100K+
- Professional and self-employed bloggers are more affluent: nearly half have an annual household income of $75,000 and one third topped the $100,000 level
But, instead of regurgitating Technorati’s entire report, make sure you spend solid time reading through the report. As a small business owner, you’ll walk away with the information you need to make an intelligent decision if blogging is right for you.
If you still need more help, then consider this …
Due to the decline of newspaper subscriptions, both national and local newspapers are in a world of hurt.
However, through thought leadership and innovative thinking, one newspaper decided to blaze a new path in cyberspace.
Since that time, their success has been staggering.
According to Nielsen NetRatings, The Huffington Post had 8.9 million unique visitors in February, 2009. According to Google Analytics, The Huffington Post has 22 million unique users each month. Technorati ranks The Huffington Post the most linked-to blog on the Internet.
Also, consider this …
In August 2006, The Huffington Post announced that SoftBank Capital would invest $5 million in the site, which had grown in popularity in only a year, to help expand it. Plans included hiring more staff to update the site 24 hours a day, hiring in-house reporters, and a multimedia team to do video reports.
The site now has invested in Vlogging, or video blogging, with many of the site contributors contributing via video, and capturing clips in the media and posting them on the site.
In November 2008, The Huffington Post completed a $15 million fundraising from investors. The money will finance expansion including more journalism and the provision of local news across the United States.
How did they accomplish such a feat with other newspapers dying on the vine?
Through utilizing the power of a blog and social media networks!
I could continue ad nauseum. There are numerous case studies and a plethora of data substantiating the legitimacy of blogs as an extremely viable and lucrative business strategy.
However, the above links should provide you with plenty of information to get started learning about this powerful medium.
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