Business owners give five reasons they believe their blogs fail

Filed as News on February 4, 2008 6:37 pm

The Blog Squad surveyed a number of business professionals who had abandoned or lost interest in their blogs, to find out the key reasons they felt the blog had failed.

The top five reasons given were:

1. Not enough comments were left by visitors

2. Not enough subscribers

3. No increase in traffic to their main website

4. Difficult to come up with fresh new content for the blog every week

5. Couldn’t work out how to promote products and services via the blog

The Blog Squad put such “failure” down to a lack of training in four key business blogging areas: Content, Outreach, Design, and Action. Yes, that does spell out CODA.

Denise Wakeman said, “Many professionals simply don’t know how to use the features of their blogging platform. Furthermore, they often struggle with what to write about on a business blog. So their posts are infrequent, their traffic stagnant, and they don’t convert readers to clients.”

They reckon that over half of all business blogs are abandoned within three months, and unsurprisingly they reckon they can train businesspeople to establish a more effective blog through teleseminar training this month.

More fundamental, as far as I’m concerned, is that blogging just isn’t for everyone.

While I believe that most businesses today benefit from a web presence, I don’t believe that they all need to blog.

If you’ve nothing to say, and you’re developing better customer relationships and conversions using more traditional methods, then don’t take resources away from that simply because “blogging” is the new buzzword.

Bear in mind, too, that there are plenty of “experts” around who’ll claim to fix your blog in four weeks. It’s not (usually) that simple.

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  1. By David Binkowski posted on February 5, 2008 at 9:04 am
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    I don’t think it’s fair to conclude that it’s not for everyone. Blogging for business is not as simple as paying for an ad in the Yellow Pages. I’d say that blogs failing is similar to why most small businesses fail — lack of strategy, planning, funding and execution.

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  2. By Kin Lane posted on February 5, 2008 at 11:08 am
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    I think it is also the goals and motivation behind having a blog. If your goal is to just generate traffic and sell products / services, then you might fail.

    Set a goal of developing a voice to communicate with your customers. Then you might have success, and the rest will come.

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  3. By Quality Link Directory posted on February 6, 2008 at 9:56 pm
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    Another reason why most fail in blogging is not being able to provide useful content to the readers. This is where niche selection comes into play.

    You should always blog on themes that you have knowledge on or passionate about. The monetary issues should be secondary.

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  4. By Wayne Pruner posted on February 13, 2008 at 11:28 pm
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    There are many people who blog that have great business knowledge and are probably very good in person. Being able to write about your knowledge and make it interesting and instructive, is a skill most people don’t have. On the Internet, who have to be able to explain what you know and make it interesting, or you have nothing.

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