As a job seeker, having a blog is a great way to develop a reputation, share expertise and build brand awareness.
It isn’t enough today to be really good–people have to know about you. Traditional advertising is redefining itself with the use of social media. One of the best ways to find jobs is through word-of-mouth referrals.
Having a blog with useful information which is “share-able” and makes it easier for people to refer you. So what are you waiting for?
I recently met with a woman who was going to be re-launching her private practice in social work. She had lots of basic questions about blogging, many around the issues of security and privacy. Understandable, given her line of work. I tried to help her understand that she will have as much control as she needs.
The other obstacle she threw out was that she wasn’t sure what her brand would be. I encouraged her to start the blog and see what started to evolve. Yes, it is important to be true to your brand, I can’t stress that enough, but sometimes we can over-think the process. If she is truly an expert in the field, there should be no shortage of content to write about.
As I see it, there is a new business model evolving out of free sharing (when done with integrity and not the “used car salesman” approach).
Here’s the quick checklist of how to start a blog. (It is not all inclusive, but maybe enough to get started on the technical aspects of blogging.)
Secure a domain name (GoDaddy is one provider, and if you want to invest in their WordPress hosting package, it makes the process simple). This domain name should be your name.
Find a hosting company. While you may have bought your domain from GoDaddy or some other provider, you can host it through many other providers. Bluehost is highly thought of.
Choose a blogging platform. WordPress is the most popular. Honestly, you don’t need to know programming or be really technical. Wordpress allows you to easily click a button and customize the way you want your blog to look. Take a look at some popular layouts/designs here WordPress theme.
- Set up Social media buttons for following: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook (you’ll want to set up accounts on all these sites if you don’t already have them)
- Add blog to search engines: Google, Bing and Yahoo.
- Start using Stumbleupon to share and find other great blogs.
- Research other blogs related to your field, check out Alltop, Technorati, SmartBrief, use Google blog search
- Set a blogging schedule
- Make sure topics are on-brand or relate to your brand
- Get a good headshot
- Consider adding video
- Host a podcast and add links to your blog post.
Specific Must Read Posts:
How To Start A Blog by Darren Rowse | ProBlogger
5 Steps for Planning the Direction of Your Blog by Problogger
Get ideas from great bloggers such as:
By the way, this was initially posted last week on BrandYourself.com. I used to write there about branding and social media.