One of the most important goals and performance metrics for business blogging is the expansion of the network consisting of individuals who locate, interact with and share unique blog content. Focus on content rather than company Lots of different companies begin blogging about their own services and products, company details and events, and this is where it all goes wrong. If you adopt an ego-centric approach towards the task of business blogging, you often end up missing the chance to establish meaningful connections with people who are empowered to share, publish, buy and refer. The platform for business blogging is primarily a publishing-based one and this allows for both one-to-one as well as one-to-many communications. Therefore, it is necessary for you to grab the engagement opportunities by considering what sort of content will hold the attention of the reader. Basically, you need to think from the perspective of the audience before you update the content on your business blog. This will enable you to reach out to your target audience and your blog will record increased subscribers. Resolving business problems In order to attract the right set of subscribers to your business blog, it is important for you to find a niche connected to the significant issues that your business tackles on a regular basis for your customers and then formulate a suitable plan to dominate that particular sector. You have to develop an entire matrix of topics and media types which will map to the intersections of your target audience and their needs. It is important for your blog content to promote the key messages that your brand stands for, such as the one factor that your firm, department, division or product is the best at. For this purpose, you must consider all your blog posts, images, videos, polls, liveblogging sessions, infographics, reviews, reports and other sorts of content that your company has created over time and check out which ones have met with the maximum positive responses. This will help you achieve a kind of dominance of conversation, search visibility and referrals for that specific topic and will point out how exactly your niche efforts became successful. You will then be able to duplicate the same process to other topics which happen to be relevant to the subject of your business blog. Awareness of the blog mechanics You must always remain abreast of the mechanics of the blog community which is ever-changing. It might differ somewhat as per the industry, target audience and resources, goals but there are some simple and convenient points that you should keep in mind if you want to gain an online footprint and enhance the credibility of your brand. Maintain a flexible blogging style Depending on the type of company you are, you should change the style of your blogging. For example, if your services and products associate well with a younger generation, you should not adopt a strictly formal tone in your blog since it often alienates your intended audience; instead a conversational style will hold their attention. For older customers, a moderately formal tone instils an air of confidence and gravitas in your products and will immediately appeal to them. No matter what sort of message you are attempting to communicate to your customers, you should always think of what the main story behind your company is. Select a distinct hook or angle which will make any info that you are publishing interesting to a certain section of the audience. This takes a bit of practice but in time, you will be able to tell interesting stories and thereby, draw more subscribers to your blog. Empathize with the audience This is a very important point and you should keep it in mind at all times. You should attempt to put yourself in the shoes of your customers when choosing content to add to the blog. Consider the goals and pain points of your target audience. A little bit of empathy can go a long way towards increasing the popularity of your blog. Engage and recognize It is your responsibility to discover new ways to interact with your existing friends, fans, followers, readers and subscribers and help them participate directly in your business blog along with other social media networking outlets so that they can expand the community and promote helpful content. It is significant to reward and recognize the sort of participation you are looking for. In time you will understand that the basic satisfaction of contributing and being recognized can be one of the most persuasive when building a large base of blog subscribers. Check for quality Quality of the content can make or break your blog. There happens to be a great deal of competition in the business blogging space and so it is necessary to produce good quality, sharable and relevant content on a regular basis. In order to implement this, the company must first devise a good plan. Once you offer something to your readers that they will not be able to find elsewhere on the Internet and do it on a consistent basis, you will be ensured a steady stream of subscribers to your blog. Ease of use Your business blog must easily be found on the Internet and your audience must not have any sort of trouble searching for the content of their choice. Make sure that your site flows smoothly and the interface is designed in such a manner that everything can be found easily. The blog content you publish should be ranked high on the search engines since it lends instant credibility to your blog and is then shared by lots of credible sources within suitable social networks. This can grow the number of subscribers to your blog in meaningful ways. Images: “a subscribe message on keyboard enter key, for conceptual usage./Shutterstock.com“ ______________________________________________________________________________ Tweak Your Biz is a thought leader global publication and online business community. Today, it is part of the Small Biz Trends stable of websites and receives over 300,000 unique views per month. Would you like to write for us? An outstanding title can increase tweets, Facebook Likes, and visitor traffic by 50% or more. Generate great titles for your articles and blog posts with the Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.