) Blog Share: Small Business Articles for January 2015
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Small Business Blog Round Up Jan. 2015

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Silke Jager

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It can be very hard to keep up with online marketing, especially when you’re trying to run a small business.

There are only so many hours in a day and even I can’t stay on top of every aspect of online marketing, website design and SEO, let alone write about it on my own blog. So I decided to develop a monthly series to share some of my fellow bloggers content with you.

Every month I will share 5 blog posts with relevant information specifically for small business owners trying to develop their own online marketing strategies. Since I’m a member of the Triberr community I will choose these articles from my ‘Marketing ideas that work…‘ stream. I am open to suggestions if you come across, or have written, a great article you think my readers can benefit from.

Small Business Blogs

So without further ado, let’s get this blog share started.

1.) 10 Free Business StartUp Tools You Shouldn’t Launch Without

Naomi from Start Biz, Quit Job – Helping you to escape your 9 – 5, wrote this article to help you grow your start up businesses with free tools. In her article she answers the following ten questions:

  • “How Can I Get Free Access to a Professional Accounting Service For my Business StartUp?”
  • “My Business StartUp Needs a Free Website, What’s My Best Option?”
  • “What Free Tool Can I Use to Market to My Potential Customers Online?”
  • “I Want to Write a Business StartUp Plan. Where can I Get Professional Assistance for Free?”
  • “It is Possible to Receive Free Funding for my Business StartUp?”
  • “What is a Simple Way I Can Learn About My Customer’s Needs and Desires?”
  • “Is There an Easy Way For My Offline Business to Accept Credit Card Payments?”
  • “What’s The Best Way to Store my Business StartUp Files Online For Free?”
  • “I’m Spending too Much Time Managing my Business Social Media Accounts. How Can I Manage Them Better for Free?”
  • “I Want to Save Time in my Busy Day, Any Suggestions?”

This is a great article explaining the free tools and how it will help your small business. Intrigued?

Read more about free business tools.

2.) Top 5 Free WordPress Plugins For Bloggers In 2015

This article was written by Rachel Gillevet for WP Chronicles. She states in her post “To spare new WordPress users the hassle of installing plugins that don’t live up their promise or missing plugins that add what I consider to be essential functionality, I’m going to talk about the top 5 free WordPress plugins (which are my favorites).” I use all five of the plugins myself and agree with her assessment, they are WordPress SEO by Yoast, W3 Total Cache, Jetpack, Broken Link Checker and Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

Read more about WP plugins.

3.) Success With Smart Infographics

Frithjof from BlueBird Business Consulting answers the question of ‘Why your Brain Craves Infographics’. I have never taken the time to created an infographic although I understand the value and importance of them. After all visual information on the internet has increased 9900% since 2007. In this article you will learn how to create a truly smart infographic, which online app to use and how to get the most of it. Frithjof states in his article “Creating a beautiful infographic that has clean images, proper coloring and typography that is easy to read and attractive is an art and a science.”

Read more about infographics.

4.) How To Write An Irresistible Blog Article

This superbly written post by Thomas E. Hanna from BlogPhoto.tv starts out with Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, and then explains the steps you should take in order to write attention grabbing articles. “If you want irresistible content, you need your siren song. You need to plan it. Organize it. Package it. Deliver it.” This article will definitely lure you in as it is packed with a ton of helpful tips to hone your skills as a blogger.

Read more about how to write great content.

5.) Determining the Size of Your Market

Doug McIsaac gives Small Business Online Marketing Advice From The Trenches. In this article he talks about the importance of understanding the size of your potential market. He states, “There are a number of ways to determine the size of your market, and you should familiarize yourself with each of them, and select the data you feel is most appropriate for your business.” After reading this article you will be able to do just that, he also provides resources to call on and how to figure out a ballpark figure of your market share.

Read more about determining your market size.

This is just a very small sampling of the hundreds, if not thousands, of awesome small business articles that were published in January of 2015.

Did you come across a small business article that resonated with you recently? Please share in the comments below.

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13 Responses to Small Business Blog Round Up Jan. 2015

  • Wow! How cool is this?
    Thanks so much for including my post in your blog lineup! I am honoured (yes I’m Canadian eh)
    Have a great weekend!

    • You are very welcome Frithjof! I hope you don’t mind me asking, but are you of Swedish descent? You have a very unusual name.

      I enjoy visiting your blog, you always have great content. Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend as well.

      • 🙂 I am actually born and raised in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1990. My parents claim that my name is officially German (however so far I have tracked down 3 German citizens with that name).
        Good guess though – my name is much more common in Norway.

        • That’s amazing! I was born and raised in Schweinfurt, Germany and moved to the US in the spring of 1990. What are the odds?
          I never heard your name before, maybe its an old, traditional family name. My name is Northern German and fairly uncommon here. Although, believe it or not there is another gal with my name living in the town where we live now, except hers is spelled Sylke not Silke. 🙂

  • thank you so much for sharing these….now I have my homework for tonight. :0)
    Debbi
    http://www.thecraftstar.com

  • Thanks for sharing this Silke. This is really helpful for starters like me. Although I do not have a “business”, I can pick up a few pieces of information that I can apply on my blog. Thanks again.

    Jo

  • Hi Silke,

    Thanks for including me in you amazing list. It’s truly appreciated

    Have a happy work day 🙂

    Naomi

    • You are very welcome Naomi! I enjoy visiting your blog and this article in particular resonated with me. It answers some of the questions about free start-up tools that not every small business owner would know about.

      It looks like its going to be another beautiful, sunny day in my neighborhood. 🙂 Have a wonderful day as well,

      Silke

  • Great choice of articles Silke. You’re doing a wonderful job. Keep it up, always looking forward to your next post.

    • Thank you Bev! I truly appreciate your kind words. Let me know if you have any questions or want me to cover a specific subject. I am always open to suggestions and will try to answer your questions as best as I can.

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