Gail Gardner and Her Map to Small Business Growth: Interview Part II - Page 3
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What are 5 other bloggers that you read frequently and why?
Gardner: 1. Number one would definitely be Kristi Hines (@Kikolani on Twitter) both in her Kikolani blog on social media and blog marketing and the major sites where she is a regular contributor such as the exceptional Social Media Examiner, Stay on Search, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Watch and Kiss Metrics. I learn more from Kristi about promoting blogs and effectively using social media than any other blogger.
2. Kimberly Castleberry (@AskKim) would be next, especially when I have a question about WordPress, Facebook or Google +.
3. Vernessa Taylor (@CoachNotesBlog) doesn't write often because she is busy providing small business services, but she is a fountain of small business strategy and my go-to source for Linux tech support.
4. Ileane Smith (@Ileane) is another whose ability to create massive amounts of valuable content quickly simply amazes me. Whenever I could use videos or blogging tutorials to share or make a point, she usually has them already up somewhere.
5. Michelle Mangen (@mmangen) because she offers social media management services to businesses so she always has excellent tips derived from real life experience on getting organized and doing more in less time.
What is a key recommendation for anyone wanting to start a blog business?
Gardner: I am really glad you asked that. The most important thing a blogger can do that will position their blog where the money is and benefit our economy and small businesses is to include a geographic aspect to their blog. No matter what they choose to write about I encourage them to ALSO write about their local area or any local area they know well or can research. Feature related businesses and tell your readers where they can buy related products.
Some argue that this limits their potential, but I strongly believe it does just the opposite. When you can reach the target audience that contains the potential customers of all the small businesses near you, it makes sense for them to advertise with you. It is unwise for them to spend money no matter how many thousands or even tens of thousands of readers you have IF they're scattered around the world.Continued on the next page