As we've all learned, creating content is a great way to gain attention without resorting to advertising.
The problem with creating content is time investment. Not everybody makes a good blogger (for written content) or great showman (for video content). After all, the kung fu I have in creating great product does not necessarily take away my writer's block.
The alternative I can think of is by sponsoring content that reaches the same target segment.
Is sponsoring a blog or a show give me the same benefit as creating one plus promoting it on my own?
I'm aware that having my own blog/show gives me personal branding. What if I don't intend to create a cult-of-me? (I think that's not necessarily good business)
On the other hand, if you disagree that content creation is time consuming, do enlighten me on how you do it.
Wow, I feel for you. I've been writing a blog for the past month (and twittering and launching an app) and it's a dumpload of work. Even if you don't hit writer's block, the time commitment is daunting.
If your primary business is content, then sponsored content is ok.
But if we are talking about company blogs, I don't see the value add it provides.
There is a recent inc article entitled - how hard could it be? I think there are a lot of good points that joel makes on "blogging for visibility".
Stealing one good point - read the entire article for additional info.
An entrepreneur's blog has to be aboutMike makes a great point - whew! this stuff is tiring!!
something bigger than his or her
company and his or her product. This
sounds simple, but it isn't.
If you're in it for the cult-of-me thing, then I guess that there is an endless amount of time and energy one can spend.
But it does take time to create relevant, on-topic content & spoon feed to your target audience. Lots of it. How much time do you have?
The best way to drive traffic to your website is to have great content IN your website.
That way you'll be driving visits to your site, that stay there and learn about what you have to offer after they read the post (and not the other way round, as it would happen if you sponsor a blog, since in that case people read the post and then have to decide to click your sponsor logo to get to your website).
All the traffic you get will tell the search engines that you are a good resource of content that people actually visit, and this will help your ranking.
If you don't have enough throughput to create all the great content you need to fuel a growing stream of new visitors to your website, you might considering inviting guest bloggers to write there (the Copyblogger blog does this all the time, and they are great writers themselves!)
Another tactic is to identify relevant posts in other blogs, and then start your own discussion in your blog, pointing to those posts, or simply asking permission from the blog owner to copy/paste a piece of their blog entry.
Finding inspiration in other blogs is a good idea (copying them without authorization is not)
Hope this helps.