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13 Great Topics to Boost Blog Traffic in 2013
Each new year brings about new ideas and first attempts. Many companies have blogs that are not living up to their potential. Why not make a New Year's resolution to work on increasing your blog traffic? You can achieve this goal by writing blog posts on topics that have been proven to get reads and shares. Here are 13 proven blog post topics for your 2013 planning:

Date: 2012-12-27
Online Billing Made Easy? What a Fresh Idea!
With FreshBooks, your business is accessible everywhere, on your desktop, your smartphone, and your tablet. Hellooo cloud!

Date: 2012-12-20
Guest Blogging - Dealing With Rejection
Writing is a profession that needs a thick skin.

Ask any fiction, non-fiction writer or commercial copywriter about their journey to the top and they'll tell you a whole raft of stories of rejection, self-doubt and the pig-headed determination they had to show to make it.

Date: 2012-12-05
5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2013
As you start preparing for next year, you may wish you had a crystal ball to see what's in store for your business. Lucky for you, for the past three years at Open Forum, I've been suggesting imminent trends that will most impact small businesses in the coming year.

Date: 2012-11-12
A Simple Guide to Blogging
If you want your business to be noticed online, you must have a blog.

That's probably something you've heard a lot of people say; well, they're right.

Date: 2012-10-23
How to build a stronger business
No matter who you are or what profession you are in, there will be elements of the service you provide, which you are far better at than others. For example, some accountants and lawyers are very good at the technical side of their business, yet very poor when it comes to communicating with clients and prospective clients.

Date: 2012-10-03
Get One Of The First Demos of HubSpot 3
The world is full of marketing tools. In fact, we're swimming in them. Blogging, SEO, social media, email marketing automation... and the list goes on. But the truth is: Marketers shouldn't need seven disparate tools just to execute on their marketing strategies.

Date: 2012-09-25
Quit Treating Your Blog Readers Like Second Class Chumps
Bloggers are a breed apart from many other online outlets. That's not meant in a grand or condescending way - just that it takes a very different mindset to be a blogger, and one that stays the course.

Date: 2012-09-12
Generate Leads With Twitter In 60 Minutes - Free Webinar
You, too, can turn Twitter into a lead-generating machine for your business! Join Paul Slack, author of Social Rules!, as he hosts a FREE 60-minute webinar to show you how. He'll explain how Twitter marketing is replacing email marketing, and demonstrate proven techniques for finding customers who are ready to buy your products and services right now, when they need it most!

Date: 2012-09-04
It's All About the LIST, Baby
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the lack of basic customer service smarts in many companies. It seems such a dumb game to be playing, as well.

Date: 2012-08-29
Focusing on Metrics that Matter
Metrics aren't hard to come by, in fact it's just the opposite, anything can be a metric and that's a part of the problem. Organizations today are struggling with trying to understand what they should be measuring and looking at when it comes to enterprise collaboration. Should they be looking at how many employees are using tools or how many comments are being submitted? What about how many groups are created or how many ideas are submitted? Most vendors offer these types of metrics as a part of their reporting and there's nothing wrong with looking at these metrics if they are the ones you have identified as measures of success.

Date: 2012-08-08
No Marketer Left Behind
Many universities are remain behind in preparing today's graduates for the demand of today's marketers. If you study marketing at a university, getting a deep understanding of sales is not always a part of the cirriculum, social media gets a brief review, and the four P's remain paramount. At it's core today's marketing (and marketing automation) knowledge must be centered on a deep understanding of how these critical components of a business work together to spur growth.

Date: 2012-07-25
6 Simple Tips to Make Your Blog More Engaging
Getting visitors to go through your blog and enjoy what you have written isn't the easiest thing on the planet. It requires time, patience and a lot of practice. To see evidence of visitor engagement you should see signs of regular activity and so should the visitor.

Date: 2012-07-11
How To Prepare For The End Of Facebook
Is your small business prepared for a post-Facebook world? Here's how to make the transition.

Date: 2012-06-11
Begin With A Referral In Mind
A referral is the result a job well done, exceeded expectations and delivering an experience worth talking about. Most assume it happens after the fact, but I'm here to tell you it can happen consistently and predictably before the fact if you begin every decision you make with a referral in mind.

Date: 2012-05-30
Special offer: Try Carbonite, get 2 free months
With Carbonite Business, you'll get automatic and continual online backup so you can rest assured knowing your back up is up-to-date. And best of all, it's affordable.

Date: 2012-05-17
Yahoo! Launches Online Marketing Dashboard For Small Business
Here's something new from Yahoo: a centralized location where business owners can get quick overviews of the effectiveness of their marketing strategies.

Date: 2012-05-14
Images Might Define Your Online Image Moving Forward
It looks like we are rapidly moving toward the point where we are going to be communicating in flash cards of images-and words may be an unsettling extra, if needed at all.

Date: 2012-04-30
Easy Customer Support Software - Get It Free
Get started with absolutely free and empower your team to deliver awesomely responsive customer support. Work quickly and wow your customers via Email, Web, Facebook, Twitter, Live Chat and Phone

Date: 2012-04-24
Not All Questions Should Be Answered By Google
I'm a big proponent of questions. Asking the right questions has the power to move your business forward in ways that no amount of having all the right answers ever will.

Date: 2012-04-18
Get up to $600 of Free PPC Advertising from WordStream
Traffic Express is our easy PPC service for small businesses that want more prospective customers from their PPC campaigns. It gives you the power of WordStream's popular PPC software, in a fully-managed service that delivers results.

Date: 2012-04-10
How To Come Up With Great Blogging Ideas
Monday we learned all about using keywords in Part 1 of Writing Great Content - 5 Awesome Blogging Ideas.

Date: 2012-04-04
How To Come Up With Great Blogging Ideas
Monday we learned all about using keywords in Part 1 of Writing Great Content - 5 Awesome Blogging Ideas.

Date: 2012-03-22
How To Get A Direct Link To Your Google Places Review Page
You've claimed your Google Places page for your business. Once you've completely filled out and optimized your profile, the next step is build a solid set of legitimate reviews from your customers.

Date: 2012-02-27
15 Questions To Ask Before Accepting A Blogger Request
One question I hear from a number of clients: When a blogger sends us an email asking for product to review, how do we decide whether or not we should work with that blogger?

Date: 2012-02-15
Generate More Sales Leads With This Simple Idea
This short post gives you a simple, yet powerful way to massively increase the number of sales leads you attract with your marketing.

Date: 2012-02-06
Blogging, Feedback And Improving
If you want to grow your blog into a lead generating machine for your business, you will need to have an open mind when it comes to feedback.

Date: 2012-01-23
When Business Blogging Becomes A Business Burden
As Internet usage continues to evolve at lightning speed, it may be hard to remember the time when maintaining a website and an up-to-date "web presence" was enough for a small business owner to stay relevant and reachable.

Date: 2012-01-11
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