E-Commerce Platforms Need a Blog

Blogging in Notebook

Last week I wrote about how you need to make sure your e-commerce platform can sell your products. Once you determine that a platform can handle your base needs it's time to start looking for those extra features that can make the difference between just scraping by or having an avid fan base that buys your products as soon as you release them. I'll be writing about one feature each day this week. Let's get started with the first and probably most important feature…

Content Marketing

Selling a product is great… but if you can't get people to your site you're still not going to sell anything. You can either pay huge monthly costs for ads or you can find an organic way to bring people to your site. One of the best ways to do that is to use content marketing. That's a fancy word for creating amazing content so search engines know you're the most relevant result so they show your site in the search results.

Writing excellent content for your site isn't just a fluffy aspiration. There are numbers behind it – my numbers.

My Own Results

I've been blogging here for two years here and in that time I've gone from 15 visits a month to over 8,000. I haven't ever optimized my site for SEO and I haven't ever spent a dime on Google Adwords. All of this is organic traffic driven from my blog.

 

Google Analytics Traffic

From 15 visits a month to over 8,000

Back to E-Commerce

Blogging is great but let's take this back to e-commerce. Here's the whole point I'm trying to make: the more articles you write about your store, your products, and your industry the more relevant your site will be to end users and the more often your site will show up in the search results. This is basically free advertising.

Search engines don't want users bouncing from site to site they always want to show their users the very best results. In the e-commerce world that means being the definitive resource from start to finish. If customers leave your site to look for product reviews then add reviews, if customers want video tutorials then add video tutorials, if customers want comparison articles then add those. If they want guides to use your product add those. The more quality (and original) content you add to your site the better resource you are to the user. Search engines will see this when they see low bounce rates and fewer searches. Once they determine that your site is the ultimate resource they'll send users to you first.

Blogging for E-Commerce

So why is a blog so essential? It's the perfect vehicle for content. When it comes down to dollars and cents 8,000 visits a month could easily cost a business $2,000 – $20,000 depending on what keywords you're targeting. Rather than spend 2K a month on ads hire a professional copywriter to write articles for you each month. It will be more cost effective to you and your users will have a wealth information at their finger tips.

This is exactly why when someone asks me which e-commerce solution to choose I always point them to one that has blogging functionality built in. Either that or be prepared to spend thousands on ads.

If you want to learn more about content marketing I highly suggest you read some of Bill Belew's articles.

6 thoughts on “E-Commerce Platforms Need a Blog

  1. I’ve lost clients trying to get the “Content is King” message across – they refused to adapt, and I refused to black hat SEO. The 100% best way to get traffic, and therefore sales, is to put out quality content related to your business.

    Great post!

    • I agree and disagree here. Content marketing can work but you gotta tailor your expectations based on your client and its products/services. In my experience, unless you sell really unique products or services and can carve out a niche for yourself, it’s going to be tough road for a mom and pop to compete in search traffic alone.

      For example: Joe Bob sells furnace filters. Know what the top 10 results in google for those are? Take a wild guess: it’s dominated by the big players like Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Matt Cutts would love to have you believe google’s algo is fantastic and with diligence and a bunch of time, you’ll be eating a piece of Amazon’s lunch. The truth is, you’ll be sitting on a stockpile of filters if all you did was content marketing.

      Even if you wrote the best articles, hits don’t exactly translate into sales. Especially with high end expensive products, the sales process is going to be a lot longer. And shareability is key of course—people don’t give a crap about filters and they’re not likely to share your content or link to it either. But useful articles about woocommerce? Easily shareable—huge difference.

      Especially with niche products, you’re better of finding already established blogs and see if you can write for them or have someone write up a piece on your company or your product.

      So yeh, clients have a reason to be skeptical about web firms trying to write one article a week for $25/pop or whatever. But they should also be skeptical about agencies trying to put all their eggs in one basket—like spending a ton of money on print or expensive sponsorships—but sometimes you gotta spend money to get the word out.

      Great topic—marketing is rough, especially when starting a business!

  2. […] For more, you should read this recent post on Patrick’s blog where he argues that e-commerce sites need to blog. […]

  3. Thanks for sharing .Of course content marketing play a vital role to rank your site on major search engine .

  4. I got lot of information from this topic. Thanks for the post.

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