3 Facts I Learned From Judi Graff

This week we had a guest speaker in my Agriculture Public Relation Class. Her name is Judi Graff. She is well known for her blog called http://farmnwife.com/. She talked to our class about why blogs are important, and why you should have one for your business. I am going to list the top 3 things I learned from her visit.

First, I learned the five items that she thinks all websites should have: A tagline, about areas, a contact page, call to action, and a fast load time.

Secondly, I learned a few blog post ideas that you can use. Some of her ideas were to blog about ten frequently asked questions, local issues, best/worst of, or ___ vs. ___. These are all good guidelines you can go by. You want to be sure to blog consistently to keep up your “traffic” so when it comes time to blog, and you don’t have an idea right off the top of your head, these are great starting points.

The third and most important thing I learned is that if you want your business to be found, you need to have a blog. A website alone isn’t going to cut it sometimes. So, without a blog alongside your business’s website, it is just kind of like an online brochure. Having a blog with your website is going to benefit you because you are constantly updating the blog and this is going to cause more interest. Because you are constantly updating, Google will recognize it, and your website and blog will become better searchable to others. Statistics show that companies that blog have 55% more visitors. B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads per month, and B2C companies that blog generate 88% more leads per month.

Judging by these facts, I think it is easy to say that it is worth having a blog alongside your website. Now, on a side note from the business side of it for all of you wanting to do it for fun, this is great too! One reason for blogging that Judi brought to my attention is if we don’t write things down, then we aren’t always going to remember it like we would like to. A blog can simply be a journal of written history that someday your children and your children’s children can look at. Your story and the major events taking place that year will go down in history, and your family on down the line will really appreciate having that. Whether you are blogging for yourself or for your business, you should keep on blogging!

Advertisements

About akm17

My name is Alex Morris, and I am from a small, rural town in Missouri called Ballard. I grew up on a row crop and cow/calf operation. I have always loved the farm life, and I have always been very active around our farm. Now, for the first time, I have been away from where I grew up and am experiencing college. It is always good to go back home to the farm, and I try to make it there as often as I can. It’s my favorite place to be. Being away has only made me appreciate agriculture more. Here, at Missouri State University, I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and I plan to have an emphasis in graphic design. My goal is to be an advocate of agriculture. The way I am going to start “spreading the word” of agriculture is through this blog. I plan to share the issues I may come across, things I find in the social media, or topics that we disucuss in my Relations in Agriculture class or any of my other classes. I will also share stories straight off of my farm. I will talk a little about what goes on around there, and post pictures whenever I can, because they are worth a thousand words that don’t have to be typed. I love to take pictures and to tell good stories. Sometimes I may even talk about life in general if I come across something that needs to be shared. Overall, I am a very stong believer in agriculture. It’s where my heart is, and I want to make people aware of what is going on out there, and bring things to their notice they may not be aware of. I believe that is my job as an agriculture advocate, and this blog is just where I am starting out.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to 3 Facts I Learned From Judi Graff

  1. Very good summary of the presentation. And so good to see you are writing your own story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s