Do you blog?
It’s an effective way to generate organic traffic and leads to your website.
Every business needs to integrate a blog if they want to succeed in the long term.
That’s why I’ve put together these interesting blogging stats that will help you shape a better strategy.
Let’s dive in!
#1 – 53% of marketers agree that blogging is their biggest priority (Source)
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
Companies are waking up to the fact that they need to produce meaningful content and value if they want to grow.
Blogging offers your customers resources, information, and entertainment all for free. More users will find your business through organic search, and great content makes your brand look appear reputable.
No matter what your marketing strategy consists of, you should consider moving blogging up your list of priorities.
#2 – 65% of marketers plan to blog more often (Source)
You need to publish content on a regular basis if you wish to generate followers and fans of your blog posts.
That’s why a majority of marketers are beginning to gradually ramp up how much content they produce.
I’d recommend beginning at once per week if you haven’t regularly published articles. You can slowly raise this to two or three times per week once you have a consistent strategy down pat.
It’s also wise to research your competitors. How often are they posting? Use this as a benchmark and as a way to determine if you’re being left in the dust or doing better than them.
#3 – Websites with blogs have over 434% more indexed pages on average (Source)
Every blog post should be centered around a few different keywords. You can use tools like SEMrush to find search phrases.
Place these in the title, URL, body, and header tags of articles. Google will send crawlers to your site and help rank you higher for these terms.
The more indexed pages you have on search engines, the more traffic you will gain. The more traffic you gain, the more potential money you can make. Simple as that.
#4 – 47% of consumers read 3-5 pieces of content before they contact a sales rep (Source)
Publishing blog posts shows customers that you are trustworthy, authoritative, and knowledgeable about your industry.
This is why almost half of all buyers will consume several pieces of content before contacting your business.
Focus on top-of-the-funnel content like guides, tutorials, and general articles on niche related topics. This helps draw in as many people as possible, which you can direct towards whitepapers and case studies for more serious prospects.
#5 – Blog posts that contain images get up to 94% more views (Source)
Blog posts aren’t newspaper articles.
They need to be entertaining to read even if they’re informational.
They shouldn’t be several blocks of text without any visuals.
That’s why nearly all articles that contain images get more attention.
Use tools like Canva to add interesting graphics, charts, and cartoons to your content.
It will make it more appealing to the eye, and visuals can also contain more resources like with infographics, for example.
Don’t just blog to get content out there or to make money.
Blog because you want to help people and improve their lives.
That will cause a viral effect, where users share your content because it’s genuinely useful and interesting.
94% of your audience is willing to share blog posts via social media, email, and other channels, but you have to make it worthy of sharing first.
I suggest focusing on making content as practical as possible. This means adding in step-by-step instructions, case studies, and real data to support points.
Do this and watch your social shares fly through the roof!
#7 – B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads (Source)
Do you want more clients and revenue?
Of course, you do!
Businesses that blog gain upwards to 67% more leads compared to those that don’t.
Going off of the previous blogging stats we’ve touched on, this makes sense because:
- You’re proving thought leadership and authority.
- Content showcases knowledge and expertise in a specific field.
- It builds trust with buyers.
- Blog posts drive organic traffic, which consists of potential leads.
However, you need to ensure that you target a precise buyers persona. This is a personification of your ideal client.
Having a documented persona ensures you generate the highest quality leads with your articles.
Unfortunately, most businesses run amuck without one. They’re essentially shooting in the dark and hoping for the best. Don’t be like that.
Here’s an example of one for inspiration:
A persona typically consists of elements like:
Don’t worry if you lack extremely detailed data about your clients, either. You can improve your persona over time as you collect data.
Every time you’re researching topics and writing an article, reference the persona to ensure it matches. Doing this will guarantee that you’re attracting and targeting the correct audience.
#8 – Leads from search engines having a closing rate of 14.6% (Source)
Outbound leads have a 1.7% closing rate versus 14.6% from search engines. That’s almost 14x!
Why is this so? Because if a user looked up a specific keyword and came across your website, they’re much more qualified.
They’re coming to you, not the other way around.
You don’t need to be the Bill Gates of SEO to begin seeing results like this. It simply begins with grasping the fundamentals of on-page SEO first.
I’ve written a guide to on-page SEO you should read to get in-depth knowledge on fortifying your site for search engines.
However, I won’t leave you hanging. These are some of the main ways you can instantly improve your rankings and search engine visibility:
- Increase the page speed of your website with image compression, caching, and a good web host. This will make the user experience better and helps Google crawl your site faster. Check out a free plugin like W3 Cache to achieve all of these things at once.
- Target a mix of low, medium, and high competition search terms with a tool like Ubersuggest or Wordtracker.
- Optimize title tags, URLS, file names, alt text, and meta descriptions. Search engine spiders check all of these small details to guage the topic of your website and content.
On the flip side, there’s off-page SEO. It can get a little murky since building backlinks, which is the core of off-page, is technically gray hat at best.
According to Google’s terms of service, you shouldn’t be building any backlinks to your website intentionally to improve rankings.
That’s why I suggest learning how to scale guest posting. It’s the process of becoming a guest author on another website which results in referral traffic and brand exposure.
Think of it as leverage.
Why build up your website to 500,000 visitors per month when you can take advantage of another business that’s already done the work?
For example, I recently wrote a guest post for Search Engine Watch on landing page copywriting.
While I don’t receive a direct backlink from the article, my name and writing abilities are on a massive website for the world to see 🙂
Imagine if you become a guest author on dozens of publications in your industry. Your phone would be ringing non-stop for work!
#9 – 70-80% of users will ignore paid ads and only look at organic content (Source)
We’re used to seeing mountains of ads every day. Hence why outbound tactics don’t work as well as they did in the past.
The average consumer can see right through traditional advertisements faster than Usain Bolt.
That’s why a large majority of them are ignoring paid ads they see in search engines and only looking at the organic results.
This should act as more incentive for your company to begin blogging and building search engine market share versus dumping money into paid ads.
Similarly, content you produce acts as a business asset that will remain on the internet indefinitely versus an ad that only generates results when you pay it.
#10 – Compounding blog posts bring 38% of all traffic to a website (Source)
You might notice that a few of your articles drive the most traffic to your site. This is very common.
In fact, 10% of your blog posts will generate up to 38% of the traffic you gain.
These are what we call pillar posts. They are typically in the 3,000 to 4,000 word range, and are absolute beasts of content.
They’re super interesting, practical, and edited to perfection. Pillar posts are engineered to go viral and be shared.
When you’re producing content, aim to create something that will compound for years to come and never go out of use. Some people also call these evergreen posts.
They aren’t based on trends or fads. Instead, these articles give readers knowledge that will never go out of style.
#11 – Only 8% of marketers use Medium in their content marketing strategy (Source)
Yes, you need a blog on your own website and domain.
However, you also need to be promoting your content on other channels, such as Medium.
I mean, who doesn’t want extra traffic?
Medium is a blogging platform that you can use to republish content to reach a wider audience. Here’s how to use it yourself.
Step 1: Register and make your first post
Create an account, fill out the profile, and click “New story” from the dropdown menu on the top right to begin.
Paste over the title and body of your existing article here.
It’s recommended to mention that the original blog post can be found on your website, as well.
This will help funnel more users to your site, where they can find your products, services, etc.
Once you’re satisfied with the Medium article, click the green publish button and it will prompt you to enter up to five hashtags.
Using all five will maximize your reach, so don’t skimp out here.
Click the “Publish now” button to offer your masterpiece to the world or schedule it for later if you wish.
Not only do you need to optimize content for on-page SEO, but it’s crucial that you acquire high quality backlinks, too.
Links are like a voting system.
They inform search engines like Google that other websites trust you. If a single large website with authority link to you, it can be equivalent to hundreds of lesser quality links.
As a matter of fact, it’s been proven that backlinks remain as one of the single greatest ranking factors.
While you can perform link building campaigns, always remember the saying “build it and they will come.”
Publishing high quality blog posts will naturally attract backlinks as webmasters search for resources to share in their own content.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s also effective to guest blog on other websites to build links and boost PR.
#13 – The average reader only spends 37 seconds on an article (Source)
Have you ever looked at your bounce rate or average time spent on page and cringed?
Don’t worry, it’s probably not your fault.
The average reader is spending slightly more than half a minute on any given blog post.
People are crunched for time and don’t want to read every single word. They’re trying to extract as much value from content as quickly as possible.
To align with this behavior, you should format articles with header tags, lists, images, and bullet points.
This makes sure that readers can easily digest and navigate posts versus scrolling through big blocks of text.
#14 – The average blog post will take 3.5 hours to complete (Source)
Blogging isn’t quick or easy.
You first need to research topic ideas and plan out each individual piece of content.
From there, you write it and go through the editing and proofreading process.
You might want to kick your feet up after, but it’s only begun. Now marketers need to purpose and promote the article.
I really wanted to include this blogging statistic in today’s piece because it’s a reminder that creating valuable content takes time. Think of it as an investment.
#15 – The #1 result on Google tends to be 1,890 words (Source)
Backlinko did a study where they analyzed one million Google results and found that the first position was 1,890 words on average.
Long form content is all the craze right now. Everyone is talking about it and implementing it into their content strategy.
Why? Because frankly, it just works.
Longer articles allow a business to rank for more keywords, improve UX metrics like average time spent on page, and increase social sharing.
Besides all of that, it’s also more valuable to the reader. They get more information and resources versus a ashort form article.
As I previously mentioned, focus on developing a great writing process and be patient. Epic content that changes lives takes time to make.
Wrapping up blogging stats
Blogging is important if you want to grow your business.
Every business needs to produce content on a regular basis if they’d like to generate more organic traffic and leads.
It also helps build rapport and trust with buyers, who are consuming more content than ever before.
Apply the main takeaways from today’s article and see the results for yourself 🙂