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Why you should be blogging on your Shopify store in 2021 and how to do it!

February 11, 2021

Every single day, more than 2.8 million blog posts are written. That’s a lot of content, and that number is continuously rising. We are smack-dab in the middle of the content marketing era.

You need to find ways to stand out in the crowd, and drive traffic and sales to your business. Blogging is a huge part of an ecommerce marketing strategy, but a lot of people don’t realize that every Shopify site includes a blog.

You may already be using WordPress or another platform for blogging. Unfortunately, those external platforms weren’t developed to play well with Shopify. As a result, it’s not a seamless process to feature a product on another blog and drive readers to convert to a sale.

So, let’s take a look at how a Shopify blog works, the functionality it offers, and how it integrates your blogging with your ecommerce store.

Blogging with Shopify: The Basics

For most ecommerce blogs, Shopify’s embedded capabilities will be plenty to meet your needs. It’s free, quick and easy to get started with, and covers the blogging basics — like inserting images and video, a nice visual editor, automatic SEO for the title and description, ability to schedule posts in the future, comments, and tags. It’s not as powerful as dedicated blog systems like WordPress, but you may not need all that functionality.

Benefits of Using Your Shopify Blog

Using your Shopify blog makes it easy to:

  • Start readers on your online shop and keep them there
  • Maintain a cohesive feel between your shop and your blog; they’re just different pages on the same site, with the same look and feel
  • Manage and maintain content, with only one admin tool to update your shop and blog

Easy for you. Easy for your customers.

It allows potential for self growth.

Broadcasting yourself online allows time for reflection, perspective. You will be able to look back on past work and ideas and learn from them, promoting not only a form of diary entry, but also the idea of self growth. By envisaging your ideas in a public form, it allows your creativity to grow, as well as your confidence and ambitions.

It allows development of technological skills.

It is very difficult not to learn basic technological skills while blogging. Whether it’s simply editing pictures and using templates, or changing the aesthetics of your blog by using basic coding, you’ll learn a lot of basic yet valuable information about the technological age in which we live. Social media, SEO writing, picture formatting—these are all basic skills you can pick up within the first couple of weeks of starting your blog.

It gives people a creative outlet.

Blogging allows a creative outlet for those who have become consumed by everyday life. By giving you the flexibility to blog when you wish, it can become a way to channel creativity without imposing on your day-to-day responsibilities. What better a way to be creative than in the comfort of your own home, when you have the time to enjoy it.

Blogging is the current way to market a business.

These days, companies are crazy not to have embraced the blogging world. It’s all very well having a professional website, but if you use a blog that is regularly updated to show current offers and promotions, clients will see you as more approachable, current, and most importantly more involved in your business.

It creates opportunities.

The final and perhaps most important reason to start a blog: it creates endless opportunities for its owner, whether it be in the form of friendship, financial gain or self-growth, blogging certainly puts your personality out there to the world and gets you noticed in a very unique way.

There is potential financial gain.

With blogging becoming more and more prolific, there is no doubt that its becoming a profession to be taken very seriously. Blogging is easily a full-time job, if a blog is expected to reach its full potential, and money can be made with hard work and perseverance. Advertising on your blog can help you financially, as can accepting sponsors if you’re reviewing products, but ultimately your blog can lead you to a career in blogging, which may seem far off for someone starting a blog, but it’s becoming far more acceptable in this day and age.

Positions you as the expert.

A blog is a great way to show off your expertise on a subject and establish your authority. If you write a good blog in a tight niche, you will quickly become well known in that niche and become a go-to authority on that subject.

How to Turn on Your Shopify Blog

To activate your Shopify site’s blog, go to your Shopify admin area and click “Online Store” in the left menu bar. In the sub-menu, click “Blog Posts”. At the top, click “Manage Blogs”, and then in the top right, click the button “Add Blog”. Give your blog a name, and then add it to your site’s navigation menu.

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The blog design is part of your Shopify site’s design theme, and can be customized by editing the Liquid code.

Run Multiple Blogs for One Shopify Site

You can operate multiple blogs on a single Shopify site. This allows you to segment the kind of information you distribute based on your customers’ interests, such as company news on one blog, inspiration or entertainment content on another blog, and deal of the day or promotional posts on a third blog.

Shopify’s Content Management Capabilities

Blogging is all about the content: what topics you cover, what your readers are interested in, and how far and wide your content is shared. Like other blogging platforms, Shopify provides functionality to help people explore and share your content. Shopify apps can also integrate with your blog to offer additional features.

Manage Comments

Shopify asks you to designate how comments will be managed on your blog posts:

  • Disable Comments: This can make it difficult to build community and get feedback from readers and customers but keeps your time investment to a minimum.
  • Comments with Moderation: You have a lot of control over what types of comments show up on your site, but this can be a time-intensive process, depending on how many readers you have,
  • Comments Automatically Published: This supports an active community and requires minimal time to manage, but inappropriate comments can put your brand at risk. Monitor frequently, and you have the ability to remove comments as necessary.
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Note: Before you can enable comments for a blog, you need to publish at least one post to it.

Schedule a Publish Date

You can set a specific publish date for your blog in advance to align with a specific promotion or event. This also allows you to streamline your content work: scheduling multiple posts at once, and setting them to publish once a week, for example. You can also backdate a post.

Display an Excerpt from a Blog Post

On your blog’s main page, you can feature an excerpt of a post (including images, text formatting, and links).

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To add an excerpt, go into one of your blog posts and under the text box, click “Add Excerpt”.

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Organize Posts Using Tags

Assign one or more tags to a blog post so that customers easily find blog posts in that category. When a customer searches for a tag in your online store, matching blog posts will appear in the search results.

Social Media Buttons

Many Shopify themes include social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other platforms. If your theme doesn’t include these buttons, they can be added using an app or code (although coding requires knowledge of web design languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and Liquid, and may require expert help ).

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Invite Customers to Subscribe

Shopify automatically produces an RSS feed for every blog that you create, so customers can subscribe to it and receive notifications when you publish a new post. The feed URL is the blog page URL with .atom appended. For example, http://store.myshopify.com/blogs/blogname.atom. Customers can also subscribe to your blog feed using FeedBurner.

Promote Featured Posts

When you have a post that does better than the rest of your blog content — either it brings in a lot of traffic, or is really successful at driving sales — you want to make it super easy for people to access. Using your Shopify theme, a featured blog post can be showcased on your store’s homepage.

Shopify blogs can also integrate other standard content management functionality as well. Chances are, if you need it, your Shopify blog can do it.

Grow Your Reach with SEO

You need Google to easily find — and like — your posts in order to grow your audience and sales. The good news is that Shopify automatically delivers the basics of search engine optimization for your site. You can add to the built-in SEO functionality in the blogging tool with capabilities that let you edit the SEO content — page title, meta description, and URL — for each individual blog post.

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Within a blog post, below the text box is a section titled, “Search Engine Listing Preview”. Here you can see the auto-generated content that will appear in a search engine like Google, and you can manually edit the text. Using keywords and enticing language will help people find and click on the link.

The page title and meta description have set character limits. If you enter more text beyond the character limit, then your page title and description will be shortened in search engine results. You can see how this will look in the search engine preview.

Add Apps for Custom Blog Functionality

Just as you can add apps to your Shopify ecommerce shop to customize its functionality for you and your customers, you can also add apps to make your blog work the way you want it to.

Two of the most popular apps to add to a Shopify blog are:

Disqus

Disqus is a comment-sharing app that helps you create an environment that encourages discussion and engagement on your blog. You will recognize it’s clean design from many of the world’s largest blogs and websites.

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Disqus offers Shopify users a free seven-day trial, after which the cost is four dollars per month.

AddThis

AddThis makes it easy for your customers to share your content around the web by adding social icons to your blog. You can choose from more than 300 social networks, and can customize the icons’ appearance. Embedded analytics offer insight into your blog readers’ sharing, follows, and other valuable statistics.

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SOURCE: https://medium.com/@growthspark/why-you-should-be-blogging-on-shopify-3ffe7d509311

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