Find It Friday! Your Blogging Questions Answered

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Welcome to  Find It Friday in which we help you find the answers to your how to blog questions. 

The Question

This week Alison Morgan asks us the following question:

What is the best way to incorporate a call to action in your blog?

The Answer

This is a great question from Alison, particularly for business bloggers. After all, more often than not, you want your readers to take some action when they visit your site  - for example, click through to order your product, subscribe to your site, share your content.

You would be surprised how many blogs or websites omit a call to action.

So today we want to let you in on the secret to a call to action.

Well, actually, there is no secret….

You Simply

Have To

ASK THEM!

But once you do this, there are two rules you should follow:

  1. Make it simple
  2. Make it specific

Include a strong call to action, which tells your readers exactly what  to do, how to do it, and make it easy for them to do it straight away.

Here are some examples of calls to action you could use:

  • Click here to buy
  • Sign up today for great tips
  • Get your free e-book
By incorporating a call to action button (such as the examples below) you will more easily draw the reader’s eye to the action you want them to take.

  Pro Flowers

Amazon.com

How To Include A Call To Action In Three Easy Steps

  1. Decide what action you want readers to take.
  2. Ask them to take that action.
  3. Make it clear and unambiguous how they can do this.
For a more detailed explanation of how to avoid sending conflicting messages about your value proposition and to learn how to optimise your landing pages, check out this great research article by Marketing Experiments.

How would your blog or website benefit from a strong call to action today?



About

Marie Ennis-O’Connor BA, MIAPR, holds an Honours degree in History from University College Dublin. She is a graduate of the Irish Academy of Public Relations and has worked in a variety of PR roles over the past 12 years. Marie is editor of several award-winning blogs ranging from life sciences to health to business. She is a panel member of the newly established Bloggers International and is a regular contributor to Health Works Collective, an online community for thought leaders in international healthcare. She is a featured blogger on Webicina, an online service that provides curated medical social media resources in over 80 medical topics and over 17 languages, and has been awarded a top blogger accolade by Empowered Doctor.com and most inspiring writer by WegoHealth. Marie is also in demand as a trainer in social media marketing and travels the country teaching small business owners how to get online and maximise their online presence.

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  • ganleypat

    I am in the process of designing a website for myself and this has been very useful to read – I think it is easy to overlook strong calls to action – esp if you don’t want to come across too salesy – would you have any advice on this?

  • M_ellis

    very helpful information – thank you – i always learn something new from your blog.

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