Four years ago—four years ago?—I got an email from a total stranger. He’d read my blog, and wanted to know if I was interested in an internship at a hedge fund company in New York. I didn’t get the internship, but I did decide to move to New York.
I got my first serious job from someone who liked my blog. And the internship that turned into my current position also got started when I submitted a writing sample, which I took straight from the blog.
So I know a thing or two about getting hired based on having a blog. I also know why writing a blog made me waste time, alienate customers, and feel the whole time like I was accomplishing something.09.1.09
Here’s how you know whether or not to fire your copywriter, in five simple steps:
- Use rank checker to find out where you rank for a particular keyword on Google (for best results, you should be in the top ten.
- Find out how much monthly traffic that keyword gets, using Google’s keyword tool.
- Multiply that by the percentage of users who click on a search result of that ranking.
- Find out how many visitors you get from that keyword (if you’re not using Google Analytics for this, you’re probably doing it wrong).
- Now, divide #4 by #3. If the result is less than one, your headlines aren’t doing their job. Consider drastic action.