Disclaimer: No one at AllBusiness.com has asked me to write this blog. All opinions expressed herein are mine, though they may be a tiny bit biased.
I began blogging for AllBusiness.com in May 2008. Since so much has happened around AllBusiness.com during my 14 months here, I thought I would highlight some of the changes that make this a much better place for small business owners to find fresh meaningful information that will help them run their businesses better.
Our blogging network has grown enormously in depth and breadth of content since I began blogging. I have no idea how many bloggers we have now, but I know it is over 50. Our bloggers are for the most part people like me. They have some sort of industry / domain expertise in a subject of interest, but aren’t necessarily trained professional writers. We have at least one lawyer, a patent expert, a QuickBooks Pro expert, several sales and marketing experts, several franchising experts, a retail business expert, a human resources expert, a technology expert, a business travel expert, and of course me, one of several finance and credit experts. As a group I think we bring very relevant information to you written from the perspective of someone who understands the practical information you can use on a daily basis.
As the economy has been so uncertain during the past two years, both management and content providers have worked very hard to give you good information you can use to thrive in this tough economy.
AllBusiness.com has millions of pieces of content including articles written by our staff and freelance writers, articles that appear in many trade journals that provide their content to us, blogs, educational videos, educational podcasts, and lately static web training content. It must be a monumental task to keep track of all the content AllBusiness gives you access to. The vast majority of it is free with the exception of some periodical content and forms that require a fee to have access too.
AllBusiness.com has numerous freelance and staff editors who are constantly combing the content to make sure it is current and up to date. New articles are constantly replacing old ones where the information has become obsolete. As new business topics come of interest, AllBusiness.com assigns a writer to write one or more stories that will provide accurate current content.
Readers have become very interactive in the process. I don’t know about other writers and bloggers, but I receive information from about 5-10 readers a day either asking questions, making comments or occasionally correcting something that I have written. For example, I wrote a blog a day or two ago discussing the IRS section 179 deduction. I wrote some information that was half right and half wrong. A reader who happens to also be an executive in an equipment leasing company wrote me and corrected part of my information. Tomorrow I will write a blog making the corrections and elaborating on the topic of leasing.
Perhaps the biggest changes I have seen in AllBusiness.com content is a trend that editorial management began a number of months ago. There has been a shift in organizing content around “centers” of information. For example, we have a “Sales Center” that focuses nearly entirely on the ever critical portion of business which is selling. Management built a “Franchise Center” that became very popular very quickly. We just soft launched a “Business Credit Center” where every day new content is being added to provide small and mid-sized businesses valuable information about loans, obtaining credit and extending credit.
If you haven’t registered as an AllBusiness user, I would like to strongly urge you to do it now. To sign up, click on the “Free Newsletters” link in the extreme upper right corner of the screen. Our sign up form has changed to ask a few questions that will allow us to write and source content that will be of particular interest to your industry. Our regular newsletters are a good way to keep up with current news.
Recently we added a business credit newsletter that will likely start being distributed in September or early October. If you are already a registered AllBusiness.com user, “sign in” the upper top right corner of your screen and go to member center. You can sign up for various emails from the email preference screen. To add the Business Credit Solutions newsletter, simply check the box to the left of the title.
I wish to thank all my readers who follow me, write me and provide topics of interest to write about. I think you will continue to see great things out of Allbusiness.com in the months ahead.