An Industry Wide Blog for Vintage Motorsports
Whatever your business specialty, participation in an industry wide blog can be an effective supplement to your online authority. Blogging presence begins with your own self promotion in your own blog, but you can gain a lot of visibility by participating in industry wide online presence.
This post is an offer, so please don’t stop here! Read on!
Forums are a popular place to start. Participation in an industry wide blog, a blog operated by an independent editor who accepts blog posts (and most accept advertising) from various businesses across a particular industry, are another option you might want to consider.
I noticed a while back that most industries are pretty much void of an effective industry wide blog. Those that exist for cars and motorcycles are usually jam packed with distracting banner ads.
In fact, they are so jam packed with annoying banner ads and distractions, that, in my opinion, they are not pleasing to the eye. I tend to not want to stay there. They are not really blogs, but advertising sites.
I didn’t do a lot of looking across a wide variety of industries before I made these statements, but I did search for industry wide blogs covering subjects about cars and motorcycles.
I did not find any which tempted me to return to them on the basis of appearance. They were generally too flashy, annoying, and more commercially oriented than they were content oriented. Again, they are not blogs, but advertising websites disguised as blogs.
I don’t want to pick on anybody, but I’m going to give an example of what I find to be an annoying motorcycle industry blog that is in my opinion too flashy, annoying, and distracting.
I also might be doing them a slight favor just by mentioning them, so that’s all fair and good. For an example of the look many of us do not like, just go to www.motorcycleusa.com. That’s annoying.
My concept of a cleanly styled industry wide blog
So, I asked myself, “Self, why can’t there be an industry wide blog that looks as clean and free on annoying banner ads as my own private blogs do?”
I also asked myself, “Self, why do industry wide blogs have to look like industry wide blogs? Why can’t they retain the clean appearance of a private blog?”
And my self answered “Stirling, it’s because you haven’t created one yet.” In response I thought about what I am interested in doing, and set myself to creating a new blog about that something. A couple of months ago I volunteered to create a website and blog discussing vintage motorsports topics.
The site I created focuses on vintage motorcycle racing and on vintage automobile racing. I’ve been involved in both, so this theme is a great fit for me. It makes it easy for me to stay motivated to create regular content while we popularize the site.
If you are already on the vintage site, welcome! If you are on the STRATEGY Content Marketing site, then check out the vintage site and then read on back here again!
There are no ads on it. There are none, and there never will be any. It looks like a blog for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts, because, it basically is.
If you want to write about something relevant to vintage racing while promoting your products or services, I’ll include you as a guest blogger. You won’t feel like you’re competing with other advertisers, because you’re not really adverti per se. What you’re really doing is improving your own self image, bettering your own “brand” in the vintage community.
I’ll even help you write your post if that’s what you need. The fee will be modest in comparison to that of a banner ad, which nobody wants to see anyway.
As traffic volume increases on this site, the privilege of blogging on it will become more valuable. Join me now for no fee at all by simply sending me some unique content, or an outline for content you would like to be written, or simply new ideas for new content.
How long will it be free?
Charges for publication will apply to new contributors only when my stats show that traffic projections are significant.
Contributor fees will be scaled up in proportion to the site’s traffic volume. Contributor fees will remain at the participation fee level which was in effect at the time they published their initial piece of content.
So, start contributing now for free, while the site is in the most need of being stimulated!
I anticipate a future graduated contributor fee structure which will increase in proportion as contributor space on the blog is higher in demand.
What kind of content do we need?
If you restore ZF transmissions, for example, write a technical article about that. Let everybody know what you know.
If you’re a Weber carburetor guru who knows how to properly rejet for the adaptation of a nonstandard set of carbs on this engine or that one, then toot your horn here!
Or, if you build café racers from old oddball junkyard bikes, write an article and blow your own horn here.
Or, if you just attended an awesome SVRA race and you just want to write a report while plugging something about your race related business, do it!
Those are just examples that flew off the top of my head. Drop me an email or give me a call to talk about anything you would like to contribute.
We need regular periodic blog post contributions to make this site grow. In the coming weeks I expect to begin sharing content from this site on as many pages and forums as can be found which relate to the vintage racing world.
I’ll keep you all posted on growth. Presently traffic is low. Today we received 40 visits, but visit counts always increase each time new content is published. It could be your material making this worthy cause grow!
This is content marketing for vintage racing. If you’d like to learn more about the generalities of content marketing, please watch the free video training series which Kristen, my wife and the other half of STRATEGY Content Marketing, has produced. I’ve included a hyperlink to the training because this post is going on both blogs.
I look forward to hearing from you!