What Are “Trending Now” Topics and How Can I Use Them In My Blogging?

trending now topics in blogs

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a beast and it can be a challenge to get people to land on your web site.

The PetSittingOlogy template is already set up to maximize your SEO potential, but how can you take charge and implement new content that will make your site more noticeable?

By blogging about “Trending Now” topics.

What does that mean?

As the name implies, Trending Now is all about things that are currently happening.  It’s a one shot deal or maybe something that only happens once a year (think holidays).

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2 Life Changing Tips On How To Network As An Introvert

networking event for introverts

Networking is intimidating.

Especially if you are not comfortable around strangers and you’d rather stay at home with your own pets and read a book, watch a movie, clean the closets – anything to avoid going to a networking event.

The good thing is though, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

Seriously. I’ll bet that the majority of people in the room have some level of “I know I just got here but can I leave yet?”  You can use this can be your ice breaker:

“Hi, I’m Laura, and I’m really uncomfortable at networking events”.  If you say this to anyone in the room you are going to have 1 of 2 reactions

  1. OMG ME TOO!  (fellow introvert)
  2. I understand and there is nothing to be worried about.  Let me introduce you around.  (extrovert)
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How To Make The Perfect First Impression To Assure You Gain More Pet Business Clients

Make a great first impression

Many of us in the professional pet care industry hold ourselves to a high standard and work ethic.

We take great pride in the care we provide, the job we do, and the business we run.

We are professionals.

Since there are no exams to pass or degrees to obtain in order to open up shop and call yourself a pet sitter, the line is sometimes blurred between a professional pet business owner and someone simply attempting it.

Pet Sitters International (PSI) published a wonderful blog article recently about professionalism in our industry. [Read it here: The Most Important “ism” for Pet Sitters]

In it, they presented several specific questions that every pet parent should ask the pet sitter who she is considering to hire.

Presented here is the other side of the coin detailing how the pet sitter must position herself well before a potential client makes contact.

Much of the decision to contact you is already made in the mind of the pet owner within a few minutes of viewing your website.

Therefore, you as the professional business owner must present yourself in the most professional manner at the very first point she comes across your brand in order to even get the chance she’ll consider hiring you.

In other words, if your website design, look, feel, layout, colors, images, photos, content, articles, videos, and reviews do not quickly set the visitor at ease she will leave and look elsewhere.

So how do you position yourself as a professional before your potential client ever makes contact with you?

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Stop Doing These 3 Things on Your Pet Website

form a connection

Do you find it frustrating and confusing to keep up with all the things you should be doing to rank high on Google’s first page?

How often do you wonder what those other pet sitting websites are doing that you are not doing?

If you’re like most other business owners, you want to do all you can to land new clients.

But did you know that landing in Google is just one small part of the puzzle?

While it’s a very important piece since not much activity will take place without that, it’s equally as important to get your visitors to take action once they are on your site.

If you rank well in the search engines but nobody makes contact once they are on your site, it’s still a loss.

Here are some things you should stop doing on your pet sitting website that will increase the chances a visitor likes what she sees and gets in touch with you.

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Networking Within PetSittingOlogy: Are You Taking Advantage Of All Available Opportunities?

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There was a recent thread in the PetSittingOlogy group on Facebook where Josh asked the question:

“How would you answer a friend who asks “What does PetSittingOlogy do?”

When I summarized the more than a dozen responses, do you know what the core theme was?

NETWORKING.

Google defines networking as a verb.  “To interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career”.

Networking opportunities within PSO that you should be taking advantage of and being active in:

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How To Find Networking Events In Your Area 3 Examples Of Where To Look

where to find networking events

Like it or not, networking is an important part of growing your business and building your brand within your community.

We talked last week about the HOW of networking, but now WHERE do you start?

As a pet sitters of course you want to talk to and get to know other pet professionals in town such as vets, groomers, trainers etc; but they are only one piece of the puzzle.  You want to be involved with other business professionals who can help network you to their clients as well!

Where do you find networking opportunities?

1) MeetUp.com 

You may have used MeetUp.com to look for social events.  Have you ever thought to put “business” or “professional” into the search box?

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