Businesses are being encouraged to add blogs to their website to increase web traffic and enhance their search engine optimisation (SEO).

According to north east news website n-e-life, 90 per cent of 25 to 34 year-olds are aware of blogging and more and more people are relising how valuable it can be in improving web traffic.

Norma Foster, an e-business specialist and frequent blogger for the Journal, states that it is important to firstly outline what the intentions of the blog will be.

From here she states that it is possible to create content that will generate discussion, which in turn creates more keyword rich content, and a community of readers and contributors that mostly maintains itself.

She offers hints and tips at creating good content-rich blogs and says that posts that contain a good headline, in particular where blogs are syndicated by an RSS feed, can be a great way of encouraging customer or visitor contributions.

Last week a spokeswoman for the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) said that it was becoming increasingly important for small businesses to ensure that they are optimised for search rankings.

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