Scott Watermasysk Husband, Father, and KickoffLabs co-founder. Interests: basketball, bootstrapping, keyboards, training, and Building new things

Your Startup Does Not Need A Blog


Building an audience takes time. It usually takes a lot of time.

To counter this you are told to start early. Start writing and sharing as soon as possible. And while this is good advice, in the beginning it is just you talking into the wind.

A startup's blog should be thought of as a long tail tool. It is something that will likely yield tiny (maybe even unmeasurable) results at first, but if you keep at it year after year you will likely see some good results.

What should you do instead?

Go to where your customers hang out today. Go to their forums. Go to their existing blogs. Look for questions you can answer on places like Quora.

Once you find where your customers are today, don't just post links to your product. Find ways you can help. Genuinely be a good community member.

Quora and Twitter were the two places we (KickoffLabs) benefited from most in the early days.

Neither was scalable and not the basis for a great marketing campaign. But it was a start and gave us time to work on building our own organic traffic.

  1. In full discretion, this was mostly Josh. I really do not enjoy using Quora ↩︎

  2. We took time to read their bios, recent tweets, etc and craft something unique to each of them (or as unique as we could make it....don't go spamming people on Twitter) ↩︎