Wanted: Christian Marketplace Bloggers

by Brad Harmon on July 5, 2010 in Miscellany

Wanted: Christian Marketplace Bloggers | marketplace christiantity
Are you a Christian blogger who writes about how our faith impacts the marketplace?  You may be writing from the perspective of an entrepreneur, an employee, a Christian leader, or a consumer.

I’ve been scouring the internet looking for bloggers like you.  I believe that there is a strong need for the messages that God has put on our hearts; however, finding you on the internet is no easy task.

Every week I stumble across a really great site only to find that the owner has all but abandoned it.  I also find top notch blogs with great messages but nobody is leaving comments and/or they are ranked in the millions for web traffic.

Is Your Christian Marketplace Blog Starving for Readers?

So what is the issue with your blog?  If God has placed blogging on your heart won’t he also deliver the readers?  Yes, but I think He also wants us to play our full rolls in the process.

One basic reason that many Christian marketplace blogs receive little web traffic is that the blogger does not understand, or is not engaging in, SEO (search engine optimization).  There are many great resources available to help you with this.

I provide some basic blogging tips, and point you to helpful posts from the experts on my personal blog.  You can also find a wealth of information for free on sites like We Blog Better and Fuel Your Blogging.

Your blog will struggle to gain readership without a solid SEO foundation; however, that’s not what I want to focus on for the purpose of this post.

Is Your Christian Marketplace Blog on Its Own Island?

When Christ sent the disciples off to spread the Gospel He did not send them alone.  When Paul was on his missionary journeys he did not go alone.  Why do we as bloggers try to send out our message alone?

Many of us who blog about our faith in the marketplace do so as part of our vocation as entrepreneurs, business coaches, authors, etc.  It’s natural for us to see others in our niche as our competition, but I would challenge you to look at them as partners instead.

Yes, there will be times when we are directly competing against each other for customers; however, our God is not one of limited resources.

The blogosphere is much different than the marketplace.  The most successful blogs are those that reach out and partner with other bloggers in their niche.

Remember the Golden Rule

I saw a comment the other day that read, “Isn’t it amazing how when you look at the Christian living section in a bookstore you find self-help books, but when you look at the business section you find books about helping others.”

I was a little offended by it at first, but then I realized that there is a lot of truth in that comment.  “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” should be manifested in our blogs.  Our readers should see numerous examples of this selfless giving in us.

This brings me to the title of this post.  I want to help Christian bloggers who are blogging in this niche.  I want to help publicize your blogs and drive traffic to your sites.

Tell Me About Your Christian Marketplace Blog

If you have a blog where you write about being an entrepreneur, an employee, or any other topic relating to the marketplace from a Christian perspective I want to know about your blog.

Please leave a comment to this post including:

  • your blog’s name
  • a brief description of your blog
  • your blog’s web address

Don’t worry.  I’m not selling anything.  I am just trying to develop a blog community – a network of Christian Marketplace Bloggers.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Red Letter Believers July 6, 2010 at 3:46 am

Thanks for your great blog.
Red Letter Believers is a place for those in the workplace — and in life– who desperately want to connect the words of Jesus to the everyday. http://www.redletterbelievers.com

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Brad Harmon July 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thanks David. For those of you who have not checked out his blog, I highly recommend it.

David writes primarily from the point of view of an employee living out their Christianity in the marketplace. His posts always seem to help me keep in mind those we hire in our businesses by reminding me of my days as an employee and how differently employees see the workplace from entrepreneurs.

I hope to engage more in that conversation as the year progresses under my new category Marketplace Christianity. I'm sure I will be drawing some inspiration from his posts, and maybe we can even talk him into guest posting occasionally. 😉

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Matt Edmundson July 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hey Brad – my main site does this a little: mattedmundson.com. I've also got en-thuse.com which is a site specifically for market place Christians. It is a blog and conference here in the UK.

Cheers

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Brad Harmon July 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I just popped over to your sites for a quick peek and I really like the look and feel of your sites. I'm not sure that I have visited your sites before, but I am excited about getting the opportunity to check them out and become part of your blog community.

Thanks for posting your links. I love that I've already found some new sites from this post.

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Matt Edmundson July 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Yeah – I'm looking forward to seeing who replies

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Kiesha July 6, 2010 at 8:23 am

Hi Brad,
First of all, thanks for mentioning my blog – truly appreciated! I totally understand the struggle that comes from gaining traffic for Christian blogs – I definitely experienced the same thing with "Highly Favored" my Christian inspiration blog. This is what I did that immediately improved my traffic – I did a little keyword research to find out which topics people were searching for the most (that related to what I was already blogging about) then I started writing a new post everyday, sometimes Saturdays and Sundays – that immediately sent the message to Google that my blog is producing what people are looking for. Then I started commenting on high ranking blogs all over the blogosphere, not just Christian blogs, but everywhere that I felt compelled to respond. That really jump-started things.
My recent post Becoming a World Class Christian

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Brad Harmon July 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Great advice! It's one of the reasons I pointed people to We Blog Better. I think there are some blogging basics that many new bloggers overlook which prevent their blogs from gaining traction in search engine placement and web traffic. Your site will help them with that.

The problem I see with the Christian Marketplace niche is that when I start to search for sites using our keywords I am finding a lot of dead sites or scam work-at-home type sites. It literally makes me sad at how many great bloggers have started sites and thrown in the towel.

I think in this niche that, besides basic SEO tweaks, the best way to publicize your blog is through commenting and guest blogging. I'm working on some ideas that I hope will facilitate this within the Christian Marketplace Blogger community, but first I have to find the bloggers.

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shrinkingthecamel July 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

Hey Brad – Thanks for the outreach here. We all sure could use the encouragement from time to time!

I have stopped worrying so much abou the blog traffic and stats, etc. First of all, it is so time-consuming. I have a life and career outside of blogging, so this is truly just a side-line hobby that is not ever going to take over my life. I have been blogging for a couple of years, found my little niche and have gotten an editorial job to go along with one day/week… I am right where I want to be. All of this blog-empire building seems like it can get carried away without any real specific outcome for the blogger.
But you are right – many folks get started and then fizzle out because they just didn't get on solid footing from the get-go.

I appreciate the work you are doing to further promote the visibility of Christian Marketplace blogging!

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Brad Harmon July 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I love your site Bradley! You have a great point of view as a Christian executive that you don't see represented on the web (at least not that I've been able to find). You have a great blog community developed at your site with several faithful readers.

I think God has designed our dreams for where we want our blogs to be. Even though you consider your blog a side-line hobby, the great thing about blogs is that they work spreading your posts 24 hours a day. Not only has your blog served as inspiration to me, but it has introduced me to others like David from Red Letter Believers and Marcus from The High Calling Blogs.

My goal with this post, and the many more initiatives to follow, is to bring greater visibility to this niche and to develop a strong online community sharing their experiences, ideas, and encouragement with other Christians looking to make an eternal impact in the marketplace.

I think introducing them to sites like your's is a great start.

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@suemiley2 July 8, 2010 at 2:09 am

Hey Brad,
Thanks for always sharing on my blog and thanks for this post. My blog is http://www.christianbusinesscrossroads.com. It's purpose is to help Christian business owners create a successful business on a foundation of their Christian values. I became a Christian late in life and am so thankful for all of the seeds planted.

I believe that if we create a growing community of successful Christian businesses, seeds will be planted for their employees, customers, vendors and even other businesses. Kind of the "city on a hill" principle.

I have also found it difficult to find Christian blogs that are active. I am looking forward to seeing the list that ends up here. This is great.

If you are ever interested in guest blogging on my blog, let me know. Thanks again!
My recent post God’s Way Is Not The Way We’ve Always Done It

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Brad Harmon July 8, 2010 at 2:44 am

I think I first found your blog around January, but I forgot to bookmark it and re-discovered it a few weeks ago. I appreciate your testimony and how it comes through in your writings.

It sounds like we have a similar background in the type of roles we played as employees and where God is now leading us, but each of us write from our own unique point of view. I quickly relate to many of the situations you describe in your writings, and yet I always find a new perspective.

Hopefully, this post is just a spark to ignite a brand new community of Christian Marketplace bloggers and readers. I would definitely be interesting in guest blogging. I think that is another great way to build this community. Let's touch base in August as I have a few commitments already for this month.

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Drew Hawkins July 10, 2010 at 1:02 am

Good points. I believe the initial key to driving more traffic to your site is to start helping others promote theirs. After all, why should I expect someone to publicize my stuff more if I'm not doing that for anyone else. Unselfish marketing always wins.
My recent post GWS Media- My Friends Across the Pond

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Brad Harmon July 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

I think you're right. Whenever I am frustrated that my posts are not being retweeted, bookmarked, or receiving many comments there is a small still voice that asks me, "how many people have you done that for today Brad?" and my frustration disappears. I know it's time for me to get out there and help others. Even if I never see this effort returned, I know I am laying up treasure a little bit at a time.

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Laurie Neumann July 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hi Brad,

I know you know about my blog already, but I thought I"d leave my info anyhoo.

Christian Home Business Connection Blog

My blog is all about home business information. Every Monday, I talk about a Bible verse that relates to running a business, being a home business entrepreneur, etc.

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Brad Harmon July 11, 2010 at 3:38 am

Thanks for leaving the info Laurie. It's a great way for others who may not have visited your blog a chance to know you. I'm enjoying your Proverbs 31 Woman series, and you always seem to have a verse or a post that makes me stop and think. I don't write as much as I thought I would, or probably should, about working from home so your blog could be a great resource for my readers.

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Jay Peroni July 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Brad,
Love what you’re doing! Keep up the great work. I run two faith-based financial blogs at http://www.jayperoni.com and http://www.thriveinyourlife.com. My passion is helping others keep their faith and values at the center of their finances.

Many Blessings,
Jay Peroni

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Brad Harmon July 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I just discovered your website this week through a top sites listing at Christian PF, but I was so impressed that I added you to my Look What I Stumbled Upon This Week list today. I didn’t realize you had another site as well. I will be spending some time catching up on your posts over the next week. Thanks for adding your listing here. I think my readers will benefit from and enjoy your posts.

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Annie July 18, 2010 at 1:58 am

My blog is more of a personal journey of faith sometimes intermixing work, personal experiences and family life. I ventured into creating another blog about my health journey but realize I need to keep both going. I appreciate you showcasing Christian writers.Thank you!

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Brad Harmon July 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Thanks for stopping by and sharing information about your blogs with us. Have you ever checked out The High Calling Blogs? It is a collaboration of many different Christian blogs that write about the same mix of subject matters as your blogs. I think you would enjoy it.

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Amos Johnson July 22, 2010 at 12:34 am

Hi Brad, I love your site. My website is amosjohnsonjr.com, and it is dedicated to teaching biblical and practical business principles to people that desire to start their own business. Currently I use blog posts and audio recordings as my main method of communication.

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Brad Harmon July 22, 2010 at 12:58 am

Thanks Amos. I think I’ve seen tweets about your broadcasts come up in my listening posts, but never got the chance to check them out. I followed you back on Twitter and I am looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

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Hernando May 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hernando’s blog is in the blogosphere to provide some insight on how an average Joe uses opportunities to be a beacon for people around him in the workplace. There is no flashy charisma – just a brother who listens, prays, and discusses the truth… even at work.

Hernando became a Christian over 20 years ago and has been serving in ministry ever since in some way, shape, or form – although not as you might expect. He was only “credentialed” for a few years. The rest of his years have been spent in one-on-one ministry with everyday people in ordinary locations such as the workplace, hobby clubs, sports groups, the grocery store, and other assorted places that the average person might spend time.

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Simpson July 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

I have just started a blog:) It is really slow on making progress but I think it will get there:) It is a bit dissapointing when you don’t get comments and such hey? Well, my site is more about sharing the gospel and hope people can use this in a good way:)

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Mike @GreaterSeas August 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I’m a little late to the party here but wanted to add my blog to your list. I’ve also been scouring the Internet for high quality Christian business blogs and stumbled upon yours along the way. I like what you’ve put together and look forward to connecting in the future. Keep up the good work!

Greater Seas Christian Business
http://www.greaterseas.com
Christian business blog dedicated to helping readers you unlock their marketplace anointing, discover God at work, and encourage others to seek Jesus.
Mike @GreaterSeas recently posted..Old Testament Intrapreneur

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Charles Hache June 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

What a beautiful concept: a blog from the point of view of Christian workers and consumer. Christ Rebel is designed for the beginner Christian in hopes that it will lead them to their own path to Christ. I am loving your site as I am floor manager at a big bix retail store and I am trying to find a balance between witnessing and professional curtesy. keep up with the amazing message.

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Kathy McBroom August 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I am a freshmen English teacher, minster’s wive, author, mom and blogger. I write blogs about my life as all of those things. My recent blogs include survival tips for teachers, discipline advice, lessons I learned while in Haiti over summer break and just about every part of my crazy life. Hope they encourage!

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