Keep Yourself (Brand) Strong

Many marketers, entrepreneurs and anyone who has a “brand” for themselves will tell you how important it is to build one and maintain it. This is important in about every industry dealing with the internet in 2016. Building and maintaining your brand can be difficult, because we are not all experts in how to brand, market or how to even start this process. So today I will  share five ways you can start to build your brand and keep it strong.

  1. Define your brand:

Take out a piece of paper and write down the words and values that people would use to describe you. Be honest and choose words that are positive and authentic to who you are.

  1. Join Industry Groups:

This should happen both online and in person.  On great way to so is to join social media or individual organization websites. Also try to go to networking events where you can meet more like-minded people who are in the same industry as you.

  1. Write your bio:

Write a short bio—or update the one you have—so you have it ready. A professional bio is a necessity for freelance writing gigs, networking events, speaking on panels and keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date.

  1. Create a Blog/Website:

This is a very important step in the process of building your brand without a website it may be hard for your audience to find you on the web. This why having an website is keep to starting and maintain our brand. When I started my blog, I never imagined that anyone other than my closest friends and family would read it. I certainly never imagined that my blog might help me make money and open up doors to new jobs and opportunities.

  1. Build Your Network:

In order to build and share your personal brand, you need to also be building your professional network. Networking isn’t just important when you are looking for a job. I’ve learned that you can consistently learn from other people’s career paths and insights at every stage of your career. I’ve learned some much from the WordPress community that has helped me progress in so many ways.

Final Thoughts

So take advantage of the opportunities in your city and your industry to meet new people. You never know how that new connection might be of service to you—or you to them—in the future. Your work and actions speak volumes about your personal brand—and you, as an individual. You can say you hold certain values, but your actions, your experience and your words have to embody them. Do you have a brand and how to market/maintain it? Comment below & if you liked this post please share!

Copyright ©2016 Jay Colby All Rights Reserved.


About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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40 Responses to Keep Yourself (Brand) Strong

  1. Thx! Your blog posts are always great to read.

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  2. Great content I agree. I have discovered that this is a never ending endeavor. It isn’t like it was even twenty years ago. And now with the advent of social platforms the market place is crowded with competition, each trying to be heard. I really don’t know how some of you all can find time to keep the brand maintained. I have to work and only get a chance if, for example, like today, no work yet. Can I just say, “Arrrgh!” Thanks Jay.

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  3. great to have your insight and guidance

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  4. Danielle says:

    I love the point you make about joining networks. I’ve always thought they were just for landing jobs, but I can see what you mean about them. I really gotta make more of an effort to go to networking events and to make genuine connections. Thanks for this reminder!

    Danielle |

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  5. luckytravelcat says:

    Brilliant advice. As a starting out blogger I’ll be sure to follow these.

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  6. Taureenia says:

    Do you have a post explaining how to network? I feel like I am but idk..

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  7. I reread this as i was reading another post by another blogger and wanted to compare. I agree with everything here. We learn at each stage of career. And action always speak louder than word…so does honesty, integrity , approachability and just being nice… i speak from experience


  8. But i add this blogging stuff i do struggle with.

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  9. What a great content. Your posts are always so informative and lovely to read. Keep it up.

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  10. Eri Hunt says:

    Great insight! It’s very important to understand the right steps in order to have a brand. Creating new strategies and setting goals having the plans lined up to achieve your success . I feel like its so much to be taking into consideration. I started a blog that’s my first step. Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Elorm says:

    Branding is so important if you want to stand out and want your audience to identity with you. This is a very relevant post. Thanks for sharing 😊

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  12. PTcontender says:

    Thank you for this! Curious, what words would you write on paper for your brand specifically? Or could you choose a well known company and tell us what their words might be? Looking for an example bc I want to do this. Thx :)) –Jess

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  14. Interesting advise! I think it applies also if you want to market your blog

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  15. twoandhalfwomen says:

    thank you! Great post!

    Liked by 2 people

  16. imipresents says:

    This was great, thank you I really enjoyed it and got a lot from it! Michael ☺

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