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Building Your Audience - Establish Yourself

People turn to the internet for all the information they need today. If you can provide this information, you’ll have a way to grow your audience.

The goal with content marketing should be to establish yourself as a helpful, trustworthy expert. Then, you’ll be the go-to for your audience when they need information on your topic.

So, how do you do this?

First, you need to be well-versed in your topic area yourself. In addition to your experience and knowledge in your field, you should also know what’s going on in the industry at large.

Follow leading experts and influencers in your niche and subscribe to news services so you keep up with the latest trends.

The best way to establish yourself as an expert is to produce content that demonstrates your knowledge and expertise.

The goal of your content should be to use what you know to help your audience solve problems they’re facing. Answer their questions and provide the type of information they’re looking for.

You’ll also establish your expertise by connecting with your audience members directly. Join online forums, build up your social media presence, and engage with your target market anywhere you can.

What’s most important is not to sell or promote, but just to offer the help people are looking for.

Through the content you create and your direct connection with your audience, pay close attention to your audience’s needs.

Sometimes people will tell you what they need directly. Other times, you have to glean it through their conversations, questions, and comments.

Building your expertise is a long-term strategy. It doesn’t happen overnight.

But if you steadily provide helpful content and interact with your audience, they’ll gradually come to see you as the leading expert in your niche.

Whatever you do, always keep it focused on helping people with your knowledge and experience, and you’ll naturally build your expertise.

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