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Building your target audience

The essential guide to building the right audience for yor business.

Up until now, my articles have been focused on the different ways in which you can market your product or business online. But since these different methods have received so much attention, I wanted to do my best to bring the actual fundamentals of building an audience to your attention. All the marketing tips will not be as effective as they should be if you do not have an effective action plan for showing your product or service to the correct people.

So here’s what you can expect to find in this article

  1. Introduction
  2. The Big picture
  3. What you need to do differently
  4. Building your brand
  5. Polishing up
  6. Markteting Channels
  7. How to expand and grow

1.  Introduction

Building an audience should actually be the very first step for any serious online business.

The objective here is simple. You want to create a large, highly targeted and highly engaged audience.

That means that you shouldn’t be interested in just creating the longest possible list of people reading your site, but should instead focus on creating a list of people who are fascinated by everything you say, who hang off of your every word and who are eager to get more of your content in any way possible.

Creating an audience like that means building an audience that will grow in a self-sustaining and self-perpetuating manner. It means building an audience of people who look forward to hearing from you and who will actually want to buy from you. Best of all it means building an audience that will stay with you for a long time.

And without wanting to sound hyperbolic, the fact is that a huge, engaged audience like this is the single differentiating factor that sets the most successful brands in the world apart online.

Don’t try to make a site for everyone. Instead, focus on creating and maintaining a targeted audience.

So the best way to look at this is to analyze your competition. What are the biggest sites and brands in niche online right now? Which are the competitor that you wish you could be?

For a fitness site, it might be something like Bodybuilding.com or
BreakingMuscle.com. For an online marketing site it might be
ShoeMoney, MOZ, SmartPassiveIncome or Search Engine Land. For a site about self-improvement, it might be Tim Ferriss, or perhaps the Bulletproof Executive.

So, what is it that sets these sites apart? Why are they more successful than your brand?

Simple: they have vastly larger audiences than you do. These sites have hundreds of thousands of followers. People who would
consider themselves genuine fans. People who will visit their site every single day and who will trust what they have to say.

If a smaller niche site posts news about a new product, then it won’t have the platform to reach out to with. Perhaps 100 people might see that product over the course of a month and considering the
average conversion rate for a sales page is about 1% at the generous end you’re talking a single sale.

Of course, you could get more people to see your site. You could set up an ad campaign and get lots of people to click on it to bring them to your site. But then they would likely just leave. Why? Because they’re not your audience. You have exposure now but you still don’t have an audience. And trust me, this can be a very expensive lesson to learn.

One of my favorite analyses is that of the random watch salesman. Imagine that someone comes up to you on the street, opens their coat (hopefully still fully dressed), and then offers you a $1000 watch. Would you? Of course not! Because you don’t trust that person. You know nothing about them. You’ve never seen them before. Even if the watch is stunning, of great value, and exactly what you’re looking for.

But now imagine the local jewelers that everyone talks about. The one where your best friend bought his fiancee’s engagement ring and where your boss gets his cufflinks. Friends and family rave about their product quality and service online and even that one guy you know who always complains about everything says they got a swift refund when they were not happy. You’re passing in the street and then you see the same watch in their window. Now there’s a higher chance you might buy. You’re not even a customer yet but you already feel a connection, a level of trust. And it’s the same thing with a website that has an audience.

In this guide, you’re going to learn precisely what it takes to build this kind of audience: to have a huge number of people eating out of your hands and eager to hear what you have to say next. Eager to buy what you have for sale!

This article will give you the edge over the competition by showing you where so many brands go wrong when it comes to building an audience and what you can do differently. You’ll be given a blueprint to follow that will take you from zero to hero – with legions of loyal readers at your beck and call.

So, whether you’re a small business looking to grow into a massive business, whether you’re an entrepreneur who wants to earn money doing what you love, or whether you’re marketing other companies: you’ll find precisely what you’re looking for here.

At the end of the day you will understand:

2.The Big Picture

The best place to start is with the broader overview and from
there we can hone in on more granular detail. In other words, I’m
going to give you the big picture, so that you know your objective
and you know the overall strategy. We’ll then be able to
deconstruct the endpoint we’re looking for to see how we get

So I mentioned earlier that this article/post would give you an
‘edge’ seeing as most people go about building their audience the
wrong way. I absolutely meant that – it was not just marketing

The point is that most new brands have a completely misguided
approach to how they go about marketing and promoting
themselves and this mistake absolutely cripples any chance of
success. That’s what we’ll be addressing here though and in
doing so, we’ll hopefully be able to ensure that you don’t take a
similarly misguided approach. And there is no shame if you are already a victim of this mentality as I definitely learned from experience or should I say past mistakes.

3. What you need to do differently

So how do so many businesses get it wrong? What is so incorrect
about their approach?

The problem comes down to care and attention. That is to say,
that to put it politely, a lot of businesses view their digital
marketing efforts as a ‘get rich quick scheme. Think of all the
different marketers that you have encountered on your trips
around the web. How many of them do you feel are trustworthy
and offering a great product? How many do you feel are just
trying to get you to spend cash on a sub-par product?

How many times have you had a web page pop up without your
intention and tell you about this fantastic opportunity to earn
millions while working from home.

“I couldn’t believe it!”

Announces some awkward, unpolished voice.

“And neither will you! Soon you’ll be earning hundreds of
thousands of dollars a day working from the comfort of your

Well, guess what? Surprise, surprise you shouldn’t believe it.
When you part with your hard-earned cash, what you’re most
likely to receive is a shoddy PDF and perhaps a couple of random

I’ve helped companies to sell some pretty awful products in the
past (I’m not proud of it!). One time I got to try out the product –
which claimed to be the turning point in people’s lives – and it
turned out to be a series of videos that were made purely from
screen captures without so much as some narration. It was
literally a video of a guy clicking some things on a screen in order
to log into a profile and sign up for an autoresponder. Absolutely
terrible value for money.

And it’s not just the marketers that take this approach. Many webmasters and bloggers are just as guilty and this is where you might start to put your hand up too.

Because as a writer, this is another type of business I’ve worked

Someone who chooses a niche because they think it offers a
good opportunity (not because they have any passion or interest
for the subject matter). Someone who then hires a bunch of
writers (that’s where I get roped in) and gives them a bunch of
generic titles.

Let’s say the subject is fitness, so the site owner will come up with
some topics off the top of their head like:

“How to Get Great Abs”


“How to Lose Weight FAST!”

The articles couldn’t be more generic, less interesting, or more out
of touch with the interesting stuff that is actually going on in the
industry right now. It’s a bad start…

Worse is that sometimes the site owner will do so little research
into their niche that they’ll give me titles that are factually
inaccurate. I had a health blog recently that asked me to write
about ‘The 16 Symptoms of Prediabetes’. Well seeing as
prediabetes is asymptomatic, that’s pretty difficult. Another
recently asked me to write about how you could build great biceps
with push-ups. Well, seeing as push-ups target the triceps and
pecs and not the biceps… You get the idea!

So why do these companies pick those titles? Simple answer:
they either saw them on another site, they did some keyword
research and found that other people were searching for the
topics or they pulled them out of the air without giving it any

Choosing a title based on a keyword is the most popular example
and it seems like a good idea. After all, that means people will
search for it and they’ll find it.

But perhaps you’re reading this as a small business owner and
thinking it doesn’t apply to you! After all, if you don’t write content
for a blog then you can’t be guilty of generic titles.

But the same cynical approach and lack of care and attention
regularly go into business efforts. In fact, many businesses are
even more guilty of this. Take for example those businesses that
want to promote themselves online through social media and do
so by writing the most generic posts imaginable.

I worked in marketing for an EPOS provider (Electronic Point Of
Sale), which essentially means that it built till systems for other
companies. They insisted that every post I should make on their
blog had to read like this:
“Our EPOS system is the best in the industry… bar none!”
“Find out why companies LOVE our new EPOS system!”
Again, makes sense on paper. After all, it’s a business site, so of
course, it’s going to promote its products. When they eventually
did get me to write on their blog, they had me write posts on
EPOS systems and EPOS systems alone. The site itself was
bland, white and dark blue and with zero character or anything to set it apart.

Visitors visiting the site would have this single message
communicated to them:
“This is a business site. A business site with a low budget.”
Not good.
Why This is So Wrong and What the Alternative Looks

I’m not saying that you’re guilty of this, I’m saying there’s a
chance you might be somewhat guilty of this. You have
approached your business like a business person: you’ve chosen
a niche, looked into ‘what’s hot’ and you’ve paid the minimum to
get something set up. Now you’re going to promote your ass off
and make sure that people see what you’re selling.
So, what’s wrong with that?

Simple: it doesn’t build an audience.
Remember how I told you to look at the most popular brands in
your niche? The most popular blogs and sellers? How are they
different from the approach that we have just described?

Most likely you’ll find that they have beautifully designed websites.
The sites will likely use crisp, HD graphics with vibrant colors and
big images. They probably have large UI elements, simple
navigation, and a strong logo and color scheme that brings
everything together. Your audience should land on your site and
think that this is a site with a big budget, that really cares about its
customers and that knows what it’s doing.

You need to land on a site and think that it has some kind of
passion for what it is doing. And you need to be able to see and
feel the investment. Think about the sites that you have subscribed to yourself. These are likely sites that somehow set themselves apart with an
interesting message, unique content, and a great look. They most
likely are not sites that were set up with the sole intention of
making a quick buck

Would you really follow a social media channel that did nothing but write about how good its product was? What would be in it for you? Would you really subscribe to the mailing list of a website that was already spamming you before you even got past the first page? The answer is no. And this reveals the simple truth: if you want to build an audience, you can’t rush it. You can’t take shortcuts. You can’t cheat.

The only method for building a massive audience that is worth pursuing is to create a channel or brand that is:

And if you’re going to do all that, then you need to have passion for the topic you’ve chosen. You need to understand the subject. And you need to love doing what you’re doing enough to actually put all that time and effort in.

Because you know what? Building an audience is not something
you accomplish overnight. Again, ask any big-name vlogger, blogger, or business owner. They will all tell you that they started out writing blogs that no one read, selling products that barely anyone bought, or making videos that no one watched. The only thing that kept them going at this point was a genuine passion for what they were doing. Here’s another thing to consider: if you create a fitness site and you have no interest in fitness, then the content that you create is not going to make any big impact. You’re not going to be able to impress the target audience that you’re trying to engage.

Think about it: if you have a fitness website then who is that going to be aimed at predominantly? Fitness enthusiasts. So, if you write a poorly researched blog post on push-ups, what value do you think it’s possibly going to offer to someone who has been working out for years? Someone who perhaps trains daily?

Of course, there’s also a specific blueprint to follow which we’ll be
looking at in this article. But it’s that passion that will help you to execute said plan and that will keep you working through it. And it’s the passion that is going to help you do it well.

3. Build Your Brand

A lot goes into creating the ultimate brand.

So how do you go about creating that channel that you’re going to
be so excited for?

It actually starts with your brand. This is what will help you to create a topic that you are truly excited about and it’s also what will help you to create a channel/business/blog that your audience can get equally as excited about.

If you already have a business and you’re struggling to get your online presence up and running or to build that engaged
audience, then nine times out of ten a rebranding is the first and the best thing you should do for your company.

If your site is just screaming: generic business! Or: generic fitness website! Then you need to start over right away and start giving people a reason to follow you.

And that starts by showing that you have passion and enthusiasm for your own brand. Because let’s be honest: if you don’t seem to care about your own site then why would anybody else?

So, you need a rebrand and that starts by deciding what you want your mission statement to be. A mission statement is essentially a statement of intent. This is a simple summary of not only what your site is about but also what it hopes to achieve. What is it going to offer to people that they can’t find anywhere else? Why should they follow you?

Consider Simon Sinek’s ‘Golden Circle’ when creating this mission statement. Simon describes a circle that is made up of
three layers – an outer layer, a middle layer, and an inner layer. These layers are defined as ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘why’.

If your business has a generic brand right now, then chances are that you have considered the first layer and maybe the second but not the middle. You need to find why you’re doing what you’re
doing and why what your doing is important.

So, if you’re a fitness blog, then the ‘what’ is fitness information. The how is that you are informing people about getting fit via
written content. The ‘why’ is what sets you apart though.

Perhaps you blog because you want to give bodybuilders a
source of information and a spirit of community. Or perhaps you
blog because you want to help the average person believe in
themselves and get fit

Likewise, if you sell an EPOS system, then choosing your ‘why’ might mean deciding that you want to empower small businesses. Maybe you want to bring smarter technology to the typical
commercial experience.

Whatever the case, having a why will give your followers a reason to be interested in your brand. You’re giving them a reason to
follow you and to care about what you have to say. You have a purpose, a mission, and a passion and that is what is going to
make people want to follow you.

And this ‘why’ is also what will allow you to start offering more interesting content and giving people a reason to follow you.

Because if your ‘why’ is to bring modern technology to small businesses, then suddenly you can write with passion and interest about a whole selection of different topics – internet marketing,
mobile apps, virtual reality, AR, and more. And although it is beyond the scope of this book, it can even start to give you more
ideas for products.

The Buyer Persona

Focus on the buyer. Your decisions should focus on the people your product is for.

You might be wondering why we’re focusing so much on brand and on quality content when it comes to building an audience. The answer as I hope you’ve worked out by now is that you’re
trying to create something that people genuinely want to follow. Something that is genuinely interesting for people.

But just to tie this a little more closely into the notion of building an audience, let’s see how the audience itself should define the brand.

Because what you need to recognize next, is that your site or your business is not for everyone. As much as you might like to try and reach the widest possible audience, that will, by definition, make you generic. And when you’re generic, people will be indifferent to your brand.

Why is Apple so successful? Because it knows its audience. Instead of trying to appeal to everyone, it has chosen to create
premium products that are for artistic professionals. In doing so, they have alienated a portion of their audience (people who want more flexibility in their technology, people who want to spend
less) but they have made sure that what they’re doing appeals as much as possible to the audience that they are targeting.

Your aim should be to do something similar. In other words, don’t try to appeal to everyone and anyone who might land on your site. Instead, choose a selection of people who will respond to the mission statement you have and then focus on them.

Doing this allows you to know more about your audience. That in turn allows you to know what they want and then that means you can cater to that desire and you can create something they’ll be ravenous for.

It is MUCH better to have a small audience that loves your brand than a massive audience that doesn’t care.

Okay, so with that in mind, you are now going to actively profile your audience. This means you’re going to create a buyer
persona, which in turn is going to act like your ideal archetypal customer. This is the person for whom your products are
practically made. This is the person that will be most likely to become a fan and to become a buyer. Create an imaginary
biography: how old is this person? How much do they earn? What gender are they? What are their other hobbies and interests?

Now you’re going to create a website that is for that hypothetical person specifically.

4. Polish Up

Am I saying you can’t create a business or a blog unless you are a passionate fan of the topic? Am I claiming it’s not possible to be successful with a business you don’t know all the ins and outs of?

Not at all. It is fine to go a detached route but if you’re going to do that, then you still have to have passion and care for what you’re doing. You need to respect the audience and the niche and you need to invest in the idea. Investing in the idea is going to mean spending money and time on it and finding other passionate people to work with.

In other words, you need to build a team. That means finding talented artists and designers to create the website, it means
finding a talented writer who is passionate about the specific topic you’ve chosen and it means investing lots of money into the site that you want to build.

Doing this is what’s going to make the site look professional and that in turn is what will build trust with your audience.

For instance, to create the best possible brand you need to make sure you have the best possible logo. That does not mean doing it yourself unless you happen to be a professional designer. It means being involved in the design process and having input over what you want it to look like, but it also means hiring someone who is a professional logo designer and who has the experience and the tools to make something amazing.

There is a huge difference between going to a site that has a crisp logo that really speaks volumes as to what the site is about and who it is for, versus visiting a site that looks grainy as though an amateur made it in MSPaint!

So along with your rebranding and finding the right mission statement, the other thing you need to do is to invest a little
money. Why not take out a PayPal Business Loan if you need the funds? Then just invest that money into your site and make sure it looks truly polished. Compare it with the site owned by your top competitor and ask yourself if it is genuinely as good quality. If not? Back to the drawing board.

The objective now is that when someone lands on your site they should instantly see that you are doing something new and
interesting, that you are highly professional and that you have the
funds and the resources to do things well. After all, if you can’t design a website to have high-quality images and a great layout, why would someone trust you to produce a good product or service for them?

What are some other ways to add polish and give your site that trustworthy, professional sheen?

One good option is to invest in some quality video production. A high-quality video has the potential to make a massive impact and to get people to sign up to a mailing list or just decide that they
are interested in your brand and want to learn more.

That’s because a video can bring someone in and engage them in a way that few other types of media can. But at the same time, when you create a high-quality video, people can see the budget. If it is filmed in HD, if it uses professional editing and if it has a smart jingle at the start, great bottom thirds… all of this will create the feeling that the audience is watching something created by a serious player in the niche. This is something that a kid in his Mum’s basement could not produce and therefore it is something that instantly increases trust.

And touching back on the site design, at this point, this needs to be mobile-friendly. I have been doing the numbers between desktop vs mobile device access on all my sites and I can safely say 97% of the interactions are through mobile devices. Your site needs to load quickly and it needs to make it incredibly easy for someone to get around, make bookings, or order products. Imagine that you readers/customers are in the queue at an airport and they want to browse your site in the queue on their mobile with onehand. How is that experience?

Because if your site isn’t absolutely perfectly pleasant to use, then you WILL lose interest and customers.

This is also when you need to start adding social media pages. These give your visitors more ways to become followers once they’re impressed with your brand and your production values. But it’s not just about having those social media accounts, it’s about making sure that they have the same cohesive design and
sensibilities that the rest of your brand does. That means your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook should all have the same name and URL as your site. If your site is ‘www.fitnesssite.com’ then that means your Facebook should be ‘www.facebook.com/fitnesssite’. This doesn’t just make it easier for people to find you: it presents a united, cohesive, and well-thought out strategy that will be instantly more appealing as a result.


For blogs, the content needs to be excellently written. It needs to be engaging, it needs to be error-free and it needs to really sell the ‘dream’ – the value proposition – that gives your brand its
emotional appeal. The same goes for the blogs attached to a business site.

This will give you a new way to find new customers – through SEO – but it will also be what gives them a reason to go from one-time visitors to followers. Usually, it will take a few encounters with your brand for someone to decide they want to sign up to the mailing list or follow you on Twitter. You need to ensure that each one of these encounters impresses so that they will become closer and closer to wanting to sign up.

The same goes for your social media. If you want someone to follow you then you need to incentivise that. I’m not talking about offering free giveaways here (which will encourage people to sign up or follow and then never read anything you have to say!). Instead, I’m talking about offering something that is genuinely interesting and that is an incentive in itself. So instead of posting about why your business is great, you’re offering useful advice for businesses and you’re getting them excited for your brand by talking about things that matter to them.

5. Channels

So now you have everything looking the part and you have a brand that people want to follow, you need to keep providing them with excellent content and you need to give them ways to go from a visitor to a follower.


We’ve already discussed a little about social media but here we’re going to go into that in more depth by focusing on each platform. At the same time, we’ll be focusing on some other channels you
can use to get the word out…

I’m going to start with one of the most powerful ways to build an audience that is overlooked by countless businesses.

Remember how we said that a video could be highly engaging while also demonstrating the best your business has to offer? Then imagine how successful you could be if you were to focus lots of effort on marketing through video specifically. That’s what you’ll be doing if you create a YouTube channel as a way to build
your audience.

Now, when someone encounters one of your videos, they are going to be blown away not only by high production values but also by the passion and energy that you show on screen. People follow things that they are emotionally invested in – and video makes it much more possible to convey and build emotion.

There are countless examples of massive brands that got their start thanks to YouTube: Jonathan Morrisson, Bored At Work, Elliot Hulse, The Hodge Twins, Pewdiepie, and many more. But there are very few examples of blogs or businesses that use YouTube properly.

To use YouTube correctly, the best strategy is to create a channel that offers high-value content relevant to your niche – just as you would with a blog. You’ll present this in a way that is engaging,
entertaining, and informative and you’ll invest in a good camera, good lighting, and good editing software. Scared by any of that? Then hire someone that can do it for you. But the truth is you are not going to start making money until you invest some money into your business.

If you don’t want to go on camera, you don’t have to. Channels like ASAP Science or Mr. Sunday Movies show that slideshows and animations can be just as successful with a little added narration.

What’s important is that you do your SEO right. We’ve touched on
SEO in previous posts but note that SEO is much easier and more effective on YouTube. Create videos that use popular
search terms in their tags, write long descriptions and think about other videos that are popular and topics that get a lot of traffic, while adding a dash of your own passion, expertise and originality of course.

This way you can encourage your videos to come up as suggested next videos, or you can get them to the top of popular search terms.

YouTube involves more investment. It is harder, and it will be a lot of work with relatively little payoff to start with. But this is what turns so many smaller businesses away from it and that is actually a good thing for you. It’s good because it means that your site is going to be able to stand out simply on the merit of having a YouTube channel. Put in the time and effort and for motivation, check out a channel like Charisma On Command that tried for a long time to gain traction on its blog and then only took off once it invested in YouTube.

Note: On YouTube and on all these platforms, consistency is key. Post regularly and do not go long stretches without an update.

Email marketing

A lot of sites and brands will tell you that email marketing is their single most important tool for growing and engaging their audience. Is this true? Yes and no.

The great thing about email marketing is that it gives you a very direct route to contact your audience and you won’t be relying on any intermediate organization like Facebook to decide whether or not your posts get seen. People check their emails daily and they are even notified when they receive new ones.

Another reason to do this, is that the emails add a personal touch. This means that for some people, signing up to a mailing list will make them feel
instantly more committed to your brand and almost like VIPs. This is a great way to build engagement, to get people to actually respond to your messages and to get them excited for your upcoming announcements and projects.

But email is also something that a LOT of people overlook. People are naturally reluctant to give out their email addresses
and many people will quickly get resentful when you keep messaging them. It’s also a less flexible, multimedia, and dynamic form of communication.

Email marketing tends to work better for specific brands. In particular, it works very well for service providers, especially if you have been in email contact with your clients. Building up a client list will allow you to send out email bursts to everyone you’ve worked with advertising discounts or mentioning that you are available for more work. Because they’re used to corresponding with your business, they’ll be much more likely to pick

Likewise, email marketing can be successful for very personal
brands. If you have a brand like Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income, then people will feel as though they know you and thus they will be more interested to receive an email from you in their inbox.

To build your mailing list, sign up for an autoresponder. Then
make sure to place it in your sidebar but also at the bottom of the
posts. Most importantly, describe in your content itself what your
mailing list is all about and why people should be interested in it.
In other words, don’t just leave it there and hope they’ll notice it –
actively promote it right within the content they came to see!

Social Media

Finally, keep posting on social media. That means Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at least and probably SnapChat, Pinterest
and TiKToK. TiKToK particularly worthwhile if your target market is the younger generation of mobile phone user. I’ll be short & sweet with this topic since I have another post dedicated to social media marketing that you can check out anytime for additional tips.

The aim on social media is to post frequently and again to make sure that you are offering useful content. This definition will vary from channel to channel but remember to keep the theme of your brand consistent with your social media content .

Instagram of course is highly visual. This is all about selling a particular lifestyle or dream, as many Instagram celebrities
nicely exemplify. Upload pictures that will allow people to imagine that they are fitter, sexier or more successful. Or if your brand goes deeper, show them exciting uses for interesting technology, show them beautiful travel destinations or show them people in their creative element.

In short, Instagram is where you communicate the emotion that
drives your business and that will motivate your target persona.
Keep in mind that it is emotion that motivates action – and action
includes signing up for a mailing list!

Twitter is a place where you can share interesting asides and useful tips. This channel works particularly well for personal brands as it lets you invite your audience into your daily life a little.
Share your workflow, what you do in a day, where you are… If you travel on business then you can Tweet about the amusing food you’re eating or you can Tweet about the destination. This
helps to build more closeness and therefore trust with your audience.

Finally, Facebook is a useful place to share information of both kinds but also to communicate with your audience. Remember, communication is a two-way street and this is a very powerful way
to answer questions, to get people interested in your brand and to
encourage your page to spread through real-world social networks. Facebook is a great place to crowdsource ideas, to run
campaigns and competitions and to generally get the audience to participate. This is also really good for sharing content on your site and especially if you can come up with some grabbing headlines and titles.

Note that only a small percentage of Facebook posts will be shown to all your followers. Don’t worry about posting too
frequently then!

An important tip for encouraging success on your social media is to make sure that your website and your social media are linked. Social media will build your viewers because each time that
someone likes your page, their friends will see it. That in turn means some of those new viewers might become followers and
that might expose it to their friends.

So simply adding social media buttons to your homepage and social sharing buttons on your articles will encourage a virtuous
cycle where each new visitor means new followers and each new follower means more visitors!

6. Growth

If you’re now doing everything I’ve explained in this post, then you will steadily grow. This is almost inevitable: a site that has genuine passion and something unique to say and one that has
been beautifully designed; this will automatically generate readers and they will be likely to share with their friends and other places online, thereby helping you to gain more and more followers.

But if you aren’t actively promoting your site as well, then this is still going to be a slow process. Posting to your site alone and sharing it on social media will probably mean you generate some
traffic from Google (due to long-tail keywords) and from the occasional share.

But this alone is going to take years for you to gain the momentum you need to start thriving.

And that’s why it is absolutely crucial for you to actively grow your audience too. You’ve built the perfect net, now you just need to start waving it around in the right places.

Here are some tips that will work as growth hacks – and they’re things that a lot of other blogs won’t ever consider.

Communities and Social Sharing

One of your very best options for promoting your blog is to post
on social sharing sites and forums. That includes the likes of
subreddits, Google+ Groups, Facebook groups and online
community forums.

A single post on one of these can gain huge exposure for your site and get the system you’ve created churning over perfectly.
But there is a right and wrong way to go about this.

If you sign up to Reddit, find the relevant sub reddit and post your
article there, then it may get met with distrust and it might get
badly downvoted. Even if the article is great quality! Why? Because you are clearly promoting yourself. This doesn’t go down well anywhere and particularly not in a supportive, tight-knit
community. The solution then is to focus on building trust in that
community first. Spend time there. Get to know people. Mention
what you’re trying to do. Learn their likes and dislikes. Built

Doing this means you’ll now have ‘friends’ in that community and
anything you share will be hugely more successful. Those people
are also more likely to share your posts elsewhere and in general,
having the force of an active community behind you can make a
gigantic difference.

Another tip is to consider tangential niches. If you have a fitness
site and you post in a fitness forum, you’re competing with a heck
of a lot of information and you won’t stand out. But if you write a
blog on martial arts and fitness and share it in a martial arts
forum, suddenly you have something more interesting and
unique. And you have an entirely different audience that you
hadn’t reached before. Consider your buyer persona and use this
to know what else your audience might be interested in.


There’s no way around it: if you want to rapidly build an audience
online, then the single best way to do that is by networking and
speaking with other creators and other businesses. Find someone
that has a large number of followers and offer to work with them
so that you will both expose each other to your respective
audiences. This is the only way to create exponential growth, so
reach out to those people, speak with them and tell them why
you’re keen to begin your partnership. Don’t aim for the top right
away though: start with influencers that are at a similar level to
you and then work from there.


Finally, I just wanted to end with a note on SEO to say that while
this is a useful tool, you should never let it dictate your actions.
The reality? Getting to the top of Google for a highly popular search term is nigh impossible unless you have a giant budget.
And if you want to build an audience then you need to write for
that audience.

So consider SEO yes. Allow it to influence the odd post. Think
about more niche topics that will speak to your audience and find
out what people are looking for. But don’t rely on this method to
build your audience.


This is your complete blueprint to building a massive audience
online. Wasn’t what you expected? Hopefully s!

The key to gaining an audience and gaining an audience that
actually cares about your brand. You want to make sure you know who
that audience is and understand what they want. You then need
to invest genuine time, effort and passion into creating something
amazing for them. Something you are proud of and something
they will be excited about. You need to know your why. You need
to spend money. And you need to set yourself apart as unique
and interesting.

From there, it’s a simple matter of finding your audience in the
right places, posting regularly and believing in what you’re doing.

Want the simplified version? Then here goes:


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