Have you ever stopped to consider that your audience could provide you with the best ideas for your content? Your potential readers are your best friends. They are there to help writers find out exactly what kind of content will lead to success.
If you are staring at your blue and white, blank word document wondering about what you could write, then close it and start doing some research work before. It is essential you learn how to use your readers in order to understand what kind of information will have an impact on them.
Find Out as Much as you can About Your Audience
Having a clear notion of what the actual demand is, will allow you to produce content that is needed and appreciated. When readers who read your articles find all the relevant information they could possibly wish for, you will be considered as a reliable and professional source, thus they will be searching for more of your content.
What You Should be Looking For
When researching potential subjects and points of interest you should ask yourself some fundamental questions.
1. Who will be reading my content?
Although it may be obvious that before writing your article you should know who your readers are likely to be, this often seems to be neglected by writers, simply because most of us write an article because we feel for a certain subject.
Knowing who you are going to write for will help you adapt the tone and style of your article to match the type of readers you wish to reach out to. This will allow you to plan the layout and presentation of the information in the most effective way. You should for example avoid using technical jargon for readers who are simply trying to get an overall understanding of a certain subject.
2. What are your Reasons for Writing the Article?
Before you write, think about your reasons. Is this article a means of introducing people to your website or industry? Is it aimed at providing more information to other more expert members of your community or industry? Or do you simply wish to have an impact on your readers so that they are more aware about issue mentioned in the article? The reason is important, as this too, will help you develop the tone and style to fit your readers’ expectations.
3. Consider What Information Your Audience Really Needs.
Provide your readers with information they really need. Important and crucial tips and up-to-date information will be of major interest to them, and will ensure you are providing them with the type of content they want.
4. Why do my Readers Want this Information?
This point is important, as you will have to alter the style of the article according to what your readers need the information for. Some readers may simply be looking for some simple tips on how to help their children with their homework, while others may need more in-depth and professional advice.
5. How Can I use my Article to Provide that Extra Information that Makes my Article Special?
By adding further links to more information and similar content, you will be helping your readers build up a larger span of informative sources, which can cover a wider range of issues related to their interest. Once you have created a reliable and professional image of your writing skills, readers will be coming back for more.
By Sonia Bruni on Words4U