Do You Know Who Your Ideal Blog Reader Is?
You have created a blog for your business but how much thought have you given to what your ideal blog reader is like? What they want? How they will feel after reading your blog posts? What you want them to do after visiting your blog?
How would you describe your ideal blog reader?
When it comes to attracting your ideal readers to your blog you should be able create a picture in your mind as you describe them. You should be able to tell if they read your blog at work or home. How much time do they spend learning about the topic? What they are looking for when they reach your site and what is their current knowledge level?
Do you know?
When creating a description of your ideal reader here are some questions to answer:
1.) What is your reader’s demographic information?
- Where do they live?
- Are they married?
- What is their annual income?
- Are they male or female?
- How old are they?
- Do they have children?
- What is their education level?
2.) What is their job and level of seniority?
- In what industry to they work.
- Are they the decision maker?
- If not, do they influence the decisions maker/s?
3.) What does a day in their life look like?
- What brings them joy?
- Do they spend more time at work or home?
- Who are the people in their life that matter most?
- What kind of car do they drive?
- What TV shows do they watch?
- What radio stations do they listen?
- What publications do they read?
- What type of clothing do they wear?
- What associations and social networks do they belong?
- Are they involved in their community?
- What do they do online?
- Are they involved in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn?
- What time of day do they read your blog?
- Are they religious?
- Are they conservative or liberal?
- Do they have special hobbies?
- Do they travel, where, how often?
- Do they have pets, if so what kind?
4.) What are their pain points?
- What do they worry about?
- How do their problems affect their day-to-day life?
- What challenges do they face?
5.) What do they value most?
- What are their goals?
- What are they striving to attain?
- What does it mean to be successful?
6.) Where do they go for information?
- Do they go online when looking for information?
- Do they talk to co-workers, friends, family or industry experts?
- Do they read reviews, testimonials or case studies
- How do they like to consume information, articles, books, audio, or video?
- Whom do they trust the most?
- What blogs do they already read?
- How much knowledge do they currently have about your topic?
7.) What experience are they looking for when reading your blog?
- What do they hope to gain from your blog?
- Do they expect to be entertained, informed or educated?
- Do they know what they are expected to do after reading your blog?
- What topics are compelling to them?
- What type of articles thrill them?
8.) What are some common reasons that readers do not return to your blog?
- Are your blog posts too long or short?
- Are they having a hard time trusting your authority on the subject?
- Are there other blogs that are providing better information?
- Are you not providing the information in the format that they most desire?
- Does your blog lack uniqueness?
- Are you speaking their lingo? Are you too casual or technical?
9.) How will I know if I have reached my ideal readers?
- Look at your blogs analytics. How much time are they spending on your site? How many pages are they reading?
- How many comments are you receiving on your blog?
- Are they sharing your content?
How to Find Information about Your Blog Readers:
- Send out a survey to your email subscribers and offer a free gift to those that respond
- Read the profiles of people who have liked your Facebook page
- Read the profiles of the people in your network on LinkedIn
- Ask them on your blog to tell them about themselves
In order to create profiles of your ideal readers you need to understand as much about your ideal readers as possible. The answers to the types of questions above are not always available, but answering as many of the questions as possible will help you to build a relationship to your ideal reader and understand what they are interested in reading and how to connect with them.
Once you have obtained as much information as possible, add a real photo to represent your ideal reader. You may need to create several reader profiles, but not too many, 2-4 should be a good amount.
When you begin to write your blog post, write with one of your readers in mind. Make sure to reference some of the things that you have learned about them. If you know that this reader loves dogs, include a dog story, reference or picture.
Do you know who your ideal blog reader is?
Have you created a profile of your ideal blog reader?
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