How to Write a Blog Post that Builds Brand Authority

How to Write a Blog Post that Builds Brand Authority

How much does your audience like and trust your brand? How do your customers view your brand? How often does your audience engage with your brand?

Are you happy with your answers to the previous three questions?

If not, you may be struggling to establish brand authority.

brand authority

Brand authority, or the extent to which customers view your brand as a subject matter expert, is the secret ingredient to building meaningful connections with your audience.

And the reason for that is simple.

Over time, brand authority transforms into brand influence — a magnetic force that draws businesses and ideal customers together in harmony.

But brand authority doesn’t always come easy. It takes intention, a keen understanding of how your target audience thinks, and the right strategy.

Enter blogging: The brand authority-boosting secret weapon you’ve been searching for.

Blogging is a skill worth learning if you’re looking to develop clout in your field, form long-lasting customer relationships, and establish yourself as an industry expert.

Whether you’re looking to revamp your current blog or you’re new to the blogging world, blogging for brand authority is a skill that can transform how much your audience likes and trusts you.

Ready to discover how to write a blog post that builds brand authority? In today’s article, we’ll show you how to do just that in eight simple steps.


Let’s begin.

1. Base your article on search intent

If you’re blogging to boost brand authority, you need to start with search intent.

So, what does your audience want or need to know?

When conducting SEO research, don’t rush. In fact, we recommend spending most of your time on research, strategy, and outlining. This way, when it comes time to flesh out your article, you’ll be armed with the information and knowledge you need to see it through. It’s a process, so you might even have to included in your process or workflow software.

As far as topic research goes, Jeremy Moser, an SEO expert, and the CEO of a Digital PR agency called uSERP, says:

“The problem with keyword research is finding keywords that (a) aren’t dominated by huge brands already and (b) making sure those keywords are even worth targeting based on traffic potential.”

For instance, if you own a CX agency, you might jump to target the key phrase “customer experience”. Since customer experience is at the core of what you do, it only makes sense to cover this key phrase, right?

But here’s the deal. If you haven’t earned the domain authority (DA) necessary to compete for a particular keyword, then you’ll be fishing in the wrong pond. In other words, your post likely won’t rank high enough for your audience to see it.

So, what should you do instead?

Jeremy recommends using the “Matching Terms” feature in Ahrefs.

Here’s how:

  1. Open Ahrefs keyword explorer. Plug in a broad one-to-three word phrase around a topic. In this example, Jeremy searched the term “nursing”.
  2. Click “Matching Terms”. This will pull up a long list of searches that contain “nursing” in the query.
  3. Next, set the following filters and parameters:
    1. Matching terms.
    2. Set the keyword difficulty to 30 max — or higher depending on your site strength.
    3. Set the keyword word count to a minimum of three words.
    4. Sort by traffic potential, not volume — this considers all related keywords a page will rank for.

And that’s it! You officially have a list of target keywords and phrases that have excellent traffic potential — aka endless ideas to help build topical authority in your space.

After you’ve chosen your core topic for the piece, be sure to note what your competitors’ content scored for the same topic so you can aim to beat them by five or more points.

For instance, if your competitors scored between 38 and 45 for the phrase “how to deliver a pristine customer experience”, then you’ll want your blog post to score at least 50 points or higher.

Another pro tip: Research frequently asked questions related to your main topic. These are golden nuggets that you can use as headers throughout the body of your article.

As far as the blog post title goes, make sure you include your target keyphrase in there — preferably toward the beginning. Psst: Here’s a cheat sheet with 50+ headline formulas and templates so you can write a blog post title that turns heads. You’re welcs! ❤️

2. Personalize the article to your audience

The second step to writing a blog post that builds authority?

Consider your target audience. Who are you speaking to?

When positioning your article, you’ll need to consider:

  • Who your exact audience is
  • What pain points they have
  • How you can solve their problems
  • What messaging style and tone they prefer

For instance, if you’re writing an article on the best debit cards for teens, then you’re targeting Gen Zers, a demographic born between 1997 and 2012.

So, your next order of business? Conducting research to learn more about how Gen Zers think and what drives their loyalty to brands.

For instance, Gen Zers build trust with brands that:

  • Share and embody their core values
  • Share information simply, concisely, and conversationally
  • Value inclusivity
  • Are socially conscious
  • Have an omnichannel presence
  • Offer mobile payment options across all touchpoints

Once you’re well-versed in your target audience, use storytelling techniques to personalize the copy, tone, and style to your readers. You can also use AI writing tools like a paragraph rewriter if you want to test different versions or restructure sections of your text.

3. Write for the web

Forget what you learned in high school English class and focus your efforts on writing for the web instead.

A key skill you need to write web-friendly content? Knowing how to engage the reader and keep them scrolling down the page.

Here’s a quick checklist you can run through to make sure every article is ready for the web:

  • Aim for a 6th-8th grade reading level
  • Write short sentences and paragraphs — no fluff, please
  • Use a tool, like the Hemingway App to double-check your article’s readability score
  • Use a copywriting AI tool like to make sure your copy is fit for the web
  • Format your article properly — use an H1 as your title, H2s as subheaders to differentiate between main points, and H3s as sub-subheaders
  • Break up large chunks of text with infographics, screenshots, custom images, and bullet lists
  • On that point, use table of content to help navigation. This Shaun Conell article about living in texas is a great example of this.
  • Use stats and evidence to back up your claims

4. Use the PAS framework in your introduction to capture the reader’s attention

Speaking of engaging the reader, your introduction is your second chance (after the blog title) to truly captivate your reader’s attention.

That’s why we recommend using the PAS framework.

PAS stands for: Pain Point, Agitate, Solution.

In fact, you may have noticed that we used this framework in our introduction above. Did it work? If you’ve made it this far, we’ll assume it did.

The framework is exactly as it sounds. You’ll start the introduction by highlighting a pain point, agitating it, and then following it up with a solution.

For instance, if your blog topic is “How to apply for a student loan”, then your PAS structure could be something like:

“Ah … student loans. Can’t live with them or without them. (P) In fact, did you know that the average college student spends more than 200 hours applying for student loans? (A)

Yikes, that’s a lot of Netflix time gone to waste, are we right?

Luckily for you, we’ve got just the tips you need to easily apply for student loans in just a few hours.” (S)

You don’t have to be flashy either. In this article about five week months, the author does it very subtly but effectively.

Genius, right?

5. Summarize all key points and add a CTA in the conclusion for skimmers

Believe it or not, there’s controversy around whether or not conclusions are necessary. Some brands with established blogs have decided to omit conclusions from their articles completely.

Why? The gist is, they don’t get as much attention as other parts of the article.

But if you ask us, omitting conclusions is like wrapping a birthday present and forgetting to tie it off with a ribbon. It’s missing something, right?

Conclusions are important to include because:

  • They serve skimmers that are interested in skipping to the end to read the article summary
  • They give you the perfect opportunity to recap important takeaways
  • They’re one of the only blog sections that naturally warrant a company call to action (CTA)

6. Make sure everything is correct, up-to-date, and original

You can’t expect to establish yourself as an industry leader if your articles include incorrect or outdated information. Or worse, you unknowingly plagiarized.

To position yourself as a trusted brand, make sure:

  • To only includes stats from recent years — preferably within the last two to three years
  • Your article doesn’t have broken or spammy links
  • To fact-check every data point and quote
  • To double check that you’re referencing reputable sources
  • All information is correct and up-to-date
  • Your content has a plagiarism score of two or less

Also, consider your site’s security since it goes a long way with your blogs to gain authority.

Make sure to protect your site from potential threats such as hacking and data breaches. Show your audience that you value their privacy and trust by taking measures like using a web application firewall or malware protection.

7. Make it actionable and valuable

When planning your article, always ask yourself the following key question:

“What actionable takeaways and best practices would solve my reader’s problem in relation to our topic?”

Then, conduct a brainstorming session to answer your question. Write down anything that comes to mind that you’ve drawn from your own expertise and experience. Brainstorming is a great way to come up with new ideas and solutions, so don’t be afraid to get creative and throw out some ideas that might not have crossed your mind before.

Next, conduct research to discover more ways to solve your audience’s problem. Bonus points if you can find epic advice from other industry leaders, too.

Then, finalize and integrate actionable advice throughout the article.

Here are a few ways how:

  • Write the article in listicle format
  • Include a tip list or featured snippet after explaining a concept
  • Write an ultimate guide
  • Write the article in “how-to” format
  • Include links to reputable sources with high DA scores
  • Include internal links to relevant content and resources you’ve written in the past
  • Back up main points with actionable tips

8. Weave in thought leadership elements

Want to really set the bar high? Lock arms with the thought leadership movement.

In other words, throughout your article, sprinkle in thought leadership elements, such as quotes from original interviews and reputable sources, data, trends, industry insights, and predictions.

Take this strategy up a notch by:

  • Hosting or getting interviewed in podcast episodes or webinars related to your article topic
  • Pitching to publications with high DA scores and asking them to quote you in their content
  • Sprinkling in steal-worthy custom images, graphs, and charts to motivate content marketers to backlink to your article. You can also create infographics from scratch using photo editing tools.
  • Conducting your own surveys and data studies — and publishing your original findings.

Wrap up

If you’ve been struggling to establish brand authority, we hope the steps we shared in this article have been a breath of fresh air.

If there’s one thing we’d like to reiterate, building brand authority is key to establishing the influence and clout your brand needs to form meaningful connections.

While it may not come easy, understanding how your audience thinks and integrating the right blogging strategy can help position your brand as an authoritative leader — and a force to be reckoned with.

Are you ready to use blogging to build brand authority?

For good measure, here’s a quick recap of the steps we shared today:

  • 1. Base your article on search intent
  • 2. Personalize the article to your audience
  • 3. Write for the web
  • 4. Use the PAS framework in your introduction to capture the reader’s attention
  • 5. Summarize all key points and add a CTA in the conclusion for skimmers
  • 6. Make sure everything’s correct, up-to-date, and original
  • 7. Make it actionable and valuable
  • 8. Weave in thought leadership elements

And that’s it for today! Remember, a strategy without an action plan is useless. So, take a look at your calendar and schedule a time to write your blog posts. Then, get writing and posting!

To your success. 🎉


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