The Unsung Ghost Writer

 
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Let’s talk authority. Building brand authority in the age of the internet can be overwhelming. Chances are, as your business becomes more demanding you will begin to have less and less time to create content. A common practice, and natural step, is to hire someone to help you create that content. Ghostwriters are exactly what they sound like. They are in the background, unseen like ghosts, but are often the ones creating the bulk of content you might know someone for. This is fine as long as they aren’t doing the heavy lifting when it comes to understanding what the “hero” is building authority on.

All too often, I have been eager to meet someone to talk with them about something they’ve published, only to realize they didn’t have a full grasp on the content. This will actually harm your brand over time if you are providing this as a consistent experience for anyone meeting you. So, yes you might need help with creating authority building content, but it’s also important to make sure not to lose touch with having the actual authority to be publishing that content under your name. If your ghostwriter has surpassed your own understanding on the topic you are building your brand upon, you will eventually be in trouble, because it will be obvious to people when they meet you.

— Amy