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August 13, 2023

Content Distribution Strategy in 2023: How AI Helps Distribute Content

Content Distribution Strategy in 2023: How AI Helps Distribute Content

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No matter how much great content you make, without a proper content distribution strategy, it's going to be hard to get your content to take off.

You’ve probably heard the age-old saying, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound?” The same idea applies to content distribution.

Your brand may have a lot to offer—but if people are unaware of what you’re doing, you may struggle to achieve success.. People often assume their work will gain exposure if they share it on as many content distribution channels as possible. However, this strategy is not only time-consuming, it also fails to take the target audience into consideration. 

As a content creator, I have spent many years learning what does and doesn’t work. In this guide, I’ll share the different types of content distribution channels and what each is most useful for. I’ll also show examples to accelerate distribution using AI.

Different content distribution channels

It’s estimated that 7.5 million blog posts are published every day. If you want your target audience to find you, you can’t wait for people to stumble upon your content. Instead, it’s important you use the different content channels at your disposal to increase your chances of connecting to and having an impact with the right audience. 

Because the right content distribution strategy enables you to reach and engage with a larger and more appropriate audience, it can help significantly increase brand awareness and loyalty. This, in turn, leads to more sales and increased revenue and growth for your business.  

From Facebook and Instagram  to newsletters and blog articles, content distribution channels are any form of media that help you share and promote your content. They can be broken down into three main categories: 

  1. Owned content belongs to your company or brand. As the creator, you control how your content is published. Owned content includes your website, blog, social media profiles and email newsletter.

  2. Earned/shared content refers to content shared by a third party voluntarily (that is, without being paid or otherwise compensated). This includes magazines, social media shares, blog mentions and customer reviews.

  3. Paid content is content that is created or shared by others for a fee. It includes pay-per-click advertising (PPC), paid social advertisements, and paid influencer content. 

Let’s look at the advantages of each in more detail.

Owned Content Distribution

A primary advantage of owned content is that you have full control over how it’s created and presented. You decide what to share and when. This high level of control makes owned content ideal for long-term marketing strategies.

Blogs, social media posts and newsletters also lend themselves to a loyal readership, and all the associated advantages. Compared to occasional content consumers, loyal subscribers read 7x as many articles, make 4x as many website visits, and stay engaged for 30% longer when viewing content. 

Owned content is also important for search engine optimization (SEO), as you not only control the keywords employed, but also where users are directed after landing on an article or page, reading a newsletter or viewing a social media post. 

Popular owned distribution channels include:


Your website serves as a central place for your audience to learn about your business and its products and services.

Your website should include all the most important information about your company and what you have to offer. The user experience should be enjoyable. It should load quickly and feature intuitive navigation and an attractive design.

Finally, it should be optimized for search engines, which means using keywords that are appropriate to your brand, ensuring all your content is indexable, and performing regular content audits.

How AI accelerates website content distribution?

In our guide to homepage copywriting with AI, we show ways to write faster and better using state-of-the-art writing tools


Blog posts are a great way to demonstrate Experience, Expertise, Authority and Trustworthiness (E-E-A-T), boost website traffic, and drive conversions. You can use your blog to share detailed product knowledge, answer customer questions, tell your company’s ongoing story, and discuss industry-relevant topics.

Your blog will also likely be the main driver of your brand’s visibility on search engines. Creating blog articles that rank high on Google will help increase your brand visibility and credibility. In fact, companies with blogs have 55% higher website traffic and generate 67% more monthly leads

Plus, blogs cost 62% less than traditional advertising—while generating 3x as many leads.

How AI accelerates blog content distribution?

If you didn’t already know: Wordtune offers some great ways to make your blog writing more impactful. You can add statistical and historical facts to lend authority to your writing, get helpful suggestions on how to write more concisely, and make sure you’ve explained your topic clearly with clever analogies, examples and counterarguments.

Social media

Seven in ten Americans say they use at least one social media channel. The popularity of social media means your content has the potential to reach a large audience. When users like and share your content with friends and followers (see Earned Content), this further increases content distribution.

Social media is also beneficial for finding new customers. People who don’t follow you can still find your content through hashtags and tagged location search filters. 

Use social media to demonstrate relatability and showcase your brand’s personality. Videos, behind-the-scenes photos, testimonials, polls and quotes can humanize your business, demonstrate your values, and provide you with credibility.

How AI accelerates social media content distribution?

By using AI, you can rephrase your content to fit different social media platforms. We covered this topic extensibely in this guide to repurposing content.


Email subscribers are a valuable asset. Signing up to receive frequent content shows they are interested in your business and value your perspective. 

As existing customers, they are also more likely to appreciate promotions and offers. Sharing exclusive resources and tips can help retain their interest and support. 

How AI accelerates email content distribution?

A few months ago, we published a post going over 10 different email templates that you can streamline and ship using AI.

Earned Content Distribution (shared channels)

As the name suggests, earned content is not something you can just buy or create. It only happens when third parties choose to share your content for free. 

Earned content shows credibility and can help position you as an authority in your industry. Of course, this also depends on the reputation of whoever’s sharing your content. The secret to great earned content distribution is to produce high-quality, valuable-rich content.

Here’s what you should know about the different earned content channels:

Media outlets

Getting published in a media outlet is one of the most desirable forms of earned content. This is because media publications generally have strong credibility and website traffic. A feature on a respected publication can boost your brand’s authority, resulting in more leads.

Media outlets can also help your website’s SEO as publications will usually include a backlink to your website. 

How AI accelerates media outlet content distribution?

Creating a press release is a great way to get featured in a media outlet. Check out our guide for tips on how to write the perfect press release. Wordtune also offers a host of features to help write concise, engaging press releases. 

Blogs, roundups, and reviews

Professional bloggers are constantly looking for products and news that their readers will find interesting. Establishing a relationship with bloggers and review sites is the first step to earning this kind of content. 

Start by identifying the kinds of blogs you want to get featured on and reaching out to their owners with a thoughtful and engaging pitch. Why should they be interested in sharing your brand? What about it will resonate with their readers? 

You can invite bloggers to review your brand. Offering them a free sample of your product or service in exchange for an honest review toes the line between earned and paid content, but it allows them to review your product without having to pay for it themselves. If they’ve recently done a round-up of similar products, you might ask that yours be included in the next update. 

You can also ask if they would be happy to have you as a guest blogger, and you can offer them a spot on your company’s blog, if they’re interested. For example, you could offer tips and solutions based on your industry knowledge that their readers may find useful. Another idea is to offer an interview with your brand’s CEO or an employee.

Besides bloggers, you can receive earned content through your own customers. Asking people to leave a review encourages them to share their thoughts, whether that be on your website or on review sites like Trustpilot.


With millions of users, Reddit offers the opportunity for significant exposure. Create an account and use the search bar to find communities (known as “subreddits”) that you can join.

Provide advice and tips to user questions within these subreddits. This can position your brand as an authority and increase its trustworthiness. Make sure you share information that does not just link back to the benefits of your business, as you may appear inauthentic.


A social question-and-answer website, Quora attracts older audiences who are typically seeking professional and serious advice. Quora’s millions of active readers makes it a valuable place for content distribution.

Sign up to the site and use the search bar to enter keywords relating to your business. From there, you can find questions to answer. Offering solutions and tips can position you as an expert within your industry, boosting your brand’s credibility.

Paid Content Distribution

While it obviously comes at a cost, paid content distribution has many benefits.

If you are a new business, you likely have a smaller network of owned and earned distribution channels. Because of this, it’s more difficult to find new customers. But with paid content, you can reach your ideal customer who has yet to discover you.

Paid content can also provide crucial analytics. Knowing how your audience responds to your targeted content improves your overall marketing strategy.

Paid content distribution options to know include:

Sponsored Content

Sponsored content refers to content you pay a publisher to post on their site. You’ll get the greatest impact by focusing on blogs and publications that are popular with your target audience. 

You might provide the content or ask them to create something. This could be an entire blog post or webpage, or a feature in an ultimate guide. If a publisher writes about your business, the coverage blends in with the rest of the site’s content so it looks less like an advertisement.


Google Ads is the most popular PPC provider, but there are a number of others as well. 

You'll usually see clicks come through quickly after you launch your PPC campaign. Thanks to the sophistication of platforms such as Google Adwords, it's easy to measure and track. With location, demographic, interest, keywords, and even their previous interaction with your brand, you can target customers perfectly. 

PPC is most effective when you have a well-thought-out call-to-action in place. What do you want people to do once they have clicked your link? What are your desired results? For example, if you want to increase sales, you may want to link to your shopping page. You could link to one of your social media platforms if you want to expand your following.

Paid Social

Social media companies generate income through third-party advertising. This involves brands paying to feature their ads on users’ social feeds. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat (China) and TikTok are the most popular social media platforms. 

Paid social ads can be a cost-effective option. 26% of individuals say they buy brands they see advertised on social media. Plus, like PPC, they offer the ability to target users by interest, location, age and gender, and more, and you get access to valuable metrics and insights.


Similar to publications that have a trusted and loyal readership, influencers have followers who keep up-to-date with their content daily. Paying an influencer to distribute your content can encourage their followers to check out your brand. Influencer marketing may not be the first channel that comes to mind, but there are serious benefits. 

89% of marketers find it to be as or more effective than other channels, and 71% agree the quality of customers and traffic is better than other sources. Plus, there are many platforms available today that serve as a middleman between you and relevant influencers, greatly facilitating the task. 

Determining Which Channels are right for you

Choosing the right distribution channel for your business depends on your time, budget, the desired outcome, and whether you are working alone or as part of a team. Here are some key things to consider when choosing the right distribution channels:

Solo marketers vs. content marketing teams

As a result of having more people to work on different distribution channels, a content team can develop a larger distribution strategy. For example, one person may research industry blogs while another may research influencers to reach out to. Through this distribution of labor, marketers can target multiple channels and audiences at once and devise more complex marketing strategies. 

Individuals, however, have fewer resources and must focus on specific distribution channels. For example, owned and earned content is powerful, but it takes a long time to build up momentum. Paid channels can help generate revenue while you do this. You can still have a comprehensive, multi-channel marketing strategy, but you will need to pace yourself and be realistic about what returns you can expect on your investments both in time and money. 

Free content distribution vs paid distribution

Free distribution channels, such as organic social sharing or SEO, can produce a consistent growth, but they take longer to grow momentum. To build them, you need to slowly increase your audience's reach, trust and credibility. The advantage with this type of distribution is that it's free, obviously, and that it continues without the need to constantly add money "gasoline".

Paid distribution can help businesses reach a wider audience faster. Advertising on platforms such as Google and Facebook allows you to promote your products or services to a specific target audience, in a concentrated effort. 

The paid choice can also be useful if you are struggling to reach new consumers via your own platforms. Choose paid distribution to quickly reach a large, specific audience and boost brand awareness.

B2B vs B2C content distribution

It is likely that your content distribution strategy will differ depending on the target audience you are trying to reach: businesses or consumers. 

The content of B2B businesses should be authoritative and more detailed and technical, and they invest a lot of time and resources into networking and professional events.

Social media, influencer marketing, blogging, email marketing, and video content are all important channels for distributing consumer content. 

There are overlaps between B2B and B2C content channels, and brands should combine channels to reach their target audiences. 


In order to determine which channel is right for you, consider your resources and the audience you're hoping to reach. Owned, earned, and paid channels all come with their own benefits and challenges. 

Above all, make sure that the content you create is high quality and impactful. Any distribution will succeed or fail based on this factor.