10 Traits of a successful influencer

There are plenty of influencers in the market, but some important traits set successful influencers apart from the rest.

If you are an influencer, it’s essential to understand the traits and characteristics that lend to success in this challenging field. Here are 10 traits of a successful influencer.


People love influencers who are authentic and practice what they preach. That is how you build trust with your followers. Your audience can spot a fake from miles away— so stay true to who you are. People follow genuine people that know their stuff.


Relatability and empathy are two qualities that make up a great influencer because they can put themselves in the shoes of the people they’re speaking to. Every now and again, you need to step away from product-focused messages and give your audience more natural or organic content. 


As an influencer, you have to be creative and original. That is how you grab people’s attention and eventually build up a following. With so many editing tools in the market, the possibilities are endless. You need to be constantly experimenting with new apps to keep your content fresh.


You need to have a knack for interacting with people. Brands need to see that you have a relationship with your audience. And one of the best ways to build relationships on social media is by interacting with people.


As an influencer, you are seen as an expert in a particular niche. You are seen as a thought leader in your industry. But most importantly, you must be passionate about your specific area of interest. If you display passion for the content you create, you will attract others that are also passionate about it. If you are passionate about your content, it will be easier to talk about it and create content daily.


The way that the social media algorithm is set up, you are no longer required to post every single day. This means you can spend more time creating quality content that will resonate with your audience. If you don’t invest enough time into research, you cannot expect your online community to be interested or engaged.

Add Value

Successful influencers consistently add value through their content. There are three types of content—entertainment, education and inspiration. Before you put out content, ask yourself the following question. How am I adding value?


There are hundreds of new influencers that come into the market every single day. But a successful influencer doesn’t get distracted by everything that’s happening around them. You cannot just suddenly change your game plan, so you can keep up with the Jones’s. Believe in your magic and stay in your lane.

Review and re-invent

You need to evaluate yourself and see where you can improve constantly.  Ask yourself the following questions:

•          What are my best performing posts and why?

•          Am I growing as an influencer?

•          How can I improve my influence?


Successful influencers are professional. They respond to emails promptly, deliver quality content on time, and keep the communication lines open. If you want to continue working with brands, you have to go the extra mile every time.

Although there may be many, those are 10 traits of a successful influencer.  Are there any other qualities of a successful influencer that you can think of? Let me know in the comments below.