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Happy July! Here are the Copyblogger Content Excellence prompts for this month. For those of you who haven’t joined us yet, each month in 2017 we’re providing a pair of prompts: one to make you more productive and one to improve your creativity or writing skill. Feel free to try one prompt or both. You can join the fun anytime you like.
If you’ve studied copywriting, you know the purpose of the headline is to get people to click and start reading. And your opening copy needs to continue that momentum all the way to the offer or conclusion. One way to do that is to make a bold, seemingly unreasonable assertion in your title or headline.
We kicked off the holiday week on Monday with your July creativity and productivity prompts. Each month this year, we’re suggesting practical ideas to improve your content and help you get more done. In July, we’re challenging you to select two content types that are new to you and schedule an extra hour each day to work on something meaningful.
On Monday, our friend Jon Nastor shared the top tips he’s learned from conducting more than 350 podcast interviews in two years. He has a lot of solid advice here on how to better prepare for your interviews — without making your content stiff or robotic. On Tuesday, our editorial assistant Will DeWitt revealed how his experiences on a recent cruise shaped how he thinks abou ...
On Monday, Brian Clark kicked off a new series of quick copy tips. These are short, powerful techniques that can make your copy more persuasive and get you to your goals faster. This time, Brian taught us about the Proclamation Lead — a way to cut through the clutter and start your content with a bang.
Sometimes, content marketing is a numbers game. And this week on Copyblogger, we have lots of ideas for well-defined, specific actions you can take to improve your website and create some excellent content. Specifically, we have 37 ideas. On Monday, Stefanie kick-started our week with a nifty little process to turn one lonely content idea into four strong posts.
One cool thing about being a content marketer is that you tend to become an expert in your topic. You probably know an awful lot about your business, your project, or your subject matter. In fact, you might actually know too much about it. It’s called the curse of knowledge. Because we research our topics deeply and spend so much time writing about them, we tend to understa ...
I started working with podcasts because I was an avid podcast listener. I would be listening to a conversation, hanging on every word, and then it would happen: the guest would bump his mic at the exact moment when he said the one thing I wanted to hear, and I’d miss out. Our content should connect and engage, not frustrate and push away.
Content marketing is a long game. In one way, that’s excellent — because all of your lazy or undisciplined competitors are going to drop out. In another way, it sucks, because we all have days when we’re lazy and undisciplined. In the early days, we can get by on adrenaline and enthusiasm. But as the months pass, we need some strategies to stay in love with that blog, vide ...
At a local WordCamp recently, I critiqued websites from a group of volunteers during a site clinic session. While I noticed a number of common mistakes — like extra-loud, auto-play videos and other distractions — one of the weird things that stood out was how many real, substantial businesses had problematic web hosting and domain strategies.
Bill is at a wine bar on Saturday night, enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir. After striking up a playful conversation with Lisa (who prefers Syrah), he asks for her telephone number. Lisa agrees to Bill’s request, and he creates a new “contact” in his cell phone. “No,” Lisa stops Bill. “You’ll have to memorize it. I don’t want you to write it down.
Sometimes it’s really helpful to prepare multiple pieces of content in advance. You might be: Launching your website and need to have articles already published on your blog Taking a vacation and need to have your content scheduled before you leave Looking for new ways to execute your content marketing strategy But how do you plan your content, create it, and meet ...
Recently, my wife and I went on our first cruise. Even though we didn’t have an inkling of what to expect, we now have what we’re calling “Cruise Fever.” We plan on being repeat customers for the same cruise line — and wouldn’t even consider another. Why? It’s all due to the completely satisfying experience we had from the moment we stepped foot on the ship to our final moment aboard.
Today is Independence Day in the U.S. I’ve written before about the theme of independence and how it plays out in our lives today. Independence is more important to Americans than ever. Thirty-five percent of the U.S. workforce are now working as freelancers. And while the current uncertainty around our health insurance system might make it seem “safer” to take a more tradit ...
What if we’re thinking about SEO all wrong? You won’t be shocked to see such a question posed on this site — one that harbors posts in its archive with headlines like SEO is Dead and What if You Could Simply Eliminate SEO from Your Life? Don’t get me wrong: we’re not anti-SEO. Heck, we were recently awarded a U.S.
Writing is a glorious and rewarding experience, a noble craft, one of the most satisfying ways you can spend your time — at least, while your clothes are on. Except for the days when it’s horrible. Maybe that’s why writers love quotes about writing. They help remind us of those lofty aspects and give us courage to get through the crummy parts.
When I started Hack the Entrepreneur, I had never conducted a single interview before. But during the past two years, I’ve hosted more than 350 podcast interviews. I’ve also made a lot of mistakes, embarrassed myself a few times, and learned countless lessons. So now I have a number of insights to share with you today, as well as tips to avoid some not-so-obvious blunders.
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