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A Cheat Sheet for Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

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9 Irresistible Incentives That’ll Grow Your Email List Like Crazy

9 Irresistible Incentives That’ll Grow Your Email List Like Crazy

Subscriber numbers.

Frustrating, aren’t they?

Everyone tells you how important building a list is, but yours is so tiny it would fit on the back of your hand.

And on the other side of the fence, popular bloggers can’t wait to brag about how many people are on their email lists.

“Join over 5,000 readers by subscribing today.”

“Join more than 10,000 people who’ve already signed up.”

“100,000 subscribers and counting!”

But how exactly do they do it?

And why are people so eager to sign up for their lists and apparently so reluctant to sign up for yours?
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18 Seductive Writing Tips That’ll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

18 Seductive Writing Tips That’ll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

Note from Jon: This is a guest post by Henneke from Enchanting Marketing. Her fabulous new book Blog to Win Business – How to Enchant Readers and Woo Customers is out today. It will make you smile, kick your ass, and massively improve your blog. Download your copy exclusively from Amazon. I highly recommend it.

You’re working hard. Bloody hard.

You share your best tips. You edit and polish your posts. You wrack your brain for the perfect headline.

But that’s not all.

You promote your posts on Facebook and Twitter. You build an email list. You stalk influencers and write guest posts.

But somehow you feel your efforts aren’t paying off.

You want more shares, more comments, more enthusiasm for your blog.

But you’re simply not getting the response you deserve.

It’s soooo frustrating.

Because you can’t work any harder.

Isn’t there a smarter way? A way to truly engage your existing audience instead of constantly fighting for new readers? A way to entice them to comment more? And tempt them to share your posts?

Yep, there is a way. And it all comes down to this:

Readers don’t want to be informed; they want to be seduced. (Click to tweet)

That’s right. You need to seduce your readers with each headline, each paragraph, each sentence.

You need to make your content so irresistible that your readers crave your next post.

How? It’s easier than you might think.

If you use the following 18 tips to become a master in the art of seduction, your readers will be hanging on your every word.

They won’t want more of your writing; they’ll beg for it.

Ready?
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49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

Note from Jon: I talk to a lot of bloggers who’d love to spend more time painting, storytelling, photographing, or some other creative pursuit, but don’t, because they feel it’s not pragmatic. And that’s sad, because it can be. Just as a blog can build buzz around a book or business, it can also be used to promote your art.

Regardless of your passion, you’ll find someone in Leanne’s list you can use to inspire your own success. I also urge you to download The Rebel Artist’s Manifesto. It’s free, and it’ll give you one extra kick in the butt to get you started.

You’ve watched artists, performers and writers like Hugh McLeod, Amanda Palmer, Chase Jarvis, and Jeff Goins sell boatloads of creative work thanks to the platforms they have built from their blogs.

You tinker with your own creative projects and wonder if you could use a blog to promote them too.

But despite all the blogging advice out there, you sense that blogging for art is different.

You know you don’t want to be spammy, but have no idea how to use a blog to sell those musical compositions, show tickets, short horror stories, family paintings with Fido, or handmade grandfather clocks.

The one thing artists need to be successful today

The Internet has turned selling creative work on its head.

No longer can you simply get good at your craft and then find someone to champion you, manage you, or sponsor you.

Want a publishing deal? You better have built a solid fan base for your work first.

Want a chance at a record deal or even just a decent side income from your work? You’ll need an engaged audience and good-sized list.

For today’s artist, building a tribe is non-negotiable.

But how?
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The Underdog’s Guide to Building an Unforgettable Blog

The Underdog’s Guide to Building an Unforgettable Blog

Note from Jon: The fear of not being able to stand out in a crowded space can be paralyzing when you’re a beginner, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, one of our favorite guest contributors, Henneke Duistermaat, will walk you through how to create a blog no one forgets, even if you’re just one small voice amongst thousands. For more training on how to enchant your audience, also be sure to check out Enchanting Marketing.

Let’s not pussyfoot around it.

Hundreds – maybe thousands – of bloggers write about the same topic as you.

Some have more writing talent than you.

Some have more followers than you.

And some have a huge email list to drive traffic to their sites.

So the big question is:

How can you possibly compete with all of these popular bloggers?
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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

There are some bloggers who seem to have a natural gift when it comes to writing. Some bloggers seem to be naturally gifted writers.

They manage to get their ideas across clearly and economically, which means that readers can easily follow what they write. Readers devour their clear, economical prose.

Not only is there a lot of respect for what they have to say, but also the way that they say it. People respect what they say – and love how they say it.

Whenever they publish a new post on their blog, it always gets dozens of comments and hundreds of shares. Every new blog post attracts dozens of comments and hundreds of shares.

It would be great to be as successful as they are, but you don’t know what you need to do to make your writing better. You’d love to emulate their success but you don’t know how.

The good news is that there’s a secret you can easily learn which will improve everything you write from now on. Fortunately for you, a simple secret can transform your writing forever.
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