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A Cheat Sheet for Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

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How to Get Interviewed by Popular Blogs (Even If You’re Not a Big Shot)

How to Get Interviewed by Popular Blogs (Even If You’re Not a Big Shot)

Stings, doesn’t it?

Whenever a popular blog quotes an expert in your niche, you feel a little pang of envy.

And you can’t help thinking…

Why not me?

And it’s a good question.

Why did that person get asked for their opinion and not you?

After all, they’re no smarter than you. No more experienced than you. No more interesting than you.

But for some reason they received that call (or email or tweet) instead of you.

Which means they earned yet another mention on a popular blog, while you’re left feeling like a nobody.

And you start to wonder…

Why do the same small set of individuals crop up time and time again online?

Do they all belong to some secret experts club that gives them access to all the best opportunities?

And if so, how do you get to be a member?
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297 Flabby Words and Phrases That Rob Your Writing of All Its Power

297 Flabby Words and Phrases That Rob Your Writing of All Its Power

You’re not stupid.

You know what writing is truly about.

It’s a never-ending battle for your readers’ attention.

Every sentence is a link in a taut chain that connects your headline to your conclusion.

And you are just one weak sentence away from losing your reader forever.

So you take your craft quite seriously.

You ignore all but your best ideas.

You work on each piece of writing for exactly as long as necessary to get it right.

And you edit until your words are crisp and clear.

But what if that isn’t enough?

What if weaknesses remain that are almost impossible to spot?
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How to Run a Simple Contest and Add 500 New Subscribers to Your List

How to Run a Simple Contest and Add 500 New Subscribers to Your List

You’re probably sick of hearing it.

You know, the good old one, two, three strategy for growing your blog.

One – set up an e-mail list.

Two – create a juicy incentive to persuade visitors to sign up.

Three – promote the hell out of it and hope people take the bait.

And the thing is, it’s good advice.

But that’s the problem.

Because it’s good advice, everyone’s doing it.

Which means it’s increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd.

So what’s a subscriber-hungry blogger to do?

Well, when everyone’s doing the same thing, the smart play is to do something completely different.

So what if there were a way to attract subscribers that 99% of bloggers aren’t using?

What if this method could give you a big jump in subscribers, not just a small trickle?

And what if you could learn this method in just a few minutes?

(The exact method I recently used to add 500 new subscribers to my own blog.)

Sound interesting?
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The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each One)

The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each One)

Want to know the secret to a popular blog?

Drumroll please…

Popular posts.

Simple, huh? :-)

So simple as to be, well let’s be honest, completely useless.

Because if you knew the secret to writing consistently popular posts, you’d already have a popular blog. Right?

But instead, you approach each new idea with a gnawing trepidation.

You quietly hope that this might be the post that finally rockets you to Internet fame, but it’s all you can do to suppress the creeping fear that people will completely ignore it – or even ridicule it.

The problem is that nobody – not even the A-List Bloggers – knows how a post will be received until they click publish. And even the top dogs understand that they are just one underwhelming post away from a raft of unsubscribes and a flurry of premature – but strangely prophetic – rumors of a fall from grace.

But there is a way to give your next blog post (and the one after that and the one after that) the best chance of being your most popular to date.
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Why Educating Readers Is No Longer Enough (and How to Really Build an Audience in 2014)

Why Educating Readers Is No Longer Enough (and How to Really Build an Audience in 2014)

Only fools depend on educational content to grow their audience.

There. I said it.

But…

What about all the huge sites like WebMD and Moz getting millions of visitors through publishing educational content?

What about all the blog, podcast and video heavyweights who say publishing educational content is key to building a presence online?

And for that matter, what about this blog post? Isn’t this educational content? Aren’t I being a bit of a hypocrite?

All fair questions. In the next few minutes, I’ll answer all of them.

For now though, let me pose another question:

If you’re a beginner, and you’re starting from scratch, what’s the best way to build an audience in 2014?

Ask a dozen popular bloggers that question, and at least half of them will tell you to publish great content. I would be one of them.

The problem?

It’s a useless answer. Here’s why:

Nobody truly knows what great content is. Not even me.

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