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Demystifying Epic Content: How to Actually Create It (Not Just Jabber About How Important It Is)

Demystifying Epic Content: How to Actually Create It (Not Just Jabber About How Important It Is)

You’ve heard it many times before.

The key to getting tons of attention, a boatload of subscribers, and a massive audience of raving fans is to write epic content.

Create content that rocks your readers’ worlds and you’ll live happily ever after.

It’s almost a blogging mantra, but you might just strangle the next person who says it.

Because while everybody tells you how great your content must be, almost nobody tells you how to do it.

Which makes the advice next to useless.

The “how” of epic content stays a secret known only to a few popular bloggers. And they’re keeping it to themselves.

That’s about to change…
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4 Bombproof Formulas for Openings That Grab Readers and Don’t Let Go

4 Bombproof Formulas for Openings That Grab Readers and Don’t Let Go

Do you hear that?

Drip, drip, drip.

That’s the sound of sweat falling from a blogger’s brow.

Drip, drip, drip.

Writing an effective opening is damn hard work. If you don’t hook your reader within the first eight seconds, they’ll click a link and disappear, perhaps forever.

Drip, drip, drip.

That sound is the difference between an amateur and a professional. Whether you write for a living or not, breaking sweat over your openings is a sign you’re serious about your craft.

Like Stephen King.

Even he admits he spends months perfecting the beginnings to his stories. That’s because, book or blog post, the rules are the same: lose your reader in the beginning and you’ve lost them for good.

But, what if you don’t have the luxury of spending as much time as it takes? What if a deadline is looming? And what if you know your post could be great, but you’re not sure how to begin?

Don’t worry.

You just need some simple formulas you can copy. Formulas that practically guarantee that you open strong every time.

But my eight seconds are up.

So let’s get started.
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The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Expert Roundup Post That Gets 1000s of Shares

The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Expert Roundup Post That Gets 1000s of Shares

I bet you’ve done it.

Seen a blog post that received thousands of shares, and thought:

“One day, that will be me.”

Or more likely, “Boy, I wish that could be me.”

But what’s the secret behind those super popular posts? What’s the writer doing that you’re not?

After all, your content is just as good or better, but your results are embarrassing in comparison.

You just can’t seem to figure out the whole “viral” thing.

Here’s the part you’re missing.

Certain types of content are more likely to be shared than others.

Sure, quality is important. But some posts have shareability in their DNA.

And one type in particular is almost guaranteed to catch fire on social media…

The expert roundup.
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How to Catapult Yourself from Diddly Squat to a Booming Online Career

How to Catapult Yourself from Diddly Squat to a Booming Online Career

*Sigh*

Soul-destroying, isn’t it?

You look at popular bloggers.

With thousands of Twitter followers.

Hundreds of blog comments.

And digital products selling like hot cakes. At premium prices too.

Webinar? Sold out.

New infographic? Gone viral.

And then …

You look at your own online presence. A handful of comments. A few hundred Twitter followers. And a faint presence on Google+.

Does it make you feel down? Overwhelmed?

Does earning a living online feel impossible? Like an insurmountable task?

In October 2012,  I felt the same way.
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The Best of Boost Blog Traffic 2014 (and How to Kick Butt in 2015)

The Best of Boost Blog Traffic 2014 (and How to Kick Butt in 2015)

Let me guess.

Right about now you’re looking back and wondering where the hell 2014 went.

Seriously, how can twelve whole months disappear so damn quickly?

Regardless, it was an interesting year for us bloggers.

In January, Matt Cutts announced the death of guest blogging (although it still seems to be in rude health almost a year later).

In the summer, Google killed off  its Authorship project, which sucked if you wanted more recognition for your content. (But, hey, at least you didn’t write a 15,343 word guide on the topic.)

It was also the year that blogging platform Medium gained some serious momentum (though you know you still need your own blog, right?)

And a brand new social network called Ello created a lot of buzz in a short space of time and then faded into the background almost as rapidly.

But as another blogging year approaches, it’s important to celebrate the highlights of the one about to pass.

So let’s get started.
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