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36 Outrageous Headlines You Can Not Help but Click

36 Outrageous Headlines You Can Not Help but Click

It’s practically a blogging commandment.

Thou shalt write great headlines.

And even if those words have never been etched into stone, it’s still rock-solid advice.

After all, if your headline fails to grab attention, the rest of your post is frankly irrelevant.

Knowing this, you take your headlines seriously.

You study proven headline formulas.

You use power words to add emotion.

You tweak every word until it’s perfect.

But sometimes your results fall short. You can’t help feeling some magical ingredient is missing, but you don’t know what it is.

Fortunately, one ingredient will almost guarantee your headlines get clicked like crazy every time.

So, do you want to know what it is?
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27 Posts That’ll Light a Fire Under Your Ass and Make You a Better Writer

27 Posts That’ll Light a Fire Under Your Ass and Make You a Better Writer

“Am I getting better at this?”

It may be the most important question you can ask yourself as a writer.

If  you’ve never thought to ask it before, go ahead and do it now.

And be honest. Are you a better writer than you were three months ago? A year ago? Three years ago?

If the answer’s “No” (or even “Yes, but not by much”) then you face a serious problem.

Because your skill as a writer is key to your success as a blogger.

Sure, skillful writing won’t guarantee your success, but a lack of skill will sure as hell hinder it.

But if your writing isn’t improving fast enough, there’s some good news…

It doesn’t mean you’re a slow learner.

It just means you’re not engineering enough opportunities to improve.

Let’s find out how, shall we?
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How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers

How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers

Note from Glen: As a kid, I remember my mom rubbing antiseptic ointment onto my bloodied knee after a fall. “It hurts!” I sobbed. “That means it’s working,” she said wisely.

Sometimes what’s good for you hurts a little too. And that’s how I feel about this post by Jon.

We’ve gained a ton of new readers since it was first published, which means thousands of new patients for Doctor Morrow. So tell me, are you ready for your medicine?

Can I be painfully honest with you for a moment?

Not thank-God-he-told-me honesty, where somebody points out you have spinach on your teeth. No, I’m talking about the sucker-punch-straight-to-the-face brand of honesty.

It’s brutal. It’s ugly. It’s unexpected.

And I can almost guarantee you will NOT enjoy it.

In fact, I’ve been holding off telling you for years now, hoping somebody would do the dirty work for me. But no one has. So, out of respect to you, I want to tell you the truth.

So here it is.

You know how you’ve been struggling to get traffic? Tried everything, and it’s just not working right?

Well, it’s not because you haven’t found the right traffic strategy. It’s not because you need to change your domain name. It’s not because the Google gods have turned against you and cursed you to wallow in anonymity forever.

It’s because you’re dumb.

And if you ever want a chance in hell of anyone listening to you, you’d better smarten up.
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6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeniable Genius

6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeniable Genius

It’s a deeply troubling thought, isn’t it?

That even your best ideas might be a little… ordinary.

Particularly if you dream of online success. The Internet hates ordinary.

Actually, scratch that; the Internet totally ignores ordinary. It doesn’t even register on the chart.

So naturally, you feel envious when other writers get noticed with ideas that aren’t ordinary at all.

Your jealousy is tinged with admiration, and you can’t help but wonder how they do it.

How come their ideas are so great when the ones that pop into your head are so damn average?

Newsflash – these people are not fundamentally more creative than you.

They just understand something about the nature of ideas that nobody told you yet.
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Why You Feel Like an Idiot When You Talk About Your Blog (and How to Fix It)

Why You Feel Like an Idiot When You Talk About Your Blog (and How to Fix It)

It’s the question you secretly dread:

“So, what’s your blog about?”

You should be delighted that someone’s showing an interest in your passion.

But the problem is, you’ve been here before. You know how it ends.

Pushing your doubts aside, you launch into an explanation, all the while waiting for that inevitable moment…

That moment when her eyes glaze over and you can practically read her thoughts.

She’s wishing she’d never asked.

She forces a smile. “I guess it’s nice to have a hobby.”

And a tiny part of your dream dies.

So what’s the problem here – is it you, or your blog?

If you’re struggling to win people over online too, there’s a good chance it’s both.

But fortunately for you, there’s a simple solution…
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