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The Simple Favor That Wins You Powerful Friends Online

The Simple Favor That Wins You Powerful Friends Online

Ah, love.

It’s such an elusive thing.

You want more of it, and yet it’s so hard to find.

We all want those droplets of love that come in the form of more readers, social shares, comments, and emails. As bloggers, we can’t get enough.

But one type of love trumps the rest. It’s the love you can only dream about.

The love of an A-List Blogger.

You’ll have heard the stories…

One minute a blogger is chugging along, churning out great content day after day, but with little to show for it.

Then, suddenly, they catch the eye of a big-name blogger. An “A-Lister.”

And now they’re in the spotlight. They’re getting more traffic, more subscribers, more revenue. Everything is straight through the roof.

So how do you do it? How do you catch the eye of a big-name A-List blogger? How do you become the next hot new thing?

Read on.

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How to Magically Transform Your Boring Blog Using These 3 Types of Videos

How to Magically Transform Your Boring Blog Using These 3 Types of Videos

There it is again.

The nagging thought that surfaces from time to time:

I really ought to use video on my blog.

And usually, you try to ignore it.

Because making video is totally different to writing, right? And surely you can’t be expected to master everything?

But no matter where you look, you find another subtle reminder of the power of video to cast a spell over an audience.

It could crop up in a casual conversation with a fellow blogger. Or in the latest tip from your favorite online guru. Heck, even a family member might bring it up.

It’s like the universe is trying to stop you from missing out on a huge opportunity.

And you get it. You truly do. The magical properties of video are clear.

It’ll make your blog stand out. It’ll help you bond with your readers. It could even bring you more search engine traffic.

So, every time the thought of video crops up, why do you wish you could be like Harry Potter and crawl under your invisibility cloak until it disappears?
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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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