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A Cheat Sheet for Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

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How to Build Relationships with Popular Bloggers (Even If It Scares You Silly)

How to Build Relationships with Popular Bloggers (Even If It Scares You Silly)

You know you’re supposed to be reaching out to popular bloggers.

After all, without help, how will you compete with the Internet’s 150 million other blogs?

Popular bloggers already have large audiences. They can introduce your content to thousands of readers you’d never otherwise reach. They can introduce you to other powerful people online.

But something has been holding you back.

Every time you think of reaching out, it kicks in …

The fear of rejection.

“Why would famous bloggers pay any attention to me?”

“They’ll know I’m a newbie and scoff in disgust!”

Don’t worry – these feelings are common. It’s freaking awkward to throw yourself in a total stranger’s face and ask them to help you.

Fortunately, though, there is a way to befriend influencers and get them to promote your work without straying too far from your comfort zone.

In fact, if you do it right, outreach can easily feel less scary, more natural, and even invigorating.

Let’s find out how…

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25 Posts to Inspire Independent-Spirited Writers Everywhere

25 Posts to Inspire Independent-Spirited Writers Everywhere

You choose your audience.

You choose your topic.

You choose your theme, your plugins, your widgets.

You choose when to write, what to write, and how to write it.

You decide all of those things because you’re the boss, and you answer to nobody.

But let’s face it; few endeavors are as independent-spirited as blogging.

And that’s why, as the holiday weekend approaches in the US, we’re delighted to showcase a collection of outstanding posts created by bloggers who truly embrace that spirit of independence by sharing their ideas, on their terms, with a waiting world.

Some are beginning bloggers tentatively taking their first steps; others are experienced bloggers who continue to hone their craft.

But regardless of where you’d place yourself on that spectrum – or even if you’re only now thinking of launching a blog – you’ll find plenty here to motivate and inspire you.
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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Comments That Open Doors with Popular Bloggers

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Comments That Open Doors with Popular Bloggers

You’ve heard the advice a million times.

Write great comments, and your blog will magically grow. Why, it’s so easy even a caveman can do it!

And it’s true – comments can be powerful. A great comment can land you on the radar of a popular blogger – the kind of super-connected influencer who can accelerate your success.

It sounds so simple.

The only problem?

You aren’t sure what a great comment looks like.

Is it a comment that shovels heaps of praise onto the author? Or one that argues a persuasive alternative view? Or one that simply thanks the blogger for their insights?

Because while many experts preach the virtues of strategic commenting, almost nobody tells you how to do it.

As a result, many well-intentioned bloggers are spending their precious time writing comments they think are great.

In reality?

Their comments usually suck.
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The Skeptic’s Guide to Getting Targeted Traffic from Google+

The Skeptic’s Guide to Getting Targeted Traffic from Google+

Ever wonder if you’re missing a trick?

After all, you have so many options for promoting your latest blog post, you could easily overlook a killer tactic.

But chasing every new traffic trick that appears can be a huge distraction, and that’s time you’re not spending writing great content or engaging with your readers.

And sometimes you don’t need clever new tactics. Some of the best ways to promote your content have existed for years – you’ve simply neglected them.

Sometimes how you promote your content is less important than where you do it.

And one place that’s excellent for driving quality traffic is hidden in plain sight.

It’s called Google+.
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How to Become a Confident Expert (and Stop Feeling Like a Fraud)

How to Become a Confident Expert (and Stop Feeling Like a Fraud)

It’s hard to admit, but…

You sometimes feel like a fraud.

There’s a yawning gap between how you present yourself online, and how you actually feel.

You know that to be credible online, people must see you as an expert, but how often do you feel you actually deserve that label?

Sure, you have a good understanding of your topic, and you’re expanding your knowledge every day, but are you truly an expert?

In truth, being seen as an expert is as much about your confidence as it is about the depth and breadth of your knowledge. If you act like an expert, people tend to treat you like one.

But here’s the thing. Knowledge breeds confidence. And if you sometimes feel like a fraud, it just means you don’t have quite enough knowledge yet.

So the question is: what do you need to know to confidently present yourself as an expert in your topic?

And how can you acquire that knowledge as quickly as possible?
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