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A Cheat Sheet for Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

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Blogger Outreach: How to Get Influencers to Promote Your Content for Free

Blogger Outreach: How to Get Influencers to Promote Your Content for Free

Note from Jon: Let me introduce this post by saying something shocking: if you want a chance in hell of being noticed online, you need to spend as much time promoting your post as you do writing it. Maybe more. The question is… how? The answer: read this guide from one of the hottest up and comers online right now, Brian Dean.

Ever notice how some blogs seem to arrive out of nowhere?

A few months earlier, you’d never even heard of the blog.

Then suddenly it’s plastered over half the Twitter and Facebook feeds in your niche.

And almost overnight, the person behind the blog is the go-to expert in the field.

Annoying, isn’t it?

After all, your content is just as good as theirs (if not better). You know just as much about your topic as they do (if not more). And you work just as hard (if not harder) promoting your work on social media.

So what’s their secret?

How do they skyrocket their blog’s traffic and subscriber numbers … while you’re still struggling to move the needle?

Is it their content?

(That’s important, but frankly not enough to guarantee success.)

Is it their eye-catching design?

(Good design helps, but it won’t automatically get you to the top.)

Did they just get lucky?

(With 164 million blogs online, they’d have better odds of winning the lottery.)

Believe it or not, most bloggers who make a name for themselves use a strategy that’s as old school as Netscape and 56k modems.

And because it may not initially seem as exciting as a new traffic technique or the latest social media network, most bloggers overlook this time-tested approach, even though it often leads to explosive blog growth.

But let’s reveal exactly how you can use this untapped strategy to grow your blog quicker than you ever thought possible.
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How to Craft Tweetable Quotes That Spread Your Content like Wildfire

How to Craft Tweetable Quotes That Spread Your Content like Wildfire

It hurts when a post you labored over doesn’t get any comments.

And it stings when no one shares your content on Facebook or Twitter.

But it really feels like a punch to the gut when your ideas don’t go anywhere, doesn’t it?

After all, most of us became bloggers because we had ideas we wanted to spread.

Important ideas. Life-changing ideas. Hell, even world-changing ideas.

But if your ideas aren’t spreading, does that mean you’re failing as a blogger? Is it time to give up?

Before you go off and have a pity party, let’s ask ourselves why your ideas haven’t taken off.

Maybe you haven’t found your voice yet. Maybe your niche is just too crowded. Maybe you’re looking for inspiration in the wrong places.

Or maybe you know how to come up with interesting ideas, but you’re not so good at promoting them. Or you genuinely have a brilliant new take on the world, but you fail when “selling” it to others.

If this describes you, do not despair. You’re not alone. And there is an answer.

But first, let’s pinpoint what’s holding you back.

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5 Lessons Cats Teach Us about Creating Blissfully Mindless Content

5 Lessons Cats Teach Us about Creating Blissfully Mindless Content

Wouldn’t it be great if all you had to do to get people to pay attention to your blog was to climb into a cardboard box and play with some string?

It works for cats. Collectively, the cat videos on YouTube are more popular than… well… everything.

And it’s totally not fair, right?

Nothing is more frustrating than spending hours writing a thoughtful post, only to get ignored because everyone is too busy watching a cat play the keyboard. And yet, it happens all the time.

Is it wrong to want to actually teach people something? Is all that hard work creating educational content just a waste of time?

Well, I don’t think so. If I did, I wouldn’t be writing this post.

At the same time though, I believe all the cat videos are trying to teach us a very important lesson: More

5 Steps to Creating an Everlasting Gobstopper of Traffic

5 Steps to Creating an Everlasting Gobstopper of Traffic

Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Traffic that never runs out, just as the fictional candy never ran out in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Too bad it’s impossible.

Or is it?

Well, consider the evidence:

It happened here with our illustrious Jon Morrow. It happened here with Jennifer Gresham. It happened here with Corbett Barr.

In fact, you’ll find examples of it all over the web. Most popular bloggers can point to a handful of posts that people never stop talking about, that never stop getting traffic, and that never stop bringing them new fans. Traffic shot up, and it never quite came back down.

And the really good news?

The same thing can happen to you. Let’s talk about how… More

9 Ways to Go Viral on Pinterest and Get an Avalanche of Traffic

9 Ways to Go Viral on Pinterest and Get an Avalanche of Traffic

Okay, show of hands.

Who else would like to get 90,000 visitors just by posting a simple photo?

Everybody, right?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the new kid on the social media block, Pinterest, a bookmarking site focused on sharing interesting photos with your friends. You might even heard some crazy-sounding stories about bloggers who are using it to drive an avalanche of traffic to their blogs.

But you’re probably confused.

How are bloggers getting traffic from Pinterest? Why does it feel like you’re not making the most of this new social media site? Why is the traffic everyone else is getting with Pinterest whizzing past you like a freight train in the night?

Well, I’ve got you covered. As I did research for my new book on Pinterest marketing, I dug into some of the web’s most successful Pinterest case studies to find out exactly how it all works.

And I discovered some interesting strategies. In this post, I’ve handpicked eight of the best strategies for bloggers, as well as some thoughts about exactly how to put them into action: More