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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 Compact Guide to Grammar for Busy People

The Compact Guide to Grammar for Busy People

Let’s get real here.

You’re a creative thinker, not a nitpicky grammar geek.

When you sit down to write you like to write, not dither around with mechanics. So when the words start flowing, you don’t want to get in their way by thinking about all those little details.

Not to mention the time factor. As in you can barely find the bandwidth to write as it is, let alone edit for grammar.

But you also care about being perceived as intelligent and credible. And you’re smart enough to know that for your writing to be taken seriously, it needs to come across as polished and correct.

The problem is, it’s been a long time since Mrs. Pendergast’s sixth-grade English class. And you were pretty hazy on the rules even back then.

Searching the Internet can quickly turn into a dive down a black hole of barely remembered terminology and examples that don’t really fit.

So what’s a blogger with good intentions but limited time and resources to do?

Well, here’s the good news. Language evolves, and as it does, so do our notions about what is “correct.” You might be surprised to learn that some of what Mrs. Pendergast taught you is now considered outmoded.

Of course there are still rules to follow, but read on, and you’ll find they’re no longer quite so intimidating.

And with a little repetition, applying many of them will soon become second nature.

Ready to rock and roll?
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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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23 Posts to Model If You Want to Get the Respect You Deserve in 2015

23 Posts to Model If You Want to Get the Respect You Deserve in 2015

Admit it. You’re sceptical.

Is great content really the answer to all your blogging woes?

Maybe you’ve heard the mantra once too often, but you can’t help wondering…

Even if you do work your ass off on a post, will it get the recognition it truly deserves?

The blogosphere is so crowded and noisy, even the good stuff gets lost.

So is it even worth the effort to try?

Well, here’s the disappointing truth…

You’re right.

Until you reach a certain level of internet “fame”, the quality of your content doesn’t count for much. You’re like an artist hanging work in a gallery nobody visits.

Quite simply, your blog isn’t big enough – yet. You don’t have the right connections – yet.

And until you’ve spent longer on the blogging treadmill, and earned your blogger’s dues, the most likely result of creating great content is the feeling of disappointment when it’s completely ignored.

It’s not fair. But then nobody said it would be.

That’s why you need an unfair advantage. You need powerful friends…
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