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Why You Suck at Guest Blogging (and What The Pros Do Differently)

Why You Suck at Guest Blogging (and What The Pros Do Differently)

Confusing, isn’t it?

Everyone seems to have a different view about guest blogging.

Some popular bloggers claim it’s still a great way to grow your blog.

But others say it’s too much effort for too little reward.

Maybe you’ve tried it for yourself and had less than stellar results.

You may even believe that guest blogging is dead.

So what’s the deal?

The truth – guest blogging is still an awesome strategy for getting more traffic.

But only if you do it right.

And that means avoiding the mistakes that cause most guest bloggers – including you – to screw it up.
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18 Seductive Writing Tips That’ll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

18 Seductive Writing Tips That’ll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

Note from Jon: This is a guest post by Henneke from Enchanting Marketing. Her fabulous new book Blog to Win Business – How to Enchant Readers and Woo Customers is out today. It will make you smile, kick your ass, and massively improve your blog. Download your copy exclusively from Amazon. I highly recommend it.

You’re working hard. Bloody hard.

You share your best tips. You edit and polish your posts. You wrack your brain for the perfect headline.

But that’s not all.

You promote your posts on Facebook and Twitter. You build an email list. You stalk influencers and write guest posts.

But somehow you feel your efforts aren’t paying off.

You want more shares, more comments, more enthusiasm for your blog.

But you’re simply not getting the response you deserve.

It’s soooo frustrating.

Because you can’t work any harder.

Isn’t there a smarter way? A way to truly engage your existing audience instead of constantly fighting for new readers? A way to entice them to comment more? And tempt them to share your posts?

Yep, there is a way. And it all comes down to this:

Readers don’t want to be informed; they want to be seduced. (Click to tweet)

That’s right. You need to seduce your readers with each headline, each paragraph, each sentence.

You need to make your content so irresistible that your readers crave your next post.

How? It’s easier than you might think.

If you use the following 18 tips to become a master in the art of seduction, your readers will be hanging on your every word.

They won’t want more of your writing; they’ll beg for it.

Ready?
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The Underdog’s Guide to Building an Unforgettable Blog

The Underdog’s Guide to Building an Unforgettable Blog

Note from Jon: The fear of not being able to stand out in a crowded space can be paralyzing when you’re a beginner, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, one of our favorite guest contributors, Henneke Duistermaat, will walk you through how to create a blog no one forgets, even if you’re just one small voice amongst thousands. For more training on how to enchant your audience, also be sure to check out Enchanting Marketing.

Let’s not pussyfoot around it.

Hundreds – maybe thousands – of bloggers write about the same topic as you.

Some have more writing talent than you.

Some have more followers than you.

And some have a huge email list to drive traffic to their sites.

So the big question is:

How can you possibly compete with all of these popular bloggers?
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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

There are some bloggers who seem to have a natural gift when it comes to writing. Some bloggers seem to be naturally gifted writers.

They manage to get their ideas across clearly and economically, which means that readers can easily follow what they write. Readers devour their clear, economical prose.

Not only is there a lot of respect for what they have to say, but also the way that they say it. People respect what they say – and love how they say it.

Whenever they publish a new post on their blog, it always gets dozens of comments and hundreds of shares. Every new blog post attracts dozens of comments and hundreds of shares.

It would be great to be as successful as they are, but you don’t know what you need to do to make your writing better. You’d love to emulate their success but you don’t know how.

The good news is that there’s a secret you can easily learn which will improve everything you write from now on. Fortunately for you, a simple secret can transform your writing forever.
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An Open Letter to Writers Struggling to Find Their Courage

An Open Letter to Writers Struggling to Find Their Courage

Do you feel that?

That little tugging sensation on your heart?

You’re not sure what, but something is pulling you to change. Not in a confess-your-sins-oh-ye-sinners way, but to shift directions, to embrace your calling, to finally do what you were put here to do:

Write.

You feel the ideas inside you. You sense them straining to escape. You know your job is to set them free, firing them like a cannon into a world in desperate need of them.

But you’re afraid.

You’re afraid of quitting your job and living without a safety net. You’re afraid of the concerned, disapproving looks your friends will give you when you tell them you’re giving it all up to write for a living. You’re afraid of not having enough money for food, of the power being cut off, of watching your family shivering and hungry, all because of your “selfishness”.

And most of all?

You’re afraid you’re wrong about yourself.

Maybe that tugging sensation you feel is just an illusion. Maybe your ideas are crap. Maybe you’re just a fool with delusions of grandeur, and this whole fantasy of becoming a writer is just that: a fantasy.

So, you do nothing.

You cower in your safe little job. You tinker with a blog or a novel or a screenplay. You drown your dreams with junk food or booze or shopping sprees, all the while telling yourself you’re doing the right thing.

But are you?

“No,” a little voice whispers inside of you. “No, this is all very, very wrong.”

Oh God…
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