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5 Writing Tricks You Can Swipe from the Professional Journalist’s Playbook

5 Writing Tricks You Can Swipe from the Professional Journalist’s Playbook

You’re passionate about blogging.

But your blog is just one of scores covering the same topic.

How can you possibly stand out? What can you do to get noticed?

Well, here’s one way that can get you loads of attention:

Think like a journalist.

Reporters are in the business of getting noticed – if their stories don’t make a splash, they’ve essentially failed.

That’s why they are completely focused on delivering information their readers want to know – and they use a variety of newsgathering techniques to dig it up.

Fortunately, these methods aren’t hard to adopt – you can totally do this. In fact, it’s a wide-open opportunity for any blogger who wants to raise the bar for their content.

So what does it mean to think like a journalist?

Swipe the following five techniques from the journalism world to stand out with blog posts that are magazine-article quality:
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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Creating Your “Bribe to Subscribe” in Record Time

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Creating Your “Bribe to Subscribe” in Record Time

You’re not dumb.

You know that to build a popular blog, you need to grow your email list.

And that offering your readers a juicy sign-up “bribe” will grow your list faster.

But despite this, you still don’t have one.

Of course, it’s on your to-do list. It just won’t reach your “have done” list anytime soon.

The problem is you always seem to have a ton of other stuff to take care of first.

And whenever you think about creating your bribe, you feel overwhelmed.

Creating one can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a mammoth task.

If you take the right approach, you can finish it quicker than you ever imagined…
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On Gluttony, Selfishness, and Unleashing the Power Within

On Gluttony, Selfishness, and Unleashing the Power Within

People are getting more selfish every day.

Have you noticed?

In the US, today is Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it’s a holiday about thankfulness and family and generosity, a day to remind yourself of all the good things and people in your life.

But that’s changing.

It’s becoming more and more about gluttony. Not just sharing a meal with your family, but eating until you put yourself in a turkey-induced coma, waiting a few hours, and then doing it again. Or, if you’re really impatient, you just go into the bathroom and make yourself throw up, so you can eat some more.

Oh, and then there’s shopping. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the best deals of the year, anywhere. You can finally buy all that stuff you don’t really need because, hey, you’re getting a deal.

Personally, I find it disturbing. Not the meals or deals, but the change of focus.

Getting food, getting full, getting a good deal, getting a discount, getting a break. Getting, getting, getting.

But what about giving?

What about focusing on other people?

What about selflessness and service and gratitude and appreciation?

It’s disappearing. Not just on holidays but in people in general.

And it bothers me. So today, I decided to take a stand.

I’m not eating a Thanksgiving meal. I’m not going shopping. I’m going to try not to think about myself at all.

Instead, I’m going to be thankful. You know, what the holiday was originally supposed to be about.
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The Blogger’s Bucket List: 20 Must-Reach Milestones on the Path to World Domination

The Blogger’s Bucket List: 20 Must-Reach Milestones on the Path to World Domination

It’s okay to admit it.

That deep, dark secret you don’t want anyone to know.

That thought which keeps you up night after night.

You want… to rule the world!

You want to dominate your industry and be the envy of all. You want the house in the Hamptons and the spoils that go with it. You want two appetizers with your entree.

But you’re afraid.

You’re afraid of what others will say when they hear about your dream. You’re afraid it will seem too big – too crazy. Just like you’re afraid of what the waitress will think if you order onion rings and chicken tenders.

But mostly?

You’re afraid because you don’t know where to begin. You don’t know how to go from where you are as a blogger to where you want to be. You don’t know how to get from here to there.

The good news?

Just like eating an elephant, you don’t do it all in one bite.

World domination – or any major blogging goal – is a journey you take one milestone at a time.
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Why Your Blog Doesn’t Stand a Chance in Hell of Succeeding (and What To Do About It)

Why Your Blog Doesn’t Stand a Chance in Hell of Succeeding (and What To Do About It)

You dream of building an online empire.

A popular blog with hordes of loyal readers who hang on your every word.

You want to be as successful as your idols, changing the world and even getting paid to do so.

But you know you haven’t got a chance in hell of seeing that kind of success unless you can truly engage your readers and keep them interested over the long haul.

Of course, the big question is how? Engagement is an elusive creature.

Sure, you get the occasional nice comment, but it’s not like people are raving about your blog, or tripping over themselves to share your content.

You worry that you’re not connecting, that your words don’t resonate deeply with your readers, but you’ll be damned if you can figure out the magic formula.

And the truth is, unless you can find a way to connect powerfully with your readers, your blog is doomed to failure.

But there is a way to captivate and keep your audience’s attention, even if you’re a beginner, and even if you’ve tried before with limited success.

It’s a game changer, one that can take your blog from teetering on the brink of failure to achieving the success you dream of.
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