5 Key Takeaways on the Road to World Domination

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I had a great time at last weekend’s grandly-named World Domination Summit in Portland, hanging out with lots of smart people and generally getting geeky about online business.

There were tons of ideas floating around, from people at all stages of business.

Some were already very successful, others were just getting started.

But everyone I met was curious, engaged, and asking a bunch of great questions. This was clearly a community united by common values — and those values were woven, formally and informally, throughout the weekend.

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A 7-Step Content Creator’s Creativity Cleanse

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Oh no. It’s happening …

You sit down to write, and instead of falling into a productive creative flow, you sit there staring at a blank screen.

You watch the cursor blink on-off-on; your fingers are aching to type, poised over the keyboard — but no words are coming out.

No, Hell hasn’t frozen over. You’re just in a writing slump.

You’re in a place where you can’t write — or where you can write, but what’s coming out is, well, less than great.

What do you do?

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The 11 “Secrets” of Prolific Content Creators

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Earlier this year — after a Copyblogger article I wrote took off — a major publisher approached me and asked if I wanted to write a book on Pinterest marketing.

But there was a catch — in order to get the book deal, I had to write the manuscript in six weeks.

I decided to say yes.

I felt comfortable taking on the challenge because I had a set of skills — what I call my Tools of Super Content Creators — that I could use to crank out a good manuscript in an insanely short amount of time.

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This week on The Lede

  • Why Stories Sell
  • How to Overcome Writer’s Block Forever
  • What’s Your Content Marketing Plan of Attack?
  • 9 Strategies for Effective Tweeting
  • Why WordPress Website Owners Shouldn’t Mourn the Demise of Hosting Control Panels
  • What Multitasking Does to Our Brains
  • Seth Godin’s 36-Point Email Checklist

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How to Find Your Own Independence Day

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If you’re in the U.S., you’re probably taking today off — it’s our Independence Day.

So when you get back to work, will it be awesome or … not so much?

Will you be using your best gifts? Doing work that energizes you?

Are you proud of what you do every day? Or do you dream of doing something much bigger, much better, much more meaningful?

If your daily work and business life isn’t reaching “awesome” yet, there’s one thing you have to do in order to find that satisfaction and independence you’re looking for …

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How I Did Research For 3 New York Times Bestselling Authors (in My Spare Time)

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I’m going to talk about research. No, research is not very fun, and it’s never glamorous, but it matters. A lot.

If you want to be able to make compelling case for something — whether it’s in a book, on a blog, or in a multi-million dollar VC pitch — you need stories that frame your arguments, rich anecdotes to compliment tangible examples, and impressive data so you can empirically crush counter arguments.

But good research doesn’t just magically appear. Stories, anecdotes and data have to be found before you can use them.

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