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Sonia Simone

Sonia Simone is co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger Media. Get lots more from Sonia on her podcast, Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer, or come hang out with her on Twitter.

5 Things to Take Advantage of When You’re Starting Something New

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When I first started publishing content, I was obsessed with one question:

How long will it take me to grow a huge audience?

Blog readers and email subscribers … I wanted them. In vast numbers.

And I wanted them right now.

I wish I’d had a crystal ball to see all of the very real benefits I had when I was just starting to build an online presence, without the audience or subscribers.

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The Law of (Content) Attraction

how to attract the right people to your business

You may have heard of the “Law of Attraction.” This is the idea that if you think about something enough, it will quasi-magically appear in your life.

At its most simplistic, it can get pretty silly — the equivalent of thinking you can click your heels together and repeat “There’s No Place Like Home” to whisk yourself back to Auntie Em.

That’s not what I’m going to talk about today. I’m going to talk about something that’s almost as “spooky,” but much more pragmatic.

It’s the way that content — if you structure it correctly — has a magical-seeming way of attracting certain benefits to your business.

Examples?

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The Right Way to Think About Google

staying on top of search engine updates without losing your mind

Oops, they did it again.

Our friend Google caused a panicked rumble through the tech world late Monday afternoon, when they announced they’d be restructuring under a new holding company called Alphabet.

Never mind that this is something companies do all the time. Never mind that there’s no reason to think it will change what’s happening with search in any way. Never mind the weird, April-Fools-looking new domain.

Google can’t really do “normal things,” because every time they make even a small visible change, most of us wonder,

What will this do to my rankings?

Why the collective jumping at shadows? Well, because if your business depends on your search rankings — and we’ll talk about that in a minute — you probably have a certain amount of Google-induced stress disorder.

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10 Content Marketing Goals Worth Pursuing

content goals that build your business

Ever wonder why content marketing works so well for some businesses — and doesn’t seem to do anything at all for others?

Curious about why some content that seems great doesn’t do anything to build a business?

Content is king” has been an online cliché for years now, but it’s not true. It’s never been true.

Content all by itself — even terrific content — is just content.

It may be entertaining. It may be educational. It may contain the secret to world peace and fresh, minty breath, all rolled into one.

But it has no magical powers. It won’t transform your business or get you where you need to go, until you add one thing …

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Digital Sharecropping: The Most Dangerous Threat to Your Content Marketing Strategy

Beware: Don't plant your content flag on borrowed land

We have a great bookstore in my town — the kind of place you picture in your mind when you think of a great independent bookshop.

It’s perfect for browsing, with lots of comfy chairs to relax in. The books are displayed enticingly. There’s a little coffee shop, so you can relax with an espresso. They get your favorite writers to come in for readings, so there’s always an event and a sense of excitement.

They do everything right, and they’ve always had plenty of customers.

But they still closed their doors last year.

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The Betty Crocker Secret to Email Marketing that People Want

a tested secret to motivate people to sign up for your list

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on March 19, 2010.

You’ve heard it a thousand times: the money’s in the list. If you’re serious about your digital business, you need to build a list of people who are paying attention to you, typically an email list.

So, how do you get people to sign up for your email newsletter?

You probably already know the answer to this one: Reward them. Give subscribers something great as a “thank you” for signing up. This is usually some form of content — a useful video, a killer ebook, or an exclusive podcast.

Sure, everyone else does that. Because it works.

It works … if you do it the right way.

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