Three Tips for Creating Your Own Independence Day

American Flag

July 4 is Independence Day here in the States, which, for most of us, entails the risk of losing:

  • your fingers to cheap fireworks;
  • your waistline to hot dogs;
  • your liver.

All of which, as a red-blooded American, I support wholeheartedly. But if you’re spending today celebrating the country’s independence, how about putting some attention on your own personal independence?

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How to Write an Ebook that Sells

Kindle Ebook

You need something to sell if you want to make money online. Writing an ebook is still one of the best ways to do it.

Most sites are disappointed by the nickels and dimes that come in from advertising. If your site gets massive amounts of traffic, it can work, but if not, you’ll want to find a much more profitable source of revenue.

But most of us find that it’s not all that easy to translate high-quality content from your blog into a high-quality ebook.

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5 Things Sesame Street Can Teach You About Breakthrough Blogging

Big Bird

They taught us about sharing and the letter Q. They taught us to jump rope in Spanish and how to count to 10. They taught us about life in the city, diversity, and the true love of a rubber ducky.

But did you know that Sesame Street actually has lots of lessons about how to be a better blogger?

There’s a reason Sesame Street is the longest-running children’s show in history. Actually, there are (at least) five reasons. And you can apply each of these to your blog, to create something that’s memorable, effective, and maybe even loved.

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Amazing Blogs: The 1-2-3 Plan
Every Blogger Should Know

1-2-3

There are well over 100 million blogs out there. Why’s anyone going to read yours?

Every keyword phrase, every niche, every topic, every angle has been covered. The competition for attention and traffic is fierce. But there’s still room for your blog . . . if it’s amazing.

A blog is trivially simple to start, but not so easy to keep rolling. There are so many factors — traffic, social media strategy, design, monetization. If you try to absorb everything at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed to keep going.

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The #1 Conversion Killer in Your Copy (and How to Beat It)

Troll

What makes people almost buy?

What makes them get most of the way there, then drop out of your shopping cart at the last second?

What makes them stare at your landing page, wanting what you have to offer, and yet, ultimately, close the page and move on to something else?

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It
(And I Feel Fine)

Worlds Collide

Matter meets antimatter, cats are sleeping with dogs, and President Obama is going to grab a venti soy latte with Rush Limbaugh.

And in other end-of-the-world news, I’m going to be having a chat with the most curmudgeonly marketing guru of all time…

Dan Kennedy.

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