10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster]

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Forgive me, for I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. The lie that suggests your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great copy is born in a single moment of white hot inspiration.

I want to destroy those things so you can get down to the business of writing. And that begins with first drafts.

See, first drafts scare people into a state of inactivity. Even the greats. Kurt Vonnegut said, “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

So when a writer of his caliber makes a statement like that … do you think you will be any different?

You won’t.

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The Art of Writing Great Google+ Posts

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There’s no denying it: we love Google+.

Sure, we’ve made hay over other social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. That’s because it’s smart to be where your audience is … to engage them there, and then direct them back to your own digital property.

But Google+ is something different.

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8 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Your Own Blog for Google+

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There’s one constant in the world of digital content publishing — there will always be new and exciting tools to explore, and new ways to use them.

Take the case of poor Mike Elgan. He’s getting picked on for being the poster child for Google+ blogging. Alas, that is the risk you take when you’re a tall poppy.

Now, I’ll admit that he makes some fairly interesting arguments for using Google+ like a blog.

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How to Write the In-Depth Articles that Google Loves

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Hey marketer, are you a lover of long-form content? In-depth reporting? Then you’ll love this statistic:

Ten percent.

That’s the percentage, according to a recent Google study called Daily Information Needs, of people who might want detailed, long-form information from search.

And like we always say around here, “go where the data indicates.”

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3 Ways to Get What You Want by Giving People What They Want

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We all long for something.

  • Love that will last.
  • The ability to influence people.
  • Scenic vacations.
  • Financial, political, or psychological independence.
  • Less anxiety.
  • Stunning creative achievements.
  • Organizational excellence.
  • Relief from the sting of rejection.
  • World-class athletic performance.
  • Retaliation for when we are wronged.
  • Invitations to the most popular parties.
  • A savings account that never runs out.
  • An impossibly broken family finally reunited.
  • Recognition for your hard work.
  • A Cosmopolitan body.

Marketing that actually works hinges on connecting your product to one of these mass desires.

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The (Not-So-Secret) Secret to Turning Your 
Website Traffic into Paying Customers

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We all do it … daydream about our website finally breaking through … getting the attention it deserves … and actually allowing us to earn a living on our terms.

Sometimes we see a glimmer of this dream coming true with a steady rise of subscribers, a flood of comments with each article, or a rush of traffic from a successful guest blog post.

When this happens we hold our breath and wonder: “Maybe this could happen to me. Maybe my ship is finally coming in and I could earn an honest living from my website.”

And I don’t care who you are. Writer. Podcaster. Business coach. Web designer. Real estate agent. Handbag designer. In one way or another, you are a content creator interested in online marketing … and dreaming of turning your hard work into cash.

But there’s just one problem.

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