10 Ways to Build Authority as an Online Writer

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Picture the set of a late night talk show, circa 1983.

Allen Ginsberg is fat, bearded, and sitting in the interview chair. Long hair grows in unruly patches from the side of his otherwise bald head. His eyebrows sprout from his brow like wild hawthorn in bloom. He’s wearing a tie-dyed t-shirt with a hole in it. His fingers are stained from nicotine resin.

Ginsberg wanted to talk about the generation gap, and what he was saying about the challenges youth had to face actually made a lot of sense.

But nobody could take him seriously. He simply didn’t appear to be a credible expert.

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Why You Need a Seriously Fast Website

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This post is for anyone who knows they’ve got what it takes to be a content superstar — but just can’t find that tipping point.

You are relentless. Thorough. Creative. Curious. You can write most people under the table. You read like mad and aren’t afraid to catch hell.

You are a self-starter, and you work hard. In fact, that hard work has paid off.

You’ve built up a nice little audience for your blog. You get a steady stream of visitors to your site every day, some meaningful comments with each post you publish, and occasionally someone emails to tell you how much they love your writing.

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The 6 Unique Traits of All Remarkable Writers

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I’ve spent the last four years mentoring about seven writers.

In that time I’ve also evaluated dozens of other writers, without choosing to mentor them. I saw something in those seven that I didn’t see in the rest.

That “something” I saw was a set of qualities that I think are unique to remarkable writers. And I wanted to start documenting those qualities — those things that make writers stand out from the rest of the population.

Now a typical list on writers usually revolves around habits common to a lot of professions (obsession, perseverance, getting up early, reading a ton, and so on).

That’s too easy.

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Why Emotion-Based Writing is Crucial to Your Business Goals

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Allow me to tell you two stories.

One is about a person who — through tragic accident — had part of his brain destroyed, leading to revelatory advances in psychology and brain research.

The other, about a stout, whiskered man who thinks sound decisions can come only from a cool head.

Do emotions affect our decisions? Do cool heads truly prevail when faced with choices?

And who cares? What does all this have to do the art and craft of copywriting and content creation?

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What The New Yorker Magazine Can Teach You About Content Marketing that Works

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You probably already know that your business needs online content marketing. What you want to know is how to create content that actually works.

You want content so irresistible it makes your followers swarm to your website, light up the comments and share it like wildfire.

You want content so persuasive that readers stampede your email newsletter subscription box, instantly download every report you publish and snap up your products.

You, my friend, want content that engages.

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How to Create Epic Content

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Quick theatre history quiz: Can you guess the plot of this play from these two lines?

Then I will out with it at last, my mighty secret! Oh! Sister, women, if we would compel our husbands to make peace, we must refrain …

And:

We must refrain from the male altogether …

That’s from the opening scene of an ancient Greek comedy called Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Any guess what the plot’s about?

If you said “Women going on a sex strike to persuade their husbands to stop the Peloponnesian War” then you’d be correct.

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