13 Damn Good Ideas from 13 Dead Copywriters

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Advertising is an ancient art.

In the Babylonian sea ports, merchants hired barkers to announce the arrival of wine, spices, and fabrics.

Citizens in Greece hung “Lost” posters in hopes of being reunited with children, jewelry, or slaves.

And elaborately painted signs (billboards) sprung up throughout Pompeii to announce plays, carnivals, and races.

Surprised?

You shouldn’t be. The history of advertising is full of the tools, tactics, and strategies you — as online marketer — still use.

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Here’s How Ann Handley (the World’s First Chief Content Officer) Writes

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Want a quick and dirty way to test whether your content is compelling?

Show it to a teenager … and then answer these questions:

  • Is the teenager still reading, watching, or listening after 30 seconds? One minute? Five minutes? Fifteen? Thirty?
  • Is the teenager happy, confused, or mad?
  • Is the teenager your child?

If your own teenager is still listening after 30 minutes — and is happy about it — you created some good content.

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The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People

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Magicians. Curious bunch.

They pull furry mammals out of their hats. Levitate humans. Hide automobiles out of sight.

The great ones make a killing, jet set around the globe, and beat groupies off with a brass-tipped wand.

The not-so-great ones — the average ones — are still amazing.

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Why Your Site’s Search Rank May Be Falling (And 4 Simple Ways to Fix it)

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This isn’t supposed to be happening.

Your 8-year old website with the domain registered 10 years out is getting outranked by websites less than a year old with auto-renewal on.

And you thought the age of your website meant authority.

But the problem is this: domain age alone doesn’t grant you authority, and your domain registration strategy doesn’t impact your search rankings quite like you think it might. Your site’s content and the links coming to those pages are what matters.

What’s that you say? You have quality content and quality links and you’re still dropping in search rankings?

Well then the reason is clear …

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Have You Ever Thought About Starting Your Own Podcast?

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What’s holding you back?

For anyone who would like to start a podcast, but can’t quite get over thoughts like these …

“My voice sounds weird.”

“The technical skills needed to record, upload, and store audio files are so far out of my wheelhouse.”

“The cost of quality equipment exceeds my small budget.”

“I want to pee my pants when I think of speaking in public.”

Then our upcoming Authority audio seminar is just for you.

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12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today

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Effective copywriting boils down to one thing: keying into your prospect’s overriding need.

Your headline is the means of stopping your prospect in his tracks, of focusing his attention on one single thought: that overriding need.

The rest of your copy must amplify that need.

When it does, your product emerges as the fulfillment, and it overcomes lethargy, skepticism, and price.

Keep in mind: you can’t create this need. You can only expand on it and bring it into greater focus. You can only channel it into a goal … namely, your product.

But there is a catch.

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