6 Beautiful Ways Artificial Constraints Can Save Your Creativity

how to use limitations to boost your creativity

Like accumulating capital, hard work has its own momentum. If you want to master digital media, then produce it often.

Maria Popova, the woman behind Brain Pickings, publishes three substantial blog posts every weekday, typically about substantial books she reads. Each post is an elegant display of her ornate knowledge and polished creativity.

And when I was asked to host a show for our digital marketing podcast network, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Here was a chance to organize my work, tackle a new challenge, and consistently produce a new type of digital media.

Yet — I was warned — it was essential I dismissed any optimistic notions about the quality of my show.

During a kick-off call with the rest of the Rainmaker.FM podcasters, Robert Bruce, our overlord, said, “Your first 100 shows will be crap.”

It was meant to encourage us.

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The Proper Way to Automate Your Social Media Activities (and 5 Other Best Practices)

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Let’s face it. Social media is one of those warm, fuzzy, but murky activities that exist in the business world.

It can be a conversation — a cocktail party — or a content distribution channel.

For some, it’s both. And more!

Regardless of how we choose to use it, we naturally have to ask: What’s the return on our investment?

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Will Your Website Survive the Google Mobile Penalty?

how smart marketers are protecting their websites

You are standing in a booth. People are lined up, handing you money in exchange for a small book. This lasts, with little let up, for most of the day. At sundown, you tuck your money in a backpack and head home.

This has been your life for the last two years. Business has been good, so there was no reason to suspect anything would be different the next day.

Except there was.

You show up to your little booth, and wait. Occasionally, a customer trickles in, but otherwise you are alone. Around lunchtime, you peer down the lane. A few stalls seem to have a steady stream of customers. But not many.

You look at the calendar. It is April 21, 2015. You scratch your head and wonder if tomorrow is going to be same.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Publish a Curated Email Newsletter? [Infographic]

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Let’s start with the basics. What is a curated email newsletter?

Think Dave Pell’s Next Draft. Quartz’s Daily Brief. Peter Cooper’s Cooper Press. Brian Clark’s Further. Brian Gardner’s No Sidebar. Pamela Wilson’s Weekend Digest. Ryan Hanley’s The Sunday Seven. Jason Hirschhorn’s MediaREDEF.

What do all of these email newsletters have in common? They all sift through a mountain of information on a specific topic (like news, health, HTML, entertainment, lifestyle, content marketing) and pluck out the best content.

This is what it means to curate.

They then package that curated content into an email, add a little commentary about each link, and deliver it to your email inbox.

Some do it daily. Others do it weekly.

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4 Ways to Identify Site Visitors (and Why It Matters)

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You think we all would know what marketing automation meant, the way we throw the phrase around in the corporate hallways and home offices of America.

“Reginald, what you need is a marketing automation solution — then your sales team would be balling!”

That’s the idea. Software that captures, nurtures, and delivers leads to a sales team. But not everyone needs this style of marketing automation.

Case in point: Copyblogger Media.

A little more than a year ago, we hired a well-known marketing automation provider to help us convert more of our traffic into sales. We spent several weeks with them adding code and tweaking analytics.

It was some scary good stuff. Then they asked about our sales team.

“Eh, the sales team?”

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Here’s How Veteran Search Engine Expert Danny Sullivan Writes

Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker, Danny Sullivan

In 1996, the Unabomber suspect, Ted Kaczynski, was arrested. TWA Flight 800 crashed off the coast of Long Island, New York. Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States. The movie Jerry Maguire hit the silver screen. “Macarena” was the hottest song. And some of you were probably born.

For Danny Sullivan, 1996 was the year he published research called A Webmaster’s Guide to Search Engines.

Wait. You mean there were search engines before Google? Indeed.

Danny has been in the industry for more than 20 years, and he is arguably one of the smartest people on the planet when it comes to SEO, which is why we booked him to speak at this year’s Authority Rainmaker event.

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