10 Productivity Tips from a Blue-Collar Genius

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Imagine a fifty-something man in a blue long-sleeve shirt, the cuffs unbuttoned, his knuckles thick and coarse. He’s on the side of the road, quibbling over a stack of used cinder blocks with a merchant.

This is my grandfather. And it’s 1980, roughly.

His brother, my great-uncle, shuffles the dirt with his boots beside the white 1953 Dodge van, the one with a hot 5.2 liter block engine in between the driver and passenger seat — an engine they fetched from the junkyard a few years ago and nursed back to life. A 24-pack of Stag warms on the engine case.

My grandfather was a magnificent man.

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Are You Still Playing Russian Roulette with Google?

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Yep, here we are once again … on the back side of another huge Google algorithm change wondering how it will impact SEO.

Every online publisher and her brother has since rushed to spill ink on the topic because we all want to know: how can we please Google?

Not like souless robotic spammers, of course. But like people who sincerely believe they deserve to rank highly (even if that becomes a less meaningful metric by the day). Because, well, think about it …

If we all knew the ins-and-outs of how Google ranks content, and if we knew which factors they use and the exact weight each carries in ranking, then all we’d have to do is just tick off our check list, publish the post, and bask in the light of steady traffic pouring in from our high rankings!

Life would be sublime. But it just doesn’t work that way.

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The Power of Mystery

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Andy Warhol, Robert Greene, Marcel Duchamp, and JJ Abrams walk into a darkened bar somewhere in eastern Europe.

Andy clings to a Campbell’s soup can. Robert Greene flips through an orange book. A urinal sits in Marcel’s lap. And JJ Abrams — beaming — hugs a light brown box.

The bartender approaches Robert Greene and says, “So, what are you reading?”

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5 1/2 Reasons You Should Kill a Draft Blog Post

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“Forget the schedule. This post sucks.”

That’s the refrain I repeat to myself at least once a week. Whether it’s working on a piece for Copyblogger, my own blog, or our Google+ account … something’s not clicking and I need to throw in the towel.

Ever been in that position before? Perhaps you struggle to know which ideas to kill.

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The Answers to Last Week’s Content Marketing Quiz …

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Last week we published a 10-question quiz to test your content marketing chops.

If you missed it, go back and take the test before reading this!

Below are the answers to those questions, from each corresponding ebook that you’ll find in our free MyCopyblogger resource.

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Can You Pass This Content Marketing Test?

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Most content marketing authorities should ace the quiz below. But no worries if you don’t … we’ve got you covered (I’ll explain).

As you probably know content marketing is a hot topic, and study after study tells us that it’s going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

This is very good news if you’re a content creator. It’s even better news if you’re building authority as an author online.

But are you?

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