(Sorry, This Contest is Over) Enter Copyblogger’s First-Ever Essay Contest For a Chance to Win $7,000 in Content Marketing Prizes

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Great content creators demand attention. They grow audiences and influence thousands.

They become high-priced mentors, run popular membership programs, build successful businesses, and get the pick of top marketing jobs for some of the best companies.

They are the Seth Godins of the world. The Darren Rowses. The Ann Handleys, Sonia Simones, and Brian Clarks.

See, content makes the Internet work — and when a content creator makes great content, it’s just a matter of time before their name becomes synonymous with their field of expertise.

Fortunately, achieving that status isn’t out of your reach.

This is why we rolled out our content marketing training program Authority, and our upcoming live event Authority Intensive. Our goal with these training resources is to help you become an online publisher people cannot ignore.

And you now have a new and unique way of getting involved …

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5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence

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Average copywriters write average sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be average.

You want to be great. You believe you can be remarkable.

That means you need to write damn good sentences … without even thinking about it … day in and day out.

Do that and you’ll become an unstoppable writing machine. You’ll become a killer copywriter.

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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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