Do You Want Your Website To Tell a Better Story?

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Paralyzed.

That’s how you feel some of the time, maybe a lot of time, when you sit down to deliver your message to your audience.

How do I know? Because it’s how I feel some of the time (okay, a lot of time) too.

You want to tell a story. I want to tell a story. But so often when we tell stories on the Internet, our words have to do all the heavy lifting.

That’s pressure.

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Michael Stelzner on Capturing Emails and Committing to Quality

From nothing to Technorati’s #1 business blog in a little over four months.

That’s quite a story.

It’s Michael Stelzner’s. And on the latest episode of The Lede, he shares two of the most important ingredients in his online success — ingredients that too often get overlooked.

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How to Nail Your Opening

Bubkes.

That’s what happens when you write a great headline, get scores of people to open your post, but then bore them with a lame opening.

They leave, and you accomplished nothing … except making them less likely to ever believe one of your headlines is worth clicking on ever again.

That’s why it’s essential that you nail the opening of your blog posts. To do so, you must open with a bang.

Want to learn how? Come hang out with me and Demian for 15 minutes and we’ll explain it to you.

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Could This Headline Technique Double Your Click-Throughs Too?

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It was a slow morning in my feedly folder for content marketing.

My eyes skimmed headline after headline. There was nary a flinch from my oft-twitchy index finger indicating it was itching to click and read more.

Until I came across this headline:

Can You Double Your Clicks with the Jeopardy Effect?

I wiped the flash flood of drool away from the side of my mouth and clicked.

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How to Write a Magnetic Headline (in Under 15 Minutes)

The most important element for getting a blog post read is the headline.

But you can’t just use any headline. You need a magnetic headline — one that makes an irresistible promise to readers.

In the first episode The Lede, Copyblogger’s new regular podcast, Demian Farnworth and I deliver a series of actionable tips and advice that you can implement immediately to become a better headline writer … right now.

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This WordPress Theme is a Perfect Fit for My Personal Site … Here’s Why it May Work for Yours Too

For the first time, I am the master of my domain. And by that I mean: I finally own jerodmorris.com.

From the time I became seriously web-aware, about six years ago, my name-specific domain has always been taken. Only non-.com, hyphenated, or add-my-middle-initial versions have been available.

Call me a narcissist domain snob, but yuck. Maybe you can relate?

Then I found out that jerodmorris.com would be coming open. You better believe I was there at 12:01 a.m. on the expiry date ready to pounce.

Finally, I felt both emboldened and excited to start carving out my own little corner of the web. I just needed to find myself the perfect WordPress theme.

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