How to Get Your Blog the Traffic it Deserves (Check out the Sweet Trailer)

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Well, it was bound to happen one day.

After three wonderful years of writing almost exclusively for Copyblogger, I’m finally branching off and launching my own blog.

But not for the reasons you might think.

It’s not because Brian Clark has finally put his foot down and refused to meet my extravagant demands.

It’s not because Sonia Simone is a pink-haired tyrant who rules Copyblogger with an iron fist.

No, the truth is, I see a problem:

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A 7-Step Guide to Mind Control: How to Quit Begging and Make People Want to Help You

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Well, why not?

They are the problem, right?

Here you are with a blog or a product or a charity you believe will change the world, and yet no matter how excited you are about the possibilities, no matter how much faith you have in yourself, you can’t help being worried:

  • If you ask a popular blogger for a link, will you get a reply?
  • If you ask a partner to email a product offer to their list, will they agree?
  • If you ask a friend for a donation, will they write you a check?

You don’t know. You can’t know. And it bothers you.

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5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep Writers Penniless and Mired in Mediocrity

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Is it just me, or is the whole starving artist thing highly overrated?

Yes, there’s a certain romanticism to being a penniless vagabond, sacrificing material goods in the selfless pursuit of art.

Yes, it’s fun to fantasize about everyone suddenly realizing you’re a genius after you’re dead and auctioning your once-soiled toilet for nearly $20,000.

Yes, it’s hip to take a stand against evil capitalists and proselytize about constructing digital economies based on currencies of cool.

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The Cowardly Lion’s Guide to Conquering Your Entrepreneurial Fears

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Ever feel like you’re a little bit of a … coward?

No, you’re not spending your days hiding, running, and weeping, but you haven’t exactly lived up to your expectations, either.

Your blog isn’t getting nearly as much traffic as you thought it would. You still haven’t finished that product you intend to sell. In fact, months or years have gone by, and you haven’t made much progress at all. You’re beginning to wonder if you ever will.

You could rattle off a dozen reasons as to why, and most of them even sound pretty reasonable, but down deep, you know there’s only one thing really holding you back:

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The Mad Men Guide to Changing the World with Words

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Mad Men made writers sexy again.

Donald Draper is dark and moody and mysterious in all the right ways. He’s powerful, able to send staff scurrying from his office with a scowl.

And he’s a creative genius too, lounging on his office couch, sipping whisky, and crafting the perfect slogan to capture the minds of America.

He makes it all look so freaking cool.

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The Three-Step Guide to Getting More Traffic by Writing Less

image of person sleeping in a hammockEver wonder where you’re supposed to find the time to promote your blog?

If you’re blogging in your spare time, it can seem impossible. You’re already struggling just to publish a post every weekday, and sometimes you can’t even manage that. You want to work on your SEO, twitter following, and relationships with popular bloggers, but you also have a job, family, friends — responsibilities that are just more important.

And so you wonder: should you just keep going, doing the best you can?

Or is there a strategy you can use that doesn’t require so much time?

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