5 WordPress Mistakes Even Experts Can Miss

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I hope you’ve gone through your WordPress website with a fine-toothed comb and fixed all the most common mistakes you could find.

If so, you might be feeling pretty confident. But before you relax, there might be a few more fixes that can make your site perform even better.

How do I know? Because I’ve found (and fixed) them for many of my own clients.

Keep in mind that even though I’m labeling these tips as “advanced,” there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t tackle them.

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What Avatar Can Teach You About
Repurposing Your Content

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The entertainment and CGI world has been fawning over the movie Avatar for months, and it seems you can’t watch any entertainment news program without hearing about James Cameron’s groundbreaking 3D epic.

And even if Cameron went home last week without the armful of Oscars he expected, directing the highest-grossing movie of all time probably takes the sting out.

But despite the movie’s brilliant effects and the unique world it creates, you’ll likely feel as if you’ve heard its underlying story before. In fact, you may very well predict the ending about an hour into the film.

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Does Your Writing Suffer from
Purple Overload?

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Let’s face it — choosing just the right word can be a lot of fun. Most writers like to play with language, and choosing the perfect word makes you feel like a master chef selecting the perfect spice.

But words, like spices, can be overused. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with the enemy of writing that communicates and persuades. You’ll cross over into that dread zone — “purple prose.”

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Do Your Readers Secretly Think
You’re a Liar?

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You might not hear it, but your readers might be saying it.

To themselves and to one another, they’re reading what you have to say and shouting “Liar!”

It’s not because you’ve stretched the truth, because you don’t care, or because you got your facts wrong.

It’s because you were lazy.

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How to Avoid Losing Your Readers
Along the Long Copy Path

The Long Copy Path

It’s true that in many cases, the more you tell the more you sell. But are there ways to make sure you’re providing the right sales path for various types of prospects?

Sonia’s excellent post about the ruthless sales machine that is long copy sparked an idea for a post I’ve wanted to write for awhile. That is, how do you avoid having your readers simply “fall off the path” when they’re reading your long sales copy?

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How to Write Copy for
Short Attention Spans

Short Attention Span

No matter how gripping your sales copy is, it’s an unfortunate fact that the majority of people will only read the first few lines of it. Does that mean all the effort you poured into the perfect call to action is wasted? Not at all! But in today’s fast-paced world of communication, less really is more.

Taking into account that many people will be reading your copy from a mobile device or skimming after a quick search, it’s worth breaking up larger thoughts into small, mentally-digestible “chunks” for easy, quick scanning.

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