The Simple 5-Step Formula for
Effective Online Content

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When I was preparing for my panel earlier this month at South by Southwest, I thought a lot about what I wanted the audience to take away.

Of course, there’s always the First Rule of Copyblogger, which I preach to anyone who will listen. But telling people “don’t publish content that sucks” tends to need a little more explanation if it’s going to be helpful.

So what could I give content marketing newbies that would give them the right foundation? And how could I help content marketing veterans who weren’t finding the success they wanted? Was there a “formula” they could use that would start them on the right foot?

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5 Situations That Demand You Hire a Professional Copywriter

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We write a lot of posts on Copyblogger about how business owners can apply the techniques used by professional copywriters.

Strong calls to action, compelling benefits, fascinating bullet points, magnetic headlines.

With all of this information, no one should ever need a pro, right?

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New WordPress Theme: Pretty Young Thing is Ready for Her Close Up

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You might be thinking, “Yeah, I’ve seen lots of great-looking WordPress themes, but I lead a vibrant, colorful life. I want my website to reflect it!”

You want a site that’s bright, charming, … and, yes, gosh darn it, pretty.

If you’ve always wanted a website that expresses your youthful exuberance, take a look at one of the latest creations from Copyblogger Media’s StudioPress division — the Pretty Young Thing theme.

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The Idealist’s Guide to Raking in Tons of Cash

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I know what you’re thinking.

You see the title of this post and you see who wrote it and you just might assume that I’m going to ask everyone to join hands and sing Kumbaya. Again.

Maybe you figure that idealism is all well and good for pink-haired bleeding hearts, but it doesn’t pay the bills.

Sure, it’s great to donate and volunteer and do pro bono work … later. Right now, you’re trying to make the cashflow work. Right now, you need to take care of your family. Idealism is going to have to wait until you can afford it.

I totally understand this line of thinking, because I used to think the same way. The only problem is, getting trapped in this mindset will keep you broke.

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The Straight Dope on Facebook, Twitter,
and SEO

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Ever wonder if all those links that result from people retweeting and sharing content on Twitter give you a boost with search engine optimization?

For a long time no one was sure, because the dreaded nofollow is in use on big social sites to keep those links from being counted as a “vote” for search engine purposes. No matter what, social networking links are still highly useful from a traffic perspective, because they have the power to get new readers to your content.

But in December, Google confirmed that the playing field had changed a little. Here’s what that means for you and your content.

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Save $100 on Search Marketing Expo

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Search marketing is a huge topic — and includes dozens of ways you can grow your business and get more (and better) traffic to your site.

And Search Marketing Expo is a conference that offers more than 60 cutting-edge sessions (as well as invaluable networking opportunities) to help you do exactly that.

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