How to Keep Your Email Marketing from
Being Killed Dead

Email Marketing 101

A new study by the email marketing firm Return Path shows that nearly a quarter of the permission-based email sent to Gmail never gets there.

No, I’m not saying it goes to a junk box. Most of it doesn’t get delivered at all. No bounce message. No spam folder. Just . . . gone.

(This is not spam I’m talking about, either. It’s email you asked to get, which Gmail decided not to give to you.)

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Why a Few Freelance Copywriters Make Most of the Money

Freelance X Factor

Yesterday Brian talked about the unfair advantage that good copywriters have when they’re marketing themselves. But a discussion in the comments broke out about whether or not good writers are a commodity.

The counterpoint was that good writers are a dime a dozen. There are just too many of them on freelancing sites like Elance. The market decrees that commodities (like oil, wheat, and talented writers) are priced based on pure supply and demand. So even if you’re quite a good writer, you have to duke it out with all the other good writers, competing for that precious limited resource: lucrative projects.

So what makes the difference for those lucky few, the best-paid writers? What’s their “X” Factor?

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The Killer and the Poet:
How to Get Rich as a Copywriter

Ogilvy on Advertising

‘Most good copywriters . . . fall into two categories. Poets. And killers. Poets see an ad as an end. Killers as a means to an end.’ If you are both killer and poet, you get rich.
~ David Ogilvy

Who knew that a dead Scottish ad guy, writing 25 years ago, would so succinctly capture what the Third Tribe was all about?

But if you’re an advertising history junkie like I am, you’re not surprised. David Ogilvy was one of the original (and great) Mad Men, with a knack for combining art and brilliantly effective commerce.

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Three Tips for Creating Your Own Independence Day

American Flag

July 4 is Independence Day here in the States, which, for most of us, entails the risk of losing:

  • your fingers to cheap fireworks;
  • your waistline to hot dogs;
  • your liver.

All of which, as a red-blooded American, I support wholeheartedly. But if you’re spending today celebrating the country’s independence, how about putting some attention on your own personal independence?

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How to Write an Ebook that Sells

Kindle Ebook

You need something to sell if you want to make money online. Writing an ebook is still one of the best ways to do it.

Most sites are disappointed by the nickels and dimes that come in from advertising. If your site gets massive amounts of traffic, it can work, but if not, you’ll want to find a much more profitable source of revenue.

But most of us find that it’s not all that easy to translate high-quality content from your blog into a high-quality ebook.

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5 Things Sesame Street Can Teach You About Breakthrough Blogging

Big Bird

They taught us about sharing and the letter Q. They taught us to jump rope in Spanish and how to count to 10. They taught us about life in the city, diversity, and the true love of a rubber ducky.

But did you know that Sesame Street actually has lots of lessons about how to be a better blogger?

There’s a reason Sesame Street is the longest-running children’s show in history. Actually, there are (at least) five reasons. And you can apply each of these to your blog, to create something that’s memorable, effective, and maybe even loved.

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