5 Ways to Protect Your Entrepreneurial Confidence

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I know I told you your audience was your most important business asset. And I stand by that — if we’re talking about something that exists outside of yourself.

But there’s an internal, mental asset that you need to develop and protect if you’re going to do all the rest of it. (Develop your audience, produce top-notch content that solves real problems, make compelling offers, grow and sustain a great business.)

Business coach Dan Sullivan has said that as business owners, our greatest duty is to protect our own confidence.

Because the reality is: the most successful rockstar ninja business badass you know — that one who seems fearless and unstoppable — has days when their confidence wobbles.

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Three Online Marketing Shortcuts that Take Too Long

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Sometimes people hear online marketing and their common sense flies out the window. They start thinking there won’t be any work (there will), there won’t be any expenses (a lot lower than standard offline advertising, but not zero), and that customers and clients will be magically transported to your business by flying Internet monkeys (that would rock, but sadly, no).

“Don’t take shortcuts, they take too long.” That’s something I say at least once a week, whether it’s to a colleague or one of our brilliant Authority members.

I first said it in the context of smart search engine optimization, where the tricks, games, and tomfoolery of a certain style of SEO have been systematically whacked by Google — leaving site owners to start from scratch.

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Announcing: Seth Godin will be Keynoting Authority Intensive

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Ah, the challenge of writing about Seth Godin.

The process: Write 12 paragraphs of embarrassing mush. Delete. Ponder.

Write 12 more paragraphs of really embarrassing mush. Delete. Despair.

Because “Seth Godin is awesome” is a terrible marketing cliché. And like a lot of clichés, there’s a good reason for that.

Around the Copyblogger Media virtual offices, we’ve been squeeing all over our shoes very pleased to learn that Seth Godin will be keynoting our first major live event, Authority Intensive, taking place May 7-9, 2014, in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

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Four Old-School Ways to Thrive in any Economy

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So, how’s the economic meltdown been treating you? Excited about the opportunities, or sick to your stomach worrying about how your bills will get paid?

Exhilarated or freaked out?

Maybe a little of both?

It’s impossible to really see massive change when we’re still in the middle of it. But there are a handful of things you can bank on. One of them is that human nature doesn’t fundamentally change, even though the environment can change radically.

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The 5 Things Every (Great) Marketing Story Needs

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Here on Copyblogger, you’ve seen us talk many times about how to tell a terrific marketing story.

Why? Because stories are fundamental to how we communicate as human beings. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade … all in the course of just a few minutes.

Stories are memorable and shareable — and those are two of the most important aspects of the very best content.

So we can all agree that stories matter … but how do you tell them?

What, specifically, makes for a good marketing story?

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Happy Labor Day!

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Today is Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day for our northern friends), celebrating the dignity of working men and women by … working as little as humanly possible.

Here’s to a day of hammocks, loafing, burning some meat on the grill, maybe a little Frisbee, and plenty of time to enjoy your family and friends.

Also, please enjoy this picture of a kitten.

(And if those family and friends are driving you a little nuts, go sign up for some free marketing wisdom. We’ve got 14 free ebooks to keep you busy as long as you need a little peace and quiet.)

Back to work tomorrow … see you then and enjoy the day!