How to Create Compelling Content that Ranks Well in Search Engines

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I don’t think there’s a single topic in online marketing that’s as misunderstood as SEO.

Partly it’s because on the surface, SEO has changed so much. What worked even a few years ago will destroy your rankings today.

Oddly enough, though, the SEO strategy at Copyblogger has stayed remarkably consistent since Brian Clark started the blog in January, 2006.

It’s not because Brian was staying up late at night reading Google algorithm patents.

It’s because he understood something fundamental about the search engines that most people still don’t see.

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How to Cope with the Death of Google Reader

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You know the stages.

First, denial. “No way, dude, that’s got to be a rumor.”

Then anger. “Don’t Be Evil my $%&! How could they do this to me?”

Bargaining. “Could a new version of Google Reader really save Digg?”

Depression. “I can haz no more LOLz.”

And finally, we come to acceptance. Yes, it’s true. Google Reader really is going away on July 1. So if you haven’t rustled up an alternative yet, it’s time.

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The Evolution of Permission Marketing: What You Need to Succeed in 2013

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Are you familiar with the phrase Permission Marketing?

If you’re trying to sell anything online (including your ideas), you should be.

In 1999, a certain smart marketer made some observations about what kinds of persuasive communication worked well as we moved into the 21st century … and what kinds didn’t.

Permission marketing is the privilege (not the right) of delivering anticipated, personal and relevant messages to people who actually want to get them. ~Seth Godin

The 20th century was the era of interruption. Your favorite television shows were “brought to you by” an increasingly noisy set of ads for soap, cereal, and shiny new automobiles. Nearly all mass communication was supported by advertising — television, newspapers, radio.

The internet brought something different.

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Summer at Copyblogger …

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Kids are out of school, flip-flops have taken their place in the hallway, summertime is just around the corner. And as is our tradition at Copyblogger, we’ll be easing up the post schedule just a bit.

We spend a lot of time teaching people how to build smart, sustainable businesses with content. The kind of businesses that give us enough free time to have some decent work-life balance.

After all, working your own schedule, to suit your own life, is one of the biggest benefits of running a business, right?

So tomorrow, we start our official summer schedule.

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Join Brian Clark and Sonia Simone this September

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Interested in getting together with me and Copyblogger founder Brian Clark for a deep dive into how content marketing can benefit your small business?

That sounded good to us too, which is why we’re hosting the Small Business Summit on September 12, 2013 at the Cleveland Convention Center, as part of this year’s Content Marketing World.

This one-day event will team Brian and I with a great roster of marketers to talk about how smart content strategies can attract and retain customers.

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Return of the Content Marketing Know-It-All

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Yes, it’s back again! The Content Marketing Know-It-All is here to answer your questions.

This time, we’ve taken a few questions from recent comments here on the blog, a few from the comments on the earlier post, and one from the forums inside Authority, our brand-new education and networking community for content professionals.

As always, all answers reflect my own biases, strong opinions, personal pet peeves, and individual business experience.

Since this is not paint-by-numbers, the answers for your business will always come from you. But these questions may point you in a useful direction.

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