Why Too Much Emotional Appeal in Your Copy Can Harm Your Credibility

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Let’s be clear: You need emotional appeal in your writing.

Compelling stories keep readers on your website, and since you must discover their worldviews and understand their experiences so that you can serve them better, you’ll naturally learn about their emotional states.

But when you communicate with your audience, you need to strike the right emotional balance.

In fact, getting heavy-handed with emotional appeal in your writing can backfire and potentially harm your credibility.

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The Copyblogger Editorial Team’s 10 Must-Have Tools To Ensure a Smooth Workday

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When I’m not reminiscing about the days of card catalogs and telephone books, I’m busy looking for ways to make my workday easier.

Luckily, for those who get nostalgic like me, you don’t have to completely abandon old-school routines to fit in the contemporary content marketing world.

We now have the luxury of combining classic organizational methods with the latest technologies to stay on top of our crazy schedules and take our online businesses to the next level.

I decided to ask some of the smartest people around — the Copyblogger editorial team — about the tools that help them the most.

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7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

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So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience?

Good.

But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing.

Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not …

It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter.

Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share.

The problem is not your amount of knowledge; it’s how you distribute it.

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4 Instances When Demonstrating Your Authority Can Be a Disaster

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It might seem blasphemous to say so on Copyblogger. But authority isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

Yes, it’s an important term around here, and the dust has hardly settled from the first Authority Intensive event. And yet I’m suggesting that you be be less authoritative … at certain moments.

Why?

You’ve worked hard to build an authoritative online presence by serving the needs of your audience, and delivering stellar content to help them solve their most pressing problems.

So why in the world would you give that up?

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Are You Sacrificing Future Trust for Sales Today?

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The first lesson you learn in sales is how to qualify a lead.

After all, speaking with someone who’s not legitimately interested in your product or service is a waste of your time — and theirs.

But there’s something that’s even more important than making sure your prospect wants to buy what you’re pitching: ensuring that they’ll be happy with the purchase long after you’ve cashed their check.

Just because you can smooth talk your way into a sale doesn’t mean you should.

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How to Build Your Business by Walking Away from the Sale

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Some marketing feels almost impossible to resist.

Your favorite product is 85% off! This really smart expert is only offering advice until Monday! This service will change your life or your money back!

Smart marketers know how to reduce risk, boost urgency, and tempt our wallets with irresistible offers.

But are there times when those techniques work a little too well?

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