How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

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It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation.

You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others.

Sound strange?

Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy:

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Can You Help Us Out? Take Our 2015 Online Business Survey

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Here at Copyblogger Media, it’s safe to say that we’ve been in your shoes. As freelancers, consultants, content publishers, and small business owners …

It’s in our DNA.

Our founder, Brian Clark, was a recovering attorney in the mid 90s when he discovered the Internet and just knew he could make a living from it.

In less than a decade, he went on to build several businesses before he grew Copyblogger Media into a $10 million a year company — started, mind you, from nothing more than a blog that published two articles a week.

And just about every other employee here has either ran a business or freelanced online. People like Sonia Simone, Brian Gardner, Chris Garrett, Jerod Morris, Robert Bruce, Lauren Mancke, Rafal Tomal, Stefanie Flaxman … and the list goes on and on.

Fact is, probably none of us would have made it without the Internet. It’s the perfect medium for growing an audience (especially for the introverts among us).

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How We Built Our Careers Online (And What You Can Learn From It)

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The two biggest concerns for the average blogger are obscurity and sustainability.

In other words … for the vast majority of us who set sail creating content online, we want to first develop an audience; and then, once we have an audience, we want to find a way to earn a living from our content.

The first concern can feel daunting enough, because building an audience isn’t easy.

The second concern can feel damn near impossible — because despite countless examples of people who have done it, sometimes we struggle to see ourselves succeeding in the same way.

Which is silly.

So long as you’re willing to take pride in working hard and have a humble heart and mind when it comes to learning from the people who have already done it, you can achieve sustained success online.

In this episode of The Lede, Demian Farnworth and I share some of our personal stories of success and failure online, in the hopes of inspiring you and educating you (but mostly inspiring you).

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What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now

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The average blogger only has two concerns.

The first is obscurity. She is a total stranger in a vast world loaded with people — unknown, inconspicuous, and insignificant. Odd, considering there are so many people online.

But it’s a simple law: We all start at the bottom.

One recent study discovered that the average British blogger had only 285 subscribers, received 18 comments a day, and earned about $120 a month.

That’s the reward for someone who’d been blogging for two years and eight months. Yes, those surveyed also worked full-time jobs.

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7 Ways to Find a Topical Market that Will Fuel Your Digital Commerce Business

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Before you get down to business online, you need to find the topic(s) and market(s) that can support that business.

And, after answering your questions on digital sharecropping and content curation, that’s exactly what Brian and I get into on this week’s episode of Rainmaker FM.

Listen in and check out the seven-part process for finding the topic market that can fuel your online business …

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What to Look for in a Professional Content Writer

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Every business needs content. Not the bland, me-too nonsense that so often clutters up our in-boxes and feeds, but genuinely useful, interesting content.

Content that lets a business stand out amid the clutter and noise. Content that moves prospects closer to a sale. Content that can become a powerful differentiator for your company.

And increasingly, businesses are having a tough time finding the writers who know how to create that kind of content over time.

According to some recent research by Content Marketing Institute, the demand for content writers has grown by 320 percent … just over the past year.

And while in the past, about 10 percent of companies struggled to find qualified professionals, that’s risen to 32 percent this year.

One of the reasons I think organizations struggle is, they don’t always know what qualities will make for a genuinely productive, profitable hire. And as you might guess, I have a few strong opinions about that.

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This Simple Writing Technique Will Help You Overcome the Inertia of Perfectionism

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When you have to create fresh topics for your blog each week, sometimes you just feel stuck.

Or maybe you can’t nail down your unique selling proposition that sets your business apart from the competition.

Perhaps you’re still wrestling with ideas for your email autoresponder series.

All of these issues are completely normal for writers who continuously aim to serve their audiences.

Since finding a way into your readers’ hearts and minds is your goal, you can exhaust your brain trying to find that perfect connection. As a result, instead of producing the perfect piece of content, you accomplish very little or nothing at all.

Several years ago, I discovered a writing trick that helps me overcome these types of perfectionism problems.

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Check out the Lineup for Authority Rainmaker: Denver, May 13-15, 2015

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The photo above is the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. It’s a world-class hall designed in the lyric style with acoustical excellence, state-of-the-art technology, and clean sight lines, and it’s the venue for our second annual live conference — Authority Rainmaker.

We’re in the Super Early Bird phase of ticket sales, so I want to share with you the extraordinary group of speakers that will be fueling next year’s event experience. You’ll want to grab your tickets now and save $500.

I previously announced our keynote speakers — Daniel Pink, Sally Hogshead, and Henry Rollins (yes, that Henry Rollins). Today I want to highlight each of the industry experts you’ll hear from in this two day, single-track event covering the core topics of Design, Content, Traffic, and Conversion.

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The Crucial Starting Point For Building a Digital Commerce Business

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In the latest episode of Rainmaker FM, Brian Clark and I talk about the big picture of digital commerce.

Many of us are now familiar with platforms like Udemy and Skillshare, but in 2007 Copyblogger launched its first product, one that was aimed directly at the myth that people wouldn’t pay for digital content.

A lot has happened in those seven years, and a lot of businesses have moved (and been born) online.

What does this mean for you?

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How One Marketing Blog Tripled Its Email Subscribers With 3 Simple Strategies

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You’ve probably heard how important email marketing is for your business, but do you know how it can specifically save you time and increase revenue?

When I started AppSumo.com, it took me three months to get a special deal with a company to promote one of our sales. Then on the day of the sale, I’d ask everyone I know to tweet about it.

We’d have a successful launch, but then the following week when we did another promotion, we had to start all over again — and go make as much noise as possible to get our potential customers’ attention.

I call this “amnesia marketing.” It’s when marketers have to start from the bottom every time they promote a product.

But once we grew our email list and had a built-in audience, we were able to ditch amnesia marketing once and for all.

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