How to Be a Good Host:
A Quick Guide to Web Forums That Work

Train Wreck

The biggest mistake when launching an online forum is thinking “if you build it they will come.”

Let’s face it: Simply putting a forum on your site without any more energy on your part is like throwing a party you don’t show up for. If you’re not going to show up for your own party, why should anyone else?

A forum can be the most welcoming, interactive and useful part of your site if you’re willing to really get in there and really work it. In fact, a forum can become your No. 1 traffic generator and give you the kind of built-in devoted audience that companies would kill for.

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Train Wreck Blogging: Ain’t Nothing To See Here Folks

Train Wreck

It’s the reason people love NASCAR and read National Enquirer.

We don’t want to admit it. We’re not supposed to feel that way. But secretly buried, deep down inside, we all want a front row seat to the wipe out of the season.

It’s not that we want to see anyone get hurt. It’s not that we wish failure or disaster on anyone (let’s keep our in-laws and competitors out of this). We just want to know all the juicy details once it’s already gone down.

We even feel bad about this irrepressible urge…but we just gotta know!

And, understanding this impulse will let you tap a side of blogging that holds the potential to explode readership… if you have the will.

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Good News for Affiliate Summit Winners…

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Thanks to everyone who left a comment on the Affiliate Summit Gold Pass giveaway post. I’ve selected the 20 winners, and they’ve been contacted by email.

Here’s the good news… you’re all (silver) winners, whether you left a comment or not.

If you’d like to attend Affiliate Summit with a free Silver Pass:

  1. Go to this page to check out the Silver Pass and to register.
  2. When prompted, enter this code: COPYBLOGGERSILVER

That’s it. See you there?

Why Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
Gave Me His Blog

Constraints

Well, actually Leo Babauta of Zen Habits fame didn’t give me a whole blog, he gave me half of his blog Write to Done in July 2008. At that time I was still a rookie blogger.

Only nine months earlier my son Sebastian said to me:

“Mum, I’ll make you a website for your birthday. But you’ll have to write a blog.”

“A what?”

I had no idea what he was talking about. Shortly after I started Goodlife Zen, the steepest learning curve of my life.

So, why did Leo Babauta give half his blog to an accidental blogger?

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How to Create Better Content With Constraints

Constraints

Mark McGuinness reveals a cool technique for creating content that’s more productive and innovative than the “blank page” approach. It’s all about setting specific constraints on yourself before you start to write.

Mark’s article made me realize I do this all the time. I constrain myself to a particular angle or reference, and I start looking for a relevant association.

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The Millionaire’s Secret Trait That Attracts Crazy Amounts of Success

Giving

What’s the secret trick to creating a really successful online business? Investing in the latest how-to information, right? Or maybe it’s a complicated new piece of software? Could it be the liberal use of fake yellow highlighting?

The secret to online success isn’t so different from the secret to offline success. There’s a quality the best entrepreneurs share that gives them a massive competitive advantage. And as usual, being online lets you leverage that secret for even greater success.

The millionaires’ secret trait is:

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Join Me at Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas
(20 Free Passes)

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UPDATE: Submissions are now closed. Winners announced soon!

I hope everyone interested in affiliate marketing strategies and killer networking opportunities will be in Las Vegas January 11-13, 2009 for Affiliate Summit. It’s only the premier affiliate marketing conference around.

But 20 lucky people won’t even have to pay the conference fee to get in. More on that in a minute.

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The Secret of How to Sell Anything

Find out what people want and help them get it.

Thanks, Gary.

It’s amazing how many people don’t get this.

Why You Should Get Back to Basics
With Your Blog

Back to Basics

Think back to your first week as a new driver. You drive so automatically these days you can’t really remember how nervous you were, how proud you felt, and how hard you tried not to crash the car.

It’s become an automatic behavior. The more we repeat actions, the better we become until we don’t even think about them.

They just happen.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Guide to
Responsible Word Power

Spiderman

As all writers know, words are immensely powerful. You can make readers laugh or cry with fewer than a hundred of them. You can part people from their money. You can make someone’s day. You can change the course of lives.

And you don’t have to be Spider-Man to know that “with great power comes great responsibility.” But why not let ol’ Spidey give us some tips for responsible word power?

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