Master Your Muse and Multiply Your Blogging Effectiveness

Muses

Silence.

It’s frightening for a writer. Not real silence, of course, but the eerie quiet inside your head, the mysterious absence of words. You think and think and think, but it’s like turning on a light switch when the lightbulb is blown. Nothing happens, no matter how hard you try.

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Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2007

Top 10 Blogs 2007

Michael Stelzner of Writing White Papers has announced the winners of his second-annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers. I’m honored to say that Copyblogger came out on top for a second year.

There are many great blogs that are repeating from last year, plus some really strong new blogs that have made the list. Make sure you’re reading them all (they’re listed below with Michael’s comments).

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Offers That Improve Terms, Add Services, and Make Bribes

58 Killer Offers

This is the third installment of the 58 of the World’s Greatest Offers series from Dean Rieck.

We’ve already looked at some classic response-boosting offers along with offers that lower risk, reduce price, and increase urgency. Now let’s look at offers that improve terms or that offer services or bribes.

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What Aristotle Can Teach You About Ethical Blogging

Aristotle

We already know that Aristotle can make you a more effective blogger. But can he make you a more ethical blogger, too?

And, in today’s online world, where transparency can occur whether you want it to or not, aren’t they really the same thing?

My favorite Aristotelian work is likely Nicomachean Ethics. I love the ideas involved: how personally demanding Aristotle’s ethical system is, and how difficult and challenging it is to live out. Of all of the ethical systems I’ve studied Aristotle’s stands head and shoulders above them all by offering many concepts and principles that should be present in any quality ethical system.

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Time Management for Creative People

Creative Time

When it comes to writing and other creative work, time management is crucial. For example, I have a certain writing “zone” when I can get the words out, and if I miss it, the day is pretty much shot as far as writing goes.

I just finished reading Time Management for Creative People, a free ebook released by writer and creativity coach Mark McGuinness. It’s a really well done 32-page download that provides practical time management and productivity tips tailored specifically for those performing creative work.

You can get your own free copy at Mark’s blog, grab the PDF directly, or read it online.

Or if you prefer video to reading, watch this time management training interview, in which Mark explains some of the key ideas from the ebook.

Landing Page Makeover Clinic #8: Steve-N-Lee.com

Landing Page Makeover

Today’s makeover is for Steve Lee’s fiction thriller, What If …? Trying to sell a novel direct is a daunting task, and frankly few will sell enough copies to be profitable. (Those that did usually had a tremendous ‘hook’ and lucked into the right place, right time, right message astral alignment to generate a lot of buzz.) When he wrote me last month, he was seeing a 1% conversion. His desire is to double, perhaps even triple the rate.

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Offers That Reduce Price and Increase Urgency

58 Killer Offers

This is the second installment of the 58 of the World’s Greatest Offers series from Dean Rieck.

As we’ve seen, the whole point of this series is to help you accomplish the three things you must do in order sell: 1) make an offer, 2) provide information to help people accept your offer, and 3) provide an easy means of responding to your offer. We kicked off the series by listing a few classic offers and offers that reduce perceived risk.

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Why Writing Like a College Student
Will Kill You Online

College Students

This is a guest post by Brian Lash.

When was the last time you curled up with a good book of college essays? Ever perused a great sales letter written in the style of an academic paper?

The college (read: deliberately formal) style has its place in the ivy-coated corners of the world. But it doesn’t belong in our new media blogs, podcasts, and videos. Because it isn’t conversational. It doesn’t match the medium. And it just doesn’t jive with expectations.

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Free Sneak Peek at the
Blog Mastermind Program

Yaro Starak is about to close the doors on his Blog Mastermind training program on December 10, so he’s offering a free look at one of the lessons in the course. As I mentioned when I reviewed the free ebook that preceded the paid course, Yaro’s blogging approach is effective because it focuses on recurring income from affiliate marketing, rather than just AdSense and other advertising programs.

So, if creating your own membership-based training program is not for you, check out the free sample lesson from Yaro and see if his approach is a better fit. You’ve got about 5 days to make up your mind, however, before he stops accepting new members.

Disclosure: I have been one of Yaro’s affiliates since he launched the program, because I previewed and helped beta test it. It’s quality stuff.

Offers That Raise Response and Lower Risk

58 Killer Offers

This is the first installment of the 58 of the World’s Greatest Offers series from Dean Rieck.

Are you ready to start making offers that have been proven effective, time and time again?

This is the first of four articles where we’ll look at 58 offers that have proven to be winners over the years. I’ve organized the offers by function to make the list easier to use. This includes offers to raise response, lower risk, reduce price, increase urgency, improve terms, offer services, offer bribes, increase profits, and generate inquiries.

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