Made You Thunk: Engage Your Readers With Typos and Misquotes


This post is by Nick Cernis.

There’s a famous adage: “With great power comes a high electricity bill.”

Writers enjoy a multitude of tools to exert power over their readers. If you’re a purist, you’ll despise the very thought of the weapon I’m about to offer:

Sometimes typose suck you in.

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Catablogging: Blog-Based Ecommerce and Affiliate Marketing


Back in the early 20th century, a guy named Richard Warren Sears was a master at writing copy that worked. He was in the mail order business, and he sold to the market he knew best—rural America—because he grew up on a farm himself.

He started out selling watches along the railroad lines, and soon discovered the power of writing profit-pulling copy for a multitude of products. Ol’ Rich had a way with words that made his wholesale wares irresistible at even marked-up retail prices.

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A Better Plan, A Bigger Profit: Copywriting Maven’s Creative Plan Makeover Series

Creative Plan

This post is by Roberta Rosenberg.

I’ve been dropping hints about this new series for months now, but the time has arrived! Copywriting Maven’s Creative Plan Makeovers are now open for business—your business!

Why the transition from landing pages to creative plans? The reason became glaringly obvious. In many cases, if not most cases, I was offering assistance too late or assistance that couldn’t help a deeply flawed promotion premise.

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How to Make Sure Your Content
Never Goes Naked

ZZ Top Eliminator

Every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.

That’s what ZZ Top, the famous bearded band from Texas sings. And if that’s the case, what’s your content wearing these days?

Let’s consider your content as a naked friend. He’s had an invitation. He’s going out, and needs your help to pick an outfit. You can’t send your content out in the buff. Come on; the poor guy is nude and freezing.

You’re in charge of making sure your naked, shivering content makes a perfect appearance. It’s depending on you to dress it up properly for the performance.

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Three Great Resources That
Won’t Cost You a Dime


Everyone loves free stuff, right? Here are three quality things that will make your weekend better, and you won’t even have to open your wallet.

The Medici Effect

Remember when I mentioned the book The Medici Effect in my content crossroads post? Well, author Frans Johansson has released the entire book online in PDF format on The Medici Effect site. I’d still spring for it in paperback, but at least now you can read as much as you want before you part with any bucks.

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I’ve Been Disappeared by Technorati

Technorati is sorry

UPDATED: It’s fixed… and you guys did it.

When it comes to Technorati, I’m the Keyser Soze of blogging.

Poof. Just like that, I’m gone.

For some strange reason, Technorati thinks Copyblogger doesn’t exist. I’m not talking about being hand-edited out of the Top 100, I’m saying they have no record of this blog.

Sorry :~(

We’re sorry…we don’t have a blog by that name. If this is your blog, ping us so we can put it in our index!

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How to Use LinkedIn to
Create Authoritative Content


Looking for a credible source to strengthen your article, blog post or white paper? Need a quote from an expert to bolster your case?

There’s an excellent source you may not have considered—LinkedIn. Chances are you have received dozens of emails from friends, colleagues and total strangers asking you to join LinkedIn. Turns out more than 17 million business professionals are using the networking site.

What does this mean for you as a writer?

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Keyword Research for Bloggers

Keyword Research for Bloggers

Keyword research can be the difference between a successful blog and one that goes nowhere, but it often seems as if many bloggers think it’s something that doesn’t apply to them, or is “only for SEO.” To the contrary, keyword research goes way beyond search engine optimization, and is all about discovering what real live people are actively interested in.

That means keyword research helps you choose profitable blog subjects, identify content topics that are in high demand, and spot monetization methods that work. With that in mind, Copyblogger associate editor Jonathan Morrow and I have put together a 5-part comprehensive guide to keyword research for bloggers that walks you though the entire process using real-life niche examples.

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Information Overload: The Blogger’s Worst Enemy and 8 Ways to Avoid It

World Wide Web Overload

We live in the information age. And boy do we get blasted with information. It’s dumped on us by the truckload.

Three pounds of stuff in the mailbox a day. 507 TV channels to flip through to find the weather report. 623 e-mail messages selling male enhancement pills.

And that’s only a fraction of the information that bombards us. There are billboards along the highway, news broadcasts on the radio, memos and telephone calls at the office, instruction manuals for office equipment that won’t work, family schedules to remember, bills, books, seminars, random conversations at lunch time, business meetings, it never ends.

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The Simple Six-Letter Word That
Determines Success

Johnny Rotten

I did my first guest post in well over a year-and-a-half for Leo’s Zen Habits. Those of you who have read the Teaching Sells report will recognize the story, but it’s got a modified, more explicit ending.

Check it out here, and if you’re a fan of The Smiths, Joy Division and vintage New Order, make sure to click through the links at the band names for some way cool 80s alternative videos.

P.S. Give it a Digg if you like it. :-)