Four Ways to Be More Interesting

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I’d like you to stop and think about something for a second.

Try to remember the last time you visited a site that had good, solid content but read like a technical manual. I’m talking factual and helpful, but not terribly compelling.

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Kill Your Good Ideas

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Why do some people easily get hordes of comments on their blogs and quickly build a massive following, while others struggle?

It’s not because they hit the front page of Digg.

It’s not because they’re super-connected with A-listers.

It’s not even because they’re really smart.

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10 Things Every Kumbaya Blogger
Should Know

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Blogging isn’t as idealistic as it used to be, but there are still plenty of us “Kumbaya” bloggers out there.

If that term isn’t familiar to you, it basically means a community-embracing, tribe-building group of bloggers with a dangerous tendency to overuse the word “conversation.”

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How Your Emotions Are Strangling the
Life Out of Your Copy

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You battle an insidious enemy every time you sit down to write, and it usually wins.

It squeezes the impact out of your ideas, leaving a limp and lifeless copy carcass laid to rest in your text editor.

It’s your emotional needs filter, and it’s draining the message out of your message.

What’s an emotional needs filter? It’s a filter you’re running your ideas through when you write.

Whenever you feel like you’re taking a risk, an emotional response is triggered. Your emotional needs feel threatened. The filter is engaged, and your bold copy turns into a big puddle of boringness.

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Beyond Headlines: How to Get Your
Audience to Read Every Word

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Whether you’re trying to get on the front page of Digg or just angling for a sale, writing magnetic headlines that grab your readers’ attention is everything.

But once you have their attention, you need them to read every word that you write.

You need to craft an opening made up of an enticing string of sentences that whet your readers’ appetites, set up a need, and prime them for action.

Easier said than done, right?

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S.P.E.E.D. Writing: 5 Tips to
Double Your Writing Productivity

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Some people are writing machines. They get an idea, pound it out in minutes, post it to their blog, and move on to something else. For the rest of the world, writing is often slow, grinding work.

But it doesn’t have to be. Anyone can write faster if they follow a 5-step formula for writing more efficiently. I call it S.P.E.E.D. Writing.

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5 Social Media Lessons I Learned from Working with a Hollywood Actress

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Can social media make you famous?

Come on, you know you’ve thought about it. Who can resist dreaming about a post going viral and getting hundreds of thousands of visitors? Or having tens of thousands of followers on Twitter who follow your every move? Or checking your email and having hundreds of messages from your adoring fans?

It can happen. I know, because I helped make it happen for my friend Brea Grant.

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Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2009

Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2009

We’re honored that Copyblogger has been chosen as the top blog for writers for the fourth year in a row. Thanks to Michael Stelzner for the nod, and for holding this terrific competition.

Here are all the winners with Michael’s commentary. If you’re interested in writing online, you’ll get a lot out of adding each of these to your daily reading.

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How I Got 294 Comments With One Blog Post

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How’d you like to learn how to get a massive amount of comments on one blog post?

Better yet, what if you could use those comments to convince your readers to buy your products or services?

Because you can. In this post, I’m going to take you behind the scenes of a strategy Laura Roeder showed me to pull in 294 comments on my post and eventually attract more than 30 consulting clients.

It uses all of the copywriting techniques and psychological triggers that we promote here at Copyblogger, but it combines them in a unique way that generates a lot of buzz.

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Is Branding Dead?

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Sure, there are still some iconic brands. Apple, Nike, Coke.

But those are giant companies. They go by different rules.

For the rest of us mortals, does the traditional idea of a brand — an iconic emotional shortcut that lets customers identify with a product — make any sense anymore?

Won’t smart, lean, agile little companies eat the big, lazy brands up?

After all, a village business doesn’t need a brand, right?

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