How to Become a Full-Time Authorpreneur


At 25 years old, Monica Leonelle realized that she could use a book to get a job.

Then later realized that her book could turn into highly paid speaking gigs. Then realized that she could write even more books, quit her job, and become a full-time authorpreneur.

Want to know how she did it?

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3 Resources to Help You Write Thought-Provoking Content that Gets People Talking

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While we want people to view, talk about, and share our content, we’re often afraid of negative reactions.

We might even refrain from publishing our writing because we fear that our projects will look “stupid,” despite our thoughtful efforts and hard work.

The day you overcome the fear of looking “stupid,” you’ll feel extremely free.

Overcoming that fear is a two-step process.

Step One: realize that creative folks who produce content regularly don’t necessarily think their work is brilliant and immune to criticism — they just don’t care anymore if it happens to be perceived as “stupid,” “bad,” or “pointless.”

How do you stop caring? That’s Step Two: you must have confidence in your work and accept that it will take on a life of its own after you present it to the world.

To help you feel confident about your creations no matter how they’re interpreted, today’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that will show you:

  • How to become an experienced writer
  • How to communicate your expertise so you stand out from the crowd
  • How to write blog posts that make people want to work with you

As you study the following lessons, consider how you can produce meaningful work that makes you proud and sparks a conversation.

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How to Submit Your Show to Podcast Directories


What if you could spend 10 minutes doing one simple task and get new listeners for years to come?

As Showrunners, we need to find audience-growth strategies that we can leverage. Strategies that involve very little upfront work on our part, yet continue to provide us with new listeners. The way to do this is simple: podcast directories.

In this episode of The Showrunner, Jonny Nastor goes in-depth into giving you the exact numbers of downloads that he receives from the directories that he has submitted to in the past year since launching Hack the Entrepreneur.

A couple of these are paid podcast directories, but the vast majority are free and should be utilized by all Showrunners.

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Building a Digital Community that Sticks Together


In the final part of The Mainframe’s membership series, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss how to keep your community welcoming, engaging, and a group that people actually want to be a part of.

Listen in to get all the details.

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Everything You Need to Know About LinkedIn Company Pages


The LinkedIn Expert Viveka Von Rosen shares why you need to have a Company Page on LinkedIn. It’s easier (and more important) than you think.

On this episode of The Missing Link, guest Viveka Von Rosen shares all you need to know to get Company Pages working for you. You’ll learn how a small time investment can create a more polished business presence, which leads to meaningful connections and solid business leads.

Viveka shares time-saving tips, organizational hacks, and invaluable information to get your LinkedIn presence working for your ultimate LinkedIn success.

She is truly a LinkedIn expert, and you’ll come away more successful on LinkedIn just by listening.

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What’s the Difference Between Content Marketing and Digital Commerce?

content marketing and digital commerce - your questions answered

Last week was a big one for all of us at Rainmaker Digital.

We launched Digital Commerce Institute. Plus, we announced a new educational program, Digital Commerce Academy.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, we announced next year’s live event, Digital Commerce Summit.

Since a few questions have come up repeatedly, today’s post will answer the most-common questions we’ve fielded and provide the guidance you need.

It’s especially important to read this today, because our ultra low-priced Charter Membership offer expires tomorrow, November 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

We want you to have the answers you need, so you can make an informed decision before the low price goes away.

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How to Get Started, Build Out, and Boost Your Digital Business


Taking care of your audience’s needs is one of the keys to long-term entrepreneurial success.

Andreea Ayers of Launch Grow Joy joins Chris Ducker on today’s episode of Youpreneur.FM to share how she did exactly that while building her online business.

Throughout her entrepreneurial career, she’s provided solutions to her audience’s problems and has grown tremendously as a result. Today, she’s earning five-figures a month helping other entrepreneurs launch and grow their own businesses.

Andreea and Chris talk about how she became her family’s breadwinner, how she went from a T-shirt business to creating and selling online courses, and how she grew her business through speaking.

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Long or Short? The Content Length Question Answered, Once and for All


In this week’s episode of The Lede, Chris Garrett joins Demian Farnworth to talk about digital commerce, the proper length of content, rubber ducks, and the scary side of the Internet.

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Why You Need to Start Before You’re Ready


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a world-traveling entrepreneur who has ambitions to change the world.

He is the co-founder and CMO of Serengetee, an apparel company that uses unique fabrics from all over the world. They launched their company in early 2012, from their dorm rooms, with zero outside investment or funding … just their own $3,000 that they scrounged up together.

They have built a team of 22 employees and a 1,000+ team of campus and high school reps that promote their causes and brand.

They donate five percent of each purchase to a current of 32 causes.

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How Do You Compare to Serious Business Bloggers? [Infographic]

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Blogging remains the cornerstone of most content marketing efforts.

  • According to HubSpot, marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13 times more likely to enjoy positive ROI.
  • The data presented by HubSpot also claims B2B companies that blog produce 67 percent more leads than those that don’t.
  • According to Demand Metric, 59 percent of B2B marketers consider blogs the most valuable channel.

So, Orbit Media Studios co-founder Andy Crestodina thinks the mega-population of the content creation nation stands to gain interesting insights by examining how their blogging brethren operate.

For the past two years, Crestodina and company have dug deep to uncover data revealing:

  • How bloggers do what they do
  • When and where they work on their craft
  • Who they write for
  • What they do to enhance their prose and promote their posts

The 2015 edition of the research examines the answers to 11 questions and juxtaposes the data with the results collected in 2014 to reveal trends taking shape.

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