Can You Resist Clicking These 3 Headlines? (One is So Good I Had to Copy it)

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If this headline were a woman, I’d marry it.

That’s an odd thing to think, no?

Back in the day, my friends and I used that phrase to denote something inanimate that we were particularly fond of. “This pizza is so good, if it were a woman I’d marry it!”

That was a long time ago. I can’t remember the last time such a thought flashed into my head. Which is what made it so weird when it happened last week.

Especially after reading a headline about … video streaming quality and Internet service providers.

But what can I say? The headline was that good.

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Are You Confident in Your Content Marketing? (New Study Suggests You’re Not)

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Here’s a fact about content marketing that’s actually shocking.

The 2014 benchmarks, budgets, and trends study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs (sponsored by our own New Rainmaker) is out, and it includes a number of surprising findings.

Most notable is this: There remains a wide gap between the number of small business B2B marketers using content marketing (almost all of them) and those who believe their content marketing efforts are effective (less than half of them).

That’s right — 55% of small business B2B marketers using content marketing believe that their efforts are, at best, having zero impact. Something is clearly missing.

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Here’s How Ann Handley (the World’s First Chief Content Officer) Writes

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Want a quick and dirty way to test whether your content is compelling?

Show it to a teenager … and then answer these questions:

  • Is the teenager still reading, watching, or listening after 30 seconds? One minute? Five minutes? Fifteen? Thirty?
  • Is the teenager happy, confused, or mad?
  • Is the teenager your child?

If your own teenager is still listening after 30 minutes — and is happy about it — you created some good content.

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The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People

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Magicians. Curious bunch.

They pull furry mammals out of their hats. Levitate humans. Hide automobiles out of sight.

The great ones make a killing, jet set around the globe, and beat groupies off with a brass-tipped wand.

The not-so-great ones — the average ones — are still amazing.

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The Decline and Fall of The Great Gate

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For as long as many generations could remember, The Great Gate stood in the center of The Great City.

It was an ominous and magnificent structure, one that the people looked to for a constant supply of wonder, enlightenment, and joy.

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How to Use Persuasive Words

I’m glad you are here.

Because I’m excited to share a quick bit of free advice with you that will instantly make you a more persuasive writer.

It’s the new edition of The Lede.

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What to Do When You’re Sick of Your Blog

Let’s talk about your blog.

You might just have mentally winced — blogs can be a painful topic.

You know you should have one, because everyone tells you so. You know you should write blog posts on a fairly consistent basis. And you know you should publish regularly too.

But you don’t.

Just thinking about blogging makes you cringe.

You’re not alone. A lot of business owners feel the same way, and for three good reasons:

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Why the New Rainmaker is a Digital Media Producer

Back in the day, the Big Dream of any creator involved striking a deal with a name like Random House, Warner Brothers, or Atlantic Records.

Signing a deal with one of those immortal entities was considered the gold ring, the opening of the only door to independence, respect, and success in media and entertainment.

Then, in the course of less than twenty years, the Internet obliterated those power structures, leaving creators of all kinds — for better or worse — holding their futures in their own hands.

That game hasn’t just changed. It’s now an entirely new and different game.

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Does Your Copy Pass the “Forehead Slap” Test?

One of the most repeated rules of writing compelling copy is to stress benefits, not features.

In other words, identify the underlying benefit that each feature of a product or service provides to the prospect, because that’s what will prompt the purchase.

This is one rule that always applies, except when it doesn’t.

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Do You Want Your Website To Tell a Better Story?

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Paralyzed.

That’s how you feel some of the time, maybe a lot of time, when you sit down to deliver your message to your audience.

How do I know? Because it’s how I feel some of the time (okay, a lot of time) too.

You want to tell a story. I want to tell a story. But so often when we tell stories on the Internet, our words have to do all the heavy lifting.

That’s pressure.

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