Behind the Scenes: How (and Why) New Rainmaker is Produced

It’s time to pull back the curtain for just a few minutes and talk about what we’ve learned (so far) from producing New Rainmaker.

We’re only three episodes in, but this is something we want to do periodically throughout the run of the broadcast, starting right now.

Stay tuned as Brian Clark and I take you behind the scenes of the early days of this particular media brand and then talk a bit about where it all might be going …

In this 24-minute episode you’ll discover:

  • How much money we’ve spent on the New Rainmaker production
  • Why we’re doing these behind the scenes episodes
  • How we decided on the New Rainmaker broadcast format
  • What the response to New Rainmaker has been so far
  • The basic tools of creating our media platform
  • What’s coming next

Click here to listen to Episode No. 4 of New Rainmaker right now

What to Do If Your Great Content Isn’t Getting Found

Another well-hidden Menehune statue on the grounds of Disney's Aulani resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

Hang out around this place for more than ten minutes and we’ll hit you over the head, telling you to create some high-quality content.

And by “high-quality,” we mean the good stuff. Not spun, fluffed, scraped, or otherwise mass produced for pennies a word.

Something people want to read. (Or listen to, or watch.)

So if you create that kind of content (or hire someone to create it for you), you’re set, right?

When I quoted Robert Rose saying, “Great content wins. End of story,” did I mean that great content promotes itself? That if the content is good enough, content fairies fly down and magically transport it to the eyes of an adoring audience?

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Why Your Site’s Search Rank May Be Falling (And 4 Simple Ways to Fix it)

man falling

This isn’t supposed to be happening.

Your 8-year old website with the domain registered 10 years out is getting outranked by websites less than a year old with auto-renewal on.

And you thought the age of your website meant authority.

But the problem is this: domain age alone doesn’t grant you authority, and your domain registration strategy doesn’t impact your search rankings quite like you think it might. Your site’s content and the links coming to those pages are what matters.

What’s that you say? You have quality content and quality links and you’re still dropping in search rankings?

Well then the reason is clear …

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How to Nail Your Opening

Bubkes.

That’s what happens when you write a great headline, get scores of people to open your post, but then bore them with a lame opening.

They leave, and you accomplished nothing … except making them less likely to ever believe one of your headlines is worth clicking on ever again.

That’s why it’s essential that you nail the opening of your blog posts. To do so, you must open with a bang.

Want to learn how? Come hang out with me and Demian for 15 minutes and we’ll explain it to you.

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Have You Ever Thought About Starting Your Own Podcast?

image of a microphone

What’s holding you back?

For anyone who would like to start a podcast, but can’t quite get over thoughts like these …

“My voice sounds weird.”

“The technical skills needed to record, upload, and store audio files are so far out of my wheelhouse.”

“The cost of quality equipment exceeds my small budget.”

“I want to pee my pants when I think of speaking in public.”

Then our upcoming Authority audio seminar is just for you.

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3 Ways Your Web Design Can Better Connect You to Your Audience

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How do people recognize good web design?

There is a big difference between good and bad design. Many people can identify a good design, but they don’t know what makes the difference.

Most people are not looking at a website and thinking: That website has well-matched serif and sans-serif fonts and a nice usage of white space!

Nope. Only designers think that.

In most cases people just feel like there is something good about it. Maybe it’s that eye-catching font or maybe that vibrant color, but they never actually know for sure.

There is something more to good design than making it just look right.

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How to Build a Lucrative Asset While You Make it Rain

In the days before the Internet, if you wanted to create and distribute any kind of content on a large scale, you needed to either be wealthy, have connections, win the cultural lottery of getting picked, or possess a nearly impossible combination of any of those factors.

Only a very privileged few had the resources to own a radio station, a recording studio, or a printing press.

Even fewer could cover the cost and supply the expertise required to keep those kinds of operations running.

But all of those problems existed before the Internet.

What now?

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How to Make Your Content a Star

the sun

Think about how many stars exist in the universe.

It’s hard to wrap your head around. Astronomers estimate there are 170 billion galaxies in the parts of the universe we can see, which extends 13.8 billion light-years in every direction.

If you multiply the number of stars in just our own galaxy by 170 billion, you get a septillion stars (that’s a 1 followed by twenty-four zeros). Of course, the true number may actually be infinite, given that the universe is much larger than we can observe and could simply go on forever.

The vast majority of those stars are completely irrelevant to us, because we can’t even see them. On a moonless night, you can spy maybe 9,000 stars with the naked eye, and a good pair of binoculars might get you to 200,000.

That alone is a lot of stars. And they are mostly too far away to have any direct impact on us.

But one star is different.

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The Astronaut, the Rock Star, and Your Content Strategy

Chris Hadfield juggling tomatoes

20 million views … and counting.

I remember the first time I saw it. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, then commander of the International Space station, had taken his guitar into space. He posted a simple but powerful video of himself performing David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity” — in space.

As far as I’m concerned, this pretty well cemented his position as coolest dude there has ever been. I mean, Canadian plus astronaut plus Bowie? That’s the trifecta of cool right there.

(Plus he juggles. In space.)

Like a lot of people, I assumed that Hadfield had an amazing innate understanding of what worked and didn’t work as content. He had been posting neat and interesting content to the web for months —- great tweets and YouTube videos on funny, everyday aspects of life in space.

They were memorable, they were highly shareable, and they paved the way for that 20-million view bombshell.

So imagine how surprised I was when I read Hadfield’s biography — and found out that when he was getting started, he was actually sort of an idiot about content.

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5 More Great Speakers for Authority Intensive (Event Now Sold Out)

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Update: The Authority Intensive conference is sold out for 2014.

We’re still more than three months away from Authority Intensive, May 7-9 in Denver, and we’re almost sold out. With this lineup, I’m not surprised — I feel lucky just to be hosting this thing.

If you’re still on the fence, there’s good news … we’ve added even more great speakers. Let me tell you a bit about them before you head over to secure your spot for the content marketing event of the year.

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