The Professional Way to Proofread Your Writing When You Don’t Have Time

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In this episode of Editor-in-Chief, learn how to perform a power proofreading. It’s like power napping or a power lunch: You extract a substantial benefit from a brief activity.

It takes time to produce your best work. If you don’t have time, do this …

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The Great Paragraph Hoax

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On the Internet, there is no shortage of answers to the question: “What is a paragraph?” You’ll find answers from prestigious universities and on popular forums. Unfortunately, they are all wrong.

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill defines a paragraph as “the building blocks of papers.”

Fair enough. What else would you expect from a college? But that won’t do for us. Us, web writers.

The best answer Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth could find on the Yahoo! Answers forum was: “Usually consists of more than one sentence on the same topic.”

Again. Fair enough. But here’s the web writer’s version of what a paragraph is …

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Are You a Talented Professional Writer? Read This …

the difference is strategy, perception, and a higher pay grade

Copyblogger loves writers. We always have.

For more than nine years now, the writer has been the most important person we write for. Week in, week out.

I’ve written about making a living as a professional writer.

And I elaborated a bit on that, unpacking some of what it takes to move from “good writer” to “smart, well-paid content marketer.”

It’s why we created our list of Certified Content Marketers.

And it’s why we’re opening that program shortly to a new batch of writers.

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Why Your Mom Was Right About Blogging

When it comes to blogging, Mom knows best

It’s a good thing your mom taught you everything you need to know to become a well-respected, successful blogger, isn’t it?

What’s that?

Your mom never taught you anything about blogs? Because blogs didn’t exist when you were growing up?

I beg to differ.

I’m going to bet that she really did teach you everything you need to know. She just may have forgotten to say “when blogging.”

Let’s take a look.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Showrunner?

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So … what exactly is a “showrunner” anyway? And what does it take to be a successful one?

The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor define the term and explain what separates successful Showrunners from all the rest.

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Passion Projects, Clarity, and the Evolution of No Sidebar

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As an online entrepreneur, No Sidebar host Brian Gardner is learning just how crucial being agile is to running a successful business.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being involved in a personal project — especially when you’re passionate about it — but continually keeping your audience in mind is always a good thing.

Over the last couple months of running No Sidebar, Brian has identified three types of people he wants to specifically cater to …

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Deadly Conversion Busters: Building a Targeted Audience

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Lots of people talk about “traffic,” but how can you attract more of the right people?

How can you grow an audience of people you can help the most — people who will see success from using your products and services, and who will be long-term, loyal customers?

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5 Ways to Write a Seductive Sentence

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Here’s the thing: Your sentences don’t have to say much. They just have to say the right things.

When you are trying to get people to respond to your articles, subscribe to your email newsletter, buy your products, or donate to your cause … you need to write seductive sentences.

And you need to do it naturally. Here’s how to do that.

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What to Do When You Absolutely, Positively Must Know if Your Content Will Rock

nobody knows anything ... except the audience

Ever had a great idea, and then started to doubt yourself?

Or maybe you’ve already executed on that great idea, but you’re hesitating to launch. Maybe it’s an article, or an ebook, or a new product or service.

How can you be sure it will work? Should you ask for feedback?

I’ll answer both of those questions in this article, but first I need to tell you a couple of stories from the nutty worlds of music and film.

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Proof That Grit Is the Only Way to Reach Your Potential

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In our culture, much is made of natural ability. But natural ability is nothing without grit. In fact, without grit, natural ability can actually be wasted.

Recent science tells us that grit can accurately determine who will graduate from high school or West Point or even win a spelling bee. In other words, grit is an indicator whether or not someone will reach his or her potential.

But what is grit? Where does it come from? Can you develop grit if you don’t have it? And what does this have to do with content marketing?

Fortunately, these are the questions The Lede hosts Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth tackle in this week’s episode of The Lede. Not to mention, there’s a fun Grit Quiz you can take to determine how much grit you have.

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