Why a Hot Seat Is Shockingly Good for Business

How a professional group helps grow your business

Back in 2004, the heat was on for me and my little marketing and design studio.

In those days, I was a single mom with a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old, and I desperately needed my business to produce.

And by that, I mean produce profit. I needed money, honey — to support my family, run my household, and build my business.

I knew it was time to ramp up my efforts. My business was successful, but it was time to take it to another level.

Around that time, I started hearing about mastermind groups.

And now, when I look back, I recognize that joining a mastermind group profoundly changed my business for the better, especially because of one specific exercise these groups do.

That’s what I’m going to share today. Because earlier this month, we began doing something similar inside one of our communities at Rainmaker Digital.

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Finding the Balance Between Pragmatism and Your Ideals


If you feel like you need to choose between idealism and getting your bills paid, look again.

If you’re getting along financially but compromising your own beliefs, you’re going to make yourself sick and miserable. But if you’re leading some kind of “pure” life but suffering a lot of financial stress, that’s not the key to a great life either.

Somewhere, there’s going to be a path that brings those two together, and that will get you where you want to go.

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How Not to Be a Sleaze (or a Martyr) in Your Business

Don't take shortcuts; they take too long.

Don’t take shortcuts; they take too long.

I first wrote that advice in a post about site quality as an SEO strategy for content marketers.

It sprang back to mind when we lost the incomparable Yogi Berra last week. Don’t worry, I’m not going to do Yet Another Blog Post with Yogi Quotes (this is a good collection, if you’re looking for one).

But there’s something about that “so wrong, it’s right” Yogi logic that seems to be a constant in business and in life, and I thought I’d write about it.

So what does that initial advice mean, anyway?

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3 Resources to Help You Become a Professional Content Marketer

Copyblogger Collection - How to go pro with content marketing

Professional content marketers think like students.

They study all of the content they consume with a critical eye, looking for ways to learn from smart techniques that others use.

But how do you know what works right now in content marketing and what doesn’t?

This week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that will show you:

  • How to become a well-paid writer
  • How to form a professional support network
  • How to craft cutting-edge content ideas that grow your business

As you work your way through the material below, use each lesson as an opportunity to refine the way you approach content marketing.

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Your Last Chance this Year to Join Our Community of Professional Content Marketers

Get Inside Authority - Doors close to new members in 1 week

This week will be the your last chance this year to join Authority — our private community of content marketers.

We’re going to be moving to limited enrollment periods, so that the Authority team and I can put all of our focus on giving our community members the best experience we can.

But before we talk about the details of that — let me connect the dots if you don’t happen to quite know what Authority is.

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Test Drive Rainmaker Platform to Get Free Access to More than 230 Hours of Included Training

why a rainmaker could use authority

It’s been almost a year since we launched the Rainmaker Platform, which provides a complete managed website solution for content marketers and digital entrepreneurs. And as is customary for us, we’ve given our absolute best deal to the thousands who have joined us so far.

One of the truly generous aspects of the current offer is including our Authority training community free of charge — a $399 annual cost otherwise. Membership in Authority delivers an astounding amount of value:

  • More than 230 hours of on-demand content marketing education
  • Weekly events like webinars and Q&As hosted by our team of experts
  • An interactive forum for networking and asking questions specific to your work
  • Exclusive discounts on essential tools and live events
  • Discounted access to the Copyblogger Content Marketing Certification Program

So it would be crazy to just give Authority memberships away for free … right? Well, that’s what we’ve been doing for Rainmaker Platform customers.

You might have already guessed that’s not going to be the case any longer. So, if you’ve been considering Rainmaker, you’ll want to give serious consideration to getting started in the next week.

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