How We Built Our Careers Online (And What You Can Learn From It)

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The two biggest concerns for the average blogger are obscurity and sustainability.

In other words … for the vast majority of us who set sail creating content online, we want to first develop an audience; and then, once we have an audience, we want to find a way to earn a living from our content.

The first concern can feel daunting enough, because building an audience isn’t easy.

The second concern can feel damn near impossible — because despite countless examples of people who have done it, sometimes we struggle to see ourselves succeeding in the same way.

Which is silly.

So long as you’re willing to take pride in working hard and have a humble heart and mind when it comes to learning from the people who have already done it, you can achieve sustained success online.

In this episode of The Lede, Demian Farnworth and I share some of our personal stories of success and failure online, in the hopes of inspiring you and educating you (but mostly inspiring you).

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What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now

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The average blogger only has two concerns.

The first is obscurity. She is a total stranger in a vast world loaded with people — unknown, inconspicuous, and insignificant. Odd, considering there are so many people online.

But it’s a simple law: We all start at the bottom.

One recent study discovered that the average British blogger had only 285 subscribers, received 18 comments a day, and earned about $120 a month.

That’s the reward for someone who’d been blogging for two years and eight months. Yes, those surveyed also worked full-time jobs.

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7 Ways to Find a Topical Market that Will Fuel Your Digital Commerce Business

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Before you get down to business online, you need to find the topic(s) and market(s) that can support that business.

And, after answering your questions on digital sharecropping and content curation, that’s exactly what Brian and I get into on this week’s episode of Rainmaker FM.

Listen in and check out the seven-part process for finding the topic market that can fuel your online business …

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What to Look for in a Professional Content Writer

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Every business needs content. Not the bland, me-too nonsense that so often clutters up our in-boxes and feeds, but genuinely useful, interesting content.

Content that lets a business stand out amid the clutter and noise. Content that moves prospects closer to a sale. Content that can become a powerful differentiator for your company.

And increasingly, businesses are having a tough time finding the writers who know how to create that kind of content over time.

According to some recent research by Content Marketing Institute, the demand for content writers has grown by 320 percent … just over the past year.

And while in the past, about 10 percent of companies struggled to find qualified professionals, that’s risen to 32 percent this year.

One of the reasons I think organizations struggle is, they don’t always know what qualities will make for a genuinely productive, profitable hire. And as you might guess, I have a few strong opinions about that.

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This Simple Writing Technique Will Help You Overcome the Inertia of Perfectionism

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When you have to create fresh topics for your blog each week, sometimes you just feel stuck.

Or maybe you can’t nail down your unique selling proposition that sets your business apart from the competition.

Perhaps you’re still wrestling with ideas for your email autoresponder series.

All of these issues are completely normal for writers who continuously aim to serve their audiences.

Since finding a way into your readers’ hearts and minds is your goal, you can exhaust your brain trying to find that perfect connection. As a result, instead of producing the perfect piece of content, you accomplish very little or nothing at all.

Several years ago, I discovered a writing trick that helps me overcome these types of perfectionism problems.

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Check out the Lineup for Authority Rainmaker: Denver, May 13-15, 2015

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The photo above is the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. It’s a world-class hall designed in the lyric style with acoustical excellence, state-of-the-art technology, and clean sight lines, and it’s the venue for our second annual live conference — Authority Rainmaker.

We’re in the Super Early Bird phase of ticket sales, so I want to share with you the extraordinary group of speakers that will be fueling next year’s event experience. You’ll want to grab your tickets now and save $500.

I previously announced our keynote speakers — Daniel Pink, Sally Hogshead, and Henry Rollins (yes, that Henry Rollins). Today I want to highlight each of the industry experts you’ll hear from in this two day, single-track event covering the core topics of Design, Content, Traffic, and Conversion.

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