The 5 Keys to Content Marketing Mastery

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What does it take to be the best?

The best copywriter, the best graphic designer, the best blogger, the best content marketer?

The off-the-cuff answer is 10,000 hours, popularized by the great Malcolm Gladwell book Outliers. That’s what you need to become a renowned concert violinist, a brilliant mathematician, a chess grandmaster, a Pulitzer-winning novelist.

That’s 20 hours a week for 10 years.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Be a
Formulaic Blogger

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Imagine you’re engrossed in an action-packed thriller.

You’re close to the end of the book, you’re anticipating a showdown between the hero and the villain, and …

… the villain undergoes a sudden change of heart, and the hero decides to retire and enjoy a quiet life in Florida.

Huh?

Chances are, you’d throw the book across the room in disgust. The author promised you a thriller, but what you got is an unsatisfying fairy tale.

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The Ziggy Stardust Guide to Social Media Superstardom

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Some are born famous, some achieve fame easily, and some work out how to make fame happen.

David Bowie’s career hit lightspeed when he became Ziggy Stardust, but it was anything but a fluke or an overnight success.

In the seventies, Ziggy was futuristic. We are now living in the future — where news guys tell us earth may well be dying, and our brains hurt like warehouses from information overload.

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Why Bad Writers are Eating Your Lunch and What To Do About It

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Why do some bloggers succeed while others fail?

Why do mediocre writers sometimes beat out the really gifted ones?

Why does talent ultimately not win?

You see it all the time, certain authors get published while others wait years without any luck.

Superior businesses struggle, while sub-par ventures take off.

These days, it’s not enough to be a good writer. In fact, it never was. You need more.

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Introducing The Lede: A Copywriting and Content Marketing Sheet

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Welcome to The Lede.

Every week I’ll be digging up and linking to stories, news, and opinion relevant to online marketing and copywriting.

Email, social media, innovation, SEO, productivity, mobile, conversion, publishing, and everything in between.

No commentary, just a fast, single page of headlines that you can grab, scan, and squeeze for all they may (or may not) be worth.

All right then, on with it …

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8 More Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

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Do you ever feel as if your blog has plateaued?

Like you’ve hit some kind of blogging hump you just can’t get over?

About a year ago I wrote the 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers here on Copyblogger.

I practice those habits and continue to see huge improvements in my writing — but some habits come more naturally than others.

Through this continued struggle, I’ve identified 8 more habits to help stay on top of the ceaseless blogging and writing game, to get over those humps and get back to work that matters.

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