The Best of Copyblogger: 2014 Edition

Copyblogger team at conclusion of Authority Intensive

It’s that time of year again …

The time of year when we wind down one year in anticipation of the next by taking a final look back at the best of the best content published here at Copyblogger during the last calendar year. It’s become an annual tradition.

But first, I want to highlight the best Copyblogger moment from 2014.

And it’s an easy one to pinpoint.

It’s the moment when our entire team received an ovation at the conclusion of Authority Intensive in May (see image above, taken by Godhammer).

I’ve never been prouder to be a member of the Copyblogger team, and I can’t wait to have an even better experience in May 2015 at Authority Rainmaker.

I hope you’ll join us.

And now, without further ado, here are the best posts published on Copyblogger in 2014, as chosen by our staff and by you (based on your visits and shares).

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3 Subtle Content Techniques That Make Your Offer Addictive

guinea pig eating a piece of red chicory

Leading up to my wedding, I indulged in one of the most lavish things.

No, I didn’t order doves to be released after the ceremony or commission an intricate ice sculpture.

I hypnotically worked my way through half a tube of $45 lip gloss in just two weeks.

How did it happen?

Simple, subtle, persuasive content.

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An Easy Fix for 5 Website Woes That Can Threaten Your Business

portrait of man looking down

It’s something that hangs heavy over your head every day.

You’ve got traffic flowing to your site. You’ve built an audience and overcome the obscurity problem.

The number of links pointing to your site grows every day, social shares to your content rise with each passing moment, and you’ve recently started creating products and services your audience loves and buys.

It’s safe to say you’ve reached your hockey stick moment and handily solved the sustainability question, too. You are finally making money as a blogger (the impresario), which has allowed you to quit your job.

It is so satisfying after all you’ve been through. So what could possibly be bothering you?

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5 Steps to Revising Your Content Marketing Strategy to Attract and Retain Future Customers

Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker Joe Pulizzi

This is not a how-to post; this is a how-to-think post.

What troubles me about the majority of current content creation activities from companies is the sheer lack of strategy and purpose.

I see a lot of activities — tweets, posts, articles, infographics, and more — that don’t support a real business goal.

Content Marketing Institute’s latest research even found that only 38 percent of all marketers believe they are effective at content marketing.

Your business goal that drives your particular content creation strategy should be to build an audience.

With a loyal audience you can sell, well, practically anything you want.

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How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

stick figure confused by a stock photo

Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post?

You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet.

Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists.

What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online?

Sound far-fetched?

Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required. No fancy tools necessary.

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Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

The Lede Podcast logo

Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business.

Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock.

So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to?

Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor.

Well guess what? There is.

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