Thought Leadership is a Synonym for Attention

I’ve been thinking about thought leadership lately.

Many smart people, including venture capitalist Brad Feld and Marketo cofounder Jon Miller, equate content marketing with becoming a thought leader.

Personally, I’ve never liked the term. It signifies some exalted guru status, and my 15 years of online content marketing suggest something much less exclusive.

Anyone can achieve business authority with content, if they truly want to. I’ve done it in several industries, starting as a complete unknown in each.

Still, when smart people speak, I listen. I decided to dig a little deeper into the concept of thought leadership, especially since I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it before on Copyblogger.

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Has Google’s Author Rank Arrived?

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In this article I am going to provide a short review of the recent events related to Authorship and Google’s In-Depth Articles feature, and then provide my analysis as to what this means for Author Rank and the birth of “In-Depth Article SEO.”

Back in January of 2013, I predicted that Author Rank would become a real ranking signal during 2013. I wrote in more detail about Author Rank in March of 2013.

In case you haven’t seen Copyblogger’s recent articles about Author Rank, it all started to be something people speculated on when Google announced its rel=author intiative back in June of 2011.

It caused quite a stir in the online publishing world.

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The Return of Audience Optimization

The word optimization is funny, you know? At least how we use it online.

Search engine optimization. Social media optimization. Over-optimization.

(By definition, it’s impossible to over-optimize. Going beyond optimal is no longer optimal. But I digress).

Optimization is a good thing, if you think about it the way copywriters did before the Internet. It wasn’t about algorithms or social sharing button placement. It wasn’t about “big data” beyond what people responded to.

In other words, the optimization of online content is about making it near-perfect for the people you’re trying to reach. Everything else follows, including the all-mighty traffic.

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The Art of Writing Great Google+ Posts

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There’s no denying it: we love Google+.

Sure, we’ve made hay over other social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. That’s because it’s smart to be where your audience is … to engage them there, and then direct them back to your own digital property.

But Google+ is something different.

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How to Write Your Way to the Top of Your Industry

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Here’s the thing: I’m not a writer.

I feel more comfortable saying, “I am a person who writes.” Why? Because I have had no writing training outside of regular English classes.

What I have had, though, is lots and lots of practice.

All that practice — all that writing — has helped me build my online business from scratch to where it is today.

I’m meeting my business goals with my writing. And more importantly, my writing has helped me reach thousands of people I’d otherwise have no contact with. I teach, share, and encourage them with my words.

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Last Day to Save on Our Small Business Marketing Summit

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NOTE: Today is the last day to save $100 off registration with the code COPYBLOGGER. See you next month!

We’re only a month away from Copyblogger’s first ever Small Business Summit, but there’s still time to attend and save!

That’s right … we’re hosting the Small Business Summit on September 12, 2013 at the Cleveland Convention Center, as part of this year’s Content Marketing World. This one-day event features me, Sonia Simone, and some of the finest minds in content marketing, all drilling down into the tactics and strategies that actually work for small businesses.

The Small Business Summit is a completely stand-alone event — you don’t have to attend the rest of Content Marketing World. But it does perfectly complement the broader sessions if you want to enjoy a truly immersive experience.

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