21 Content-Related Business and Revenue Questions Answered

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Note: This podcast is syndicated from my Entreproducer project.

In this third edition of our content marketing Q&A series we focus on your questions about business structure and revenue models.

Getting your head around the practice of regular and valuable content creation can be tough, but once you do … you’ve only just started building your business.

What kind of products or services should you offer? How do you hire the right people so you can scale? How do you actually build revenue?

In this 58-minute discussion, Robert Bruce and I cover …

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Why You Should Write Short Articles, Too

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After writing the first draft of a new Copyblogger post last week, I noticed something interesting.

I wrote the conclusion, then looked at the word count (which was just slightly under 700 words) and thought, “What can I do to make this longer?”

My articles for Copyblogger typically run between 1500 and 2000 words. After drafting this shorter piece, I wondered if something was wrong. I thought perhaps I needed to come up with another piece of evidence for my idea, or an additional example to illustrate my point.

Then I stopped myself.

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Last Chance to Save on Our Small Business Marketing Summit

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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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How to Write the In-Depth Articles that Google Loves

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Hey marketer, are you a lover of long-form content? In-depth reporting? Then you’ll love this statistic:

Ten percent.

That’s the percentage, according to a recent Google study called Daily Information Needs, of people who might want detailed, long-form information from search.

And like we always say around here, “go where the data indicates.”

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How To Keep a Blog Post Outline From Going Off the Rails

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Good doggie, nice doggie.

Yes, dogs will often do exactly what you say.

A cat, on the other hand, has a mind (and will) of its own.

In the realm of content creation, the outlines you write for your articles often behave like cats. You try to rein them in, but they just meow, snarl, and end up going their own way. And, if you don’t take control, your outline will drive you crazy.

But you can make your article outline sit up and go “woof” on command — once you understand how to do it.

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Which Works Better: List Posts or Stories? Let’s Ask a New York Times Editor

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Ah, the list post. The cornerstone of so many great blogs, and an enduring source of horrible content around the web.

Sometimes they’re well-researched, user-friendly, and incredibly useful.

And sometimes … not.

List posts are undeniably effective … and (at least at times) overused.

So how do we know when a list post is the perfect choice for a piece of content, and when we should explore some other options?

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