Has the Internet Made Teaching Lucrative?

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When I turned 18, my father took me aside to talk about my future.

“I don’t care what you do for a living“, he said, “as long as you don’t go into education.”

I obeyed to a point. I never did go into academia; I didn’t become a schoolteacher or a professor.

But I currently run a business that teaches craftsmen and professionals how to master the fundamentals of business on their own terms, without spending years in school and without racking up six-figure debts.

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Check Out the Lifestyle Theme for WordPress

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Whether you’re a one-person shop at a kitchen table, or the next Rupert Murdoch (or both), you need to start thinking like a media business.

Say you want to run an online magazine. Or maybe you’re a personal publisher executing on myriad ideas that need more options than a simple blog post can provide.

You’re covering multiple topics, in multiple formats.

You’ve got video, you’ve got text, you’ve got photos … You’ve got the idea.

How do you organize and layout all that content in a meaningful and attractive way for your readers?

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Five Steps to Constructing an
Exceptional Content Experience

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Remember when you could simply sit down and pound out your “web log” post in 10 minutes? Well those good ol’ days are over.

Today, millions of blogs and other types of content are competing for your readers’ attention. Slicing through the clutter means taking your content writing skills to a whole new level.

The best way to bring your A-game is to focus relentlessly on the fundamental mechanics of meaningful content.

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What’s the Difference Between Content Marketing and Copywriting?

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From a traditional marketing standpoint, the answer to the above question is simple.

Content marketing is the creation of valuable content that has a marketing purpose. For example, my company creates an awesome special report, and we exchange it for your email address and your permission to educate you further about our stuff.

Copywriting is designed to get the reader to take a specific action. Sometimes that’s making a purchase, but it can also be confirming an email opt-in, calling for more information, or going into a store to check out the merchandise.

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125 Tips for Building an Irresistible Brand

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There are countless blogs and articles on the web that proclaim the importance of building a unique brand.

But how, exactly, do you create a brand that’s irresistible to your audience and positions you as an authority?

And how do you do it if you’ve never built one before?

In the comments of my last post, The Rockstar Guide to Getting More Traffic, Fame, and Success, many of you said you were having trouble finding your unique style and turning it into a brand.

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How to Stop Marketing
(And What to Do Instead)

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Back when I took copywriting clients, I had one request that seemed to come up over and over again.

“I don’t want to do any marketing or selling,” the client would say. “I just really hate all that stuff. It makes me feel sleazy and gross and I don’t want my name associated with it and I don’t want to have anything to do with it.

“But, um, I don’t want the business to die.

“Is it hopeless? Is there anything you can do for me?”

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