What’s the Perfect Time to Make an Offer?

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In advertising we used to have a saying:

“Everyone hates advertising until they have to sell their own car.”

Sometimes we all encounter readers who get mad at us for “selling too much.”

And sometimes you have to ignore those readers. They might just not be your customer. Or they may be those people who hate all advertising, as long as they’re not the ones who have something to sell.

But the problem might be something very different.

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4 Scientific Tips to Help You
Get More Blog Comments

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One of the most engaging features of the blogging platform is the commenting system.

Many bloggers believe there is as much or even more value in the discussion than the posts they write themselves. Comments are a classic form of social proof for blogs, and blogs that attract lots of comments appear more authoritative.

Because of all this, comments can become addictive, and many bloggers want to know how to get more of them. While there is a lot of great anecdotal advice out there from experienced bloggers, I thought some might appreciate a more data-driven approach.

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The Rockstar Guide to Getting More
Traffic, Fame, and Success

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Have you ever been to a concert where the opening act was just awful?

Maybe their music was okay, but there was something about the performance that undermined your ability to enjoy it. The group just lacked that special something that would make them stand out, that would draw you in.

That quality they’re lacking is called showmanship — and it’s not just for musicians.

You can spot a blogger who lacks showmanship a mile away. Even after they’ve built a small and loyal following of readers, they never reach the level of success that the “A-List” bloggers in their niche achieve.

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The Most Important Element of Your Marketing Story

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Robert wrote yesterday about David Mamet’s advice on dramatic tension, the key element that drives every compelling story.

But there’s another element that’s critical to story, and it’s particularly important when you’re telling a story that intends to persuade.

Whether you want to make a sale, gain an email subscription, or motivate a change in behavior, your dramatic story will fail if it doesn’t have one thing:

A relatable protagonist.

In other words, your story needs to be about someone we care about.

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Will Your Site Survive the Google Shrink Ray?

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Google likes to play a little game with those of us who do business online.

The game is called “change all the rules and see who survives.” It’s often a fun and rewarding game for Google users, but it can be painful for business owners.

In the latest version, Google has rolled out a feature called Instant Previews.

When enabled, users see a cute little magnifying glass sitting next to their search results. The user can view a quick snapshot of sites simply by hovering over links. Why do you care?

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The Simple Way to Get Everything You Want From Online Marketing

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I want to tell you a story about two women.

One is my hairdresser and the other is my massage therapist.

Of the two, I have a stronger connection with my massage therapist. I see her more often, she’s closer to my age, and well, there’s just a certain bond that develops when you get naked that often with a person.

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