The Single Word that Can Cripple Any Online Entrepreneur

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Fear is one of the dirtiest words in the English language — and something that every one of us faces.

No Sidebar host Brian Gardner has been an online entrepreneur for eight years now, and he has said “I am afraid” an infinite number of times. You’d think that working on the Internet, where it’s easy to hide and take shots without really being known, would lessen the pain.

In 2007, Brian faced his greatest leap of faith when he left a cushy job as a project manager for an architectural firm to become a freelance web designer.

At the time, he didn’t know that journey would be full of ups and downs and that it wouldn’t be the only time he had to make a serious choice.

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Website Blunders: How to Look Like a Pro (and Not Like a Fool)

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We all know we have just a split second to make a great impression online. Users hover over their mouses, ready to click away from your site if they don’t like what they see.

There’s a lot riding on the quality of our websites. (No pressure!)

This week on Hit Publish, three Copyblogger experts share their best advice on designing websites that put the best face on your online business.

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

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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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Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level at Authority Rainmaker (And Save)

The “what” and “why” phases of the content marketing revolution are over. To effectively gain and maintain your competitive advantage, you need a clear and concise strategy with the exact tactics to effectively execute.

More than that, you need the best talent you can get. You’re tasked with finding and assessing the right strategic partners, content production pros, and technical resources to optimize the audience experience that builds your business.

Enter Authority Rainmaker. Happening again this year in Denver, Colorado, it’s live content marketing training and networking for real-world results.

There’s an amazing lineup of keynote speakers and presentations from industry experts. There’s a stunning venue. There are parties and networking opportunities galore.

Super Early Bird pricing is now in effect, which saves you $500 off full price. The price goes up on January 15, so don’t wait and pay more.

Give yourself an early holiday gift that pays you back for the rest of your career. Join us May 13-15, 2015 in sunny Denver, Colorado for Authority Rainmaker.

Get all the details here.

10 Essential Tips for Creating Mobile-Friendly Emails

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Each time you send an email, you should be aware that a huge portion of your subscribers are going to open your message on their phones or tablets — not on their desktop computers or laptops.

It seems that every other week a new study cites an overwhelming number of people who read emails on their mobile devices — 51 percent according to Litmus66 percent according to Movable Ink.

The numbers vary, but the savvy content marketer knows that overlooking mobile-friendly emails is a big mistake.

Your job is to not only get your emails opened and read, but also to make your customers’ experiences just as strong as if the messages were opened on laptops or desktops.

Do you know how to make that happen?

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A Preview of Rainmaker Professional (And How to Lock in a Steal of a Deal)

In case you missed it, back in September we introduced Rainmaker, the complete website solution for building your online marketing and sales platform. With Rainmaker, you can:

  • Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains.
  • Build membership sites and online training courses.
  • Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more.
  • Perform sophisticated online lead generation.
  • Optimize your content for search engines and social networks.
  • Absorb cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training.
  • Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code.
  • Forget about upgrades, maintenance, security, and hosting headaches.
  • Take your content and domain to WordPress at any time you choose.

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