Entrepreneurs: This 8-Letter Word Will Revolutionize Your Productivity

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If you’re an entrepreneur, does any of this sound familiar to you?

  • You’re trapped in Outlook for up to seven hours each day.
  • You want to launch a podcast, but you have no clue when you’ll be able to edit it.
  • You only have time for a fraction of the marketing you need to do to promote your new blog posts.
  • You are afraid to customize your website design since there is a chance you’ll mess something up with the code (and spend the weekend fixing it).
  • Conversions on your product landing page are dropping — and you desperately need to optimize it.
  • You can’t remember the last time you didn’t work on Sunday.

Fewer than three years ago, this reality was all too real for blogger, podcaster, and business owner Chris Ducker.

He worked 14-hour days chasing his tail around to make a living while becoming a complete stranger to his family — until he found a smarter way to run his business.

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5 Innovative Email Marketing Tips That Drive Readers to Action

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Email marketing advice is all around us — a dime a dozen.

You’ve heard all the contradictory tips.

Send marketing emails often … Don’t send marketing emails too often.

Focus on the content, not the design … Design can make or break your campaigns.

You may just want to ignore it altogether, but there’s good reason not to give up on email.

Email marketing works. It was one of the first forms of digital marketing, and it’s still one of the most effective ways to produce tangible results that improve your business.

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The Pain-Free Guide to Generating Valuable Leads From Online Forums

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Serious about making your living via the Web?

Then you’ve likely shelled out good money for an online course or subscription that includes access to a forum.

And if you’re anything like me, you eagerly devour the webinars, worksheets, and ebooks … but avoid the forum, as you would the pee-smelling seat on the train.

I’ve seen forums more tedious than an office cocktail party — chock-full of people who want to talk about themselves and cozy up to important people.

Not to mention it’s a total time suck to wade through all the threads before you find anything interesting.

But it turns out, my attitude was a bit cynical.

I recently found a different type of forum — one that changed my mind.

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How to Fix the Content Marketing Problem (Free Training)

If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing.

I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm.

Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do.

It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point, I’ve come to the conclusion that the terminology is part of the problem.

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7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

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So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience?

Good.

But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing.

Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not …

It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter.

Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share.

The problem is not your amount of knowledge; it’s how you distribute it.

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Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

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So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy?

This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014.

“That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly?

“Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.”

And he did.

“We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few emails,” he said.

Wow. That was a lightbulb moment for me. I’d heard Sonia when she said that your audience is your most valuable asset. But now I got it.

And how do you generate such an audience? Well it’s simple … but not easy:

  1. You create and share useful content over time
  2. You convert readers into subscribers
  3. You make the right design choices that tie it all together

And if it’s email subscribers that you’re after — the kind of engaged subscribers who will help you sell out your first ever live event months before it begins — then Generate Pro is your way to go.

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