Free Sneak Peek at the
Blog Mastermind Program

Yaro Starak is about to close the doors on his Blog Mastermind training program on December 10, so he’s offering a free look at one of the lessons in the course. As I mentioned when I reviewed the free ebook that preceded the paid course, Yaro’s blogging approach is effective because it focuses on recurring income from affiliate marketing, rather than just AdSense and other advertising programs.

So, if creating your own membership-based training program is not for you, check out the free sample lesson from Yaro and see if his approach is a better fit. You’ve got about 5 days to make up your mind, however, before he stops accepting new members.

Disclosure: I have been one of Yaro’s affiliates since he launched the program, because I previewed and helped beta test it. It’s quality stuff.

The Myth of the Long Tail and the
True Value of Blogging

Death by Long Tail

One of the big buzz posts this week comes from Read/Write Web, and it does a great job of explaining why chasing “long tail” topics as a blogger is a bad move when it comes to making money. In other words, there’s certainly money to be made from the long tail (by aggregators such as Amazon, Netflix and b5Media), but very little money to be made by the individuals who actually create free content in ultra-niche topic areas.

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What Web Writers Can Learn from the Writer’s Strike

Writer's Guild Strike

Back in the summer of 1997, I walked into the managing partner’s big corner office of the downtown Dallas law firm I worked at and resigned. I wasn’t certain what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I didn’t want to practice law.

So I packed up and headed south to Austin. In addition to being a Mecca for live music, Austin has a very cool film community, especially for writers. So, the plan was to become a screenwriter and just tough it out until I made it.

You know… tend bar or something. Starving artist stuff.

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Teaching Sells is Live

Teaching Sells Logo

After much work and not much sleep, the Teaching Sells training program is open for business. Hopefully the combination of the free report and the site copy will stand on its own, but I thought I’d take a moment to address some of the questions I got in comments and emails.

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Thanks Google!

Imaginary conversation going on in the blogosphere right now:

Dude 1: “Hey man, did you hear that Google lowered the Page Rank on a bunch of popular blogs?”

Dude 2: “Yeah, I did… Engadget, ProBlogger, Copyblogger…

Dude 1: “What’s up with that? Copyblogger? That guy has never bought or sold a link!”

Dude 2: “I know. As far as I know, he’s done nothing but put out valuable, original content like Google says to do.”

Dude 1: “Yeah… he even preaches about writing for people first.”

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Free Report: Teaching Sells

Teaching Sells

So, I’ve been promising that I’d release a free report this week, and I actually got it done. There’s even an audio version, should you be so inclined.

Anyway, I’ll let the download page give you the details, but if you’ve ever wondered what NASA, Russian cosmonauts, the film industry in the 1940s, Marshall McLuhan and the Sex Pistols have to do with online business….

Well, you’re going to want to read this.