Copyblogger Weekly Wrap: Week of December 6, 2010

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This week, the sky decided that it was sick of my crap and dropped like a foot of snow on me all at once. I guess I shouldn’t complain. I live in northeast Ohio. Although this deluge is extremely annoying, it’s hardly surprising given our state motto: “So, are you ready to kill yourself yet?”

So instead of leaving the house today, I’ll start the tractor (trying not to catch it on fire like I did two years ago) and plow the driveway. And, you know, write Copyblogger wrap-ups to keep warm — because this isn’t just a blog; it’s a small piece of digital Texas.

Everything here is bigger, warmer, and more likely to involve the death penalty.



4 Scientific Tips to Help You Get More Blog Comments

If this nerdy post were still in high school, it’d be walking around with toilet-wet hair and with its underwear wedged painfully up its crack. This post is so chock full of data on how to get more blog comments, you’ll get the most out of it if you get out your protractor and your TI-80 graphing calculator. Charts, metrics, and analyses — oh my!

Read the full post here.


8 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content

The core point of this post is that if you want more people to read your stuff, you’ve gotta allow for the fact that a lot of them won’t read it, but will scan it instead. And it must have worked, because I only scanned this post before writing the blurb for it, and understood it fine and didn’t misinterpret anything. Really, the only thing I don’t agree with is the vehement pro-cyborg-rights stance that this post takes.

Read the full post here.


The 6 Elements of an Influential Web Experience: IMfSP Radio #5

This installment of the Copyblogger podcast is all about getting into the brains of readers and customers. Like, you can see what really motivates their actions and get them more engaged. But if you’re in the brain anyway, be sure to check out a show in the visual cortex while you’re there. (Just stay away from the groin pain center.)

Read the full post here.


What’s the Perfect Time to Make an Offer?

I agree with Sean on this one — timing really is hugely important when making an offer. Make an offer on your website too early in the relationship and your readers will say, “I’m not ready… let me settle in here.” But make it too late and they’ll whine, “That Ratt concert you’re scalping tickets for was twenty-three years ago.” Some people are never satisfied, but this post will help you get closer to the mark.

Read the full post here.


8 iPad Apps for Brilliant Writing

Although I still think it sounds like a hygiene product, people really seem to love the iPad. And in this post, you can find out how to be a more productive writer on it by checking out some cool apps that will help you write better and easier. Yeah, the iPad can do everything, but my big question is how long we’re expected to wait patiently while they develop that waffle-making app we’ve been promised. Steve Jobs, don’t think I’m not watching you, restraining order or not.

Read the full post here.

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Reader Comments (11)

  1. says

    I’d never have read this if is wasn’t for Brian’s tweet. :)
    I’m just not sure I’d count Ohio as a most populous state like Brian said.

  2. says

    Dude, you totally should have taken a whack at California while you were at it. Go big or go home.

    In other news, I liked your “fun stuff” post a lot.

  3. says

    I am fast becoming one of your many raving fans. Constantly telling people to go check out copyblogger’s.
    Your site is part of my daily blog reading. And I do enjoy the weekly wrap up, Sometimes It reminds me to forward to a friend or read some of your outstanding post again. Keep up the good work.

    John Howlett

  4. says

    Thanks so much for getting me off to a good start.

    I know some of you writing are boys at heart, but the graphics used to get our attention in some of these, leave me too much to dust out of my brain after reading.

    Most of my readers don’t want to picture underwear pulled up someones butt crack.

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