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Easy ways to create graphics with type to boost readership, social shares

There are three elements that will pull a reader into your article: The headline, A graphic with type, and The first paragraph. Of course, once you pull readers in, you have to keep them engaged. But if you can’t make the “sale” at the top, you have failed right out the gate. I’ve discussed headline ..
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Do you have outdated or embarrassing content published? Here’s what to do

With content, there’s timeless, current, dated, worthless, and lastly: embarrassing. I was shockingly reminded of this today when an app I use to find good content recommended an article that promised 18 “epic” social media marketing tips. “Hey, if they’re epic, I gotta check ’em out,” I said to myself. When I clicked over to ..
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Not realizing your potential? This ‘one-two punch’ will boost your productivity to new heights

Raymond is bright, but not working up to his potential. I don’t know if elementary school teachers are writing comments like that on report cards any more; they might be politically incorrect in today’s “self-esteem” culture. However, I’m sure parents – and probably a majority of parents – are still telling their kids something similar. ..
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Persuasive headline writing: What I discovered blew my mind!

Do you have a hot button? Of course you do. My wife revealed one of mine the other day when she challenged me on the cabinet where I keep our countertop oven broiling rack! I went on a (good natured) rant about why I was keeping it in the upper corner kitchen cabinet rather than down ..
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12 important formatting tips for online writers

The fact that there is only one shot at making a first impression should be something that every content creator or writer who submits articles on spec should take to heart. I’m the gatekeeper at a site that accepts guest posts, so I get a lot of inquiries. I’ve written occasionally on some of the bad ..
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When my habit-creating app dumped me

Following our own advice is one of the most difficult things to do. The bare-naked truth of this is exposed when we try to either break bad habits or create new good habits. Parents are always telling their kids not to do things that the adults do every day. On December 31 of every year millions of ..
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Learn from others’ errors: Bad query letter #1

I’m the gatekeeper for guest posts on a website that gets a pretty decent amount of traffic. I sympathize with the writers trying to get content published; I’ve been there myself. But the first rule is this: If you can’t write a polished query letter, you can’t get published. Sometimes it’s the little things that ..
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A tip to keep you from asking questionable questions and looking like an dummy

I’ve been seeing a lot of sentences like this lately: Pronouns and adverbs like who, what, when, where, and how are often the first words in an interrogative (question); we all know that instinctively. However, just because the first word in a sentence is one of these words, the sentence isn’t automatically a question. I ..
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4 fantastic ways to use keywords to create an engaging first paragraph

  The first paragraph or sentence of a blog: If it doesn’t stress you out, you don’t understand what’s at stake. Here’s why it should be a major source of stress: A killer first sentence needs to accomplish two goals that are usually diametrically opposed to each other: It needs to engage the reader, and ..
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How lazy people discover great blog topics

I love lazy people and frankly, I consider myself to be a little on the lazy side. Why? Because lazy people find the easiest way to get something done.[bctt tweet=”…lazy people find the easy way to get things done.” username=”rbmanley”] When Tom Sawyer hooked people into painting that fence for him, he may have become ..
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