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How to Create Content People Will Still Remember in 5 Years’ Time

How to Create Content People Will Still Remember in 5 Years’ Time

What the heck happened?

You had a brilliant idea for your blog.

You spent days (or even weeks!) bringing your idea to life — editing, tweaking, and perfecting every syllable.

You used every promotion strategy and technique in your arsenal to ensure the world would know about your blogging masterpiece.

So when you laid down to sleep that first night, you were certain you had a winner on your hands — the kind of content that could stand the test of time and be spoken of with reverence years later by adoring fans who named their firstborn after you.

But faster than you can say “Keyser Soze,” your content was — poof! — gone.

After its initial wave of popularity subsided, your masterpiece faded into the background as newer and newer content popped up.

Instead of standing the test of time, your content was forgotten.

And the only adoring fan willing to name their firstborn after you was your spouse.

Seriously…

What the heck happened?
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20 Ways to Be Just Another Mediocre Blogger Nobody Gives a Crap About

20 Ways to Be Just Another Mediocre Blogger Nobody Gives a Crap About

A troubling thought, isn’t it?

You’re slaving away at your blog, but you can’t help wondering if you have a shot in hell of getting anyone to read it.

What makes you any different from the millions of other bloggers hoping for attention?

You’re all doing the same stuff. Cranking out posts, messing around on Twitter and Facebook, leaving comments on popular blogs — you know, the usual.

But nobody gives a crap. Readers have seen it all before. You’re not offering anything new, so why should they hang around?

Good question. And the problem is, you don’t really have an answer.

Most of the time, you feel like you’re stumbling around in the dark. You can’t tell what’s working and what’s not. It feels like a big, never-ending guessing game.

Maybe you came here to find some answers. Maybe you’re hoping I’ll tell you what to do.

But I won’t.

Not because I don’t want to, but because sometimes you can’t understand what to do until you first understand what NOT to do. So, let’s start there.

Here’s a big, fat list of ways to be a mediocre blogger. How many are you guilty of?

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10 Posts That’ll Instantly Put You in the Top 1% of Traffic Experts

10 Posts That’ll Instantly Put You in the Top 1% of Traffic Experts

Look, I get it.

You want more traffic. (Just like every other blogger on the planet.)

But here’s the big question:

Do you actually deserve more traffic?

You see, traffic doesn’t care how much you want it. It doesn’t care how long you’ve waited.

Traffic only comes to those who truly commit to understanding how to get it and then, implement what they’ve learned.

And that means becoming a traffic expert – learning more about the subject than almost any of your blogging peers.

Sound like hard work?

Good. That’s what stops just anyone becoming a guru.

The good news? It’s not nearly as hard as you might think — if you know what to study.

That’s why I’ve assembled this collection of the best posts on traffic we’ve ever published.

Study these and you will transform into a bonafide blog traffic expert in record time.
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7 Psychological Tricks for Turning Fleeting Visitors into Loyal Fans

7 Psychological Tricks for Turning Fleeting Visitors into Loyal Fans

How the heck do they do it?

How do your favorite bloggers attract so many gung-ho, drum-thumping followers?

Be honest – you’d love to inspire that much loyalty.

You try your darndest to emulate them, but nothing seems to work.

Your visitors are like water pouring through a strainer.

They may come to check out an intriguing headline, but they hardly ever seem to stick around.

In other words, few visitors seem to turn into followers.

So what is left to try? You feel defeated, destined to remain a small-time blogger.

But what if you could use the secrets of psychology to mesmerize your visitors and dazzle them into becoming devoted followers?

First, you need to understand the three psychological triggers underlying reader loyalty.
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3 Simple Blog Graphics You Can Create (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

3 Simple Blog Graphics You Can Create (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

Let’s be honest.

Blogging is hard.

You’re forced to wear many hats – writer, editor, promoter, social media manager, even accountant.

And adding another hat – designer – is probably the last thing on your to-do list.

But the problem is, beautiful prose just isn’t enough these days.

Your work must look great, too. Because if it doesn’t, it’ll get ignored.

That’s worrying.

Because when you look at the content you’re competing with, the bar is getting higher and higher.

Even if you have enough natural ability to add graphic design to your skill set, do you have the time?

And what if you don’t have that innate talent?

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a creative genius or have tons of spare time to make sure your content meets the new visual standard.

You just need a free tool and a few simple tricks.
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