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20 Rules for Writing So Crystal Clear Even Your Dumbest Relative Will Understand

20 Rules for Writing So Crystal Clear Even Your Dumbest Relative Will Understand

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re driving to work. Or reading a book. Or just drifting off to sleep.

And it comes out of nowhere like a thunderbolt.

The perfect idea for your blog. An idea your readers will simply love. An idea you were put on this earth to spread.

So you excitedly scribble it down, write it up and get it out into the world via your blog.

And then…

Nothing.

No reaction. No comments. Certainly no recognition of your undeniable genius.

Just the sound of digital tumbleweeds blowing across the virtual savannah.

You don’t understand what went wrong.

Is it possible your idea simply wasn’t as ground-breaking as you first thought?

Sure, it’s possible. But there’s another explanation why your idea didn’t spread.

Your writing simply isn’t clear enough.
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Why You Suck at Guest Blogging (and What The Pros Do Differently)

Why You Suck at Guest Blogging (and What The Pros Do Differently)

Confusing, isn’t it?

Everyone seems to have a different view about guest blogging.

Some popular bloggers claim it’s still a great way to start a blog and grow it.

But others say it’s too much effort for too little reward.

Maybe you’ve tried it for yourself and had less than stellar results.

You may even believe that guest blogging is dead.

So what’s the deal?

The truth – guest blogging is still an awesome strategy for getting more traffic.

But only if you do it right.

And that means avoiding the mistakes that cause most guest bloggers – including you – to screw it up.
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18 Seductive Writing Tips That’ll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

18 Seductive Writing Tips That’ll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

Note from Jon: This is a guest post by Henneke from Enchanting Marketing. Her fabulous new book Blog to Win Business – How to Enchant Readers and Woo Customers is out today. It will make you smile, kick your ass, and massively improve your blog. Download your copy exclusively from Amazon. I highly recommend it.

You’re working hard. Bloody hard.

You share your best tips. You edit and polish your posts. You wrack your brain for the perfect headline.

But that’s not all.

You promote your posts on Facebook and Twitter. You build an email list. You stalk influencers and write guest posts.

But somehow you feel your efforts aren’t paying off.

You want more shares, more comments, more enthusiasm for your blog.

But you’re simply not getting the response you deserve.

It’s soooo frustrating.

Because you can’t work any harder.

Isn’t there a smarter way? A way to truly engage your existing audience instead of constantly fighting for new readers? A way to entice them to comment more? And tempt them to share your posts?

Yep, there is a way. And it all comes down to this:

Readers don’t want to be informed; they want to be seduced. (Click to tweet)

That’s right. You need to seduce your readers with each headline, each paragraph, each sentence.

You need to make your content so irresistible that your readers crave your next post.

How? It’s easier than you might think.

If you use the following 18 tips to become a master in the art of seduction, your readers will be hanging on your every word.

They won’t want more of your writing; they’ll beg for it.

Ready?
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How to Craft Tweetable Quotes That Spread Your Content like Wildfire

How to Craft Tweetable Quotes That Spread Your Content like Wildfire

It hurts when a post you labored over doesn’t get any comments.

And it stings when no one shares your content on Facebook or Twitter.

But it really feels like a punch to the gut when your ideas don’t go anywhere, doesn’t it?

After all, most of us became bloggers because we had ideas we wanted to spread.

Important ideas. Life-changing ideas. Hell, even world-changing ideas.

But if your ideas aren’t spreading, does that mean you’re failing as a blogger? Is it time to give up?

Before you go off and have a pity party, let’s ask ourselves why your ideas haven’t taken off.

Maybe you haven’t found your voice yet. Maybe your niche is just too crowded. Maybe you’re looking for inspiration in the wrong places.

Or maybe you know how to come up with interesting ideas, but you’re not so good at promoting them. Or you genuinely have a brilliant new take on the world, but you fail when “selling” it to others.

If this describes you, do not despair. You’re not alone. And there is an answer.

But first, let’s pinpoint what’s holding you back.

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An Open Letter to Writers Struggling to Find Their Courage

An Open Letter to Writers Struggling to Find Their Courage

Do you feel that?

That little tugging sensation on your heart?

You’re not sure what, but something is pulling you to change. Not in a confess-your-sins-oh-ye-sinners way, but to shift directions, to embrace your calling, to finally do what you were put here to do:

Write.

You feel the ideas inside you. You sense them straining to escape. You know your job is to set them free, firing them like a cannon into a world in desperate need of them.

But you’re afraid.

You’re afraid of quitting your job and living without a safety net. You’re afraid of the concerned, disapproving looks your friends will give you when you tell them you’re giving it all up to write for a living. You’re afraid of not having enough money for food, of the power being cut off, of watching your family shivering and hungry, all because of your “selfishness”.

And most of all?

You’re afraid you’re wrong about yourself.

Maybe that tugging sensation you feel is just an illusion. Maybe your ideas are crap. Maybe you’re just a fool with delusions of grandeur, and this whole fantasy of becoming a writer is just that: a fantasy.

So, you do nothing.

You cower in your safe little job. You learn how to start a blog or a novel or a screenplay. You drown your dreams with junk food or booze or shopping sprees, all the while telling yourself you’re doing the right thing.

But are you?

“No,” a little voice whispers inside of you. “No, this is all very, very wrong.”

Oh God…
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