Trust Your To Do List eBook – 30 More Tips

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about how to trust your to do list and get more done on a daily basis. It’s a fundamental problem that I don’t feel enough productivity books truly address, and one of the reasons that it took me so long to get to where I am in managing my schedule.

The problem isn’t that we lack systems or processes. It’s that, even with a brilliant system in place, we have to create the habits necessary to TRUST that system. We have to know that, no matter how busy things get, there is a list somewhere of every task that needs to be done tomorrow, and the next day, and so on.… Read More

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5 Quick Changes to Boost Engagement with Your Content

Good content is not easy to write. It takes time to research, outline, write, rewrite, and publish that content. So when it fails to generate the kind of shares and conversation we expect, it can be frustrating.

Fortunately, there are small tricks you can use to boost the engagement of your content – both on and off site – and they don’t take a lot of time to complete. Here are five of my favorites, each of them something you can complete in just a few minutes.

1. Create a Unique Image for the Top of the Post

Ditch the stock images and find a way to create your own, unique images for your next post.… Read More

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9 Energy Hacks to Stay Motivated When You’re Exhausted

Americans work a lot. The vast majority of us go above and beyond the typical 9-5, Monday-Friday routine, working between 45-55 hours per week. So when energy starts to lag and the day gets that much longer, most of us turn to chemicals and quick fixes to get the boost we need.

But in the long term, the second (or third) cup of coffee, the after-lunch 5-hour energy shot, or the bag of peanut M&Ms you down at three are doing more harm than good. You’re cheating yourself with sugar and caffeine.

Fortunately, there are other hacks you can implement that will work as well if not better than the elevator-snickers at 3:15.… Read More

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21 Content Creation Hacks

One of the hardest parts about building a product and launching it to the world is that it takes so much time. Getting started is hard enough, but the next steps can be a nightmare to implement.

Research. Drafting. Editing. Graphic design.

There’s a lot on that checklist to tick off, so to speed things along and make your job a little easier, I’ve gathered 21 of my best content creation productivity hacks into one easy to read eBook.
In the following pages, you’ll find nearly two dozen tips for getting your product completed and to the market faster without sacrificing quality.… Read More

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9 Things to Do After Launching Your Newest Blog Post

I’m back! After a three week battle with every known communicable disease you might find in a preschool, my family is (for the moment) largely healthy. This week, I want to look at the other half of content marketing – the promotional components of getting a good blog post to the right audience.

The “content” part of content marketing is arguably the easiest. Creating content that is useful, insightful and shareable may require some trial and error, and there’s no way to know for sure if something will resonate as intended, but it’s still a singular task.

It’s the marketing part that tends to really trip people up, and for good reason.… Read More

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7 Hacks to Generate Highly Shareable Content

Good content resonates. It crosses editorial lines and finds an audience in places you may not expect. But “good” content doesn’t necessarily mean “shareable” content. Useful ideas, valuable resources, and well written copy are a must, but a good percentage of your audience is in a hurry, and the factors that go into the sharing of content are often very different from what makes that content good in the first place.

A significant percentage of content on Twitter for example is shared without having been read. People will retweet interesting topics and evocative headlines, not necessarily articles they have read and enjoyed.… Read More

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How to Write Link Bait that Isn’t Click Bait

For the last half decade, you couldn’t login to Facebook or Twitter without stumbling upon posts that attempted to blatantly manipulate you into clicking.

An entire industry sprang out of the mindless hours people spend clicking into and out of articles they find in social media feeds. And the results were compelling.

2 year old Beagle gets a new ball and you’ll NEVER believe what happens next…

What type of coffee drinker are you? (#8 will SHOCK you!)

For years he worked 8 hours a day until something unspeakable happened…

The problem isn’t the titles of these articles. We love to read about incredible things and if a story is legitimately incredible, please tell me about it.… Read More

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7 Tips to Create Better Content Faster

Content is one of the great equalizers of the digital age. Every mom and pop company with an Internet connection can build a platform and become an authority that competes with even the largest and best established brands in the marketplace.

But there are some barriers to entry. Certainly the size of your distribution channels and the resources you have to reach a wider audience can be an issue, but even before that, there is the issue of creating all that content.

Someone has to sit down and write, record, or design all the content you plan to use in your campaigns.… Read More

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3 Steps to Analyze and Get Better Results from Content

Through careful development and smart distribution, even the smallest companies can make a big splash in a saturated market with content. But the lower bar to entry doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easier.

Quite the opposite in fact.

That very saturation makes it increasingly hard to get the topic, timing, layout, and distribution of content just right – to hit the perfect point at which everything comes together and a blog post or video hits critical mass.

Fortunately, the recent push toward inbound marketing strategies has created a new market for tools that help with this. From tools that help generate buzz-generating blog post topics to analytics tools that scour the web for hot articles based on your topic search, you can make better informed decisions than ever before planning your campaigns.… Read More

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23 Ways to Be a More Efficient Writer

At the core of any website, product, eBook, promotional campaign, or advertisement is a good writer. Someone who can spin a good yarn and create content that engages and encourages.

But writing takes time. Even if you style yourself a fantastic writer, it takes a long time to put together a quality piece of content, bottlenecking your marketing efforts. To help you get more done in less time, here are 23 writing tips that will make you more efficient at what you do:

1. Write Every Day 

So many reasons this is important, but I’ll keep it simple. If you want to excel at something, you need to practice, and if you want your practice to be effective, you need it to be consistent – hence writing every day.… Read More

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