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3 Content Marketing Mysteries Solved

OK, confession time — when I was a kid, I was a complete Nancy Drew junkie. “Sleuth” sounded like just about the best way ever to spend one’s time. (Of course, that’s before I knew what a Chief Content Officer was …) This week, rather than figuring out Irene Adler’s cell phone password or who stole the missing emeralds, we’re working on “Why … [Read More...]

Tips for Pitching to Potential Podcast Guests

This is a guest contribution from Karly Nimmo. As a podcaster, I’m inundated with requests and pitches from people who are looking for some free PR. As a podcaster, I’m totally down with receiving these requests and pitches.  I love to hear from people who have something of value to share with my audience. However, as a podcaster, there’s a few things I’m not down with.  Common mistakes I see … [Read More...]

Two Vital Elements that Might Be Missing from Your Content (and Precisely Where to Add Them)

It’s taken you more than 10 hours to write a blog post. You’ve researched the topic to the nth degree. You’ve edited it to within an inch of its life. Now it’s time to get it out into the world! You excitedly press Publish, and … even days later … crickets. Heartbreaking, right? We all like to think that the amount of effort we invest in creating a piece of content directly correlates … [Read More...]

7 Essential Negotiation Skills for Bloggers and Marketers

Simply muttering the word “negotiation” can strike fear into many bloggers and marketers. Negotiation may even evoke as much fear, anxiety, and stress as public speaking. “Fear in negotiations arises in a variety of circumstances,” the authors of Emotions in Negotiation explain. “If we face an aggressive opponent, if we bargain without adequate preparation, if we sense that our opponent has … [Read More...]

Where’s my audience?

You’re posting great content regularly, you’re enthusiastically promoting your site on all the top social channels, while diligently reading and following all the How to Blog Like a Rock Star articles and checklists you can find and yet…. your emails have low open rates, even lower click-through rates. Your list ought to be growing – but you can’t be sure as you seem to be losing subscribers … [Read More...]

_________________________ Business Opportunities ____________________

How We Saved Over $800 in Taxes This Year By Contributing to Our SEP IRA

One of the coolest things I’ve discovered about making money on the side and taxes is that I have the option to contribute to yet another tax-deferred retirement savings plan – the SEP IRA! What’s so great about it?  Not only do I get to save more money above and beyond the maximum limits of what I’m already saving in my 401k and Roth IRA, but it also accomplishes one VERY important … [Read More...]

Does a “Percentage of Remaining Portfolio” Retirement Withdrawal Strategy Work?

Even after writing my last ebook “How Much Money Do I Really Need to Retire & Achieve Financial Independence?” which talks a lot about retirement withdrawal strategies, I still like to actively comb through the Internet and see what sorts of other ideas are out there. One of the least talked techniques that I’ve come across (but I see them mentioned in forums like the … [Read More...]

Why We Started a Trust Instead of Just a Will

We finally did it!  For years, my wife and I put off what we know we have to do as responsible adults and parents: Create a will. Without a will, the courts decide what happens to everything you leave behind: Your kids, your money, the house, the family dog, … everything! Ask yourself this simple question: If my spouse and I were to get hit by a car tonight, is there anything in place to protect … [Read More...]

The American Dream Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Different Now

One of the sensational headlines I often see tossed around is the notion that the “American Dream” is dead, and that it’s impossible for the average person to “get ahead” anymore. But is that really true?  Are we all really being held back by some invisible force, or has our idea of what the American Dream should be just become so skewed that we’re chasing after something that never … [Read More...]

_______________________ Converting Techniques ________________________

Abandoned Carts: How to Follow up on Them to Increase Sales

If you’re a business owner, and someone asks you: What’s your conversion rate? It is likely that you don’t know the answer to it! When you launch a business, your initial concern is largely focussed around if people are interested in buying your products. If that doesn’t take off, then conversion rate is a distant Article by Convert.com Blog. Read entire story here. … [Read More...]

How Hotjar Gained 60+ New Trial Signups a Month with a Single Overlay

Hotjar’s content experiment with overlays is turning website visitors into new customers. Here’s how. If you Google “Content is king,” here’s what you’ll find: More than 37 million Google results that justify how important content is online. It’s a tired phrase, but it’s true. At Unbounce, for instance, our blog has been invaluable in growing our digital … [Read More...]

How to Drive Product Growth with Behavioral Personas

Retention is the key to building a great business. When your core product experience brings your users back time and time again, you gain some incredible advantages. You spend less on acquisition, learn from your users faster, and start building a community through word of mouth and referrals. If you can’t retain your users, you’re going to spend more on acquisition while not growing … [Read More...]

Calming Philosophies for Chaotic Times — Krista Tippett

“Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” – Krista Tippett Krista Tippett (@KristaTippett) is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She created and hosts the public radio program and podcast On Being and curates The Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to the differences of our age. She received a … [Read More...]

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Binary Options Trading Signals – The Worlds Largest Live Binary Options Signal Provider |

Binary Options Trading Signals – The Worlds Largest Live Binary Options Signal Provider | http://www.binaryoptionstradingsignals.com/ review Binary Options Trading Signals Is The Premier Signal Service For Binary Options As You Watch A Live … [Read More...]

The Insiders Guide To The Business Of Fitness Modeling

Los Angeles Fitness Photographer Natalie Minh is internationally recognized for her work. Her images have appeared in global advertising campaigns and the NYC Times Square billboard, model portfolios throughout well known European and American … [Read More...]

Black Diamond Trader | Black Diamond Trader

Black Diamond Trader | Black Diamond Trader http://www.blackdiamondtrader.com/ review Black Diamond Trader Is A Real Trading System That Works On Any Market (forex, Futures, Stocks, Binary Options) And Comes With Live Support From A Cftc Registered, … [Read More...]

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Bespoke’s New Beat Rate Tracker

If you’re not already aware, Bespoke maintains an interactive database that contains earnings report data for more than 4,000 US stocks.  The database has more than 130,000 individual quarterly earnings reports on file going back to 2001, and … [Read More...]

Add Affiliate Programs to Monetize Your Website

Add Affiliate Programs to Monetize Your Website The primary objectives of every business website are to enhance online visibility and boost sales. However, did you know you can also monetize your website with affiliate programs? The Forex affiliate … [Read More...]

Oil Volatility Plummets

Much has been said about the drop in volatility that we’ve seen for equities, but we’ve also seen a big drop in vol for oil.  You can see the tight sideways pattern that oil has formed over the last few months in the chart below: Over the … [Read More...]

_____ Finance and Investing _____

UPDATE: White House denies report that it doesn’t support a controversial Republican tax plan

Axios reports that Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn reportedly said the White House doesn't support the border adjustment tax. Article by Feedburner. Read entire story here. … [Read More...]

Hot travel app Hopper has a new way to help you avoid hidden airline fees

Travel app Hopper,which tells you when to book your flight to maximize savings, has rolled out a new feature to help you avoid getting smacked with hidden fees. Article by Feedburner. Read entire story here. … [Read More...]

Here are the Pokémon and items to save in ‘Pokémon Go’ now that 80 new creatures have been released

You'll want to save candies for certain Pokémon that are currently in the game, like Eevee and Seadra, that can evolve into unreleased second-gen creatures. Article by Feedburner. Read entire story here. … [Read More...]

______________________________ Resources ______________________________

Why You Never Finished Your Online Course (And How To Fix It)

When I asked people if they were interested in creating and selling an online course, 96.73% of people said yes. And who could blame them? I believe creating and selling online courses is one of the smartest ways to start – and grow – an online business. The problem? People go about it the wrong way. I’ll explain… Most people learn by watching what other people do. So when … [Read More...]

Meet Hartmut, the Freelance Software Developer Instantly Closed a 6-Month Retainer Contract… On His Terms!

Hartmut Goetze is a freelancer who works with software development teams. And he’s a freelancer by CHOICE because he values his flexibility. But it wasn’t always easy to get high-paying clients on his own terms… until he completely changed his sales conversations using the Yes Engines system. Now he says: “I am able to close higher-value contracts with more flexible working conditions than … [Read More...]

Meet Gabriela, the Author and Writing Instructor Who Knew the Problem With Her Flagship Course Was NOT the Quality… But How She Was Selling It

Gabriela Pereira, who runs DIYMFA, had a simple, and common problem: She had a great product, but it just wasn’t selling as well as she knew it should. “I knew the quality wasn’t the problem with the programs I was building and selling, but I was baffled as to why the sales weren’t what I would have liked them to be.” Yes Engines helped her close the gap between her sales expectations … [Read More...]

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How to Stay Motivated After Getting Out of Debt

There’s no shame in slowing down a little bit once you get out of debt, but there are so many people that take their foot off the gas completely! And sometimes they even start driving in reverse and dive back into debt! Why is this? And what steps can you take to stay motivated after getting out of debt?Why Do People Go Back Into Debt After Getting Out?You’d think that once people rid … [Read More...]

4 Ways to Enjoy March Madness on a Budget

Several years ago, I was watching the local news when the sportscaster came on to announce the winner of the citywide March Madness bracket tournament.  The top prize was a year’s supply of pizza.This post was written by our staff writer, Jamie Jeffers.The winner turned out to be my husband.  The pizza was a mixed blessing, because we were young, newly married, and I was expecting our first child. … [Read More...]

How I Reimagined My Financial Life to Pursue My Freelance Passions

In 2011 I was depressed, divorced and in over $14,000 of debt. I worked at a job that was sucking the life out of me and was literally bad for my health. (I lost weight, barely slept and my hair was falling out.) I was bored and unmotivated to the point where I slipping into depression. Then, after witnessing a drive-by shooting right outside my second-story window, I decided to change my life for … [Read More...]