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Hitting Send with Confidence, not Concern

Hitting publish on one of the best pieces of content you’ve ever written—or hitting send on the greatest email ever—feels completely amazing. You step away from the computer feeling strong, accomplished, ready to tackle the next project head-on. Later, though, when you return to your computer to check how your mailing did, you discover that even with your phenomenal content, barely a fraction of … [Read More...]

Introducing the New StudioPress Blog

Well, it’s been a while since you’ve seen my byline around here at Copyblogger, but that’s for a few good reasons — I’ve had my head down and been working hard over at StudioPress (specifically, the all-new StudioPress Sites you’ve been hearing about). If you’re interested in checking it out, you’ll see that the StudioPress site looks quite different from how it has in the … [Read More...]

3 Tips for a Productive Approach to Email

Back in 2006 Merlin Mann created a series of posts on the 43 Folders blog called Inbox Zero. I am sure most of you have heard this term, but from chatting with bloggers at conferences and meet ups, most bloggers have misinterpreted the key philosophy behind Inbox Zero. Contrary to popular belief, the “Zero” doesn’t refer to fanatically keeping your inbox empty at all times. Instead, it refers to … [Read More...]

New Simplified Pricing Tiers

Email marketing is becoming increasingly more difficult and complex as our field expands. There’s so much to consider when selecting and working with an email service provider - What all can I do? How hard is the setup? How much am I going to be paying? Do I have to pay for extra emails? What if I’m paying for things I don’t even need or use? Is it easy to use? Will I get lost in the mix of … [Read More...]

The Unusual (but Important) Combination of Creative Fulfillment and SEO

This year on Copyblogger, each month has a theme — and in March, it’s search engine optimization. That’s great news for some of you, and terrible news for others. If you’d rather eat a bug than think about SEO, you and I have much in common. On Monday, I wrote about some solid SEO advice that won’t have you contemplating a heaping bowlful of breakfast crickets. I also … [Read More...]

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Thinking BIGGER Than Early Retirement – Could You Build a Financial Legacy?

We’re almost there.  For years, my wife and I have been aggressively saving towards our goal of early retirement, and according to our plan, things are right on track. Maybe too well … As an engineer by trade, I know the value of building in a good safety margin to your plan.  And right now, ours has a pretty large one! But having taken some pretty important steps forward lately with estate … [Read More...]

How Much Do I Need to Save for Retirement? The Incredibly Simple Answer

Whenever I first get talking to someone about personal finances, one of the first questions they have is: How much do I need to save for retirement? It’s a heavy question, I know! Save too little and you might end up having to go back to work when you don’t want to. But set your target too high, and you might end up working harder and saving longer than you really need to. Believe it … [Read More...]

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...]

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6 Psychological Triggers That Will Double Your eCommerce Conversions

Online marketing is changing every day. Between Google updating their algorithm and competitors outranking you for your keywords, there’s more than enough to keep any online business owner occupied and you need more than just keywords to increase your ecommerce conversions. But there’s one thing that never changes: Why we do what we do. In Article by Convert.com Blog. Read entire story here. … [Read More...]

Increase Conversions by Improving the Clarity of Your Value Proposition

Your Unique Value Proposition should be clear, like a jellyfish in calm tropical water. Image via Unsplash. I’ve noticed a recent trend, where browser interaction influences search behaviour. It goes something like this: Person searches for “this is a search term”. SERPs appear. Person holds down the Ctrl/Command key and clicks every ad (and perhaps one or two organic results). This opens each … [Read More...]

What You’ve Forgotten About Landing Page Optimization

When creating landing pages, marketers tend to focus all their efforts on optimizing page elements — making sure the headline engages the visitor, testimonials speak to your unique value proposition, the lead capture form is correctly formatted, and the CTA button jumps off the page. That’s all marketers need to generate high quality leads, right? Then why is it that professional landing pages — … [Read More...]

Conquering Fear and Reducing Anxiety – Caroline Paul

“Tragedies are the result of a series of small forks in the road.” – Caroline Paul Caroline Paul (@carowriter) returns to the podcast by popular demand for a round 2 Q&A. (You can catch her first appearance here.) Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. Once a young … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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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ETF Trends: US Indices & Styles – 3/14/17

International equities continue to outperform with 6 of the top 9 ETFs over the last 5 days (among the universe we track) representing country indices. Gold miners, natural gas, biotech, and health care have also outpeformed. The biggest declines … [Read More...]

What Triggers a Tax Investigation into Your Business?

What can trigger a tax investigation into your business? The idea of your business being subjected to a tax investigation isn’t pleasant. The thing is, as your business grows and becomes more successful, you are more likely to hear from the IRS that … [Read More...]

ETF Trends: International – 3/10/17

Oil continues to get hit hard as front-month WTI traded down another 1.8% today as of this writing. Other commodities plays (steel producers, metals & mining, silver, and Russia) all continue to suffer significantly. Developed market equities … [Read More...]

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I Remember

I remember wanting to have millions of dollars, so I could spend it all on myself. I remember when I was living off of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese that was purchased on a nearly-maxxed out credit card. I remember sitting in a broken down car, 1,000 … [Read More...]

2 Wall Street analysts came up with a game to make ‘fun of the system,’ and played it for 5 years without anyone knowing

After listening to hundreds of earnings calls, these analysts needed to do something to break up the monotony. Article by Feedburner. Read entire story here. … [Read More...]

25 Top Ways To Save Money (updated for 2017)

Originally this article started as 16 ways to save money by NOT being normal, but over the years we have written about so many great ways to save money, I thought I would expand on it a bit to create an even larger list of some of the best money … [Read More...]

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Behind the Scenes: How Doug Made $77,373 In 11 Months By Selling Online Courses

Doug is a marketer. And he wanted to share his expertise with others. So, he created an ebook, a typical “first step” for people who want to get into the business of creating and selling their knowledge online. The ebook sold pretty well, so he thought he would take it to the next level by turning it into an online course. A smart idea. But the course just didn’t sell… The ebook did well, … [Read More...]

Meet Bill Biko, the Landlord Who Transformed His Expertise Into an Online Course Business

Over the past 14 years, Bill has had over 1,500 short-term rental tenants. With all that experience, he’s considered a go-to resource for landlords in Canada. (This isn’t uncommon. We all have something we’re good at that other people want to learn… it’s often tied to what you do for a living. Especially if you’re a consultant or coach). A few years ago, Bill started promoting his real … [Read More...]

PAMI Brings Together Economic Experts in Cebu

Philam Asset Management, Inc. (PAMI) flies in economic experts to Visayas for the third leg of their Economic Outlook series entitled “2017 Unboxed: Unleash the Market’s Potential”. The event was held in the grand ballroom of The Mariott Hotel, in Cebu City. The event was also in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Thematic to the holiday, PAMI opened the show with a dragon and lion dance … [Read More...]

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5 Steps to Handle a Sudden Windfall of Cash

Most people won’t even open this post. Most will never even read the first line. You know why? They’ve got a destructive attitude that just continues to beat them down…and down…and down.They say things like, “Nothing good ever happens to me,” and “My parents are broke, so I’ll never receive a windfall of cash.”Just like the old saying goes, be … [Read More...]

Painless1099 Review: Automated Tax Management for Self-Employed Freelancers

Managing your freelance finances isn’t easy. You have to stay on top of things like taxes, financial emergencies and saving for retirement. Not to mention the daily tasks like completing client work on time, dealing with contracts and sending invoice. My gawd, just reading all of that can make you feel overwhelmed. Can you relate? There’s a lot of admin work that comes with being self-employed. … [Read More...]

18 Tips to Get Rich (From Actual Millionaires!)

Millionaires.They drive through their gated communities on golf carts, give fake smiles to everyone they see and wave that silly open-fingered punch as if they’re giving a high-five to your forehead. They dine at the local country club and eat only in miniature because that’s the classy thing to do. Never would you catch them in your local grocery store or gas station. They’ve … [Read More...]