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5 Weird Writing Productivity Hacks That Work

Do you feel burned out and brain dead after a full day of writing?
Heavy writing days used to exhaust me. My brain felt like mush. I could barely talk. Exercise was out of the question. All I wanted to do is sit in front of the television and force my brain to stop thinking.
You’ve probably had days like that, too.
I’ve learned some great time (and sanity saving) writing hacks over the years. And I no longer feel like my brain is going to explode at […]

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How to Generate 3,640 Blog Post Ideas in 12 Months

Imagine what it would be like to generate 3,640 blog post ideas in 12 months.
You’d stop feeling like your brain was going to ooze out of your ears every time you brainstormed what to write about next.
Your editorial calendar would be fully fleshed out.
Life would seem so much calmer.
Skeptical? Actually, it’s pretty easy.
Here’s how to do it:
I borrowed this idea from James Altrucher (I highly recommend subscribing to his newsletter. He rocks!). James recommends people exercise their “idea muscle” every single day. That means picking a topic […]

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[Updated] 27-Point Checklist: How to Write for Google

Are you writing your SEO copy based on the latest information?
Are you sure?
I originally wrote this SEO copywriting checklist in 2012. My, how things have changed. Today, there’s a new Google algorithm in town (Hummingbird,) and new rules around content optimization. I’ve updated the list to reflect these changes and provide additional information. I’ve also included two additional tips.
As a side note, I would argue that there’s no such thing anymore as “writing for Google.” Yes, there are certain things you should do to […]

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2014’s 10 Hottest SEO Copywriting Posts

2014 is almost over.
What a long, strange year it’s been.
Authorship died, new algorithmic tweaks kept rolling out and Matt Cutts decided to take a break from Google. Quality writing is still in and spammy, formulaic writing is still definitely out.
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
While compiling the yearly top post roundups, I’ve enjoyed seeing how the SEO writing conversation has changed. In 2012, the top posts were of the back-to-basics variety. In 2013, people enjoyed the higher-level, more actionable posts. This […]

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10 Must-Read Posts for Freelance SEO Copywriters

Running a freelance SEO copywriting business means wearing many different hats. You’re in charge of business development, marketing, client relations…and oh yeah, you’re also the one writing the content.
It can be a little…overwhelming…at times.
These 10 posts will help you write better copy and navigate the business-building waters with style.  Enjoy!
9 Questions Writers Ask About SEO Copywriting
Wondering if SEO copywriting is right for you? Here are nine of the most common questions I’m asked (including how much people will pay for content.)
9 (More) Questions […]