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Improve Your Articles With A Simple Kiss

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I remember very well the first time I gave a workshop on film-making. There was so much to tell about every concept that I could write a book out of it. I wanted to tell them everything I could. No doubt I lost track and everyone was inspired, overwhelmed and confused. After that time a senior told me the following short story. Once there was a man who loved talking and hearing his own voice….

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The 5 Best Blogs to Improve Your Writing

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If you’ve been around the internet for any period of time then you’ve probably heard it repeated: Content is King.  In fact, many of us have heard it so many times that it probably sounds redundant.  Yet there are so many people who still don’t get it…or if they do they don’t put it into practice. The adage has been around since the dawn of blogging: Content is King. And it’s true.  Content is king….

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Accelerate Your Blog With Idea Mapping

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As bloggers, one of the worst setbacks that we can face is the daunting task of coming up with and developing topics about which we can write. Corporations spend millions of dollars a year on research and development so that they can come up with the products and services that will sell.  You probably don’t have millions of dollars to put into this task, but you do need to find a way to develop new…

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Articles That Attract Readers Like A Magnet

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For many, writing good quality articles can be a daunting challenge.  In fact, many new bloggers and website owners share with me that writing isn’t their strongest quality.  Do you feel you have what it takes to write a compelling article? Well, if you could use some help, there’s good news!  You can find yourself writing compelling articles that will have your readers devouring every word you write in just 3 easy steps. Writing compelling…

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Fight Writer’s Block: Creativity on Command

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What are you going to write today? Bloggers have to create content on a regular basis. We aren’t students writing papers due at the end of semester or Olympians called on to perform every four years. In blogging you must create and be creative all the time. There are many who value consistency over quality. But, some days are more consistent than others. We all have days when it feels like there’s nothing to write…when…

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10 Elements of Highly Effective Articles

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Most websites about creating successful blogs seem to cover a wide variety of topics.  Each day I find articles about connecting with other bloggers, setting up link exchanges, building page rank, using social media, and marketing your blog. And yet, even though I hear bloggers seemingly shouting out from the housetops that content is king, I still find very few articles about content.  If content is king then why do bloggers focus on everything except…

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How to Become a Great Writer

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A while back, I read about a high school art teacher that decided to do an experiment to determine the most effective method of teaching her students to become sculptors. She divided her class evenly into two groups.  She provided both groups with an unlimited supply of resources and gave the groups two different goals. She told the first group that their goal was to create the most beautiful vase they could come up with. …

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5 Vital Reasons to Use List Posts

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One of the very first posts that I published on Site Sketch 101 was titled “14 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic.” Within days that article had received dozens of twits and quickly began to rise in page hits. I felt that it was quite successful considering the fact that this site was only days old when it was published and that I had very few followers and subscribers at that point. In that article…

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