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Why Is It So Hard to Make Content?

Shout it from the Mountain“I don’t know what to write!” “When I write, it comes out wrong.” “I get jammed up and stuck for ideas.” Does this sound like you?

I started blogging back in 1998, when they called it journaling. I was terrible at it. Most of my posts were about my own opinion on things. There was no consistency of voice. I’d just finish the post when I felt done with my writing. Junk. And no one read my blog.

It took me eight years to get my first 100 readers. To my defense, no one was reading blogs back then. But also, I stunk. My mom read my blog. Becky read my blog. Jon. That was about it.

And then I got good.

How to Make Great Content Without So Much Effort and Fuss

I’ll tell you what I know. The reason YOU are probably having a tough time is that you’re really really (really!) self conscious as you write. “How will this be received? What will people say? What if they say I’m full of crap?” (They won’t say “crap.”)

When I came to master my voice in writing and creating content, I focused on just a few really important factors:

  • Have a Goal – “I’m writing this because…” Answer that. If your answer is “because I haven’t created anything in a while,” that’s a crap answer. Write this because you want to help people like you. Shoot that video because you want to show how much you love something (see below). You need a reason why to write/communicate. And ultimately, if you’re writing for business, you need two goals – something for them and something for you.
  • Write Like You Talk – Too many people create as if they’re turning in an essay to a teacher. If you “write like a grown up,” it’s going to read as boring. There are a few places where that’s important, I guess. But a lot of business has changed. Your “over coffee” or “over beer” voice is what will convey your information the best.
  • Have a Point of View – Telling me all the features of the Rainmaker platform might be helpful, but telling me “THIS is why you should buy Rainmaker” is much better. If you alienate some people, that’s actually a good thing. You want those people who align with you, not everyone.
  • Make Your Writing/Communications Serve Others – The best way to get better at writing and making content is to create every piece in the service of others. Think of one important person in your life, real or imagined, and create everything in the aid of that person.
  • Finish Strong – When you write a piece or shoot a video, have a landing in mind. End the piece with some kind of next action. In content marketing, that’s often a next step in the sales process. It might be a qualifier of some kind. But end the piece such that it encourages a next action from the reader/consumer.

“Easy for you to say, Chris Brogan. But you’ve been at this for years.”

How to Get Better at Communicating/Writing/Video

Here’s what I can tell you. Writing is a daily experience. Communicating is a daily experience. If you put it off like letting laundry pile up, it’ll always be difficult. When you take up running, you go phone pole to phone pole. Then, you get a bit further. Then you do a minute running, two walking. Until you can run for miles unbroken. That’s writing.

Want some advice?

Write and Publish Daily – Even if it’s to somewhere small, publish daily. The more you create, the more you’ll improve. The best way to get good at something is to do it daily. Everything you excel at in life revolves around something you do all the time. Right?

Write Simpler – Leave big words at home. Look back at this piece. I don’t use big words often. I can see a few that I should make simpler. But every time you throw your vocabulary around, you’re isolating people or at worse, you’re making them invest their brain energy into translating your words.

Look Out, Not In – Writing gets messy when we look at our belly buttons. If you’re worried about how people will perceive you, nothing good will come out. Focus on service. Help others. Give THEM the information you want them to have. Ask, “How will this help?” And then write it.

Be You, Damn It! – Watch this video of me talking about the Amazon Echo Dot. See how it’s not fancy or fussy? THIS is how you connect to people. Not by worrying about how you’re perceived:

Find Your Writing Voice

I wrote this short book for my fiance because she was launching a website project and needed some help with expressing herself better. She’s a great verbal communicator but gets wrapped up when it hits the page. Find Your Writing Voice is all about the action, and it comes with a private little online group, too, where you can share your work with people just as nervous about it all as you.

Writing and creating content is part of EVERYONE’s business now. You can’t keep avoiding it, and what you’ve done so far hasn’t really helped, has it? I can help.

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How To Generate Monster Traffic With Video (Case Study)…

Want to know how to generate monster traffic with video?

Of course you do… what business owner wouldn’t, right…?

How does over 3,000 video views PER DAY sound…?

And what if you could double that every week like clockwork, with ease…?

Well, you need to check out this case study:

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In this case study you’ll see an insanely simple video that was created in under 30 minutes, that has already produced over 190,000 views, and continues to generate over 3000 views per day…

And what’s more, it earns more than $90 a month in ad revenue completely on autopilot…

Go here now to see exactly how it was done, and how you can copy it.

I think you’re going to love it 😉

Whether it’s generating free traffic, winning rankings, connecting with your customers or selling more products, this can help you in a big way…

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Facebook Traffic the easiest Way To Make Money Online

Ever wondered WHY some people could jump in and make a KILLING, but others STILL struggle after YEARS of hard work?

Are you tired of all the make-money garbage programs that promise the world but leave you empty-handed?

What if there was a way to make money online, in as little as 62 minutes from now, that anyone that can open an email can do and be successful with?

Checkout the proof below..

Go, Go, GO… Hyper Facebook Traffic is LIVE!

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How To Use Ebay To Gather Tons Of Quality Traffic

The major bugbear of any webmaster is that no matter how stylish, how well written or how downright beautiful their site is – it all counts for nothing unless you have traffic.

There are many articles (just like this one) that can describe the varying ways of getting eager visitors to gaze upon the marvels of your site.

You could use reciprocal links to get visitors from other websites – although there is talk that the value of these is slowly diminishing.

You could write articles to get back links to your site – write a particularly good one and you’ll be surprised how many times it gets duplicated over the net, all the while with your website address in the author bio!

There are other avenues to explore such as viral e-books, forum signatures and so on, but what if you could harness the power of a site that already has billions of visitors?

Heard of ebay? Thought so, you’re probably already a buyer or seller on there. But it’s time to start seeing auction listings as something other than a way to sell off unwanted tat.

I’ll let you know what I do and then you can adjust the method to suit your own needs.

I have a newsletter which I publish at least once a month – I struggled for a long time with how to get subscribers whilst also selling a lot of e-books on ebay. Then it hit me – time to combine the two!

Now, it’s a great idea to include links to your site within the ebook, providing you’ve written it yourself obviously. The buyer will read the book and hopefully click on the link to whichever of your sites you’ve chosen. You could even have them sign up to your newsletter before they can receive the book.

On ebay however, you’re going to get a lot of visitors who read your auction and decide not to buy for whatever reason. You may only sell 4 or 5 books per one hundred visitors.

This is where the “about me” page comes in to play. Make the most of this underused tool!

Ebay gives you the opportunity to write a quick description about yourself, your interests and a list of your feedback. Use this space to give yourself a short bio and then a link to your latest website. Be careful though – ebay doesn’t allow direct links to sales pages. Instead link to your newsletter course, a page on one of your content sites or anywhere that doesn’t obviously look like you’re taking sales away from ebay.

The killer tip is to include a link to your about me page on your auction listing. I usually place a short paragraph above and below my listing pointing out the benefits of my free newsletter.

It helps also to make the product you’re selling compatible with what you are offering through the “backend” of ebay. Don’t sell a mint condition Barbie doll and then put in an advertisment for your bonsai gardening auto-responder course for example.

I tend to offer a resell rights ebook or (preferably) a short guide I have written myself about one aspect of Internet Marketing.

That way you will no only get sales for your listed product (provided you do your listing in the correct manner, but that’s a whole other article) but also subscribers or visitors and therefore future sales for your off-ebay business.

Give it a try and use some of eBay’s billion dollar power for yourself!

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Matt O’Connor is owner of – Free Website Content

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