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Blogging is not the easiest way to pay the bills

Kicking off a content generating machine doesn’t pay back instantly. The real magic of content happens when this slow return takes the form of a compound one, one that grows because of the incremental gains it earns along the way.

Publishing quality content every single day is no easy achievement

To constantly deliver quality content on a daily basis requires to give up on a lot of things. It is a full-time job and unless you are selling ads on your blog it will never allow you to pay the bills.

To deliver quality content on a daily basis that would generate income requires giving up on almost anything else that you are doing now, one of the most important one being giving up on spending any time managing or trying to manage social media.

Publishing often is easy, publishing quality content isn’t

Just because others publish daily or a few times a week doesn’t mean you have to. If you do not have an army of ghostwriters writing for you, you may as well forget about the idea of publishing quality content daily or even a few times a week.

Your best strategy would be to publish either monthly, a few times a month or even every few months, concentrating on building and publishing evergreen content.

While temporal content keeps blogs fresh, only evergreen content, content that is as valuable today as it will be in the future, will allow you to grow your audience and achieve compound return.

Stand Out from The Crowd

Delivering top-notch quality content remains the most powerful way to cut through today’s cluttered web space and making some top dollars doing it.

Unless you have an army of writers at your disposition, make sure to consider what other things you need to do to become “The Best In The World At What You Do”, to “Stand Out From The Crowd”.

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and JMDsystemics.com, JMD is a former attorney Corporate Strategist and Professional Problem Solver, a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  

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“There is nothing new under the sun…. Just give your reader something to talk about.”

Save yourself some TIME and EFFORT

One of the worst mistake you can make as a writer is to believe everything you do has to be original. You can’t afford to spend months or years dreaming up a daring new approach for everything you write. A better way is to watch what is and has been working for everyone else and then creatively adapt it for your own purposes.

True genius is clothed in the ideas of others

There is nothing new under the sun. The author of The Holy Bible did not write anything you; they simply stole the plots of previous generations and cultures and adapted them to their own needs and reality. Shakespeare, to make it big, did not start from scratch; he simply spent a lot of time adapting and rewriting the content from the ancient Greek and Roman plays. Even Thomas has to plead guilty; he practically plagiarized the Declaration of Independence from John Locke.

More than often, the key to great writing is blatant and unrepentant theft; the best writers are often the best thieves.

None of those irresistible headlines you may see on the covers of the greatest magazines are new. The same is to be said about all of these blog posts that go viral. If you look carefully at any great headline, you can distill it down to some “Fill in The Blanks” templates that works for almost every topic you want to write about, whatever your niche and audience.

There is nothing new under the sun

Deal with the complexity of life looking at the headlines and great papers that have worked time and time again for some of the most popular authors and publications in the world.

Carefully consider what you read. There is nothing new under the sun. Everything has been said and written. While reading, consider every theme that is being exploited, stop at every headline and write down a few that you can adapt and use to suit your own needs either in your blogs, articles or book.

You want to go VIRAL?

You want to go viral, pay specific attention to one of the most successful headlines ever, the “Granddaddy of All Headlines”, the “HOW TO” headline that has been used for almost 100 years.

Why is that headline so powerful?

Only because most readers are naturally biased toward articles that help them do something. Ideas and opinions are great, but for most people, they have no lasting practical value. To really get their attention, they need an expert to show them how to apply those ideas in a practical way that applies to their specific situation.

This should be the premise, the foundation of all your writing.

If you are successful in teaching people useful, something that can save them TIME and MONEY, people will not resist reading you, clicking and buying your books.

Most people are not just interested in “WHAT TO DO”; they are also concerned with “WHAT TO BE” and “HOW TO BE” what they want to be. Most people are interested in reading about anything about HOW TO transform themselves in almost any way they can imagine and struggling to become.

By figuring out which traits your audience most desires and then putting them into your headlines, you will harness this natural curiosity people have in transforming themselves into something more, into something they are not, into something they aspire to become.

Most people do not want to settle for just being good. Most people aspire to be, to become the very best at what they do. They want to dominate their area of expertise. By recognizing this inherent desire of most people to “STAND OUT”, in every one of your headlines, they quickly move from a simple promise of help to an irresistible lure, especially if your headline is written in the form of a “LIST-BASED HEADLINE”.

Lists based headlines are a highly efficient way to organize the information you want to disseminate. People know exactly what they are getting into before starting reading and clicking. It is all about perception. A list based headline is approachable and non­threatening.

Subconsciously, most people have this natural tendency to believe that most of the ideas or hints of an article will not work for them; but none of these people cannot resist the idea that maybe they may or will find one idea that will. The more ideas your article offers, the better the chance for them to find one that applies specifically to their situation.

Give your reader something to talk about

You want people to read your blog posts, your articles?

You need to make the readers curious. You need to use these power words and easy sounding list based headlines that will motivate the reader into checking out your blog post, your article or book.

Your headline shall be designed to harness the curiosity of the reader that is already there. Your blog, article or book shall give the reader something to talk about. It shall reflect the promise to satisfy their curiosity as well as give them something interesting to talk about.

Your blog, article or book shall offer comfort and reassurance. Especially when times are tough, people like to be confirmed in their opinion and, the prospect of spending time reading someone who understand their situation and offer some relief is strongly appealing.

Not belonging or feeling a part of something bigger than themselves is one of all people greatest fears. No one wants to be or stand alone. While opinions may be plentiful, it is always very difficult to resist a headline that presents an interesting take on a topic you care about.

Readers who will agree with you will click to validate their own ideas. The more skeptical readers will click and read your blog, article or book to find out if there is any weight in your claim. The more controversial or shocking your viewpoint or idea, the more people will want to find out whether you can make it stick.

Write to solve your reader’s problems, not yours

Most people these days are busy and when problems come along, they want to solve them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Sometimes it is a problem you already know something or everything you know about. Other times people will raise problems you and many others like you are or were not aware of. Either way, offer your readers a fix to put this or these problems behind them, so they can get on with their day.

Any fix that will provide people with more TIME and save or make them MONEY is a winner. No one can resist such a headline that promises such results, and offer them a fix in the same breath. People will bookmark your blog post, they tell their friends about it, and retweet it and you can get traffic from it for years.

Write a great headline and “GO VIRAL”

You could write a post every day for a year and not even come close to exhausting all the possibilities of writing a great headline. Sometimes, the difference between a good headline and a great headline is only a well-chosen word dropped in exactly the right place.

Just add a little interest in your headline by simply adding a power word to your title, power words, powerful adjectives that will add strong emotions to your heading, emotions like anger, excitement, disgust and desire, thereby setting it apart from those that have come before.

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

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Isaac Newton

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

There is something called “Collective Intelligence”

Humans have been around for approximately 200,000 years, but up until about 70,000 years ago, we weren’t too different from any of the other animals in our impact on the environment.

Then, in a relatively short period, we became the dominant predator on Earth. A few 10,000 years later, we began settling into agricultural communities, and less than 9,000 years after that, we learned to write. Since then, our rate of progress has only gotten faster.

The modern world we enjoy today is inconceivably different from the world we’ve lived in for the majority of our existence.

What changed?

The answer lies in our ability to pass down knowledge.

Nothing Is Entirely Original

When most of us think about a discovery or an invention, we think of something new; something that did not exist before; something that seemingly came up to us out of thin air.

That is not an entirely accurate way of looking at it.

No discovery or invention is completely original: Any new idea, process, or method is in some way a combination of old concepts and information. Discoveries are never a product of pure single-handed originality.

There is no copyright on intelligence

Our humanoid prosperity as a species rests on our collective intelligence. Alone, and without the power of past knowledge, we would not be where we are today. Individually, we have to rely on others more than to depend on ourselves.

None of us can do it alone, and we do not have to. The intelligent creative process is nothing else than a way of finding relationships between people, between intelligentsia and what is already known.

Yes indeed, there is something called “Collective Intelligence” and by definition, everything that is “collective” does not carry individual ownership.

There is inspiration to be found everywhere.

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

 

 

 

 

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“Knowledge, unless you apply it, does not, and will never make you more efficient, influential, powerful or successful.”

Today, thanks to the instant access to the internet, everyone can now study and learn from home. The tremendous quantity of information available online provide anyone with the best ever opportunity to broaden his knowledge in every sphere of activity one can imagine.

For who is starting a new project or new business, the magnitude and quality of information available online literally invites the new entrepreneur, before anything else, to gather as much intelligence as possible related to his undertaking. Ultimately, delaying all productive action, the new entrepreneur is ending up trying to be everywhere, reading and trying to do everything that is suggested or recommended by the so-called pundits.

Reading everything you can get your hands on, listening to every single podcast you can download, taking every online course you can afford, learning how to write the best possible resume; how to land the job of your dreams; how to launch a successful business or new product; how to create the greatest blog and website; how to write and publish a new book is not going to help you whatsoever. Ultimately, doing everything except taking action, you do not start or achieve anything. All those activities do not and will never take you anywhere close to whatever you wish to accomplish.

The key to power, greater achievement and success is not excessive expertise, but the ability to use it. Knowledge is absolutely worthless unless it is applied. The truth is that no matter how extensive your knowledge, there will always be obstacles and unexpected circumstances that you will have to face. There will always be issues that never have been described or covered in any book. And, one day or another, you will be ending up having to deal with situations no one ever has met before. These are the days where you will have to show some initiative and creativity, having to look for solutions and make decisions that no one probably has ever thought of.

While constantly looking for new sources of information and content, nothing is being done. Thanks to the Internet, learning has now become a major social trend and major form of procrastination. Constant researching, learning, planning, thinking, rethinking and visualization will not accomplish anything other than letting you spinning in your tracks and leaving you stranded in the place you are now. You will never start, even less accomplish or finish, anything. Only actions will drive you where you wish or want to be.

My point is that for anyone that have read even only these three books: “The Bible”, “The Prince” and “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, there is no need for further learning. You already have and know everything you need to know to live the life of your dreams and achieve power and success. There is nothing more you need to learn in order to take the first step. Stop reading everything that has been written, stop listening to everyone that has something to say.

Everything has been written, everything has been said centuries ago. There is nothing new under the sun. Read “The Bible”, read “The Prince”, read Machiavelli, read “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, read Carnegie, maybe Zig Ziegler and stop right there. Start writing your own book, the book of your own life. Take action now, turn your unstoppable procrastination into unstoppable action and start learning from your own experience.

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

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