How much effort do you put into images for your blog posts?

Are they an afterthought, or top priority? Time and time again, user experience and behavioral studies show that visual content really matters. In fact, it matters a ton because it’s what your readers will notice first when they click on your blog posts. Here are some data-driven, scientific ways to boost your visual content game:

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SEO writing tips in 2014? With all that has happened in search in recent years, do we really even need them? The answer is yes. Despite all the speculation in the industry, SEO is not dead, and it can still help you rank in SERPs when creating content.

Don’t worry, no keyword spamming or black hat tactics. I’m talking about writing optimized content using Google-friendly best practices. After all, when you spend time and money on quality content, your prospects should be able to find it.

Want to get a leg up on your competitors? Need to generate more leads and sales for your business? Here is a collection of must-know tips to boost the visibility of your web pages.

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There’s nothing simple about creating a content strategy.

Maintaining and improving a content strategy over time? That’s even tougher. However, the odds are definitely in your favor. Only 44% of marketers have bothered to document their publishing strategy. Your efforts to refine and improve will give you a serious advantage! Here are 10 of the most common things marketers fail to include in their content strategy:

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Blog successfully and you can smile all the way to the bank. Your website traffic will grow, your company will flourish, and your reputation could swell to the point where business finds you. Bloggers like Michael Arrington rake in up to $800,000 per month!

But it’s not quite that simple. In order to achieve success, there are things every blogger must have – things you can’t blog without. In this post, I highlight five of the most important. If you’re just starting out with blogging, hopefully you will find this useful.

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Are list posts part of your content marketing strategy?

If they’re not, they definitely should be! List posts are the second most-shared form of content, after infographics. They’re easy-to-digest for readers, and have an instant viral quality. That doesn’t mean you can sit down to pen the perfect list post without effort, though. There are tactics you can use to improve your content’s performance. Here is some of the latest data to improve your approach:

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If you want copy that converts, you need to understand these 5 basic essentials of good copywriting.

Good – nay, great copywriting has to have a certain set of standards. By following those standards, you can ensure that your copy has a fighting chance to make your business (or your client’s business) money, and lots of it.

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Headlines.

The single most important piece of copy in a blog post.

One of the ultimate determinants of a blog post’s success.

If you don’t get them right, all the hours you spent crafting the post will go to waste, since nobody will read further than the post title.

If you do get them right, your blog post has the potential to go viral and bring your business obscene amounts of traffic and customers.

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It’s a common myth that anyone who writes well can be a copywriter. The truth, however, is that great copywriters possess unique skills and traits that aren’t common to all writers. If your goal is to be an effective copywriter, the good news for you is that these skills and traits can be learned. As in most things, the key to writing great copy is lots of practice.

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