Down Rounds: Dirty Words That Aren’t That Big of a Deal

Down Rounds

Ideally, your startup’s valuation should raise between each round of funding. You should use early investments to fund operations and growth so the company is worth more the next time you ask VCs for money. This means that your family, friends, and Series A investors will pay pennies for their shares compared to later investors. […]

Supercharge Your Email List Growth with Content Upgrades

build email list with content upgrades

If there’s one truth in email marketing, it’s this: Leads grow cold and people unsubscribe. In order to be successful with email, you have to consistently grow your list. If you’re like most marketers, you’re always looking for ways to capture subscribers. The smartest way to encourage sign ups is to give away a piece […]

Freelance Writing Lessons From a Rude Editor: 7 Takeaways

This article was originally published on MakeALivingWriting.com.  For a while, I had a large client that hired many writers. My contact was an editor who managed the freelance staff. He was an abrupt man who spared no feelings. At the time, I had only worked directly with clients. I could meet their goals, but my writing […]

How to Write Effective Blog Post Titles [Guide]

Your headline is like a job interview or meeting your date’s father. You only get one impression, so you better not screw it up. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what most people do. They write a lack-luster headline, so no one reads their article. In fact, most content doesn’t get shared at all. An effective headline is the […]

5 Reasons Your Online Business Needs Content Marketing

The Internet has disrupted the way people and companies do business. “In the digital age, every business is in the publishing industry.” If you’re running an online business, content marketing is absolutely essential. If you avoid it, you’ll be left behind. Content marketing is the practice of creating informational or entertainment content that supports your […]

4 Ways Post Excerpts Make Your Blog Stronger

It’s not enough to be an excellent writer these days. You have to have an understanding of SEO, user experience and design. Many bloggers are making the same mistake: they display the entire content of their post right on their home page, /blog page, category pages, and tag pages. These pages can become exceptionally long […]

Developing a Content Marketing Strategy For Your Business

In the old days (you know, the 90’s) marketing on the Internet was about spreading your logo as far as you could. The more visitors who saw your brand’s name, the more likely you were to make a sale. This “outbound” model of marketing is a carry-over from radio and television. Nowadays the most effective […]

8 Reasons People Unsubscribe From Your Email List

It’s well known that retaining a customer is cheaper than acquiring a new one. If you’re like most online businesses, you’re building an email marketing list. Email is the most effective sales channel and offers the highest return-on-investment of any marketing campaign. Even if you don’t have use for an email list today, you should […]

Website Analytics: How to Decrease Your Bounce Rate

One of the biggest struggles of any content creator is keeping users on the website. Typically, we aren’t creating content for fun. We may love the subject, but there’s a deeper business or personal goal involved. Perhaps you’re building page views for ad revenue, collecting leads, selling products, or working to build authority around your […]