Author: Stefanie Flaxman

The Meticulous Blogger’s 12-Step Publishing Checklist

After I deglamorized good ideas, I started thinking about other topics to dissect. Content quality quickly came to mind. So, for a change, this post is not about creating content. It’s about all the care behind the scenes that makes great content possible. Let’s look at 12 important steps meticulous bloggers consistently follow when they
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Easy Email Inbox: Reply to 3 Types of Messages (and Don’t Sweat the Rest)

When you run a content marketing platform, you’ll get other types of messages from your audience in addition to blog comments. You’ll get emails. Many people have a love/hate relationship with email. When it’s good, it’s really good — but when it’s bad, managing your inbox feels like a huge waste of time. But like
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Try This System to Manage Your Blog Comments Faster (and with Less Stress)

I think the best way to introduce the topic of this post is to remind you that my favorite word is No. At the risk of sounding no-fun, I like rules. If you’re in a position to set rules for any given situation, they can help you reach solutions to issues faster and avoid future
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3 Reasons Why Good Ideas Are a Real Threat to Good Writing

Ahh, the elusive “good idea.” Writers spend a large amount of time thinking about them and looking for them. It’s an undeniable part of the creative process. So why would I consider them such a pervasive threat to good writing? The answer is simple. Good ideas are just part of what it takes to produce
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Get More Subscribers by Provoking People to Ask This Question

Immediately after getting an idea for a content project, many content creators become preoccupied by the existing competition: “It will be extremely difficult to stand out.” If that sounds familiar, I’m hoping you’ll change your mind by the time you finish reading this post. To start, think of the last time you heard a song
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5 Types of Audience Members You Can Safely Ignore

It takes a certain amount of strength to be an audience-focused content creator. It’s not for the faint of heart. Because when you know your audience is the source of all good things for your business, you open yourself up to receive a lot of opinions. But sometimes those opinions can also weaken the energy
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3 Ways to Hone the Skill that Can Advance Your Career as a Writer

There are writers. And then there are professional writers. Over my career as a writer and editor, I’ve noticed one key factor that enables writers to perform their craft professionally. I’ve said it before, so you won’t be surprised to hear: It’s the ability to self-edit. A strong self-editor doesn’t just show up to work;
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How to Determine If Your USP Is Fake (a Missed Opportunity to Connect)

The most skilled marketers still have trouble positioning their own businesses. Why? It’s difficult to objectively look at your own work, but unless you do — and communicate the special benefits you offer — you won’t stand out from competitors. Today’s post is for anyone who isn’t attracting the right type of prospects. I’m going
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If Content Is a Performance, Is It Ever Authentic?

Producing more effective content that helps you build an audience of interested prospects is a common theme in my articles. In the past few months, I’ve written about ways to show how likable you are and how to make your writing personal, but not self-indulgent. And I realized that neither of those posts mentioned authenticity,
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