Category: Write

33 Profitable Newsletter Tips

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Even with all the latest communications techniques available on the web, and the now older RSS (Really Simply Syndication) technology, for many websites and blogs, e-mail still remains the tool of choice for serious Internet marketers and savvy web business providers. Why? With an e-mail system such as the one we have…

An Easy Powerful Design Trick

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This tip is probably has many surprising qualities and benefits. Our design tip here is arguably one of the most under utilized, unrealized, quickest, simplest, least expensive, yet most effective ways to reduce errors in understanding that I've yet come across. Most of us would probably agree that learning a…

The Power Of Word Repetition

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Elsewhere in this knowledge archive, we've examined what can become a common pitfall of any writer: word repetition. How repeating the same word - other than those commonly used "connectors" - within the same sentence, paragraph, series of paragraphs, or even on the same page can result in tarnishing your…

Finding Optimum Paragraph Length

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Short and sweet is the central, underlying theme of this tip. However, first let's establish what a paragraph actually is. Although a paragraph has a precise meaning, in practice, different people may define a paragraph differently. As the author of your thoughts, your paragraph preferences may seem to be heavily…

Two Myths Debunked

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My title for this article deliberately seeks to draw attention to a flawed belief often referred to as "the silver bullet effect". Many folks seem to be convinced that in order to achieve anything outstanding or successful, there must be some secret or "hidden knowledge" that we all have to…

Successful Communicator Skills

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If you were asked to list what you thought were the top three skills of any "successful" writer or speaker, what would be your answer? I'm reasonably sure we could come up a variety of interesting replies. Some examples could perhaps include: All perfectly valid answers of traits that help…

A Personal Success Blueprint

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To get from where we are now to where we want to be is possible with careful and considered planning, focused commitment and sufficient action. Once up and running, we may need to jump back two or three steps and move in a slightly different direction, in order to eventually…

Not All Good Testimonials Are Good

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What's the best form of advertising? Of course, word-of-mouth beats most every other form of promotion hands down. Our friends have special power over us. One friend recommending something to another friend, colleague or acquaintance can often overcome price objections easily. That's why authentic, traceable testimonials can sometimes be one…

26 Profitable Projects

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Today, writers, speakers, presenters and website providers have a wealth of opportunities that are almost crying out for good communication skills. What's more, you don't need to be a top-notch communicator to earn a great living writing, speaking or presenting on topics that interest you. Even better, your choice of…

Vanity Publishing and the Abyss

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Achieving publication today in the traditional book writing arena is now harder than ever. Only a tiny minority of presented manuscripts ever reach publication, perhaps as a result of an illogical mix of persistence, patience, perseverance, slight craziness with a little luck! Yet the numbers of writers who seek to…

What Makes a Sentence Work?

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If we think of words as the building blocks of written and spoken communications, sentences are like the cement or glue that binds together our words so that others can "make sense" of what we want to say. In this tip, we'll examine sentence structure a little closer and discover…

The Comma and More

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The use of "and" in combination with adjacent commas seems to attract surprisingly polarized arguments among writers of different styles. As communicators, we often use the word "and" to link two phrases or parts of a sentence. One popular remedy is that whenever we use the word "and", we should…

The Perfect Document in 10 Steps

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You've written your piece, made changes, fixed any errors, so now your document is just about perfect, yes? So in triumph, you launch or print your "final version". As you scan your masterpiece, your jubilation is short lived as you discover yet even more errors. You simply can't understand how…

Heavy or Light Punctuation?

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Is "light" punctuation enough? A common question that many writers and web content providers might ask today. So first, let's establish just what we mean by "light" or"open"punctuation. Well how about a written passage that contains little punctuation? Or a text sequence with little more than full stops and few…

How to Maintain Your Writing Flow

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Writers and communicators like most everyone else, can experience peaks and troughs - especially in creativity. Some days, the right words come easily, and everything matches up perfectly. At other times, you may feel like you have to drag each useful phrase, lead, or idea, kicking and screaming out of…