Don't Buy Cheap Copy

You Get What You Pay For

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

Mama said there’d be days like this, and she probably also warned you get what you pay for. In the world of writing – especially freelance writing – truer words have never been spoken. As the business or brand ordering content, you get what you pay for. And as the writer, well, sometimes – okay, most times – you don’t get paid what you’re worth.

A vicious storm is brewing atop the waves of the Internet. It’s been bubbling and brewing for some time like the witch’s brew of Macbeth. It’s an ugly and monstrous storm; a squall directly linked to the SEO-driven monsoon of mediocre material audiences around the globe are currently drowning in. Let’s face it; so many people want written content for practically free that quality has grown atrocious! Continue reading “You Get What You Pay For”

Using Social Media to Market an eBook

Using Social Media to Market an eBook

Marketing your product is a tough job. And it’s even harder for artists, who are more suited to a free form, intuitive work style. How is such an individual – a writer, perhaps – who is used to less than conventional ways of doing things to sit down and focus on a strategy for showcasing their work to the masses when all they want to do is move on to the next project (or take a well-deserved respite)? Continue reading “Using Social Media to Market an eBook”

Inner Geek: Finding Inspiration

Inner Geek: Finding Inspiration

I’m going to be honest. I wrote the title for this blog and then promptly fell asleep. It was seven in the morning, and I’d been up all night, plagued with a battery of thought as writers often are, and I was exhausted. I wrote this title, ready to invite you back into my geekside virtual office with a question: do you know what sells? Continue reading “Inner Geek: Finding Inspiration”

Creating a Content Strategy: Why a Content Schedule Matters

Creating a Content Strategy: Why a Content Schedule Matters

You’re a smart person. You understand the how and why behind content. You see how it can expand your professional reach, establish authority, bridge engagement, and even morph into a lean, mean marketing machine. You’re all about it! Maybe you’ve started a blog or are guest posting on major websites in your industry. Maybe you’re venturing into the creation of infographics and articles for social media engagement. You’re on the right track, but chances are you’re overlooking one crucial content strategy component: a content calendar or schedule. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Why a Content Schedule Matters”

Creating a Content Strategy: Finding and Nailing Your Voice

Creating a Content Strategy: Finding and Nailing Your Voice

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the technicalities of planning a content strategy. If you’re new to the world of content and copywriting, the entire process can seem overwhelming and confusing. Thankfully, you don’t have to face it alone. You can select a content creator and leverage teamwork to get things done. One of the most crucial elements your team will tackle in creating a content strategy is finding and nailing your voice. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Finding and Nailing Your Voice”

Creating a Content Strategy: Picking a Content Theme

Creating a Content Strategy: Picking a Content Theme

We live in the age of the niche. Targeted marketing campaigns require an intimate understanding of our target audience coupled with a well-planned and consistent content theme. Our chosen theme needs to match our business and entice our audience. The truth is a content theme isn’t an element of only the copywriting world; it’s relevant to all lines of business from service and product offerings to independent authors. Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Picking a Content Theme”

Creating a Content Strategy: Identifying Your Target Audience

Creating a Content Strategy: Identifying Your Target Audience

Creating content minus a clear view of your audience is like throwing darts blindfolded; you might get lucky and make a bullseye, but chances are you’re hitting everything BUT the target. There’s a strong probability you aren’t even hitting the board. Planning a powerhouse content strategy begins with identifying your target audience.  Continue reading “Creating a Content Strategy: Identifying Your Target Audience”

Planning Your Content Strategy

Planning Your Content Strategy

It’s common to hear the terms “content strategy” and “content marketing” used interchangeably. In fact, it’s such a common occurrence the majority of small business owners have no idea their content strategy is not exactly the same thing as their content marketing strategy. When you work with a copywriter, copywriting agency, or content creator, the focus should be on your content strategy. After all, it’s a major part of the planning process. So just how do you plan a content strategy? Continue reading “Planning Your Content Strategy”

Inner Geek: Sherlock

Inner Geek: 5 Business Lessons from Sherlock Holmes

Approximately a month ago, I welcomed you into my office here in the realm of all that is geek for a discussion about staying true to you in your professional endeavors. Superhero-sized lessons permeated the article, and it was a hit with folks across the Internet. Today, I’d like to invite you back for a chat about one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes. We’re going to discuss five business lessons we can learn from this extraordinary fictional character. Continue reading “Inner Geek: 5 Business Lessons from Sherlock Holmes”