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New Simplified Pricing Tiers

Email marketing is becoming increasingly more difficult and complex as our field expands. There’s so much to consider when selecting and working with an email service provider – What all can I do? How hard is the setup? How much am I going to be paying? Do I have to pay for extra emails? What if I’m paying for things I don’t even need or use? Is it easy to use? Will I get lost in the mix of … [Read more...]

Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be Sleazy: 5 Real-World Examples

In my youth, a former coworker once told me, “I’d never date anyone who works in marketing.” When I inquired about his reasoning, he replied: “It’s just so sleazy. Choosing that line of work says a lot about a person.” Since I was young and impressionable, that sentiment stayed with me. So I was naturally Read More... The post Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be Sleazy: 5 Real-World Examples … [Read more...]

How To Create Black and White Backgrounds for Color Images on Paint.net

In this Paint.net tutorial, we are going to show you how to take one of your color pictures and make the background black and white while leaving one element of the image in full color. To follow along this How To for Paint.net you will of course need the Paint.net software (which is free). You will […] The post How To Create Black and White Backgrounds for Color Images on Paint.net appeared … [Read more...]

How to Smash Your Blogging Goals in Just 5 Days

This post is by ProBlogger expert Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology Have you ever uttered the phrase, ‘One day I’ll…’? Of course you have. We all have. One day I’ll schedule my social media One day I’ll improve my web site One day I’ll organise my images (a personal favourite) One day I’ll start a podcast… Next we say, ‘When…’ When I have more time When I have more money When inspiration … [Read more...]

Target Top Subscribers in 15 Seconds or Less

Working with segmentation by engagement levels to boost your email marketing to the next step. Top students in school are easy to identify based on grades. Top sales associates are determined by revenue, and top marathoners are tallied by times. But what about top email subscribers?  Email marketing uses metrics such as open rates, clicks, and shares to identify  top subscribers. (Conversion from … [Read more...]

Killer Resources for Freelancers … and an Option for Those Who Don’t Want to Go It Alone

This week, Stefanie Flaxman and I yielded the floor to a pair of smart gentlemen who we don’t hear from quite as often as we used to. And we featured a writer you haven’t seen on Copyblogger before. Her debut post for us is a must-read for writers who like being able to pay their Read More... The post Killer Resources for Freelancers … and an Option for Those Who Don’t Want … [Read more...]

8 Simple Steps From Rough Draft To Publication

This week I want to share the simple editing process I use to prepare blog posts and other content for publication. I also share the blogging mistake/story that inspired this article. I’m using the inverted pyramid so you’re getting the most important content first. 😉 Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate and/or partner link, which […] The post 8 Simple Steps From … [Read more...]

9 Ways Influencer Outreach Can Help You and Your Blog

Here on ProBlogger, we have a lot of tips on influencer outreach – how to reach out to influencers and pitch to them. Here are just a few of the resources we have available: How to Approach Influencers in Your Niche (podcast episode) How to Grow Your Blog by Interviewing Influencers 7 Powerful Non-SEO Reasons to Try Guest Posting But in this blog post I want to talk about why you should do it. One … [Read more...]

7 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Subscription Forms

Having your own little corner of the World Wide Web to write about anything, to engage with like-minded individuals, and to spark conversation is an incredibly wonderful, intoxicating feeling. You’re pouring your heart and soul into your work; your enthusiasm propels you forward in pursuit of your latest goal. Maybe you’ve just started your personal or business blog, or maybe you’ve been at this … [Read more...]

Rainmaker Digital is at Your Service

We’ve launched a lot of things over the last decade. Software, SaaS, WordPress hosting, WordPress design frameworks, themes, courses, certification, live training, conferences, and membership communities. And we’ve delivered tons of free content to teach you how to perform digital marketing, design, and copywriting in a way that works. But we’ve never offered to do Read More... … [Read more...]

Becoming An Expert With Free Resources – Becoming A Paid Expert Part 1

In this three part ”Becoming A Paid Expert” series we’ll look at the steps of becoming an expert within your specific niche and how to profit from that knowledge. This is the first of the series – Becoming An Expert With Free Resources. ✔ Part 1: Becoming An Expert With Free Resources Part 2: Buying […] The post Becoming An Expert With Free Resources – Becoming A Paid Expert Part … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Help You Consume Content More Productively

As bloggers, we create a significant amount of content. But most of us consume a significant amount of it as well. In an industry that uses strategies such as SEO, social media marketing and email marketing as key tools, we need to stay up to date with changes and trends so we can keep growing and developing. We also need to keep abreast of what’s happening in our niche to stay relevant. … [Read more...]

Delegate and Deliver with FeedBlitz Multi-User

Growing your website or enterprise can be a wonderful experience—entering new territories, starting new ventures, increasing your customer base—the thrill of expansion propels you from one project to the next. With growth comes scaling and hiring, whether you’re welcoming new staff members to the team, working with a virtual assistant, or reorganizing your company. Now you’re delegating tasks to … [Read more...]

How to Make a Living as a Writer When Creative Writing Isn’t Paying the Bills

I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. Growing up, I filled journals with poetry, drawings, and stories. I studied playwriting and performance in graduate school. The thought of running a business or putting a price tag on my creativity was icky. Then real life happened. Newsflash: landlords don’t accept poetry for rent. For a Read More... The post How to Make a Living as a Writer … [Read more...]

New Top Level Domains List – New gTLDs (Updated 02 Oct 2015)

List Updated 02 Oct 2015 Supplemental audio for your listening pleasure: I couldn’t find a detailed list of new and future Generic Top Level Domains that I could easily scan so I decided to create one myself. I put together as many domains as I could find into a SlideShare presentation. I believe many bloggers […] The post New Top Level Domains List – New gTLDs (Updated 02 Oct … [Read more...]

4 WordPress Formatting Tips to Make Your Posts More Readable

This post is by ProBlogger Writing Expert Ali Luke You’ve finished your post, and you breathe a sigh of relief. After a quick edit you publish it to your blog, and wait for the comments, tweets, shares, or any sort of feedback. But once again, you get nothing. There may as well be no-one reading it. So what’s the problem? It could be that your writing isn’t as strong as it needs to be. But there’s … [Read more...]

Increasing Open Rates: Magic or Method?

Excitement over email marketing tends to increase as your list grows. You can’t help but feel proud of your work as you add 5,10, 50, 100+ subscribers each week. These milestones build confidence in your abilities as a content marketer. It’s time to take the next step on your journey and attend an event to network with fellow content marketers, bloggers and online entrepreneurs. At the … [Read more...]

Why Starting a Podcast Intrigues Forward-Thinking Content Marketers

You know that familiar “awkward moment” is speeding toward you as the holiday functions and parties suddenly multiply across your calendar like chicken pox. You’re standing there, about to take a sip of your drink, when like clockwork it comes: “So … what do you do?” “I’m a … I work on the internet. Have Read More... The post Why Starting a … [Read more...]

Buying Your Expertise With Paid Resources – Becoming A Paid Expert Part 2

You can find Part One to this Becoming A Paid Expert series at: Becoming An Expert With Free Resources. That post focused on free learning resources. In this post, part two, we’ll look at paid learning resources. Part three we tackle a few potential income sources for the paid expert. There are almost an unlimited number […] The post Buying Your Expertise With Paid Resources – Becoming … [Read more...]

216: How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog (and Why You Should)

How and Why You Should Create Style Guides for Your Blog In today’s episode, I talk about style guides for blogs – why they’re important, and what elements you should include in yours. Links and Resources for How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog AP Stylebook The Chicago Manual of Style Virtual Tickets Facebook group Further Reading and Listening for How to Create a Style Guide for Your … [Read more...]

The Automated vs Manual Email Debate

Email marketing falls into two categories: automated or manual. Some bloggers insist one is better than the other, sparking the great email debate. What really matters is: Your preference in how the emails are sent. The expectations you have set for your subscribers. Do you want to be hands on and manually send out each email or would you prefer to allow your email to run automatically? Are your … [Read more...]

Here’s a Quick Sneak Peek at This Year’s Massive Black Friday Discount

The crowds. The lines. The noise. The endless circling to find parking. Black Friday is an American institution — and for good reason. Commerce is king, humans like to save money, and Black Friday marries those two together unlike any other date on the calendar. But over the last handful of years, something has come Read More... The post Here’s a Quick Sneak Peek at This Year’s … [Read more...]

Potential Income Sources – Becoming A Paid Expert Part 3

Profit From Your Expertise In this final post of our three part “Becoming A Paid Expert” series, I list the most common and practical ways to make money from your expertise – as I see it. In part one we focused on free learning resources to becoming a paid expert and part two we looked […] The post Potential Income Sources – Becoming A Paid Expert Part 3 appeared first on … [Read more...]

Why You’re Not in the Content Business (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

Originally posted as a Facebook update from FinCon in Dallas (video below) In my opening keynote at FinCon I challenged the attendees to think about how their blog, podcast and video content could potentially be changing people’s lives. You see, many of us see ourselves as being in the ‘content business’. But I think it’s better if we start seeing ourselves as being in the ‘transformation … [Read more...]

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