5 Habits of More Effective Writers

Contributed by Kenneth Waldman

There are two types of successful writers out there – the ones blessed with an innate talent and perpetual inspiration, and the ones who work hard every day. The latter ones have no choice but to technically grow by constant practice. You will be surprised, but most famous writers achieved their recognition through routine.

If you want to be a remarkable online writer, waiting for the inspiration to come is not an option. In the online environment only constant contributors survive. So let’s see how you can improve those skills and why not, cash in more money.

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The Secret to Becoming a Guest Blogger on Big Platforms

Most businesses and entrepreneurs now recognize that blog content is a huge factor when it comes to driving traffic to your website, educating your audience, and staying relevant in your field. Being a guest blogger for big platforms can HUGELY help build street cred and stay relevant!

In fact, in 2015 Hubspot found that B2B marketers that blog receive 67% more leads than those that do not.

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One of the biggest benefits of blogging is being able to attract high quality leads – even when you’re not working. The more a lead has contact with you, the more likely you are to make a sale. If you’re putting out valuable content on a consistent basis, you’ll be surprised how much your leads will skyrocket.

Even your old blogs can get you noticed if they’re relevant and answering a question many visitors are searching for. Make sure you’re constantly updating older blogs so they continue to bring in the high-quality traffic.

So, if you’re not blogging yet, you should be! But my guess is that if you’re reading this article, it’s not so much a question of whether or not you are blogging, it’s a question of, “now that I have all this great content, how do I get people to see it?”

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The Fastest (and Cheapest) Way to Boost Creativity and Why it Matters

This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Read the original version HERE.

We love to think of “creativity” as something that’s reserved for the arts industries, crafters who spend most of their time on the weekends at Michael’s, and our children. Finger painting! How creative!

But creativity runs deeper than that, and one could argue that it actually is the backbone of our success in the workplace as adults. Sure, typing up a memo for the office might not feel very creative – but if your memo is interesting, well-written, concise… that takes creativity, my friend, whether you want to admit it or not.

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To me, there are two pieces of creativity: the dreaming up of the idea in the first place, and the energy/enthusiasm with which is it executed. I can sit here and throw out one hundred ideas for television shows (“A man who gets hit by a bus and realizes that he’s been dead for 20 years and nobody even noticed…” “A woman who lives in a field in Norway and raises killer bees to be her own personal military…” etc.) or other creative endeavors.

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