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Want to Speak at MozCon 2018? Here’s Your Chance – Pitch to Be a Community Speaker!

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MozCon 2018 is nearing and it’s almost time to brush off that microphone. If speaking at MozCon is your dream, then we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you! Pitch us your topic and you may be selected to join us as one of our six community speakers.

What is a community speaker, you ask? MozCon sessions are by invite only, meaning we reach out to select speakers for the majority of our talks. But every year we reserve six 15-minute community speaking slots, where we invite anyone in the SEO community to pitch to present at MozCon. These sessions are both an attendee favorite and a fabulous opportunity to break into the speaking circuit.

Katie Cunningham, one of last year’s community speakers, on stage at MozCon 2017

Interested in pitching your own idea? Read on for everything you need to know:

The details

  • Fill out the community speaker submission form
  • Only one submission per person — make sure to choose the one you’re most passionate about!
  • Pitches must be related to online marketing and for a topic that can be covered in 15 minutes
  • Submissions close on Sunday, April 22nd at 5pm PDT
  • All decisions are final
  • All speakers must adhere to the MozCon Code of Conduct
  • You’ll be required to present in Seattle at MozCon

Ready to pitch your idea?

If you submit a pitch, you’ll hear back from us regardless of your acceptance status.

What you’ll get as a community speaker:

  • 15 minutes on the MozCon stage for a keynote-style presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A
  • A free ticket to MozCon (we can issue a refund or transfer if you have already purchased yours)
  • Four nights of lodging covered by Moz at our partner hotel
  • Reimbursement for your travel — up to $ 500 for domestic and $ 750 for international travel
  • An additional free MozCon ticket for you to give away, plus a code for $ 300 off of one ticket
  • An invitation for you and your significant other to join us for the pre-event speakers dinner

The selection process:

We have an internal committee of Mozzers that review every pitch. In the first phase we review only the topics to ensure that they’re a good fit for our audience. After this first phase, we look at the entirety of the pitch to help us get a comprehensive idea of what to expect from your talk on the MozCon stage.

Want some advice for perfecting your pitch?

  • Keep your pitch focused to online marketing. The more actionable the pitch, the better.
  • Be detailed! We want to know the actual tactics our audience will be learning about. Remember, we receive a ton of pitches, so the more you can explain, the better!
  • Review the topics already being presented — we’re looking for something new to add to the stage.
  • Keep the pitch to under 1200 characters. We’re strict with the word limits — even the best pitches will be disqualified if they don’t abide by the rules.
  • No pitches will be evaluated in advance, so please don’t ask :)
  • Using social media to lobby your pitch won’t help. Instead, put your time and energy into the actual pitch itself!
  • Linking to a previous example of a slide deck or presentation isn’t required, but it does help the committee a ton.

You’ve got this!

This could be you.

If your pitch is selected, the MozCon team will help you along the way. Whether this is your first time on stage or your twentieth, we want this to be your best talk to date. We’re here to answer questions that may come up and to work with you to deliver something you’re truly proud of. Here are just a handful of ways that we’re here to help:

  • Topic refinement
  • Helping with your session title and description
  • Reviewing any session outlines and drafts
  • Providing plenty of tips around best practices — specifically with the MozCon stage in mind
  • Comprehensive show guide
  • Being available to listen to you practice your talk
  • Reviewing your final deck
  • A full stage tour on Sunday to meet our A/V crew, see your presentation on the big screens, and get a feel for the show
  • An amazing 15-person A/V team

Make your pitch to speak at MozCon!

We can’t wait to see what y’all come up with. Best of luck!

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Improve Your Writing and Last Chance for Rainmaker Platform

Improve Your Writing and Last Chance for Rainmaker Platform

Brian wrote on Monday about the big news for this week: This is your last chance to pick up the Rainmaker Platform as a standalone service. We’re transitioning to a bundled hybrid of technology with client services … and that will come with a significantly higher price tag.

If you’ve been thinking about Rainmaker, this would be a great time to jump in. To get the advantageous pricing we have today, you’ll need to start your free trial before Friday, June 16, 2017 (that’s tomorrow) at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

On Tuesday, Stefanie asked if your blog necessarily needs a robust editing and proofreading process. And no, the answer isn’t automatically “of course it does.” Answer her three Socratic questions to see for yourself.

And on Wednesday, I shared ways to make your writing more colorful and lively … without getting into Dora the Explorer territory.

On the Copyblogger FM podcast, I talked about how to go from being a “training addict” to being the kind of person who actually implements great advice. And on The Writer Files, Robert Bruce interviewed the always-interesting Ryan Holiday about “why the long game is the only game,” as well as other intriguing topics.

That’s it for this week — have a great weekend, and we’ll see you Monday. :)

(And don’t procrastinate on the Rainmaker thing — get your free trial going with the current pricing before it goes off the market tomorrow.)

— Sonia Simone

Chief Content Officer, Rainmaker Digital

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Last Chance to Get the Rainmaker Platform at the Current Pricing

Last Chance to Get the Rainmaker Platform at the Current Pricing

TL;DR version: The Rainmaker Platform is shifting from a pure technology play to software with services included before the end of June, at much higher pricing. That means if you want Rainmaker at its current pricing, you should start your free trial now.


When we rebranded from Copyblogger Media to Rainmaker Digital in September of 2015, it was a firm statement that put the Rainmaker Platform at the forefront. But it was also a foreshadowing of where we saw things going.

We knew we were headed from software-as-a-service (SaaS), to software and service to create complete solutions. People need sophisticated marketing technology, yes — but they also need done-for-them services such as design, content, and lead generation strategy.

The technology is only getting more sophisticated, and we plan to remain at the forefront of that with Rainmaker. But sophisticated technology calls for equally sophisticated strategy and execution — and not everyone has that kind of expertise in-house.

Our original goal was to create marketing technology for entrepreneurs and small businesses that are doing content marketing themselves or via freelancers. In the meantime, we’ve been turning away businesses happily willing to pay for a more complete solution.

Our go-forward strategy is to follow what the market is telling us. We’re going to offer you the services that we’ve been teaching and doing for ourselves over the last decade.

A complete Rainmaker solution provider

We’ve been doing service work for our Rainmaker Platform customers for over a year, but it’s been very cautious. There are many ways to develop a client services department, but given that we’ve been product-focused for so long, we weren’t arrogant enough to think we could just pull it off effortlessly.

In that last year, we’ve explored several viable ways to do more for our customers and prospects as a hybrid technology and digital marketing service provider. After careful deliberation, we’ve come up with a path that allows us to expertly provide anything that a Rainmaker user needs.

Rainmaker Digital has entered into a letter of intent to partner with an existing digital agency, Nimble Worldwide. We’ve had a long relationship with Nimble, as they were our email marketing provider for years before we developed our own solution, RainMail.

Effectively, the Rainmaker assets of the company (excluding StudioPress, Synthesis, Copyblogger, Authority, and DCI, which are not affected by this move at all) will be combined with Nimble assets into a new entity, with us as the majority owner.

First of all, that means you can rest assured that the company you know today remains the company you’ll be doing business with going forward. Plus, the Rainmaker side of things will be where I’ll be putting much of my personal attention and effort.

That said, this deal provides instant access to an experienced team of digital marketing professionals and a network of talented contractors that ensures our service solutions are expertly crafted and delivered. This grows the Rainmaker team significantly, without the pain and uncertainty of building an agency from scratch.

The change in business model unfortunately left four of our existing employees without positions, along with the loss of some of our own contractors. That was certainly no fun, and our operations leadership preserved every job possible despite the significant reorganization.

On the brighter side, this will open up a lot of work for our Certified Writers and members of the Genesis design community as we get rolling. We’re very excited to provide additional freelance and employment opportunities to the large ecosystem we’ve cultivated over the years.

To sum up, I’m 100 percent certain that this is the smarter move compared with trying to build an internal agency from scratch. And ultimately, the clear winners in the deal are our customers and prospects.

What can we help you with?

The first meaningful impact of this will be that we’ll be able to do just about anything you need related to your digital marketing efforts. That includes:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Strategy
  • Content creation
  • SEO and social
  • Adaptive funnel sequences
  • Digital advertising and media planning
  • Turn-key digital marketing packages

On that last point, we’ll be able to provide clearly defined service bundles that allow you to quit thinking about marketing and focus on the rest of your business. If the ROI is there, why would you say no?

We informed the thousands of existing Rainmaker customers about these new services last week, and the response has been enthusiastic. That means if you decide to get on board with the Platform before the switch, you’ll have the benefit (but not the obligation) of access to these services as well.

We’ll be rolling out access to both project-based and retainer-based solutions in the coming months. Once things are live, we’ll let you know here.

The end of “off the shelf” Rainmaker

All of this restructuring is aimed at offering you more options from a trusted source. Of course, with any major escalation in value, there are changes to the way things have been.

The biggest change is that going forward, we will no longer sell the Rainmaker Platform “a la carte.” In other words, the sales process will become more hands on, and less like a “pull out your credit card and sign up online” SaaS.

All future sales of the Platform will be bundled with services, and at a significantly higher price. We’re anticipating that this change will happen before the end of June, 2017.

So, if you’ve been contemplating the Platform, but don’t feel like you need additional service components, you should start your free trial before the switch happens. We’ll naturally send out reminders before the point of no return.

Exciting stuff to come … stay tuned! Feel free to ask questions in the comments, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Give Your Book the Best Chance with a Well-Executed Launch


The timing of your book’s launch is important. But how important is it? Here’s what really matters when you’re ready to launch your book.

In the words of Jeff Goins, “It’s really hard to launch too late and it’s really easy to launch too early.”

A good launch can make a book, while a bad launch can damage your credibility as an author, as well as have a negative effect on sales.

Pamela Wilson and Jeff Goins discuss best practices for a successful launch — and Jeff shares insight and experiences he learned the hard way from his past book launches.

In this episode Jeff Goins and Pamela Wilson discuss:

  • The ideal day of the week to launch your book
  • How the way you’re publishing should influence your launch date
  • Best launch practices for the self-published author
  • Pamela’s super-cool bonus for people who purchase her book

Listen to this Episode Now

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Tomorrow it’s time to start working on our goals for 2016.

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Can You Rank in Google Without Links? New Data Says Slim Chance

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For years now, we’ve heard the drumbeat from Google that marketers should stop focusing on building links. While it’s accepted wisdom that you should avoid manipulative link building to rank higher in search results, the popular narrative would have us believe that external links aren’t important in Google’s ranking algorithms at all, and that link building can be safely ignored.

Is there any truth to this?

To find out, we mined new information from our upcoming biannual ranking correlation study, conducted by Moz’s scientist, Dr. Matthew Peters.

External Link Definition


Moz’s study examined the top 50 Google search results for approximately 15,000 keywords. This allowed us to examine not only what factors correlate with higher search rankings, but also how frequently those characteristics are seen.

At this point I must insert the usual caveat that correlation is not causation. Simply because a feature is strongly related to high rankings, this doesn’t prove or disprove that Google actually uses it in its algorithm. That said, it sure is a hint!

The relationship between external links and rankings

When we look at what the study found about links, we find a strong relationship.

The correlation between higher rankings and the number of linking websites (root domains) sits at .30. This number seems small, but it’s actually one of the highest correlations the study found. (Smaller correlations are also not surprising—with over 200 ranking signals, Google specifically designed their algorithm so that one factor doesn’t dominate the others.)

Even more telling is the number of websites we found in the top results that had external backlinks, or rather, the lack thereof.

Out of the top results, a full 99.2% of all websites had at least one external link. (The remaining .8% is well within the margin of error expected between Mozscape and Google’s own link index.) The study found almost no websites ranking for competitive search phrases that didn’t have at least a single external link pointing at them, and most had significantly more links.

The Relationship Between Google Rankings And Links

In other words, if you’re looking for a site that ranks well with no external links, be prepared to look for a very long time.

That said, the study did find numerous examples where individual pages ranked just fine without specific external links, as long as the website itself had external links pointing at it. For example, consider when The New York Times publishes a new page. Because it’s new, it has no external links yet. But because The New York Times‘ website itself has tons of external links, it’s possible for the new page to rank.

In all, 77.8% of individual pages in the top results had at least one external link from another site, which means 22.2% of individual pages ranked with no external links.

What the data says about links and Google rankings

There are a number of conclusions you can reasonably draw from these numbers.

1. External links are almost always present for competitive searches

If you want to rank for anything that’s even remotely competitive, the chances of finding a website ranking without external links is very rare indeed.

2. It’s possible to rank individual pages without links

As long as your website itself is linked externally, it appears more than possible to rank individual pages on your site, even if those pages themselves don’t have external links. That said, there’s a strong relationship between links to a page, and that pages performance in search—so it’s much better if the page actually does have external links.

To put this in layman’s terms, if a lot of people link to your website homepage, it’s possible for other pages to rank as well, but it’s even better if those pages also have external links pointing at them.

Although not examined in this study, it’s likely most of the pages without external links at least had internal links pointing at them. While not as strong as an external link, internal links remain a decent way to pass authority, relevancy and popularity signals to pages on the same site.

3. More links correlate with higher rankings

It seems obvious, but the study confirmed the long-standing correlation between higher rankings and the number of external links found from unique websites.

Indeed, out of all the data points the ranking correlation study looked at, the number of unique websites linking to a page was one of the highest correlated relationships we found.

4. When can you rank without links?

Despite the fact that we found almost no websites ranking without external links, it is still possible?

Absolutely, but there’s a catch.

The 15,000 keyword phrases used in this study were, for the most part, competitive. This means that lots of other people and websites are trying to rank for the same term. Think of phrases like “Galaxy s6 and New York car insurance.”

Non-competitive phrases, by their nature, are much easier to rank for. So if you want your website to rank without obtaining any backlinks, you might succeed by targeting more obscure phrases like “Oregon beekeeper ballet emporium” or “Batman flux platypus.” These phrases have much lower competition, and by default, much lower traffic (and in many cases, none.)

There are other edge cases where it’s possible to rank without links, such as when the user is searching for your website specifically, or when you offer something very unique that can’t be found anywhere else. Even in these cases, it helps tremendously to actually have links pointing at you.

Proceed with caution

There’s good reason people believe link building is dead, as readers of this blog know well. For readers less familiar with this concept, or those newer to SEO…

A link isn’t always a link.

Google Penalty

In the past 10 years, after people spammed the heck out of link building to gain higher rankings, Google began cracking down in a serious way starting in 2012. First with its Penguin algorithm, then by de-indexing several link networks, and then by cracking down on guest blogging.

Today, even slight deviations from Google’s guidelines on manipulative links can land webmasters in penalty jail.

The web is filled with links. Billions of them. Many are built by robots, some are paid for by advertisers, some are good old fashioned editorial links. The challenge for Google is to separate the good from the bad in its ranking algorithm.

When Google finds a link pointing at your website, it can choose to do one of 3 things:

  1. Count it in its ranking algorithm
  2. Ignore it – or not give it any weight in boosting your rankings
  3. Penalize you – if it thinks the link is manipulative

In fact, most people would be surprised to learn how many links don’t actually help you to rank, or can actually hurt. To play within Google’s good graces, it’s best to understand Google’s guidelines on manipulative link building, and knowing what types of links to avoid.

The safest link building is simply link earning, and to get your content in front of the right people.

But trying to rank in Google without any links at all?


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True Confessions About Copyblogger’s Authority Conference (Last Chance to Save)

Authority Rainmaker 2015: the biggest benefit is being surrounded by folks who 'get it'

The Early Bird Price for Authority Rainmaker ends tomorrow, so I had a message planned for today making one final case for why you should join us in Denver, Colorado this May.

But then I read what Raubi wrote on Friday about how much last year’s event accelerated her career.

The quick version: She came to Denver questioning why she was even in the room; she left prepared to take a leap of faith and bet on herself. So she did. Now she runs her own company.

She got clarity, so she got moving.

(By the way, we didn’t ask Raubi to write about her experience. She wanted to share her story.)

I read that article … and suddenly what I had to say about Authority Rainmaker didn’t seem to matter so much anymore.

Here’s what does matter …

What mattered about last year’s event is what you — or people like you, people like Raubi — took away from it.

And what will matter most about this year’s event is what you — or people like you, including Raubi (who already bought her ticket to come again) — will take away from it.

Since nothing predicts the future quite like the past, I spent some time looking back at what people said about last year’s event right after it happened. What those folks were thinking, feeling, and saying to their own audiences on their own accord after the event is far more relevant than anything I could write here.

Why? Because it’s the most accurate predictor for how you will be feeling on May 15 after this year’s event, should you choose to invest your time and money to attend Authority Rainmaker.

So, instead of the post I was going to write, here’s a sampling of what people who are a lot like you were telling their audiences after last year’s Authority event …

Real talk about last year’s conference

I would have to say the biggest benefit for me (and what I’m looking forward to again) is being surrounded by folks who ‘get it’ and being able to have spontaneous conversations about things that most people IRL don’t know/care about.

~ Anthony Sills, founder of Professional Pen Copywriting

Even before landing in Denver I was confident I’d come away from the experience with increased knowledge and things to act upon. What I wasn’t expecting was to leave newly inspired to create things that matter and to produce art. Woah.

~ Lisa Barone, VP of Strategy at Overit

Authority Intensive marked the end of my struggle, the end of my meandering blog, and the end of me not starting. Once I was able to experience the truth about being an authority, I understood what I needed to do.

~ Darren DeMatas, Chief Lemonade Maker at Intertwine Marketing

I made more meaningful connections than I could have ever expected because people came with an open mind, no matter their background, and treated everyone like he or she could be the next Jeff Bezos.

~ Ted Karczewski, Marketing Content Specialist at Skyword and the Managing Editor of the Content Standard (TCS).

What I loved most was the people. It was a great opportunity to network, and I made connections with people that I’m still in regular contact with today. My initial hesitation was the price, but the line-up, and commitment to investing in myself to advancing my business pushed me over the hump. This year — honestly, it didn’t even matter who the speakers were, or the agenda. I’m most excited about the people. Deepening relationships that were formed last year and creating new ones. See you there!

~ Sonia Thompson, founder of TRY Business

I was quick to sign up when I heard that Copyblogger was hosting their first content marketing conference. They had a lineup of speakers that was a roster of my heroes. The other great aspect of the conference was that we were all in one room so we didn’t have to choose between sessions.

~ Judi Knight, Founder and Chief at New Tricks.

The best part about Authority Intensive was the energy. With so many smart people in one room, you are bound to get wrapped up in the excitement of the moment. This event was unique in that I’m still very much feeling that excitement a week later. I’m still poring through my notes to identify actionable goals that we need to execute on. Here is the list so far: [21 bullets].

~ Jimmy Daly, head of marketing at Vero

It was, in a word, AMAZEBALLS. It was a lot to take in. Two REALLY full days of content, and I have to admit that my brain was threatening to explode a bit. After two full days of learnin’, and three open bars, I needed to go home, put my feet up, and just let things percolate for a bit. Yeah, that lasted about a day before I wanted to DIVE back into my notes and pull out all the goodies I had scribbled down.

~ Lacy Boggs, Director of the Content Direction Agency

It was a good time start to finish. The people were super-nice, not haughty or arrogant at all, even though I’m not in their league yet. This year I have a daughter joining me — that’s how valuable I think it is. You will be glad you came. And while you’re there, find me and share a conversation over a drink or during a break. Almost forgot — I’d never been to Denver. Cool town.

~ James Pier, financial advisor at The James Pier Company, Inc.

I was in Denver, CO last week, attending the first-ever live event from the Copyblogger.com folks. Their ‘Authority Intensive 2014′ was sold out. It may be the best conference I’ve attended on copywriting and content marketing.

~ Alison Lueders, Owner and Principal at Great Green Content

Overall I thought the content was great and would recommend the 2015 event to anyone who was not able to make it this year. I have already bought two tickets for my team. I like the format of single speakers and few panels as well as everybody attending the same sessions. I came away from the conference inspired with a bunch of new ideas and projects to work on that will significantly improve our marketing and business success.

~ Tim Mayer, Chief Marketing Officer at Trueffect

Now it’s time for some real talk about this year’s conference …

Their stories could be yours

Imagine what type of post you might write once Authority Rainmaker 2015 is over.

  • What big idea are you scribbling down notes about throughout your plane ride home?
  • What problem did you get unstuck from?
  • What new contact(s) did you make that will become your next important partnership?

What one monumental step will you be ready to take on Friday that you arrived afraid of on Wednesday?

We’ve planned the networking events and curated the content of Authority Rainmaker so that it’s the kind of place where fear turns into action and confusion becomes clarity. That’s why you go to conferences in the first place.

It happened for Raubi and so many others last year.

They got clear, and got moving.

That can become your story too.

Check out the complete agenda and get the best price on Authority Rainmaker today before the Early Bird Price goes away tomorrow — Tuesday, March 31, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Jerod Morris

Jerod Morris is VP of Rainmaker.FM, the digital marketing podcast network produced by Copyblogger Media. He hosts The Lede and is currently developing The Showrunner, which will help you take your podcast from good to great.

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Last Chance: Become a Content Marketing Expert for Less than 68 Cents a Day

I’m finding it hard to believe, but it’s been just over a year since we launched Authority, our content marketing training and networking community.

We’ve gotten a lot done for our Authority members this year, and the value of their memberships has skyrocketed.

Here is a quick look at what we’ve delivered so far:

  • Anytime access to more than 169 hours of online marketing education
  • Fresh monthly seminars and Q&As (we offer a new session nearly every week of the year)
  • A thriving member networking forum (OK, credit goes to our awesome members for this one)
  • Lots of juicy members-only discounts — on products and services our members would happily buy at full price

And if you know us, you know we’re just getting started. Here’s a taste of what we have planned for Authority in the near future:

  • Exclusive training and discounts related to our new Rainmaker Platform
  • Powerful new social media marketing software — this will be included in your Authority membership at no extra charge
  • New opportunities for paid writing and consulting work
  • Complimentary access to selected training videos from our live Authority Intensive 2014 event
  • Early (and discounted) access to tickets for next year’s Rainmaker live event
  • Interviews with some of the most influential (and just plain smart) folks in content marketing
  • And lots more than we can list here …

So, that’s the quick snapshot of where we’ve been and — more important — where we’re going with Authority. But there’s one more thing coming that I haven’t mentioned: a price raise.

Because of all we’ve added, and continue to add, the value of membership in Authority has mushroomed since we opened the doors a year ago. So we’re raising the price to $ 399 (billed annually) this Friday, June 20, 2014 at 5 p.m. PDT.

This post is an invitation to lock in the best price on an Authority membership. When you sign up before this Friday at 5 p.m., you’ll get all the benefits I’ve listed above for only $ 248 (billed annually). And you’ll keep this rate as long as you keep your membership current.

That’s a savings of over $ 150 …

We won’t be offering membership in Authority at this price again, and at less than 68 cents a day, it’s a steal.

So, click here to get all the details — and lock in this preferred price for as long as you keep your subscription current.

You’re going to be really annoyed with yourself if you miss this deadline, so don’t procrastinate — get in there now and get your best rate on a membership that can dramatically improve the health of your business. We’d absolutely love to have you there with us.

Click here to get a great deal on

the best content marketing training on the planet

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(Sorry, This Contest is Over) Here’s Your Last Chance to Enter Copyblogger’s Essay Contest

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This is it.

You have until 5:00 PM PST today to enter our first-ever essay contest … which features over $ 7,000 in content marketing prizes …

  • Grand prize (1): Ticket to Authority Intensive (in Denver, CO on May 7-9, 2014) and lifetime* access to Authority (approximate value $ 3,931).
  • First place prize (1): Lifetime* access to Authority (retail value $ 2,436).
  • Second place prizes (3): One-year membership to Authority (retail value $ 348).

*Lifetime access means as long as Authority exists. We have absolutely no plans to stop any time soon, given that there are over 5,000 Authority members who wouldn’t like that very much ;-)

And if that is not enough to motivate you, think about this: we will publish all five winning essays on Copyblogger.

Plus, the grand prize winner will meet Copyblogger folks like Brian Clark, Sonia Simone, and Chris Garrett at the Authority Intensive conference.

Lots of incentives to get your bottom in gear (if you haven’t already submitted). Here’s a reminder of what you need to do:

  1. Write a 250-word essay on “Why It’s Essential to Be an Online Authority.”
  2. Create or upload that document in Google Drive.
  3. Include your first and last name, email address, and a phone number on the document in the top left-hand corner (we will use this information ONLY for the purposes of this essay contest — no spam, ever).
  4. Share the document with us using the Google Drive share function to essays [at] copyblogger [dot] com.
  5. Hit done.
  6. This one is optional, but encouraged: add the “I entered Copyblogger’s Essay Contest” badge to your site. To do so, copy and paste this code into your blog post or web page:

Don’t forget: we are looking for a unique voice, style, and hook … proper grammar and spelling … a sound argument … and no rock stars (this contest is for the little guy and gal).

We will announce winners on December 13. See you then.

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Demian Farnworth

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