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Testing Something New: CopyTalk

So I’m trying out this new system called, and I’m trying it out because I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years now and writing blog posts to me is a lot of work. That’s the main reason why I want to try this out. Because what this is going to do is transcribe what I’m saying right here. I’m actually talking this into my phone right now at my desk and this is going to transcribe it and send it back to me via e-mail. Then I can post that onto my blog.

So that’s the first thing that this is going to do for me. It’s going to save me time of having to sit and type out my thoughts. Now, I like to type out my thoughts because I think I can get them out a little more clearly; however, I also like to sometimes just be on the road or place where I can talk into the phone and just have those things sent back to me. So I think this is a neat service.

The other reason I’m trying this out and the other reason I think you should try this out, or try things like this out, is that they expand your horizons. They make you more productive. They give you more chances to be creative. When you take shots at new software and tools and things that are out there, you should always, always, always try them out and always see if they work for you because you may never know how they’re going to change the way that you do business or the way that you earn revenue or get publicity because usually they do.

Now, this may not work out. I may not find this useful. I may get this transcript back that you’re reading right now and think that it’s not good; but, I may really like it, and it may increase my productivity as a blogger, which is one of my goals, to blog more. So, we’ll see, but at least I’m trying. If you’re not trying, you’re dying.

So go out there and play around with new tools. Work on things. Find things that are free or even things that are paid like this and determine how much they can help you improve your business in the end. But if you don’t try, you’re never going to get there. Remember, Wayne Gretzy, one of my favorite quotes of all time is, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

What Do Your Customers Really Want?

There’s an amazing guest post up over at from Dean Rieck.

The Secret Motivations that Drive Your Customers

A MUST read. Enjoy.

But if you’re selling things, offering services, or even just placing ads on your blog, you’re running a business. And if you’re running a business, you DO have customers. So in order to maximize the income your blog produces, you have to understand what your customers really want

I’ve been studying customer psychology for years. And from my experience, and the experience of thousands of other businesses, I’ve compiled a list of the most powerful motivations that drive buyers.

Understand these motivations and you will understand your customers.

Dear CopyBlogger, How Did Your Blog Become So Successful, So Fast?

I’m starting a new feature here on my blog where I’m going to call out some online friends of mine or people that I admire, and ask them to answer questions for me, and you, that we all want to hear. Whether or not they’ll answer I’m not sure, but I’m going to ask. If I do call you out, go ahead and blog about it on your own blog or leave a comment below with your answer.

So for my first victim, I call out the Copyblogger himself, Brian Clark.

copyblogger.gifQuestion: Brian, you mentioned here that “you were an unknown a year or so ago”.

Now I look at your blog and see close to 15k rss subscribers and tons of traffic & comments, all in a short year.

How did you do that? It can’t just be about good writing. I know lots of good writers. How did you become so successful so quickly?