The-Power-of-StoryWhat’s the secret to standing out online?

How do you build authority and find those prize customers you covet?

How do you really make it in the online jungle?

If you deliver a consistent, helpful, engaging narrative with a core message and a specific audience in mind, you’ll blow past the competition.

Because story done right makes you likable, trustworthy, and helpful. And people buy from those they like, know and trust.

Of course, but where do you start?

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Tree houseI know someone who blogs about living in a house fit for elves.

A minimalist who lives in a very small space.

When I first entered into this Twilight Zone built on 100 million plus blogs, I thought tiny house people were silly.

I did.

But I’ve just moved my family from a 3,500 square foot house with a view to a 900 square foot apartment.

Yup.

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How-to-Turn-Any-Podcast-into-A-PostWhat is Podcasting Gold?

And how can I (an average guy) teach you to turn a podcast episode into a magnetic post?

You can find great material anywhere, but you might be overlooking one of the best pieces of source material out there — the podcast.

But truth be told, my favorite podcasts are from comics. Why? Well, the long-form format, combined with (extremely bleep bleep and double-bleep) casual conversation leads to some pretty compelling stuff.  I rather like compelling and salty, but if you’re easily offended, please steer clear.

What about your list? Do you just listen? Or do you listen, repeat and take notes?

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Breaking-BadBreaking Bad is one of the best dramas in TV history.

And the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, can teach you a few things.

Yes, you.

If you don’t know, the show’s protagonist starts out as a high school chemistry teacher, but ends up fully immersed in the seedy underbelly of the meth business.

In the producer’s own words, a Mr. Chips to Scarface transformation.

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Craig-McBreen-Why-I-Almost-Failed-at-BloggingIf you look at my first post, you’ll see how much this blog has changed.

To be honest, I had a problem back then. I was focusing on all the wrong things: Comment count, social shares and meaningless metrics.

I was sucked head-first into the mighty social vortex, and my dopamine center was lighting up like a pinball machine.

I was obsessing and writing scattershot because I was letting my emotions lead the way.

Are you?

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craig-mcbreen-What-Can-I-Offer-You?I’m not in this for fun.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I enjoy many aspects of our digital utopia, including meeting many super smart, driven and very generous peeps, but there’s more, waaaaay more.

There always is, right?

And this is about you, not me, but here’s my quick-and-dirty explanation …

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Craig-McBreen-5-Secrets-to-Blogging-SuccessWant to know the secrets of the most successful bloggers?

How have they built the kind of Authority that has people lining up to do business with them?

And … how can you do the same?

Do you want to know the truth?

It’s not complicated AND there’s nothing secret about it.

There are more than a few, um A-listers I follow and they all practice the following …

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Craig-McBreen-How-to-Stand-Out-OnlineHow do you differentiate yourself online?

Say great stuff about yourself without sounding like a gasbag?

Master the art of brand You?

With visitor engagement and social shares now mattering more than ever, providing unique content is a must.

Readers who read and share your posts help bring the little engine that could (your blog) to the top of search engine heaven.

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break the rulesDo you like doing it wrong?

Or marching in lockstep?

This post is only 83 words long, but I love his 1.5 year old message.

Why?

Since I’ve started blogging, 92.15% of my focus has been on content. So, it’s nice to hear Seth preach to a choir of one. (A kid needs a little validation from time to time).

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How-to-grow-your-businessWhat were you doing in 1995?

My Horse and Buggy Era
I started my business that year, when many were just learning about the World Wide Web.

Working from a converted attic in a 1200 square foot house in Seattle, I spent many summer days (and nights) in that hot box trying to find clients.

My tools of choice?

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