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Just Add Hustle Podcast Interview – 4 Career Crashing Mistakes for Copywriters to Avoid

If you’ve ever wanted to hear my dulcet tones, your lucky day has arrived. I sat down with Crucible reader and natural health copywriter Paul Buzan (who has the envied position of being one of Parris Lampropoulos’ copy cubs) to share

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Use Toll Free Numbers to Build a ‘Red Hot’ List of Prospects at Low Cost

Click costs are outta control. On Facebook they’ve rocketed from a reasonable $0.27 at the end of 2016 to a budget busting $1.72 today. And with 2 million advertisers (and rising) all fighting over that sweet Facebook traffic, the costs

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7 Tactics Drayton Bird Told Me that Most Marketers Don’t Know About

It’s unbelievable. But the sad reality is that a lot of marketers don’t study. They create campaigns based on intuition, creativity and hope, instead of studying classic ads from the last fifty years to see how selling in print is

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Will I See You at Drayton Bird’s Last Hurrah?

“Drayton Bird knows more about Direct Marketing than anyone in the world … His talks are highly instructive and hilariously funny” – David Ogilvy Drayton Bird is an original Mad Man. In a career spanning nearly six decades, Drayton Bird has

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Why I Don’t Charge Per Hour

If you’re charging per hour, you’re undercharging. Why? Because in this madcap world of freelancing there are all manner of tasks beyond sitting down and writing copy. Try this for a week: Track everything you do on a spreadsheet. It

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Schwarzenegger on Marketing

Recently I’ve been reading the autobiography of the prior Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger. And it truly is a rags to riches story. His work ethic, ambition and promotional nous led to him amassing millions before he was even a movie star.

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What Separates Amateurs from the Pros

Research. That’s what makes the grizzled veterans standout and is the key to higher conversions. Within a few years (or months, in some cases) of hand copying sales letters and working from templates, you should be writing out decent sales

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Dealing with Failure

We all have to face this at some point in our working lives. We work our fingers to the bone to get a campaign launched, only to see it fizzle for a while before dying completely. The clickthrough rate is

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3 Secrets to Writing ‘Winning’ Copywriting Proposals that Turn $100 Mini Projects into $10,000 Monster Gigs

You get an email from a potential client asking for a web page. You’re smart. You don’t instantly email back with a price and a delivery date. That would be stupid. Instead, you do some digging. You ask: …what action

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2 Easy Ways to Make Leads More Profitable (without Spending an Extra Cent on Traffic)

Advertising is getting darned expensive. If the rumours are true, heavyweights like Clickfunnels and Digital Marketer now spend $10 just on getting a LEAD. That’s right, a LEAD, not a sale. With millions of marketers ploughing their ad budget into

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