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Welcome to Authority Webinars

Need help attracting links? Setting up a membership site? Creating more content consistently? Then you'll find your answers in these in-depth video seminars taught by authorities in SEO, content marketing, conversion, and so much more.

How to Handle Writing Stress, Writer’s Block, and Procrastination

Pamela Wilson and Sonia Simone

As content creators and publishers, most of us do a lot of writing. And some days, it feels like we do a lot of not writing.

In this session, Sonia Simone talked with Pamela Wilson about what she’s learned over the years about how to get more high-quality writing done, how to handle the unique stresses of writing and “writer’s block,” and what habits you can put in place to make writing more enjoyable.

Sonia and Pamela talked about:

  • The miraculous power of the crappy first draft
  • Tips that consistently improve the quality of your writing
  • The most important habits of highly productive writers
  • How to work with a writing group
  • How and when to use feedback (and when you should never show your work)

Helpful Resources:

Disclosures

This session contains no affiliate links or promotions.

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Using Kindle Publishing to Promote Your Business

Henneke Duistermaat and Sonia Simone

In this session, Henneke joined us to talk about how she used Kindle Publishing to effectively promote her service business. She and Sonia discussed:

  • How a Kindle book can support your business
  • How to generate and test ideas for popular books
  • How to cope with stress & fear, and make the writing process easier
  • How to create a bonus to gain email subscribers
  • How to launch your book

Helpful Resources

Disclosures

This session contains no affiliate links or promotions.

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Outsourcing and Virtual Freedom with Chris Ducker

Chris Ducker and Sonia Simone

Author Chris Ducker joined us to talk about the world of virtual staffing, the different types of virtual assistants available to entrepreneurs, and, most important, how businesses can deploy virtual staff to catapult their business growth to a whole new level.

This session covered:

  • The best places to find virtual staff
  • How to interview candidates and hire with confidence
  • The myth of the ‘Super VA’ and why you shouldn’t buy into it
  • The most effective ways to train and work with your virtual team
  • How to avoid the biggest mistakes most entrepreneurs make when outsourcing

Helpful Resources

Disclosures

This session contains no affiliate links or promotions.

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Master Class: How to Put Together Your Marketing Story

Demian Farnworth and Sonia Simone

In this session, Copyblogger's Chief Copywriter Demian Farnworth and CCO Sonia Simone discussed in depth how to craft a powerful marketing story for your business.

They talked about:

  • How to define the characters of a great marketing story
  • Where to find the hook of the story
  • Why the story frame is critical
  • What the research says about emotion and decision-making
  • How to uncover your audience's worldview for more powerful storytelling

Helpful Resources

Disclosures

This session contains no affiliate links or promotions.

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How to Make Money with Your Blog

Chris Garrett and Robert Bruce

Many of you know that in addition to being a frequent contributor on Authority (and chief digital officer at Copyblogger Media), Chris Garrett is co-author of the ProBlogger book.

In this session, Chris talked with Robert Bruce about that burning question:

How can I make money with my blog?

They discussed:

  • The difference between making money from your blog and making money because of it
  • The 3 approaches to monetization and how to choose the right one for your site
  • What you can do today to start making revenue
  • Long-term versus short-term business thinking
  • What you need to have in place before you can make a full-time income
  • What not to do

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How I Did It: The Evolution of an Online Service Business

Sonia Simone and Henneke Duistermaat

In this session, Sonia and Henneke walk through how Henneke built her online service business as a copywriter, starting without a list, without an audience or professional network, and without a firm plan for the services she wanted to deliver.

This session is applicable to virtually any service business that's using the web to find new customers.

Resources

Note: This session contains no affiliate links or promotions.

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How to Create Great Content for SlideShare

Sonia Simone and Dave Paradi

SlideShare is the surprising new content venue that's sending floods of high-quality traffic ... if your content is structured properly.

In this session, presentation expert and Microsoft recognized author and consultant Dave Paradi shared some of his favorite tips for using PowerPoint (or Keynote) to create SlideShare decks. Topics included:

  • How to create text that’s readable, no matter how busy the image
  • Building a deck that fascinates, instead of boring viewers with endless bullet points
  • Callout techniques that direct your audience’s focus
  • Getting things done quickly in PowerPoint, so you can get back to creating more outstanding content

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Support for Your Online Business: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Kim Clark and Chris Garrett

Kim Clark has been part of the Copyblogger organization since the launch of its very first commercial product. She now serves as Copyblogger Media's VP of Customer Experience. In this session, Kim and Chris talked about the essential elements of customer support for your business, including:

  • When to add a support role to your online-based business
  • How to get started (the "Minimum Viable Support Team")
  • The golden rule of customer service and how it helps you work with those "difficult" customers
  • Management tips to get great results from your support team
  • How to make sure people go away happy
  • How social media works in a support role
  • How to make the time for support in your busy business

Recommended resources

Here are the resources Kim and Chris recommended in the seminar:

  • HipChat for group chat
  • The Cerb platform for online collaboration

Disclosures

This session contains no affiliate promotions or links.

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Podcasting 301: Advanced Audio Tips and Strategies

Ian Shepherd and Sonia Simone

Audio engineer Ian Shepherd joined us to share his insights on creating higher-quality audio content.

Ian and Sonia talked about:

  • How to build a (really) cheap portable "vocal booth" to make your voice sound amazing
  • Simple tips for getting warmth, depth, and clarity of sound
  • Editing suggestion for fixing those thumps, bumps, and mic pops
  • Microphone technique and placement
  • Ian's thoughts on the right mic for your audio

Helpful Resources

Disclosures

This session contains no affiliate links or promotions.

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Design for Engagement, Sales, and Growth

Chris Garrett and Sonia Simone

We all want our sites to look good, but design can do a lot more than that for your business. In this session, Chris talks about some of the marketing and conversion benefits you can get from smart design.

In this expansion to his live Authority Intensive talk, Chris dove into:

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