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The Lede is a weekly, short-form broadcast hosted by Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth. Each week, they answer your questions about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, mindset, and much more.

The Lede is a weekly, short-form broadcast hosted by Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth. Each week, they answer your questions about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, mindset, and much more.
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The Lede is a weekly, short-form broadcast hosted by Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth. Each week, they answer your questions about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, mindset, and much more.






3 Tips Now to Build a Strong Foundation in 2018

January is the traditional month to work on goals for the new year, but there’s a lot to be said for starting in December. Today, in the middle of a month that can often be hectic and chaotic, I thought I’d talk about three things to noodle on for the upcoming work. Nothing you have... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:16:02

The 3 Success Factors that Help Writers Earn a Great Living

Why do some of the most talented people see the least success? Sometimes they’re held back by misconceptions about marketing and sales. Some of the most talented people out there don’t get the recognition they deserve because they’re apprehensive about marketing themselves — or they’re apprehensive about marketing in general. I’ll do what I can... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:17:36

How to Recognize a Great Content Idea

It’s hard enough to come up with ideas — but when we do, how do we know they’re any good? How can we evaluate our ideas and make sure we’re choosing the ones that will create the best content? Shannon left us a great comment on the blog with exactly this question, so I thought... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:14:53

How to Cultivate a More Meaningful Gratitude Practice

Do the usual “gratitude practices” ever feel formulaic or simplistic to you? Here are some that I’ve found can go a little deeper. This week as we head toward U.S. Thanksgiving, you’ll see a lot about gratitude around the web. But sometimes gratitude practices can feel like just another obligation. And on those days when... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:11:17

Advice for Poets, Advice for Killers

William Maynard of the Bates agency once wrote that “… most good copywriters fall into two categories. Poets. And killers. Poets see an ad as an end. Killers as a means to an end.” And David Ogilvy famously added,”If you are both killer and poet, you get rich.” We’ve talked before about the Killer and... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:21:20

5 Rules of Thumb to Relieve SEO-Induced Stress

Does search engine optimization seem depressingly hard to stay on top of? Things do move quickly, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it drive you nuts. Over the past 10 years, Brian Clark has drummed some important things into my head about what we should (and shouldn’t) do to keep Google and the... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:15:33

Face Your Business Fears on Halloween Week

Happy Halloween week! Today we’re talking with Rebecca Tracey about entrepreneurial fear — how it holds us back and what we can do about it. I’ve been talking this month about entrepreneurial fear — on the blog, in our private content marketing community, and today on this podcast. Today, I invited Becca Tracey to talk... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:19:50

How to Make Smarter Decisions about Your Website

Neuroscience tells us that making decisions for our content strategy or our websites is “cognitively expensive.” In simpler terms — it’s exhausting. Here are a few “back of the envelope” factors that can help you zero in on the right choice. The internet is an endless parade of exciting shiny things we could be doing... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:17:30

3 Almost Magical Headline Ingredients for More Traffic, Engagement, and Shares

Want to do a little bit of work and see really good results with your content? Make some time to learn about crafting great headlines. Copyblogger has long been known for its articles about headlines, and today I’m going to share three “nearly magic” ingredients that will start getting your content more engagement and shares.... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:19:52

Fix These 3 Points of Failure to Get Better Results for Your Content

A quick three-step check to make any piece of content more interesting and more effective. While doing critiques for our private community of content marketers, I noticed a pattern emerging. That pattern turned into three quick checks you can do for any piece of content. Try looking over your last few podcasts or blog posts... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:16:04

A Series of Unfortunate Content Events

5 painful mistakes I’ve seen writers, marketers, and business owners make … and how you can avoid them We all make mistakes — but it sucks a lot less to learn from someone else’s. In this 18-minute episode, I talk about five painful mistakes that I’ve made (some of them more than once), and how... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:18:45

Real Talk about Generating High-Quality Content

Thoughts on how to create really good content … without a huge team or an unlimited budget Content strategist Ronell Smith joins us this week to talk about how to tackle high-quality content … even if you don’t have all the time and money in the world. In this 29-minute episode, I chat with Ronell... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:29:15

The Evolution of a Successful Copywriter

How one freelance copywriter found his groove, and how you can find yours, too. Lots of our listeners are freelance copywriters — and many more would like to do some writing as a “side hustle,” whether or not you ever want to go full-time. In this 31-minute episode, I chat with freelance writer and content... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:30:48

5 Ways to Manage a Stress-Induced Creative Slump

Stressed out? Anxious? Just out of sorts? Stress can wreck havoc with your creative productivity. Here are some thoughts on how to manage it. These are stressful times, and you’ve probably noticed that it’s hard to be your best self when you feel crummy. Learning gets difficult, energy levels sink, and good habits start to... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:18:30

Getting Your Big, Scary Projects Finished: A Conversation about Growing Gills

A look into why it’s so hard to move forward with creative work This week I was so pleased to be able to connect with Jessica Abel, author of Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life. In this 34-minute episode, Jessica and I talk about: Business (especially digital... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:34:12

Smart Questions from our Brilliant Audience

A collection of great questions from our smart audience! I love audience questions! Thanks to four thoughtful folks this week for asking questions (or leaving their thoughts) to spark this week’s responses. In this 26-minute episode, I talk about: Whether the flood of crummy ebooks is damaging the market The four points that I believe... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:25:27

A New Ultra-Easy Resource for Creating Excellent WordPress Sites

A conversation with Brian Gardner about the evolution of WordPress and new things happening at StudioPress Self-hosted WordPress is a wonderful thing … except for all the hard parts. Like figuring out hosting, security, design, installation … In this 19-minute episode, I talk with our Chief Product Officer (we sometimes call him our Chief WordPress... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:19:16

Choose the Right Frame to Boost the Power of Your Content

Looking to create a much greater impact with your content? Start by understanding how it’s framed. It’s a little early for a Book Club episode, but I just read the new edition of George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant, and I was blown away by the simplicity and power of his ideas. In this... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:19:24

Thriving Freelancers and Clients from Hell

What’s a freelancer’s biggest nightmare? Clients from hell! Guest Bryce Bladon shares his experience on how to cope — and how to avoid problems from the outset. If you haven’t checked out Clients from Hell yet, you’re in for a treat. This entertaining blog pulls together anonymous stories about those clients who give us aches... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:28:09

Politics, Content Marketing, and the 2017 Super Bowl Ads

Is it wise to get political with our content marketing? We’ve all seen this year’s Super Bowl ads hashed, rehashed, and re-rehashed. The big theme of the year was: Crossing the line into politics. But what happens when the line crosses you? In other words, how should a company respond when a previously non-controversial position... Listen to episode

Duration: 00:22:53

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