The 2 Attributes That All Great Non-Fiction Writers Share

Being a good writer is not about having a deep understanding of grammar rules and language structure.

I’ve been writing for years, and it wasn’t until a while ago that I learned what list parallelism was.

But there are certain traits that the best non-fiction writers seem to have in common. The 2 most important in my opinion are a love of learning, and a love of teaching.

How Learning Leads to Great Writing

Here’s a test: Open up a blank page and write 200 words on the history of lamps.

Unless you are 1 in a billion, you probably can’t write more than a sentence that actually means something.

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Commit: Be a Writer or Don’t, But Make a Choice

I’ve been a “freelance writer” since I graduated from university in the summer of 2013 – that’s about 1.5 years.

Despite all that time, I had never done much more than “got by” with minuscule earnings from content mills.

I had always heard of job boards for writers, and stories about pitching editors, but that all seemed like too much work. Besides, I was a soccer player, not a writer…

Why I Never Thought Blogging Was For Me

I’m not a stranger to blogging – far from it. I’ve dabbled in just about every internet marketing strategy over the past 3 years or so, including many that involve blogging.

I never wanted to commit to being a blogger because I always thought that my sustainable income was just around the corner. 

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February 2015 Income Report

This is my first income report, and it’s really the first month that I’m taking writing seriously.

I’m writing these reports to show what’s possible for a new blogger month-by-month, as well as because it’s kind of fun for me.

In addition to pure income, I’ll be summarizing any major lessons learned or new activities undertaken.

Without further ado…

February’s Income: $1060

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Content Mill: 6800 words
  • Paleo Hacks (New): 2 posts, 9100 words
  • First Class Watches (New): 2 posts, 2000 words

Progress

This was my first month getting away from the content mills, so I reduced how much I typically wrote for them and instead focused on getting “real”

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A Behind the Scenes Look at a Kindle Book Launch – Don’t Make These Mistakes

Self publishing ebooks on the Kindle platform has gotten a lot of attention recently.

I first read up about it when I stumbled onto Steve Scott’s site, the authority for Kindle publishing, but it wasn’t until I saw a post late in 2014 about launching a $100/day book on Niche Pursuits that I knew I had to give it a go.

My Results – Downloads and Email Subscribers

One of the most intriguing benefits of this strategy is to not only generate income with book purchases, but also to get email subscribers out of it, which could be extremely valuable for a long-term publishing (or other monetization) strategy.

Here’s what my downloads looked like in the free 5-day window:

Kindle ebook Free units

Here’s what happened after it finished the free promotion and I changed the price to $0.99:

Kindle ebook paid units

That’s about 900 free downloads,

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How I Made (Almost) $1000 in 14 Days – Starting Without an Idea

$1000 in 14 Days

Launching a business sounds so official and difficult, at least it did to me.

When I came across “How to make $1,000 in the next 14 days without an idea” on Video Fruit, I was blown away at how simple the concept was, and how effective it seemed like it could be.

Obviously, I had to test this out, so in this post I’m going to reveal the results I had, as well as what I could have improved upon. I’ll explain at the end why I’ve put this project on hold for now, but this is something I definitely plan to come back to.

I didn’t quite make $1,000,

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A Detailed Real-Life Skyscraper Technique Case Study on a New Blog (Crazy Results)

The Skyscraper Technique -Case Study

The skyscraper technique is one of my all-time favorite content marketing strategies. If I had known about it earlier, I would have saved myself a lot of wasted time and effort.

If you haven’t heard of Brian Dean or the skyscraper technique, go read about it on Backlinko before going any further, or else most of this won’t make much sense.

The main tenets of the technique are:

  • Content ideation is based around previously proven popular articles
  • The content is epic, rather than another boring top 10 list, which is fulfilling on a personal level
  • The promotion is targeted, resulting in high percentage link outreach on high quality pages

Do not skip that last step.

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