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February 12, 2013Narcissism on the net

Web celebrities spend plenty of time shouting about how good they are — they have to. The web is a “me first” medium where people who shout the loudest earn more than those who do the best work. Find out why some web celebs are making a packet — without doing the work.

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January 9, 2013Author Rank has a dark side. In fact, it has four.

While it’s great that Google has found a way to reward individuals who consistently produce high quality content and are experts in their field, Google’s Author Rank changes are going to make life very difficult for a while. Here’s why:

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January 7, 2013Everything you read on Copyblogger is shit

Every industry has a “go to” blog that everybody reads. But if you follow its advice, all you’re doing is following everybody else. Break out of the bubble and find your own voice. This post will show you how.

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December 21, 2012Hyper-localisation: The winners and the losers

Google has made big changes to their algorithm, making geographical location far more important in determining your position. It’s not necessarily a good thing, especially if your business is non-geographical. Are the latest changes a benefit, or a hazard?

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December 19, 2012NDA not OK:
Are NDAs harming your freelance reputation?

I’ve worked for some of the world’s biggest brands. But shhh, I’m not allowed to tell you. I’m under an NDA. Trouble is, I’ve started realising that money is no substitute for being able to display your work. Signing an NDA can seriously damage your career’s health.

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December 13, 2012Freelancers: Knowing when it’s time to fire a client

Sometimes you can try your best to satisfy a client and still fail. Usually the warning signs become apparent long before the relationship breaks down. But what are the warning signs? And how do you plan your exit strategy? Here’s a cautionary tale.

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November 22, 2012I’ve been interviewed by All Good Copy

I never planned on becoming a copywriter. It just sort of happened. Five years later, here I am. Find out how it all started, who I’m influenced by, and what advice I’d give to novice copywriters by reading this awesome interview with All Good Copy, here.

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November 20, 2012Nobody gives a toss about your brand

Are all brands self-obsessed narcissists? And are all agencies merely sycophantic flatterers telling them what they want to hear? Fact is most people care more about the product. So where does that leave your brand?

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November 8, 2012When only the best will do…

Is “good enough” really good enough? What do you do when only the best will do? Revisiting Pareto’s “80/20″ principle, it’s possible to suggest that most of the time things don’t have to be perfect. But sometimes only perfection is adequate. Do you know the difference?

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October 22, 2012Zed’s dead, baby…

Think words like “specalize” are an Americanism? Think again. In actual fact, we owe most modern British spelling to that very American invention — Microsoft Word.

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