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Demian Farnworth
Works at Copyblogger Media
Attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Lives in Belleville, IL
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Finally: The Writer Files podcast! 

In this first episode you'll discover (I'm writing in third person on purpose): 

 - Why Demian loves The Writer Files interview series
 - How a poet learned to make a living online
 - Why you should treat your writing like music
 - Demian’s secret to his prolificness
 - Why you need to over-sharpen your axe
 - 3 timeless ideas that lead to enhanced creativity
 - Why so many writers quit
 - A single word that will help you keep the cursor moving

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Welcome to The Writer Files, a tour of the habits, habitats, and brains of renowned writers — from online content creators, to fictionists, journalists, entrepreneurs, and beyond. Great writing is more vital and in demand than it’s ever been. But sometimes writers get stuck — the right words don’t appear, we get distracted, or worse,Play Episode
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Like accumulating capital, hard work has its own momentum. If you want to master digital media, then produce it often.

However, there is a danger here ...
Discover how artificial constraints can help guide your workflow, increase productivity, and improve creativity ...
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One of the hardest things for a writer to uncover is her voice, her style, her flair.

Here are four safe ways to help you find it — and one dangerous.
One of the hardest things for a writer to uncover is her voice, her style, her flair. Here are four safe ways to help you find it — and one dangerous. Writers start to peel away from the crowd when they find their voice. That strong, distinctive voice that people easily recognize. But finding yourPlay Episode
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Beautiful knowledge, from beautiful people, in a beautiful building:
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Can't wait! #countdown
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James Altucher Fights Back

The problem with “failure porn” (and 13 interesting things we talked about with +james altucher  ...
Jerod and Demian thought they were all done talking about the concept of choosing yourself … but then Seth Godin commented, and James Altucher reached out wanting to discuss further and clarify his position, and so they decided to record Choose Yourself Part 2. And why wouldn’t they? Altucher literally wrote the book on ChoosePlay Episode
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So tried something new during this episode ... music during the show. Let me know what you think.
Have you ever asked yourself why you want to become a writer? You should. Because writing can be a thankless job. Like doing the laundry. Listen. There will be times where you will hit a wall. You are exhausted. Lost. Broken. And you’ll ask yourself, “Why?” Why am I doing this to myself? You havePlay Episode
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The Print Magazine Hoax: 10 Overlooked Lessons on Writing Great Content

Fans of the Internet love to mock print magazines. They love to gloat and preen as the gate to Big Media’s kingdom has been thrown open — and the gatekeepers are torn from their thrones and tossed in the moat (the pockets of their blazers stuffed with rocks).

We watch from a distance as the city burns to the ground. Like there is nothing redeemable about these institutions.

That’s unfortunate. Because they actually have a lot to teach us.
To increase your chances of success when you write online, check out these 10 vital tips from the print publishing world ...
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I've been writing for a marketing publication aimed at law firms for the past year, and yes, it's amazing how much better those articles are because, in a way, there's only one chance to make an impression on the reader.

No other calls to action, clicks, sidebars, or related stories to cover up mediocrity and offer an escape to the reader. Just my story, and their attention. 
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Ever suffer from Impostor Syndrome? 
You're ready to move forward with your business when you can help a significant number of people. And you can prove that to yourself by teaching ...
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The Proper Way to Automate Your Social Media Activities (and 5 Other Best Practices)

Let’s face it. Social media is one of those warm, fuzzy, but murky activities that exist in the business world.

It can be a conversation — a cocktail party — or a content distribution channel.

For some, it’s both. And more!

Regardless of how we choose to use it, we naturally have to ask: What’s the return on our investment?

That's the question +Demian Farnworth answers in today's post:
Automating some of your social media content may be beneficial for both you and your audience, but follow these six tips when you determine your strategy.
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In this 12-minute episode you’ll discover:

 - The two basic kinds of knowledge (and which one is better)
 - How to build a wicked vocabulary
 - What it means to be an anti scholar
 - One of Jeff Goins favorite ways to learn
 - How to get a free education from Yale
 - The SEO podcast you should be listening to

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So far I’ve asked “Do you have the right strategy? Do you have the right technique?” Today’s question is … Do you have the right knowledge? American theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman said, “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.” I can’t think of a betterPlay Episode
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I am told the audio version of this article was recorded in +Jerod Morris's closet. Yes, there is an audio version.  See the end of the post.
Discover the clear benefits of podcasting, and stop letting someone else speak directly into the ears of your audience. That voice should be yours.
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Will Your Website Survive the Upcoming Google Mobile Penalty?

On April 21, 2015, Google will update their algorithm. It will favor pages that are mobile-friendly and penalize pages that are not.

We can only speculate on what that penalty will look like, but if history is any indicator, we can expect something similar to the scene I described in the beginning of this post.

The question is: Are you prepared?

Learn how here:
Is your website prepared for April 21, 2015 when Google starts favoring web pages that are mobile-friendly and penalizing web pages that are not?
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I did the Google domain check and I'm good.

Thanks for pointing that out, +Demian Farnworth 
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I told you I wrote copy for CBM. Look right.
  • Copyblogger Media
    Copywriter, 2013 - present
  • The CopyBot
    Freelance Copywriter, 2011 - 2012
  • Fallen + Flawed
    Blogger, 2011 - 2012
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries
    Managing Editor, 2009 - 2010
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries
    Senior Web Copywriter, 2007 - 2009
  • Proquest Technologies
    Senior Editor, 2005 - 2007
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    Copywriter, 2001 - 2005
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I write for Copyblogger Media. I dig vacuums, dancing, and books. Dancing books that suck up dirt are the best.
Chief Copywriter at Copyblogger Media. Read all my articles here. Get even more writing advice at my personal blog -- The Copybot.

A great place to start is in my Education of a Writer Series -- particularly The Year of Falling Apart.

My main gig is to write web copy that conquers the web's two main problems: obscurity and neglect. 

When I say obscurity, I mean web content is buried beneath billions of web pages. By neglect, I mean if someone actually finds your page, they'll more than likely to ignore or abandon it.

To overcome those two problems I write web content that search engines can easily find and people can't resist.

I also teach writers the secret to going from a good writer to a great writer. Or how to become a pit bull on paper

Some of My Best Stuff on Google+

Want to see my most popular posts on Google Plus? The essential? Here are thirteen. 
Here are two Hangouts I've done. One on writing in general, and the other on direct response copywriting in general: 
By the way, I don't follow someone just because they follow me. I follow someone because I find them interesting, engaging, and positive.  
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Ran two marathons. Both brutalized me. One was during a winter storm. The other was during a heat wave. I've also hiked nearly 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Over 2,100 miles to go.
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    English Literature, 1998 - 2000
  • AWAI Accelerated Copywriting Course
    Copywriting, 2001 - 2002
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Top 5 Commentaries on The Gospel of Luke

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It seems like every other day, some SEO technique that used to be accepted is now being devalued or, even worse, penalized. (Remember when m


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