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The art of clickbait captions

Clickbait isn't like news where you tell someone the headline so they'll click for more information. Eggplant linked to lower cancer rates. Clickbait is where they have to click just to find out ...
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Can we "borrow" our answers to populate our own websites?

You have the legal right to reuse elsewhere what you post on Stack Exchange. It's your content. When posting to SE, you give SE a nonexclusive license to use it, and doing so requires that it's your ...
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Who owns the copy if a copywriter provides copy as a paid service?

If you're in doubt about your legal obligations, find a copyright lawyer and get some professional advice.
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Preventing unintentional reading between the lines

When you ask a question, people assume you are asking for a reason, that you intend to use the answer to make some decision. There is no such thing as "just a question". The reason they read between ...
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When should a starting writer get his own webpage?

Personally, I think that's a crock. It's understandable why someone would think having a website would be a benefit, but if you have it too early-on, it will come across as amateurish at best or ...
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The art of clickbait captions

Click bait works by pushing psychological buttons. Most of those buttons are in the form of tangible curiosity and fear. Fear: If you don't know this hinted secret you will die Tangible Curiosity: ...
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Who owns the copy if a copywriter provides copy as a paid service?

Your business is with the client. Tell the writer to contact the client. Inform your client about the demands the writer made and ask him what he wants you to do, tell him that the risk is his. Do ...
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The art of clickbait captions

A common trend between your clickbait titles (and clickbait in general) is that they're promising to give you something, but only if you click in and read the article/watch the video/signup for the ...
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The art of clickbait captions

Don't ever use the word if. It is a sign of lack of conviction. If you want to impose your clickbait on the audience, don't give them an opportunity to make a choice. Look at your own examples. They ...
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When should a starting writer get his own webpage?

Bloggers and vloggers by definition have an online platform on which they've built their success. Their input on the necessity of having an online platform is biased. They cannot speak for all writers....
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The art of clickbait captions

All of those examples imply there is some specific kind of secret knowledge you can learn quickly that will change your life. In your example, "really famous" is not specific enough. First, in ...
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The art of clickbait captions

If you want to be really famous you only have to click here. "you only have to click here" - you can remove that. Your audience knows how the internet works. They know that in order to receive more ...
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Is an audience really required to develop writing?

If you are doing it for the enjoyment of writing, then just do it. Write what you like, as you like, when you like. An audience of real readers isn't required. On the other hand, everyone likes a ...
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Who owns the copy if a copywriter provides copy as a paid service?

It all depends on the contract. (Bear in mind that I'm not a lawyer. This is my amateur understanding of U.S. copyright law.) If the client was foolish enough to purchase the text from the writer ...
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How to Write SEO friendly blog posts

What is the main topic? As algorithms change, one of the best things to do is consistently "write like a human." Just talk about Your Topic, and do it frequently. More words = more chances for the ...
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Is the website allpoetry.com beneficial for poets and writers?

I've had a look at allpoetry.com, a few review sites such as sitejabber.com and sites reporting about it such as PlagiarismToday.com. On their registration site they mention quite a huge number of ...
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Where can a new author sell the first chapter of a book?

Short answer: You can't. It takes time to create longer works. Even experienced writers will go back and edit earlier chapters, move things around, etc. If you're not experienced, you may do this ...
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When should a starting writer get his own webpage?

There are two key parts to this, and it is important to distinguish between them to help decide what steps to take and when. Domain Names vs Websites A domain name is an address, it is where people ...
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Can we "borrow" our answers to populate our own websites?

I have done this on my own website, more than once. Before I did it, I checked the SE license, which states that work here can be freely used and modified, but must be attributed. Personally, I did ...
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When should a starting writer get his own webpage?

Every non-fiction writer should have a blog covering the topics they write about. You are trying to establish yourself as an authority on the subject, an influencer of ideas and opinions, or a curator ...
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Who owns the copy if a copywriter provides copy as a paid service?

In work-for-hire arrangements, the paying customer usually owns the copyright. It sounds like there was nothing in writing or any discussion about whether it was work-for-hire or simple use of the ...
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How to complement a novel with short stories - what to avoid

I doubt there are any rules set in stone for this, but here are some suggestions: Be careful introducing information. Your short stories will likely be considered "canon" so you don't want to ...
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How can I know that what's on a site is true?

I think what you are asking is about research. The answer will depend on what exactly you are researching. Peer reviewed published research is considered 'true.' So, if you search for your topic in ...
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What should I include (and not include) on a book's website?

If you aren't yet published with an established fan base: post everything you feel comfortable with publishing Your goal should be to build up a fan base so that people know your name and know what ...
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Preventing unintentional reading between the lines

The question of yours on SE that was deleted has to do with hormonally influenced voting. Do you not perceive why this would sound like a gender-biased question? To answer the question you pose here,...
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Preventing unintentional reading between the lines

Your question is mainly about SE-Posts, but you asked in Writing.se so as such I´ll give a general writing Answer. Technical Writing: Misinterpretation always points to ambiguities in your writing. ...
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Where can a new author sell the first chapter of a book?

If you want to publish a shorter work AND get paid for it, then it almost certainly needs to be a complete stand-alone short story, not the first chapter of a longer work. If you can successfully ...
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Content Sites - any still around and useful?

As requested, I'll try to write more about my comment regarding Kalaage. First of all, I DON'T work for this site. So this is NOT an advertisement. I have used it for just a few weeks, I can say it is ...
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How to deal with online comments to published pieces?

There's no single standard about this. Whether you engage your readers is up to you, in some cases up to your editor at the publication in question (or perhaps their policies). Barring that kind of ...
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Copyright of examples used in books?

Speaking as a programmer, the solution to your problem is "don't be lazy." Taking screenshots is easy but risks libeling others: It can include their logo, their product picture, their address and ...
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