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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 the headline. This one vegetable stops cancer! There's no nuance in clickbait. Not like medical articles where you use caution about overselling things. ...


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If you're in doubt about your legal obligations, find a copyright lawyer and get some professional advice.


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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 content to license in the first place; see the terms of use for the details, it's referred to as Subscriber Content. So nothing legal would prevent you from ...


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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 becomes an unnecessary financial cost at worst. As for content, if you do make a website, it doesn't have to require constant content updates, but it should be a ...


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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 the lines is because you have not made it apparent why you are asking this question. Thus if you want to keep people from reading between the lines, make sure ...


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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: List. "10 secrets of the incredibly famous" (your test, rewritten) Also, promises and calls to action tend to trigger people's BS reflex. So, avoid those ...


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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 all this in email, not verbal.


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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 newsletter. As @Cyn's answer mentions, this "something" that they give is Sometimes [...] about making money, achieving fame, or curing disease. But other ...


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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 are affirmative. The audience feels like making a choice, but they really aren't. There are a few things I would like to add. Probably I couldn't make my point ...


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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. At best, they can speak for vloggers/bloggers. Think of it this way: I'm trying to become a bodybuilder. With that goal in mind, I exercise daily, tell my ...


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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 writing, "really" is an intensifier without meaning. What exactly is the difference between being "famous" and "really famous"? Or "mad" and "really mad"? Even then, ...


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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 information, they have to click. It's obvious. "If you want to be" What do you mean, if you want? Your audience must know about your amazing secret. There is no ...


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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 and not insist on a release, then the writer still owns the copyright to the text. If the writer was working as a salaried employee, then any material produced ...


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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 Right Words to ping. Since I'm doing a podcast, for the one where I'm fully scripting it, I'm including that script/transcript as a chance for Google and other ...


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Answer them now. They have put time into your story, at your request. Do not ask them to waste their time while you decide whether you want them to publish the story that you asked them to consider. This is why most publishers forbid simultaneous submissions. If the publisher in question allows them, give them the courtesy of a prompt reply. It sounds ...


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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 look to find a website, because it is far easier to remember www.google.com than it is to remember the string of numbers for a server hosting google's search ...


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Ah, the "you can write in one context, so you must be an expert in writing in another context" fallacy. I've been on the receiving end of that too. Being a good academic writer, or engineering writer, or anything else doesn't mean you can automatically write good user-oriented material (or vice-versa). The person asking you to do this is making an ...


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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 writer's text. Without the terms stated explicitly, there is a lot of ambiguity. Some things to ask: Did the author have a byline in this text? Did the ...


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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 the following: I only reused my own content, I rewrote it fairly substantially, and I linked back to the original post. I don't think any of that is strictly ...


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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 of taste. If you write about historical subjects (or tea, or cocker spaniels), a blog about your topic/research is a great idea. People may discover your ...


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If you at all go for a website, please don't go with a free host blog. It gives off the impression of being unprofessional, and is associated with unpublished wannabe writers, which is just not your case. Anyone can have a free blog, but you sir, have a published book. If the marketing and success of it matters to you, there should be plenty of options for ...


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A comic -- web or paper, cartoon strip or sophisticated graphic novel -- is a different medium from conventional written stories. The biggest difference is that it's hard to do exposition; those long explanatory passages that you could slip into a novel don't fit into a few panels. It's also hard to convey nuances like meaningful gazes. So think about the ...


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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 introduce anything harmful for the bigger stories. Here are some of the things you should pay special attention to: Introducing new tech ("if those people have ...


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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 Google Scholar there is a very good chance that anything you find is true. (unless it has been retracted, e.g. the vaccine fiasco). Google Scholar is dense, ...


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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 you are working on. That way you can build up a reputation while working on the finished product and at the same time get a lot of feedback. How useful that ...


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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, Simple. Bold the exact question you are asking, with "Question" preceding it, and state that your words are to be taken at face value. Let me demonstrate: ...


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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. You may think you are concise, but the fact alone that you get these responses are proof that you are not. Try to find out where the ambiguity comes from and ...


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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 even more as you learn your craft. To publish a novel, including self-publishing, it needs to be complete. You might only put out a chapter at a time, but all ...


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Generally no, you do not need permission from the patent holder to use text from their patent application. "Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s) , the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions." The exception referenced within deals with patent apps which themselves contain ...


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