The Man Who Sold The Brooklyn Bridge Twice a Week for 30 Years

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Hello, sir. Would you like to buy this lovely bridge here? Its on sale for today only. Think of all the money you could make from tolls.

Are you sure its for sale mate?” replied the confused old man.

Why else would it have a ‘For Sale’ sticker on it?!” came the reply.

George C. Parker was the greatest con man in American history managing to sell landmark items like Madison Square Gardens, the Statue of Liberty and, you guessed it, the Brooklyn Bridge.

In fact, he sold the Brooklyn Bridge at least twice a week, one time for as much as $50,000. Sometimes the police would have to stop the “new owners” from setting up toll booths in the middle of the bridge.

So what can we learn from this great con man? Well, for starters, I learned that my girlfriend wasn’t impressed when she found out I’d be studying con-artists until 8pm at night, skipping dinner.

But there is also a lot more we can learn – and its not unethical. So let’s dive in. Oh, and stick around to see what happened to ol’ George in the end.

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Deathly Silence: What’s Your Off-site Blog Marketing Strategy?

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So you’ve got a blog, written some amazing content and now you’re delving into the seedy world of increasing conversions and blog optimization. And its working. Subscribers are increasing, comment counts are at Blog Tyrant levels and you’re getting more followers on your social media accounts.

But what about off-site marketing? What are you doing there? Anything…?

Off-site marketing is something that, when brought to your attention, seems like an absolute given. But it really seems to have fallen to the wayside in recent blogging history. In this post I want to give you a few ideas about promoting your blog off-site.

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The Secret Ingredient for Creating Hyper-Loyal Blog Readers

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That title could be quite funny with a misplaced comma or two… hyper, loyal blog readers. I’m looking at you Jen.

If you’ve been reading Blog Tyrant for a while now you will know that I have been lucky enough to own (and then sell) quite a few successful blogs in a variety of different niches. Some of them were very tricky, competitive niches.

And I seem to have tapped into the extremely over-crowded blogging niche without too much difficulty. But enough self aggrandizement – let’s talk about how it is done. What is the secret ingredient for creating hyper-loyal blog readers?

Its all in the words.

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What Are You Doing, Really?

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When you go through a tough time in your life you start to look at the choices you have made up until that point. And if you are anything like me you will have a few regrets. And after a while these regrets can begin to weigh you down.

They are tricky too. They might be overt things like cheating on your wife (which I’ve never done), or more subtle things like wasting hours of every day playing video games (which I often do).

And you get to a point where you just need to ask yourself, What are you doing, really?

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Beat Stress: 6 Reasons You are Stressed Out of Your Mind

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I’m a self-employed 26 year old who has a tendency to get stressed, anxious and panicked – even during the the smallest of life’s hiccups. Beneath my steely exterior and chiseled, move-star jawline is a scared little boy.

Early on in my life I knew I’d have to figure out some techniques for beating stress.

Now, I am not saying that I have mastered these. Far from it. But I am saying that they have helped me. And as I know a lot of you lovely readers out there deal with bouts of stress and anxiety I thought I’d write a bit of an off topic post and talk about some ways bloggers, business people and everyone else online can beat stress when you just don’t feel like its possible.

And I’m going to do it by telling you why you are stressed.

HELP ME: I need your help on this one guys. If you know of any really good stress beating methods please leave me a comment.

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How You Can Build Big, Valuable Traffic in Your Small Niche

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One of the ways I work from home is by having a network of small niche blogs and websites that earn money with Adsense and other revenue streams. A lot of these sites are in niches so small that I used to want to give up on them.

Not any more.

Over the years I have learned a lot of ways to grow traffic. More importantly, I have learned a lot of ways to grow valuable traffic. And that is what this post is all about: finding traffic that is not just big, but valuable to your business.

Let’s dive in and find out what you can do to grow traffic when it feels like there just isn’t any around.

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15 Tips to Stop Facebook & Email Hackers Ruining Your Life

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Its true. When your Facebook, blog, email or bank accounts get hacked your life can be ruined. Some of us spend our entire existences online and such a breach can have terrible effects. You can have money stolen, personal details hijacked and, as happened to me, spam emails sent out to hundreds of high profile clients.

Just a month ago my Facebook and secondary email accounts were hacked while I was on holiday in India. It was my fault.

In this article I am going to give you some simple ways that you can boost your Facebook and email security and stop hackers from ruining your life. Please share this post around as this event was seriously traumatic, I’d like to help people prevent it.

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10 of the Best Contact Us Pages on the Internet

The dreaded Contact Us page.

The place where you have a last ditch attempt at getting potential clients, customers and fans to get in touch or, in my case, convince them otherwise (I get a lot of emails).

So we’ve had a look at the best About Us pages and now I want to do the same for the Contact Us page. What are the best practices? What works and what doesn’t? Is there anything you can do to increase your chances of success?

Let’s take a look at what I think are 10 of the best Contact Us pages on the internet.

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Blog Tyrant is Being Copied: What Would You Do?

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And as a blog grows you’ll find that more and more blogs start to flatter you. Blog Tyrant, like some of my other blogs, is being copied in some very overt ways and I just don’t know what to do about it. Do I get legal? Do I ignore them?

In this post I want to talk to you all about the plagiarism issue and some of the hot problems that can arise when someone starts to copy your work. I’d really like the amazing Blog Tyrant community to weigh in on this one so once you’ve finished reading please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Hopefully we can come up with some good ideas about how to deal with blog copiers.

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Why I Added Some Audio to My About Page

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Think about it for a second. When it comes to blogs and blogging you are the brand. People want to read about you and your experiences with the subjects you write about. That’s how they relate to it. And that’s how you get them addicted.

The About Us page is usually the first or second thing that people look at when they first encounter your content. So why not use it as a personal introduction to your brand? Why not give people something more than the usual plain text verbatim?

In this post I am going to tell you why I added some audio to my About Us page, how I did it and why you should do it too.

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