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Most people hate selling. They hate having to sell things to other people, and they hate being sold to. If you're the seller, selling can be a frustrating process of rejection. And if you're the potential buyer, nothing is a bigger turn-off than a blatant sales pitch.

If you're working to build your blog's audience, you can't afford to waste time writing mediocre posts that don't say anything useful or help your readers out. You have to focus on what works and learn from techniques other successful bloggers have used to create huge followings. I like to say that you have to ruthlessly focus your efforts on those things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.

I'm writing this from our apartment in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, but the truth is I could be writing it from anywhere in the world. My business and life are location independent. That means I can live and work from anywhere, as long as I have a laptop and an Internet connection.

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