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Derek Gleason

Derek spent two-and-a-half years running the CXL blog.

He now does a mix of internal and client-facing content and SEO stuff for Workshop Digital. Before all of that, he edited encyclopedias.

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FLoC: Google’s Plan to Kill Off Third-Party Cookies

Third-party cookies are the new Flash. Safari and Firefox have already started to wean advertisers from them. Now, reluctantly, Google is, too.

Google plans to end Chrome’s support of third-party cookies by 2022, and they created a Privacy Sandbox to test new ideas and solicit feedback. Decisions that affect Chrome—with a nearly two-thirds market share—are decisions that affect the Internet, especially paid advertising.

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What I Learned Publishing 200+ Blog Posts on CXL

This is my last week at CXL. It’s bittersweet. I started on a Monday and published my first post on a Thursday. Since then, it’s been rinse and repeat for nearly two-and-a-half years.

In sum, I wrote 46 posts and edited another 156. That works out to about a half-million words and a new post every 4 days for 870 days.

Through it all, here’s what I figured out—and what I failed to solve.

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The Should-How Fallacy (Or Why "Correct" Isn't "Useful")

Get a chicken. Cook it until it’s perfectly done. Reduce the jus to a nice pan sauce. Then finish it with some butter until it has the right balance of flavors. Enjoy.

This is a useless recipe, but it’s not wrong. It assumes, however, that accurate advice on what you should do is as valuable as advice on how to do it—the “Should-How Fallacy.” But being right doesn’t create value; empowering others to succeed does.

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A Copy Testing Methodology for the Digital Age

It takes one wrong word to put your foot in your mouth. We’ve all done it and, in the process, squandered an opportunity to impress someone (or some crowd).

With copy, you have a chance to slip up on every homepage, product page, or ad.

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Paywalls, SEO, and the Need for a Damn Good Brand

Think it’s tough to earn links or shares for your content? Try earning money.

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Content Research: 4 Ways to Find a Ton of Wins

If I told you that a post earned 30 links and 100 shares, how would you respond?

“Wow, must’ve been amazing!”
“Not bad.”
“Total flop!”

Your gut reaction says more about the site you’re used to working on than it does about my hypothetical example.

Indeed, the size and power of a site—not necessarily the value of the content—can have the greatest influence on results. That matters, especially when it comes to content research.

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Need a Win, Like, Now? Here's What to Do.

What happens when a marketing generalist asks a team of CRO experts for ideas on “low-hanging fruit” or “quick wins”?

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What the Best Growth Teams Get Right

Expecting a laundry list of skills or tactics? Don’t.

“Tactics are a dime a dozen,” says GrowthTribe’s David Arnoux, “and what works for me won’t work for you. In the end, it’s all about having a growth engine and running as many (quality) experiments as possible.”

We asked Arnoux and other growth experts what actually works, what matters most, and why so many fall short.

Four things came up over and over again.

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Updating Content: Process and Results for CXL

The traditional blog format—regular, sequential publishing of diary-style entries—no longer makes sense for most businesses. To be honest, it never did.

A B2B website that educates potential buyers isn’t a personal “weblog.” It doesn’t toss out unsubstantiated opinions. It doesn’t age the same way. The earliest articles may cover the most valuable topics, but our throwaway content culture lets older posts rot.

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Marketing and Growth Lessons for Uncertain Times

“Rare is the business that has a formal disaster plan, let alone one that covers a global Black Swan event.”

Tim Stewart, trsdigital

An article on growth and marketing in the middle of a crisis—the current one or any other—can seem tone deaf. But nothing gets better if we stand still.

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What’s on my mind

Hi, I'm Peep Laja—founder of CXL. I'm a former champion of optimization and experimentation turned business builder.

I do a lot of thinking, reading, and writing around business, strategy, and optimization. I send a weekly newsletter with what's on my mind on this stuff.

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