Many investors like to invest in dividend stocks, both because of the current income they produce and the long-term returns they've offered to their shareholders. Since 2003, stock picks from Motley Fool Income Investor have outpaced the return of the broad-based S&P 500 stock market index, giving subscribers not only superior performance but also greater amounts of cash flow. Now, you can get access to this income investing service at a discounted price of as little as just $53 a year. Below, we'll give you a chance at a special discount to get in on Motley Fool Income Investor, but first, let's take a look at why the service deserves your attention.

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Don't settle for less than the top dividend stocks

Dividend stocks have given investors two things that everyone likes to see. First, the cash payouts these stocks make can be a large part of their total return and provide much-needed liquidity that you can either reinvest or use for other purposes. Yet even more importantly, dividend stocks also give investors capital appreciation, adding to their total returns.

What Motley Fool Income Investor does is to focus on stocks that meet several key criteria. Each stock pick must not only pay a dividend but also have a reasonable shot at seeing its share price rise over the long run. The service's analysts look for companies with strong management teams, and they tend to look toward the larger end of the market for their picks. Financial strength in the companies Income Investor looks at reduces the risk of unforeseen challenges, and the best picks have established competitive advantages over their industry peers that will allow them to earn above-average returns for the foreseeable future.

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When you look at the track record that Motley Fool Income Investor has put together, you'll see how stocks with these criteria can produce strong returns along with above-average income yields. One of the keys to the service's success has been choosing and sticking with dividend stocks that have stood the test of time.

One good example is Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). Nearly everyone is familiar with the company's consumer products like Band-Aid and Tylenol, but where J&J's recent growth has come from is its pharmaceutical segment. Existing blockbuster drugs and promising treatments for a variety of diseases has helped Johnson & Johnson sustain rising revenue and earnings, and that's played a key role in allowing it to raise its dividend each and every year for 54 straight years. The stock has a 2.7% yield and has delivered returns of almost 180% since Income Investor recommended it in 2006, topping the market's performance by 75 percentage points.

Some Income Investor picks have found ways to evolve from one business to another. Deluxe (NYSE: DLX) is the premier company in producing the paper checks that millions of people use with their bank checking accounts, and for decades, its core business was a cash cow that provided consistent growth. The rise of electronic payments forced Deluxe to change gears, and recent efforts have taken the company into a broader range of business services. Now, the company is specializing in financial technology and marketing, and that has helped the stock triple the S&P 500's return since it became a recommendation in mid-2012.

What your Income Investor discount will give you

When you sign up for Motley Fool Income Investor with this special offer, you'll get a new dividend stock recommendation every month. You'll also get the service's Buy First list to help you put together an optimal dividend stock portfolio.

In addition to the monthly report, you'll get updates throughout the month on what's happening with your stocks. Online exclusives will give you member-only content that others won't see. You'll also get access to Motley Fool analysts and community members to discuss stock picks, and you'll even be able to track your own success with our scorecard tool.

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To get the strong returns and lucrative income that the top dividend stocks in the market provide, don't wait another minute. Join the Income Investor community today. By becoming an Income Investor member, you'll line up all the resources you'll need to up your investing game and make the most of the opportunities in the stock market for income-oriented investors. Click here to get your Motley Fool Income Investor discount special offer and make your portfolio work as hard as it can for you.

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