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Copywriting: Winning Words Add Punch to Your Copy

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If you have an online business, you’re a copywriter, even if you don’t realize that you are. You write emails, Web content and other sales material every day: you write to persuade. To make your copy more compelling, use winning words.

I’ve been a copywriter for almost 30 years. I love writing copy, because I love words. While other copywriters keep swipe files, I keep collections of words. My word lists are divided into sections which are effective for certain types of copy. Just by reading those words, I can easily get into the mood to write.

I commend this practice to you. Build your own collections of words.

Here’s how to use them.

Start by thinking about your product. Then try to get into your audience’s state of mind. What challenges do they have? What do they want the product you’re promoting to do for them? What objections do they have?

For example, if you’re describing a product with which they’re unfamiliar and which they fear may be difficult to use, consider using words like: “simple, practical, step-by-step, and shortcut”.

When you hit on the right words, you’ll know it: Apple’s Steve Jobs chose the perfect winning words when he introduced the iPad as: “magical and revolutionary.”

In addition to choosing the right words, be aware of transitions. Your copy should flow from one paragraph and one idea to the next. Start a collection transitional phrases.

Here’s a sample of transitional words: “essentially, in brief, we don’t stop there, no doubt, what else, remember that, and consider”.

Become aware of the advertising that you read. Analyze the words. Watch for the transitional phrases, and persuasive words which are used. If you like a word or phrase, write it down in a notebook. Soon you’ll have a great collection.

Copywriting is all about words. Become a word collector and you’ll always have winning words which will add punch to your copy.

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Online Copywriting: A Business Essential

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The Web is built on words. Whether you own your own small business, or work for a corporation, sooner or later you’ll need to step up, and learn to sell online, using words. In other words, you’ll need to learn the basics of Web copywriting.

Web copywriting starts with research. You research, and then write.

I wrote this post on my Money Diviner Blog which shows you a basic research process you can use for Web copywriting New niche? You CAN Write a Sales Page for It | Money Diviner:

“You’re cruising through ClickBank looking for new products to promote. You’re ready to enter a new niche and you’re excited about earning some more money with affiliate marketing. You see some good products that fall within the boundaries you’ve set up and you wouldn’t mind promoting one of them and raking in your cut of the profits, but there’s one problem… you don’t know anything about that niche. It’s an ‘insider’s niche’ where they have their own slang and they can easily spot an outsider. How can you write your own sales page, autoresponder messages, or articles without looking like you’re clueless?”

There’s a lot know about research.

Indeed, some 15 years ago I wrote an entire book on how to research; it was aimed at business people, and published by Prentice Hall. Research is fundamental in business, and once you realize that research can help you to kickstart the copywriting process, you’ll be well on the way writing great copy for the online world.

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Web Copywriting: Is Your Home Page’s Title “Home”?

Last year I wrote in this article Copywriter: Hiring the Web Copywriting Services You Need | Angela Booth’s Creativity Factory:

“If you want to smile, go to a search engine and enter ‘home’ into the search query field. There are four billion results in Google — four billion pages, all called ‘home’. Admittedly most of those billions of pages weren’t written by copywriters.

However, you can use this as a rough measure of your web copywriter’s competence. Ask your prospective web copywriter for the links to pages that he’s written and for his own site’s URL. If you find that any of the pages he’s written have ‘home’ as the page title, you’ll know that your web copywriter doesn’t understand the web.”

Copywriting for the Web is vastly different from writing copy for print.

Your Web copywriter needs to know the basics of search engine optimization (SEO). And no, that doesn’t mean stuffing pages with keywords. It means understanding the importance of both on-page and off-page SEO.

And understanding why “home” is such a silly error — and error which is costing YOU many thousands of dollars in wasted time and opportunities. If you’re spending money on advertising, it also means you’re wasting money on that.

Web Marketing Success: Three Web Copywriting Secrets

Your online marketing success depends on attracting targeted visitors to your site, and then convincing those visitors to take action. If you’re not getting the sales conversions you want, let’s look at three web copywriting secrets which will help.

1. Know Your Audience

Your first step in creating effective web copy is understanding your audience.

Who are your buyers? You want only potential buyers to visit your site, so you need to know as much as you can about them.

Think about your current customers. What makes them your customers, as opposed to those of your competitors?

Make a list of the attributes of your customers.

This is vital, because the web has billions of pages, and it’s only by knowing your audience, and what they’re looking for, that you can make your sales pages relevant to them.

Once you’ve made a list of buyers’ attributes, you may find that they fall naturally into several groups. For example, your product may appeal to a young audience, just starting college. Your product many also appeal to young professionals.

This gives you two groups of buyers, so you need different sales pages for each group, and different offers.

2. Make a Great Offer

Unfortunately, no matter how effective your sales pitch, and how much it appeals to your audience, you need to match your pitch with a great offer. Your pitch gets them to your page, and gets them interested, but only a great offer will convince a site visitor to reach for his credit card.

Avoid a “one size fits all” offer. Segment your audience, and then create offers to appeal to different segments of your audience.

3. Pre-Sell to Warm up Your Audience

Most of your buyers won’t buy the first time they hear about your product. Most will be at an early stage in the buying cycle, where they’re aware of your product, but aren’t aware that they need it. Or, if they are aware, they may not be ready to buy.

This means that you need to pre-sell to warm up your audience.

There are many ways to pre-sell. Blogging and other forms of social media are popular. Consider integrating social media into your web copywriting strategies.

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Web sales pages: are you getting the results you want?

A couple of years ago I wrote an article called “Copywriting – Sizzling Sales Pages coin Money for You” for new web copywriters. Reading the article today, it occurred to me that it’d be useful for anyone who’s writing web sales pages for their business. So here’s the (considerably revised) article.

These four tips will help you to write sales pages which sell.

1. Use suspense to keep prospects reading down the page

Your primary aim is to keep your page’s visitors reading, and you can use various devices for this. Here’s a simple strategy: get them curious in your first paragraph, and make the payoff halfway down the page.

However, before you pay off on the first question you’ve planted, plant another one. Curiosity is powerful. A novelist uses this strategy right throughout a book. Since sales pages are much shorter than novels, you won’t have to work as hard to keep them reading. :-)

2. Remember to put yourself in the shoes of the customer

When you write sales copy, put yourself in the shoes of the customer. Ask yourself questions – who, what, why, when, where and how?, and answer those questions before you start writing.

Research online, as well as offline. Are there competing products? (There usually are.) What makes your product different and better?

3. Test your headline – create at least two headlines, for split testing

It’s often said that the headline is the most important part of a sales page. While this is true – without an attention-grabbing headline you won’t get a chance to make your offer – the offer is just as important as the headline.

Your offer MUST be compelling. The purchase should be a no-brainer.

Create two versions of your sales page with two different headlines to split test the sales page. Of course when you change the headline, you’ll need to edit the sales page slightly to conform to the new headline.

4. Keywords are vital for free traffic

Keywords are vital when writing sales pages.

If you omit keywords, you’ll miss out on free traffic over the coming days and weeks. So choose two or three keywords, and include them on the sales page.

Need help writing sales pages? You can brief me.

Web Copywriting: Boost Your Profits With Web Sales Pages Which Sell

If you’re selling products online, your sales pages
can make or break you.

Get the profits you want and need — you can turn your business into a sales powerhouse, with professionally written copy.

Great copy means your site’s visitors stay longer

Your site’s visitors decide within seconds whether they should do business with you: great copy grabs their attention, and leads them to the sales process.

Angela Booth is a top Web copywriter. She’s been selling products online for years. Brief Angela to discuss your under-performing Web sales pages — or new projects — and get ready for increased profits.

Copywriter: Hiring the Web Copywriting Services You Need

Do you want to hire a copywriter? To get the best results, you need to communicate exactly what you need, and the results you want from the copy that’s written for you. Here are three tips which will help you when you’re hiring copywriting services.

1. Sad Truth: Most Professional Copywriters Don’t Understand the Web

If you want to smile, go to a search engine and enter “home” into the search query field. There are four billion results in Google — four billion pages, all called “home”. Admittedly most of those billions of pages weren’t written by copywriters.

However, you can use this as a rough measure of your web copywriter’s competence. Ask your prospective web copywriter for the links to pages that he’s written and for his own site’s URL. If you find that any of the pages he’s written have “home” as the page title, you’ll know that your web copywriter doesn’t understand the web.

Hire a copywriter who demonstrates his expertise on the web.

2. Give Your Copywriter Everything He Needs, Starting With Your Positioning Statement

Brief your web copywriter so that he knows what results you want. Start by giving him your positioning statement. Unless he knows exactly how to position your business or product or service, the results will not be what you want.

You should also give him the URLs of your primary competitors online, so that you can tell him how you want to position yourself against them.

3. Set Your Goals First, and Make Your Copywriter Aware of Those Goals

Your time is valuable, and so is your copywriter’s. Ensure that you have clear goals for the copy which he’s writing, and make him aware of those goals. For example, perhaps you want to get onto the first page of the search results for a certain keyword. Ensure that your copywriter knows what that keyword is, so that he can assess the competition.

In a very competitive situation, your copywriter will be able to give you advice so you can target less competitive terms, and then can gradually target keywords which are more competitive.

DIY Copywriting – the Secret to Big Sales Every Day

Copywriting has been called the secret of business success, and it’s no exaggeration. Expert copywriting can double and triple your profits within a year.

However, top copywriters are expensive. Worse, they’re always booked well in advance.

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Web Marketing: 3 Copywriting Secrets You Must Know

Are you getting started in Web marketing? It can be highly profitable, even in the current economic climate, as many marketers are discovering. However, it’s different from other promotional strategies. Let’s look at three copywriting secrets you must know for success.

Web copywriting can not only increase traffic to your site, it will also increase conversions. Of course, your conversions are vital: traffic for the sake if it is useless.

By “conversions” we mean that when a site visitor reaches one of your site’s pages, he takes the action you want him to take, rather than clicking away immediately.

Here are your vital Web copywriting secrets.

1. Match Your Keywords to Your Positioning Statement

Take out your business’s positioning statement. If you don’t have one, create one right away. Your positioning statement includes: a statement of what your business is, who your target market is, (optionally) who your competitors are, and finally, what makes you different from your competition.

Now, brainstorm keywords. Brainstorming is important, before you use any keyword tools, because keyword tools only contain historical data. For any site, at least 50 per cent of traffic derives from unique searches.

Use this target market, and keyword information in your site’s content.

2. Copywriting Sells, but You Must Test

Testing is vital online, because you can waste a great deal of money on Pay Per Click and other advertising if you don’t. When you’re setting up a new site, or are adding content to an existing site, or are launching a new product or service, do some Pay Per Click advertising first, so you can discover the keywords which convert for you.

Then, once you’ve written your copy, test it and tweak it using Pay Per Click (PPC) to enhance your conversions.

3. Use Copywriting to Build Relationships

Finally, use Web copywriting to build relationships. You spend a lot of time and energy getting visitors to your site, so build the relationship with strategies like email marketing, and social media marketing.

Remember to write copy which is friendly, chatty and informal: the Web is a conversational medium.

Are you making all the sales you need? Get persuasive copy written by a top copywriter. I (Angela Booth) have been online for a couple of decades, and I’ve been writing copy for longer than that. Persuasion isn’t optional: it’s the difference between a business goldmine and survival. Get persuasive Web copywriting that works.

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Copywriting plus: your Web page description tag is a free Google ad

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Want a free ad on Google – forever?

Here you go: focus on your description meta tag – and your page title tag too.

3 Things Your Description Tag Must Contain | Internet Marketing Strategy: Conversation Marketing reports:

“A reason to click. Why should I visit Whirlpool’s web site? Hmmm. Good question. Maybe they could say something about their newest, coolest model, or widest selection, or some such. But just saying ‘we have lots of colors’ really doesn’t get it done. Treat your description tag like a sales headline. “

I love writing description tags, because I know that the tag has the potential to bring my copywriting client big business… it’s a free ad on Google, what’s not to like?

Whenever I write a Web page, I write the title tag and the description tags first – they’re the most important part of the page to me.

Yes, even more important than the headline. After all, if people can’t find the page, they’re not going to visit it to read the headline.

Page titles, and descriptions, are the most important part of any Web page. Pay attention to them, and watch your profits increase. For free.

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Fatal Web Copywriting Mistakes – How to Make your Clients Hate You

What’s an “SEO copywriter”? This term is often tossed around by newbies, and is a fair indicator of fatal Web copywriting mistakes you should avoid. Here they are.

Let’s start at the beginning. Copywriting is marketing. Copywriting isn’t writing educational or informative material. It’s writing words that sell, whether online or offline. That’s all it is. On the Web, words sell much as they do in direct response copy; they touch the reader’s emotions, and get him reaching for his credit card.

In a nutshell: copywriting equals sales.

So please avoid these fatal Web copywriting mistakes – any one of them is sure to make your clients hate you, so that they not only will never hire you again, but will badmouth you in the industry.

1. Writing for the Search Engines

The search engines can bring you traffic, but they can’t buy a client’s products. People buy. Therefore it’s much better to get 50 visitors a day who want to buy a product, rather than 5000 visitors who typed a keyword into a search engine and landed on a Web page.

Should you use keywords in your copy? Yes, if they’re words buyers type into a search engine query box, and if the keywords are buyers’ keywords. Using keywords for any other reason will always dilute the effectiveness of your copy. See mistake #3.

A SEO copywriter knows which keywords result in sales for products. A good SEO copywriter is a copywriter first, and is a search engine optimization specialist second.

2. Writing Without Proof

Hype-laden copy which isn’t backed up by proof is ineffective, because it harms your credibility.

Avoid writing without proof. Saying “our product is the best” without proof is useless. Back up every statement you make, with testimonials or research studies, or don’t make them.

If a client fails to provide proof, it’s up to you to get it, in any way you can.

3. Failing to Track Sales and Adjust the Copy

We said that copywriting equals sales. Therefore, before a company hires a copywriter to write, they decide how they’ll track the effectiveness of the copy, and will inform you how they’ll track. For example, “our current conversion rate for the page is 2 per cent. We require your copy to convert at 5 per cent. We expect revisions without further charge, until you reach a 5 per cent conversion rate.”

I love clients who track, and so should you. If a client doesn’t outline how he’ll track, help him to develop a tracking method, and ask for a bonus (or at the very least, a glowing testimonial of how you improved sales) at the end of the project. Clients who track become long term clients, and they have the potential to bring you many more clients.

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Web Copywriting – Sell and Make Money Online

Every Web site which sells can use the services of a Web copywriter. As the Web explodes with millions of new sites, businesses need someone with competent Web copywriting skills, or they won’t make sales.

If you enjoy marketing, that is, making sales, you’ll enjoy writing copy for the Web, and your skills will be in high demand.

What Do Web Copywriters Write?

Web copywriters write sales materials. You may write the sales content for a complete Web site, or just single pages. In addition, you’ll write email marketing materials, and Web advertising. Your job is to sell online, using words.

Most Web copywriters specialize. Some specialize in writing Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising and landing pages for that advertising. Others specialize in writing content for online sales catalogs, or in writing email marketing campaigns.

You can choose the kind of copy you enjoy writing, and specialize in that.

How to Get Started

To get started, you need your own Web site. This is because Web copywriting involves writing for the search engines. Why? Because the search engines bring traffic to a site. Your job, as a Web copywriter, is both to get traffic to a site, and also to convert that traffic, so you make sales.

Your own site is your test bed. It helps you to develop your skills.

When you write sales content for your site you’re advertising your Web copywriting skills. The more proficient you are in getting traffic to your site, the more clients you’ll get.

I encourage you to test everything you write. Testing is the foundation of great Web copywriting. It’s essential. Initially you’ll test using the material you write for your own site – you’ll use those skills when you write copy for others, too.

If you enjoy selling, Web copywriting offers a new career. You’ll be in high demand, so get started today.

Selling Online? Increase your profits

Web copywriting skills are an essential tool for your online business success.

Whatever you’re selling: whether it’s your own products and service, or whether you’re acting as an affiliate for others, you must know how to sell online.

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Become a copywriter and get paid to write

Did you know that most business people struggle with their writing? It’s true. If you enjoy writing and find it easy, you can write for money, for business. In short, you can become a copywriter.

Copywriting is writing for business: promotional writing. Copywriters write material like advertisements and compared to most writers, they’re VERY highly paid.

The explosion of the influence of the Web means that copywriters are flooded with offers of work. Even new copywriters find it easy to get copywriting gigs and to build their copywriting services business.

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