& SAVE GUIDE: Top copywriting tips when you can't afford to hire a pro
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I'm always taken aback when people label me a copywriter. Technically,
I'm not. I write about effective copywriting for the Web and email - e.g., copy
that prompts readers to become customers. But I'm not formally trained as a direct
And like many of you, I can't afford to hire a
pricey professional copywriter when it comes to crafting persuasive copy for my
site. I write by trial and error. And rewrite a lot, especially on the product
pages in the WordBiz store.
Writing "sales copy" is a particular challenge for me. Perhaps because
I am formally schooled as a journalist, both reporter and editor. I'm wary
copywriter David Garfinkel
told me: "The more education you have, the less good a copywriter you will
be. Copywriting is really the everyday spoken language in written form."
Gulp... OK, so I have too
many degrees. I need help.
I decided to toss out the following question
to a bunch of my favorite copywriters:
don't have the budget to hire a professional copywriter, what are the top three
tips you'd offer a non-writer who's charged with developing results-oriented copy
for a Web site?|
answers I got are so good I've compiled them into an e-book report. Download instantly
as a PDF.
TOP TEN TAKEAWAYS
surprisingly, a number of the same points were emphasized by the following 14
experts (including Donna Baier Stein, Bob Bly, Don Hauptman, David Garfinkel
and Nick Usborne).
The top 10 keys to successful online "sales"
1. Grab attention with a great headline
2. Write from
your customer's point of view
3. Write about benefits, not features.
4. Read your copy out loud.
5. Get a colleague or customer to review
6. Write as if you're speaking to one person.
7. Be specific.
8. Be simple.
9. Include an offer (or link)
"above the fold."
10. Include testimonials.
is publisher of award-winning WordBiz Report. She's also a popular and
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has a B.A. in English from Harvard, a Masters in Journalism from the University
of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington