Monthly Archives: September 2010
Should Your Copywriting Be Clever?
Clever copywriting as opposed to what? Well, a while back I was asked to take part in an online Q&A session with The Guardian about copywriting as a career. During this discussion the question was asked whether copywriting should be clean or clever. Clean copywriting is all about producing very tight, concise and compelling […]Read more
Are freelance copywriters the only people who can write persuasive copy? I would love to answer that with a yes, but anyone can write persuasively if they have the time and inclination. But as time is a rare commodity these days it is often more cost effective to use a professional copywriter. Creating a […]Read more
Making The Most Of Local Search
The chances are, if you’re reading this you have a website and do a fair amount of online marketing – or at least you’re beginning to. Local search is becoming a very important tool for many businesses. Twenty or Thirty years ago, if someone wanted to find a local service provider, they’d look in the […]Read more
What’s The Point of Copywriting?
There definitely is one – an enormous one. To give you a clue, it is something you should be thinking about even before you pick up your pen or strike a key on your keyboard. Have you worked out what it is yet? Purpose Everything you write must have a purpose. If it doesn’t, what’s […]Read more
How Does Copywriting Start?
If you are scratching your head trying to come up with the answer to that question, I can confirm it is not… “Once upon a time…” (Just in case you were wondering) Copywriting is sales and marketing writing. It is designed to persuade the reader to buy a product or service. But when I […]Read more
Sales Letters – Getting Your Reader to Focus
OK you men out there – we know what’s on your mind. Don’t try to deny it, I read somewhere that you think about sex every six seconds so it must be true. The problem with that is, as a copywriter, it causes a bit of a problem. No matter what I write, there’s […]Read more
Website Copywriting 101
As a website copywriter I know how difficult it can be to create text that is appealing, interesting and that converts readers into customers. So if you insist on going it alone and writing your own web copy, I can sympathise with you. But sadly, when companies do write their own copy they start […]Read more
Use Press Releases For Free Publicity
The humble press release is one of the most effective ways of promoting your business online. Being online it will hang around in cyberspace for a long time. So if you’ve written it including your keywords it could potentially send targeted traffic to your website for eternity – or at least for as long […]Read more
The Reason Why People Blog
Does it seem like everyone else is blogging except for you? There’s an exclusive club out there and you’re not part of it. So what is blogging all about anyway and why are so many people doing it? What on earth do they have to write about? What on earth would you write about? Does […]Read more