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[METHOD] 101 Copywriting Tips

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    101 Copywriting Tips

    Getting Started

    1. Start a swipe file. Good copywriters are always on the lookout for examples of good
    copy. When you find them, add them to your ?swipe file? for ideas when you get
    stumped. Of course it?s never advisable to plagiarize something another copywriter
    has written, but you can take a particularly well-written letter or ad and rework it so it
    works for what you?re selling.

    2. Spend time copying out excellent sales letters. Most of the world?s best copywriters
    will tell you that they got started by literally handwriting out some of the best sales
    letters of all time. Doing this will help you to learn the flow of a good sales letter and
    how to take readers from being mildly interested to pulling out their credit cards. A
    great place to find successful sales letter is http://ww.hardtofindads.com.

    3. Understand your customers to write more compelling copy. If you want to write
    copy that captures the attention of potential customers, you need to know who it is
    that you are writing for and what?s important to them. Take the time to clearly define
    your target market by researching them in online forums, reading the products they?re
    buying and conducting surveys. Who is your ideal customer? How old are there?
    Where do they live? What do they want out of life? What do they look for in products
    similar to yours? A lot of copywriters assume they are part of their own target market
    and don?t spend nearly enough time on this important step. Be sure you?ve researched
    your ideal customer inside and out before you ever write a word of copy!

    4. Start headline writing by brainstorming several options. No one ? not even the
    most seasoned copywriters ? get a headline right on the first try. So accept this and
    get started brainstorming headline ideas. Try creating one around each of the major
    benefits of your product. Other great ideas are to write a few in the style of ?How
    To?? or ?Discover?.?. You?ll find that the more you write, the easier it becomes to
    create great headlines. And when you?re done you can combine them to create the
    perfect one.

    5. Know where your prospects are in the buying process. There are 5 phases
    customers go through when making a purchase. First they IDENTIFY a want. They
    then SEARCH for a solution. Once potential solutions are found they EVALUATE
    the different options and then DECIDE on one. Finally they make their PURCHASE.
    By knowing which phase your customers are in when they arrive at your site you can
    better help guide them through the remaining phases.

    6. Make a big list of benefits and features before you begin writing. The more you
    have to work with, the easier the task. That goes for any writing project? and it?s
    especially true when writing sales letters. With plenty of resources and reference
    material at hand, writing copy is a breeze. The trick is to spend the time and effort
    digging up the gems before you begin.

    7. Know what action you want visitors to take before you write any copy. Before
    you write a word of copy, take the time to plan out how you want visitors to move
    around your site. Maybe it doesn?t make sense to try and sell them on their initial
    visit. This may be the case if you sell a product that is complicated to explain or that
    is a costly purchase. In this case you may want your sales copy to guide prospects to
    contact you to learn more or signup for a demo. Whatever action you want prospects
    to take, make sure your sales copy makes it very explicit. You will always see a better
    result from spelling out EXACTLY what you want prospects to do.

    8. Spend time crafting a great Unique Selling Proposition (USP). Your USP is the
    thing you offer that makes you different from everyone else in your industry. It may
    be your guarantee, your bonuses, your method of doing business... whatever it is,
    make sure your customers know it! Many companies have been very successful at
    making their USP their company tagline. Take Domino?s pizza for example ? ?madeto-
    order hot pizza delivered in 30 minutes or less ? guaranteed? is their USP and
    also the tagline that made them into one of the largest and most successful pizza
    chains in North America.

    9. Choose the best approach for your audience. In some industries, prospects respond
    better to an informative sales letter. This technique is often referred to as education
    marketing. Sometimes a very sales based approach is best. By knowing your
    prospects and what their biggest wants are, you?ll be able to determine the best
    approach for them.

    10. Before you start writing, create a plan. Always sit down and make at least a short
    plan before you start drafting your website or sales letter. Without a plan, you are
    more likely to get off-topic or to lose track of what you wanted to say next. Even a
    simple outline can keep you on track and help you ensure you don?t miss any
    important points.

    11. Always have a goal in mind when writing sales copy. The first thing you need to
    do before you write a single word is determine what you want to get out of your
    efforts. Perhaps you want to broaden your customer base to include different types of
    customers or maybe your goal is to increase your conversion rate. Regardless of what
    you?re aiming for ? you need to clearly define that goal ahead of time. Once you do,
    you will be much better equipped to steer your customers in the right direction
    through your copywriting. And you?ll have a way of measuring the success of your
    copy.

    12. Study your competitors. One of the most important activities that any online
    marketer can do is to study their competition. Know what your competitors are
    offering, how much they are charging and what marketing activities they are using to
    get their customers. Then use this information to be better then they are!

    13. Find out how your competitors look to their customers. Do they look competent
    and trustworthy, or do they have shortcomings that are quite obvious? Do they have a
    great technique for convincing customers to buy? Take advantage of what you learn,
    because there?s no rule against borrowing successful marketing techniques from
    anyone, even your competition.

    14. Learn how to turn features into benefits. Start by making two lists, the first should
    be the benefits of your product and the second should be the features. Now, combine
    the lists by transforming the features into additional benefits. Instead of just listing
    ?immediate access to ??, use ?YOU WILL GET immediate access to?? This is a
    good approach, because benefits sell products better than features. And, when you
    can turn your features into benefits you are explaining your product in a way that
    focuses on the reader rather than on your product.

    15. Study successful ads. One of the most important things that any writer can do is to
    read. Read online ads in Adwords, Traffic Exchanges and newsletters. Read ads in
    magazines to see how ad agencies are persuading prospects. In particular you should
    pay close attention to products and services that you know your target market is
    buying. Then take a similar approach with your sales letter.

    16. In your rush to launch your website, don?t neglect your sales letter. Launching a
    new website is an exciting time. But in your excitement, don?t let your sales letter
    suffer. It?s critical to your success that you take the time to thoroughly research your
    target market and address their wants in your sales letter. Failing to do so will result
    in dismal results and a lot of frustration!

    17. Determine what the ?hook? is. The dream of every copywriter is that they will be
    able to find the one ?hook? that grabs customers and doesn?t let them go until they?ve
    made a purchase. Although it?s not an easy task, it?s well worth the time spent to find
    the hook that is irresistible to your prospects. Once you?ve got it, craft your sales
    letter so that it uses the hook to convey to customers how well you understand their
    wants and positions your product or service as the best possible solution.

    18. Learn how to write compelling headlines from magazines. Take a trip to your
    local bookstore, grocery store or convenience store and scan the covers of magazines.
    You?re looking at one of the best examples of compelling copywriting. People buy
    magazines right off the rack for one reason ? the headlines. More specifically, it?s the
    short, bullet-like copy that sucks prospects in because they just have to learn more.
    Pay close attention to how these headlines are written and use that information to
    write better headlines for your site.

    19. Make testimonial gathering a part of your marketing. Glowing testimonials from
    satisfied customers is an excellent way to show new prospects the value of what you
    offer. To make sure you have a steady stream of new testimonials, follow-up with
    customers after each sale and respectfully ask for their feedback. Many customers
    will happily send along their thoughts and with their permission you can use their
    comments on your website. Nothing is more effective in convincing unsure prospects
    than hearing glowing words from others who were once unsure prospects themselves.

    20. Get endorsements to enhance your credibility. Endorsements from recognized
    experts or institutions in your field will immediately inject credibility into your sales
    letter. The best endorsements read like convincing testimonials plus they have the
    added impact of coming form a voice of authority. After all, what expert would risk
    their reputation to endorse a product for nothing? unless they really had no qualms
    about doing so because they absolutely loved the product!

    21. Create a list of possible objections. One of the biggest advantages a live salesperson
    has over a letter is that they can handle a prospect?s objections. Most sales are won or
    lost based on how well the seller is able to eliminate the potential buyers uncertainty!
    Before you write any copy, make an extensive list of possible reasons your customers
    may not want to buy what you?re selling. It may be that they?ll think it?s too
    expensive, not different enough from a competing product, difficult to use, too time
    consuming? or a million other things. Knowing why they might not buy gives you
    the opportunity to address these concerns head on in your sales copy.
    Writing Compelling Copy

    22. Make sure you copy sounds like a conversation. The more conversational your
    copy is, the more engaged your customers will feel. Nothing is worse then boring
    sales letters that sound distant and technical as they describe the features of the
    product. If a prospect is not engaged, he or she will not stick around long enough to
    even think about buying.

    23. Write your sales letter as though it is a letter to your mom. An old copywriting
    trick is to pretend you?re writing a letter to your mom. Explain to her all of the
    exciting details about your product or service. Then replace ?Dear Mom? with ?Dear
    Friend? and voila ? the perfect sales letter!

    24. Tell a compelling story. People are naturally more interested in stories then they are
    sales copy because they feel less pressure to buy. Use this fact to your advantage by
    telling a story that highlights the key benefits of your product or service. Need some
    inspiration? Consider telling the story about how you came to develop the product. Or
    profile a customer who is doing amazing things with your service.

    25. Make sure your headlines tell them everything they need to know. Most readers
    scan a web page to get the general idea of whether your product is something they?re
    interested in. Very few actually read your copy from beginning to end as you?ve
    written it. So accept this fact and make it easy for them to find out what they need to
    know to consider making a purchase. Work all of the important information such as
    benefits and your guarantee in to the headlines and subheadings. If you pique their
    interest they?ll go back and read the rest of the copy.

    26. Use bullet points instead of paragraphs to list benefits. Bulleted lists provide the
    reader with small, digestible tidbits of information that are easier to read than wordy
    paragraphs. Be brief. Don?t make each bullet point a new paragraph; otherwise you
    might as well just skip the bullets. Instead use them to tell the customers your
    product?s strongest benefits and make them excited to learn more.

    27. Avoid using periods at the end of bullet points. You can use a comma or a
    semicolon if you wish, but putting a period at the end will stop the eye. Give the
    reader a feeling of incompleteness, so that they will continue on to read the remaining
    bulleted items.

    28. Don?t try to appeal to different target audiences in one sales letter. The more your
    sales letter speaks to the wants of a prospect, the more likely you will be to make a
    purchase. The more targeted your sales letter, the better your results will be. If for
    example you sell golf products. You will have a difficult time writing a convincing
    sales letter that addresses both the wants of new players looking to learn the game and
    veterans interested in shaving a few strokes off. Remember, each market is attracted
    by different benefits. What ranks as the number one, most enticing advantage to one
    segment, might have little or no effect on another. If you have a product that appeals
    to different groups, be sure that you address each individually. It may mean separate
    sites but that?s a small price to pay for the increase in revenue.

    29. Include a headline on your order form page. Don?t stop selling the prospect once
    they click through to your order page. Many site owners simply use a generic title,
    which does nothing to tell the prospect that he or she is headed in the right direction
    to achieving everything your promised in your sales copy. Use this space to keep the
    prospect excited so they take the final step and enter their credit card information.

    30. Include more than one P.S. if it makes sense. If one P.S. is good, then two or three
    must be even better! If you have more than one important thing to say at the end of
    your letter, go ahead and include more than one P.S. For example, if you summarize
    your offer in the first P.S. then add a second one that reminds them about your money
    back guarantee. And maybe even put in a third one that gives a killer testimonial from
    a customer. Just be careful not to overdo it. Make each P.S. well worth your
    prospect?s time to read it. Don?t just repeat the identical words you?ve already used in
    your copy or it may come across as being a sales gimmick.

    31. Don?t neglect the opening paragraph. So you?ve crafted a killer headline that sucks
    prospects in like a vacuum? but are you losing them with a weak opening
    paragraph? Be sure to spend time creating an intriguing opener that will grab your
    visitor?s attention. They should want to keep reading just to find out what you?re
    going to say next. A good way to get started is to think about how you would begin
    your pitch if you were selling your product face to face. Imagine that you?re talking to
    a prospect who is interested in buying but is still far from being ?sold? on your
    product. What would make him want to know more?

    32. Recycle your discarded headlines. A great source of compelling bullet points is the
    headlines you opted not to use. Rework them and use them throughout your sales
    copy to deliver short, hard-hitting reasons a prospect should buy.

    33. Answer your reader?s biggest question, ?what?s in it for me?? Potential
    customers are only interested in one thing ? what your product or service can do for
    THEM. Don?t make them guess or read between the lines. Explicitly state what
    owning your product can do for them. By painting a compelling picture you?ll make
    them want to buy!

    34. Use the AIDA method. AIDA is an acronym for Attention, Interest, Desire, Action.
    These are the steps a well-crafted sales letter will guide prospects through. Remember
    this formula when writing your sales letter and you?ll be able to suck your prospects
    in and leave them little choice but to buy!

    35. Have a call to action on every page. One of the biggest mistakes inexperienced
    copywriters make is not telling prospects EXACTLY what they should do. Hit them
    over the head with it and then make it so simple that they can?t mess it up.

    36. Put a call to action on your submit buttons. Don?t waste this space by simply using
    the generic ?Submit?. Instead use it to make a final push to get potential customers to
    take action. For example, if it?s a free report they?re opting in for; make the button
    say, ?Yes! Send me my report NOW!? This will reinforce what they?re getting and
    keep them excited.

    37. Use the word FREE. Everyone loves the word free. In fact, it?s one of the most
    compelling words you can use in your copywriting. Whenever possible include it in
    your sales letter to grab your readers? attention. This may be an obvious usage such as
    offering a ?Free gift with purchase? or a less obvious one like ?Free up some time
    using the amazing?? In both cases your prospective customers will sit up and take
    notice!

    38. Show a before and after scenario. A great way to tell a story that motivates
    prospects to buy is to tell them about before and after scenarios. By painting a picture
    of how someone similar to them had their problem solved, pain eliminated or want
    fulfilled, you?ll help them visualize owning your product. Sometimes all it takes is a
    specific example to illustrate for prospects what a difference your product can make
    in their life.

    39. Use envy as a motivator. Envy is a hot button. If you can make potential customers
    envious of you or envious of others then you will evoke an emotional response that
    can be a very powerful motivator. This is most easily achieved by telling a story
    about how someone has been able to solve their biggest problems or achieve their
    biggest goal ? using your product or service of course!

    40. Aggravate your prospect?s pain. This doesn?t have to be physical pain. It can be
    emotional pain or even an unfilled want that is bothering them. By talking about their
    pain they?ll think you?re talking directly to them. And once they?ve been reminded of
    it, they?ll be eager to find out what you suggest as a solution!

    41. Tell stories. People have to be able to project themselves into owning your product.
    A great way to do this is to tell them stories that they can relate to. Paint a vivid
    picture that describes a typical person who owns your product and exactly what it has
    done for them. By using stories to highlight the main benefits of your product you?re
    selling prospects without them feeling like they?re being sold. As a result they?ll be
    less likely to resist.

    42. Watch your refund rate to determine whether your copy is strong enough. Not
    everyone will agree, but some of the best copywriters in the world claim that a good
    measure of how well your copy is written is how many refund requests you receive.
    Common sense would seem to suggest that if you have no refunds then your copy is
    doing well. But quite the opposite may be true. If your copy is so well written that
    people find themselves compelled to take out their credit cards and buy immediately
    then you?ll be making more sales. And as a result you?ll have a few people who buy
    and then later regret it. But the increase in sales far outweighs the few extra refunds.
    However, if more than 5% of purchases are refunded then you?ve probably gone too
    far and should consider revising your copy.

    43. Make your sales letter as long as it needs to be to get the job done. Since people
    first started selling on the Internet the debate over long vs. short copy has raged on.
    Instead of wasting time worrying about the length of your sales letter, work on
    making it as compelling as you can. However long it needs to be to make prospects
    buy is the perfect length.

    44. Add your personality to your sales letter. Don?t be afraid to let customers get to
    know you and see your enthusiasm for your product in your sales letter. By adding
    some of your own personality you will help prospects attach a real person to your site.
    Remember, your copy is your sales person. Unlike a physical store where you can
    greet customers with a warm smile, you have to rely on words to let people get to
    know you.

    45. Don?t hide behind ?we?. A lot of online business owners feel it?s more professional
    to write their letter using ?we? even though the business only has one employee! If
    it?s just you, then be proud and use ?I? in your sales letter.
    46. Use the space "above the fold? wisely?. When copywriters refer to ?above the fold?
    they mean the part of the screen that is displayed when a prospect visits your site ?
    before they scroll down. This is an extremely important area for grabbing attention
    because it is all a potential customer will see if they only stick around for a few
    seconds. So make it count! Include a compelling offer, shocking headline, strong
    benefit, guarantee or great testimonial. Whatever you think will best work to grab the
    visitor?s attention and suck them into your site.

    47. Load your copy with as many benefits as you can think of. Benefits ? not features
    - are what sell products. So when you want to craft copy that sells you need to stay
    focused on what the customer will get from using the product. A good way to
    approach this is to answer the question ?what?s in it for me?? from a prospects point
    of view.

    48. Don?t leave it to your prospect?s imaginations ? tell them! Tell your potential
    customers through creative imagery, what they can do with the product or service that
    you are offering. Don?t stop by simply telling the reader the features ? tell them how
    the features will improve their life and make them feel. A good way to get ideas of
    how to approach this is to watch late night infomercials! Infomercials are famous for
    taking the creative imagery approach when selling a product.
    49. Tell them why. When writing a call to action for your visitors, always tell them
    WHY they need to act right away. The more specific you can be, the better. And a
    good trick is to include the word ?because?. For example, ?buy now because in one
    week we?ll be raising the price by $20?. If you give someone a good, sound reason to
    take a specific action they are much more likely to do what you want.

    50. Always include a caption with photographs. This way, your visitors will see the
    photo and know immediately why it?s there and how it relates to the rest of the
    information on the page. This is a common practice with newspaper journalists, who
    know that typically the first thing a reader looks at is the photos. So don?t waste this
    valuable space!

    51. Always include a powerful PS. You can use this valuable space to reiterate an offer
    or guarantee that you have made, restate the strongest benefits, give your contact
    information or even to offer an extra bonus for a fast response. Studies have shown
    that people often read the PS area before the actual letter, especially when it stands
    out. When testing your sales copy be sure to test different PS?s to find the one that
    works best with your prospects.

    52. Remember, prospects are judging your credibility when they read your copy.
    Never assume that your site visitors are going to believe what you tell them - unless
    you are already a known entity. Keep this in mind and write your copy in a way that
    shows your honesty and sincerity. Two great ways to boost your credibility are to
    provide proof that what you?re saying is true and include real testimonials. When you
    quote someone, or you include a statistic in your site copy, be sure to state where you
    got the information. Use trusted sources whenever possible, so that your readers know
    that you are trying to provide them with accurate and verifiable information.

    53. Create a sense of urgency. Make your readers believe that there is a sense of
    urgency ? that they must act NOW or risk losing out. Great ways to do this are to
    have a limited time offer, limited supply, free gift included for a limited time or even
    a seasonal special. But be sure you don?t ruin your credibility by not following
    through. If you say the price will increase in 2 weeks, make sure you really do
    increase it.

    54. Use the word ?because? in your headlines and email subjects. Copywriting
    experts say that the word ?because? will motivate visitors to take action like few other
    words. This may be because people like feeling there is a good reason for doing
    something. Try changing your headline to include the word ?because? and see the
    results for yourself.

    55. Use ?you? when addressing your reader. Write your sales copy as though you were
    writing a letter and appeal to the individual, rather than the world in general. By
    making your copy more personal, you?ll make your prospects feel like you?re talking
    directly to them and they?ll naturally be more engaged.

    56. Keep in mind the old adage, ?If it seems too good to be true, it probably is?. And,
    remember that you?re not the only one who has heard this! It?s important to keep your
    claims realistic and believable so that prospective customers don?t feel like they?re
    being swindled. One important way to make your sales letter believable is to be
    specific. Back up any claims with facts and use specific numbers whenever possible.
    Then show prospects that you believe in the quality of your product by offering a
    strong guarantee.

    57. Load up your first paragraph with benefits. Start off with a strong opening
    paragraph by highlighting the most important benefits of your product or service. If
    you are offering a time-saver ? then expand on that! If you are offering a cost-saver ?
    then expand on that! Whatever customer want it is that you can fulfill, focus on it
    throughout the first paragraph and prospects will want to learn more.

    58. Use short, to the point sentences. Website copy should consist of short sentences,
    with no more than three sentences per paragraph to be effective. If you present too
    much text, you might as well present no text at all! Prospects will leave your site
    immediately if they arrive and it looks like a textbook.

    59. Don?t talk over your prospects? heads. The rule of thumbs is to write for a 7-9th
    grade level, using words that everyone will know and understand. If you must use
    technical jargon be sure to explain it so that you don?t lose your readers because they
    have no idea what you?re saying. If you don?t make a good impression on people
    from the first interaction, they are much less likely to become customers in the future.

    60. Make your customers believe you can help them achieve their goals. Your goal, in
    writing website copy is to demonstrate to your customers exactly how you can help
    them to achieve their goals. This means more than just providing a product or
    service. You need to show your customers that you are committed to helping them
    solve problems that are keeping them from getting what they want.

    61. Let prospects get to know you. Giving your potential customers a sense of who you
    are and what your company stands for is a great way to build trust. And studies have
    shown over and over again that people are more likely to buy from someone they
    know and trust. So start building a relationship with your prospects the same way you
    would with a new friend ? by telling them a bit about who is behind the website.

    62. Use white space to your advantage. White space is useful for highlighting important
    thoughts and ideas that you don?t want your readers to miss. Use it on your website to
    draw attention to important benefits, bulleted lists and subheadings. It?s also a great
    way to make your sales copy look less intimidating. Nothing scares prospective
    customers away faster then large blocks of text. While you would not necessarily
    want to use this technique for print ads because of the cost, it?s a great tool for online
    sales letters that is often overlooked or misused.

    63. Be honest and realistic. While you want your customers to believe that you can help
    them to solve their problems, be honest about what your product or service can ?and
    cannot - do. If your product is a timesaver, focus on how much time. If you offer a
    service that will save your customers money, focus on how much money they can
    save. It?s expected that you?ll over-estimate a little, but never over-promise when you
    know you can?t follow through.

    64. Remember that pleasure is a great motivator. Find ways to appeal to your
    prospects? desire for pleasure, like telling them that they will have more free time,
    more money or be more beautiful if they buy your product or use your service. These
    are great ways to approach a customer in need, and they will help you achieve the
    pleasure of higher sales numbers!

    65. Load your text up with benefits. Come up with a list of as many benefits as you
    possibly can and make it a point to include them ALL in your sales letter. The more
    the better! To get started, spend time taking a serious look at what you are offering.
    List all of the benefits that you can and want to provide to your customers. Is it access
    to something they want? Is it increased profits? Is it better self-esteem or a better
    appearance? Whatever the benefits ? get them in the text early and often for the best
    results.

    66. Appeal to your prospect?s emotions. Great copywriters know that customers make
    the decision to buy on an emotional level, and then seek logical reasons to back up
    that decision. Use this to your advantage and appeal to your prospects? emotions as a
    way to suck them into your sales letter. Tap into their desire to protect their children,
    eliminate pain, feel empowered? Then back it up with all of the benefits your
    product offers so they can justify their decision.

    67. Use testimonials and case studies that show specific results. The best evidence you
    can provide to back up the claims in your sales copy is real results that are measurable
    and achievable. Choose testimonials that state actual results in detail such as dollars
    made or saved, number of customers acquired, time saved, etc. The more specific
    they are, the better job your testimonials will do of convincing new prospects that
    your product can help them too.

    68. Don?t be afraid to admit your shortcomings. Be willing to admit your
    shortcomings ? it shows integrity, openness, and honesty. No product is perfect and
    your prospects know it. Prospects expect you to rave about your product and describe
    it in the most glowing of terms. That?s fine for the most part. But admit a flaw or
    weakness and you?ve added credibility to your message. Prospects are much more
    likely to buy into your beliefs when you level with them and admit your product isn?t
    the perfect answer for everyone.

    69. Include bonuses to add value. Bundling your product with high quality bonuses
    such as a free gift, related ebook, audio download, coaching session or coupon is a
    great way to increase the perceived value of your offer. The key to successfully using
    bonuses is to make them relevant and only available through you. Then tell your
    customer just how much these extras would sell for individually. The better the value
    being offered, the more likely the customer will be to take the deal!

    70. Focus on value instead of price. Increasing the perceived value of your offer is more
    effective than discounting the price in most cases. People have a hard time passing up
    what they believe is good value for their money. And, value offers are a much better
    way to make your product stand out in a highly competitive market.

    71. Offer your customers a money back guarantee whenever possible. Fear keeps
    people from buying. Help your prospects overcome their fear by offering a hassle free
    money back guarantee. They?ll be more likely to consider your offer if they know that
    they can get a refund if they?re not satisfied. Be sure to explain your guarantee clearly
    on your website ? including what the guarantee covers and how long they have to
    claim it. And keep in mind that the more personal you make your guarantee, the more
    likely customers will be to believe it. A good way to do this is to write it in the first
    person and add your signature at the bottom.

    72. Offer people results instead of products. Customers rarely go looking for a product.
    What they go looking for is the desired result. For example, if they want to learn
    about something, they buy a book that teaches them about that topic. It?s the
    knowledge they want, not the book itself. So sell the results and benefits of what you
    are selling, more than you sell the product or service itself. This will definitely get
    more people buying, because they will quickly see how you can help them to solve
    their problems!

    73. Make your copy believable. The first rule of successful copywriting is to make your
    copy believable. Avoid exaggeration, and be aware that people are not going to
    immediately trust you enough to accept whatever you tell them! By being honest, you
    are making a great effort to gain the trust of your visitors and your bottom line is
    likely to show the result.

    74. Avoid excessive punctuation. Exclamation points certainly have their place in sales
    copy, but be careful not to use excessive punctuation on your website!!! Doing so can
    give the reader the impression that you are exaggerating your claims. People are
    suspicious of marketing people to begin with, and are on the lookout for signs of
    dishonest claims. Use only one exclamation point or question mark at a time.

    75. Make sure that your site design encourages visitors to read your text. If your site
    is full of flashing text and animations that draw the visitors? attention away from the
    copy that you have worked so hard to craft, then what?s the point? Make sure that
    your copy is the focal point of your site ? at least on the page where your sales letter
    is. If your site makes a good impression on customers, then you have a much greater
    chance of making a sale.

    76. Use testimonials. People don?t like to be the only one buying something. Show
    prospects that others have bought from you and have been satisfied with their
    purchase by including honest testimonials in your sales letter. Testimonials go a long
    way in assuring potential customers that you will deliver as promised, and that you
    have a happy existing customer base. The best kind are unsolicited ones, but if you
    need some to get started with simply contact your customers and ask them to give you
    feedback.

    77. Guide prospects toward purchasing - don?t push them. Pushy sales people do
    nothing more than irritate potential customers. And by writing a sales letter that is full
    of hype, you?re putting that pushy sales person in front of every prospect who visits
    your site. A better approach is to use persuasion and honesty to guide people to buy.
    Concentrate on pulling in your readers by giving them a solid emotional reason to
    believe what you say ? a strong testimonial or a sincere thank you from an
    appreciative customer. This will go much further than demanding sales copy.

    78. Focus on what your prospects want ? not what they need. If you write your web
    copy to focus on what people NEED, they will be much less inclined to look at your
    product than they would be if you were focusing on what they WANT. People are
    always on the lookout for ways to get what they want, because wants are emotional.
    And when logical needs come up against emotional wants ? the emotions always win
    out!

    79. Let your passion show through. Show your customers that you love to talk about
    your products by letting your excitement shine through. Invariably, when you are
    excited about what you are offering it will get others excited as well. It?s easy for you
    to be sincere when you care about your customers and your products, and almost
    everyone who visits your site will see this immediately.

    80. Don?t use price as a point of competition. If you engage in a price war with your
    competitors, you only end up hurting your own bottom line. Instead, find ways to
    write outstanding copy that demonstrates what it is about your product that makes it
    better than what competitors are offering. A lot of great copywriters have sold more
    expensive products then their competition because the value was perceived as higher.
    It?s often been said that it takes the same amount of effort to sell a $20 item as it does
    to sell a $200 one!

    81. Avoid using humor. The problem with trying to be funny in your copy is that not
    everyone gets a chuckle out of the same thing. What one person enjoys may offend
    another ? or worse, go right over their head. Instead keep your sales copy personable
    and professional. You can always include jokes in your newsletter or on your blog if
    you think the majority of your customers will enjoy them.

    82. Pose a question to your prospects. By posing a question either in your headline or in
    the first few sentences of your web copy you are making your prospects think. Ask
    questions that are thought provoking such as ?How do you see yourself in 5, 10 or 20
    years?? However you can grab the readers? attention, and get them to engage in your
    site copy, you need to do it!

    83. Use the phrase ?How To?? in your headline. While this may seem like a very
    over-used phrase ? it?s definitely not! Nothing gets people to think that you are there
    to help them more than the words, how to? The reader believes that you are going
    to teach them something ? and they have a natural inclination to keep reading.

    84. Identify the biggest benefit of your product ? and put it right up front in your
    headline. There?s no reason to hold off. Often you only have a few seconds to
    convince a prospect they should stay on your site and read your sales letter. So use
    this time wisely and tell them immediately what exactly your product will do for
    them.

    85. Put a number in your headline to make it more believable. In general, odd
    numbers seem to catch the attention of site visitors more often than even numbers.
    This tactic also seems to work really well for email subject lines. Some ideas are
    ?Raise your sales by 10% over night? ?Look and Feel Better in 3 Days or Less? and
    ?15 Minutes Now for a Better Tomorrow?.

    86. If your guarantee sets your company apart, tell prospects about it upfront. A
    guarantee is a good way to get customers thinking that you can and will back up what
    you promise, and it makes them much more likely to make a purchase the first time
    they visit your site. Guarantees are as much of an incentive as a price reduction, so try
    to offer one whenever you possibly can.

    87. Use deadlines to create a sense of urgency. For example, ?If you purchase X by
    midnight on December 15, we will also throw in a ?? is a good way to let customers
    know that they need to buy now or they?ll be missing out. Make sure that you
    enforce your deadlines, or your customers will stop feeling that sense of urgency that
    you are trying to stir within them. People react to deadlines ? and the closer the
    deadline to the time of their initial visit ? the better.

    88. Make a groundbreaking announcement in your headline. Of course this only
    works if you truly have something interesting to announce. But when you do, this is a
    great way to grab a reader?s attention. The announcement should cater to the desire of
    the reader to improve some specific aspect of their life. Tell them that your
    revolutionary approach is making a difference in so many lives? and then tell them
    HOW.

    89. Make headlines digestible. Whenever possible, keep your headlines to one sentence
    with very few words. You need enough to capture the attention of your readers, but
    not enough to intimidate them. The purpose of a headline is to entice readers to keep
    reading, to appeal to their senses and emotions in a way that gets their attention in one
    or two seconds. Keep in mind that it?s not meant to tell the whole story, but rather to
    pique the interest of potential customers and make them want to continue reading.

    90. Answer all of your prospects? objections. Customers ? especially on the web ? tend
    to be sceptical of new websites and the products they offer. As a result they are likely
    to come up with several objections as to why they cannot buy what you?re selling.
    Help them overcome their uncertainty by answering all of their objections in your
    sales copy. Although your product will never appeal to everyone, you can greatly
    increase your sales if you help people understand why their objections are unfounded.

    91. Make sure you have a strong start and a strong finish. If you?ve ever been to a
    rock concert you know how important it is to have a strong start and a strong finish.
    Approach your copywriting in much the same way. Get prospects hooked in the
    beginning with copy they can?t help but read? then end on a high note!

    92. Highlight text to make the important points stand out. How you present your copy
    is as important as what you say. If prospects land on your sales page and it looks like
    a lot of work to read it ? they?ll leave. A great way to help break up text is to
    highlight or bold important sentences or phrases. The highlighted text will pop out at
    readers and leave them wanting more!

    93. Work on the parts of your copy that will be read the most. Although all of your
    copy is important in it?s own way, there are five parts of every sales letter that you
    should pay particularly close attention to. They are your headline, subheadings, first
    sentence of every paragraph, first bullet point in a list and the PSs. These are the parts
    that will be read the most. And if they?re compelling, potential customers will want to
    learn more.

    Improving your Copy

    94. Test your headlines. There are several places you can try out your headline to see if
    it inspires people to take action. You can make it into a PPC ad, use it as your forum
    signature, run a classified ad, use it as your eBay product name, use it as an email
    subject line or use it as your ad in the traffic exchanges. All of these options force you
    to say a lot with only a few words. If you?re successful at getting people excited using
    these methods, then you can bet it will make an effective headline.

    95. Split test your copy to find what works best. The most profitable sites always split
    test their copy to make sure it?s converting as many browsers into buyers as possible.
    Start with the elements of your copy that have the biggest impact ? headline,
    subheadline and first paragraph. Once you?ve perfected them, move on to change
    other elements and see whether it makes a difference. A great split testing tool is Easy
    Split Test (http://www.easysplittest.com). But remember, the key to effective split
    testing is to only change ONE element on the page at a time. If you change the
    headline, subheadline and opening paragraph, how will you know which change was
    responsible for the increased conversion rate?

    96. Get feedback from your customers. Listen to what your customers want and write
    your copy to address their concerns. Not sure what they want? Some great ways to
    find out are to: ask them on your squeeze page, conduct a survey, ask them in an exit
    popover, encourage feedback with a form on your site and even by paying attention to
    which keywords bring them to your site (through PPC or the natural search engines).
    When you know what it is that they want, you can position your website as the best
    place to get it!

    97. Once you?ve written your sales copy, put it away for a few days. As soon as you
    finish writing your sales letter you will naturally think it?s the best piece of
    copywriting ever written. But before you declare it your final draft, put it away for a
    few days and see how you feel about it when you read it with fresh eyes. Then
    pretend you?re a prospect and read it from their point of view.

    98. Have someone proofread your sales letter for you. If you can afford a professional
    editor then that is definitely the best option. If not, at least have a few friends read it
    for grammar and spelling. You can also request a free copywriting critique from the
    members at http://www.copywritersboard.com

    99. Read your copy out loud. One of the best ways to ensure that your copy flows nicely
    and is well written is to read it out loud. If you?re tripping over sentences or getting
    lost while reading then your customers will too. Once you?ve done that, have
    someone else read it out loud to you so you can determine any areas they have
    problems with.

    100. Proofread your copy 3 times before placing it anywhere. If your site is full of
    typos, misspelling and misused words people are going to wonder where else you
    lack expertise. Don?t undermine your credibility with unnecessary mistakes. It only
    takes a few moments to look over your text, or to ask someone you trust to look over
    it as an extra set of eyes.

    101. Never be afraid to review your existing copy. On average, professional
    copywriters spend more time editing than they do writing. If they don?t get it right the
    first time then chances are you won?t either! So if your prospects are not responding
    in the way that you had hoped, take some time to review your copy and rewrite the
    sections that need work. Test different styles of copy and track the results so that you
    know what is working ? and what is not.

    Enjoy ..... :cool2:
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  2. haoNhack44

    haoNhack44 Junior Member

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    Very nice. I especially like the last few points about improving your copy. Testing, responding to feedback, coming back in a few days, getting another set of eyes on it. SO important. Sometimes it can be "easy" to throw something together and think you made a masterpiece, but that's not usually the case
     
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  3. StarWorks

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    Didn't read everything; however, what I did read was quite comprehensive. Informative post for those new to the copywriting game.
     
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  4. skittles

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    Wow this is impressive - thanks for the tips! Putting up a sales copy soon :) thanks
     
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  5. actnews

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    As you said here the copywririting need more skill specially on commercial one if you need to sell a products or services.
     
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