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Tips For Writing A Strong Press Release

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  1. t0mmy

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    Tips For Writing A Strong Press Release

    The press release is making a come back. It used to be a very easy to boost your SERPs back in the day when spam ruled the SEO world, but it soon became hard to rank a website with just press releases alone. (Those were the good old days!)

    Well, the press release is making a comeback, which is something I have been predicting for a while now, I've mentioned it in a few threads here. Not only is regular press release distribution great for link diversity, but it can help you get featured on major news sites. This is great for links of course, but it also gives your website more credibility. If you were shopping on two identical websites and one had a big "As seen on Fox News!" graphic wouldn't you feel more confident shopping on that site? The average person is going to assume that website is better because they were featured on Fox News.

    Anyone can write a press release, but only those that know what they are doing will see success. There are thousands of press releases sent out every single hour, so you need to REALLY know how to stand out. These are some tips that will help you write better press releases and increase your odds of getting some worthwhile exposure.



    1. Write a Title That Pulls People In

    Your title is the most important part of your press release. A bad title will kill any chance you possibly had at getting links or any exposure. A bad title is the same as taking the money it costs to send out your press release and throwing it in the trash. There isn't a single webmaster or editor that will see a bad title and want to read more incase the actual press release is good. It will never happen.

    There is so much content online, so you need to create a click bait title that people aren't going to be able to resist. The majority of press releases are boring, so the only chance of getting people interested is with a title that can't be ignored. Make it so good that people have no choice but to click on it.



    2. Create an Intro That Summarizes the Entire Press Release

    The intro of your press release is the second most important part, right after the title. This is the one to two sentences that comes after the title and is the header before the actual press release starts. There are some people that will glance at the title and if that grabs their attention they will read the intro. A boring intro won't get them to dive into your first paragraph so you need it to hit just as hard as the title.

    It should let the reader know what to expect if they decide to take the plunge and continue to the first paragraph. If you need some creative motivation go read Buzzfeed. They are very creative when it comes to titles and headlines. You almost have to think like them if you want to stand out from the rest.



    3. Include All Important Information in the First Paragraph

    The person deciding whether or not to publish your press release will never read past the first paragraph. Actually, most won't even read the first paragraph. They will typically make up their mind from just the title and the intro that sits right below the title. But, there are some smaller, niche websites that will read into a press release a bit more to decide. So, you need to make sure you appeal to them as well.

    What is the important news worthy announcement you are making? What makes your press release stand out from the other thousands of press releases being sent out the same day? Why should every media outlet want to publish this press release? All of these questions need to be highlighted in the first paragraph, consisting of no more than 3 to 5 sentences. Make your points clear and make them simple to digest. If someone is confused they won't stop to try to understand it; they will skip over your press release and move on to the next one.



    4. Publish Quotes That Websites Can Use

    Don't forget that not everyone who is searching through fresh press releases is looking to just republish the whole thing. Some media outlets search them to get information on related topics and news stories. I've seen plenty of times when we sent out a press release and a major website republished a quote found in the release and linked to the company.

    For this reason, always include 2 - 3 quotes from a prominent person that represents the company on the press release. Quotes from the CEO or owner always attract more attention than just a regular employee. I like to always include at least one quote in every paragraph. This presents every person with an opportunity to use a quote from your release, no matter how much they read down.



    5. Include Full Contact Information

    Sending out a press release should always be thought of as more of a publicity play than just for getting links. Back in the day you could do a press release full of fake contact information and just load it up with exact match anchor text links. You can't get away with that any longer. A lot of the distribution outlets now want to verify phone numbers and emails on the domain associated with the press release.

    You also want to include detailed contact information so media people can contact you incase they have questions. A lot of the really big major news outlets will not only look for press releases to just publish on their sites, but they also search them to find information to add to existing stories that are in the works. If you don't have a business phone number use a forwarding service that gives you an 800 number that just forwards to your cell phone. It can help any website and press release look more professional.



    6. Don't Over Optimize for SEO

    I keep talking about the old school press release strategies used, and how to avoid that same way of thinking. The quality of the actual press release writing was never a concern. It was basically just words to surround keywords like "law firm San Diego" or "make money online." Now, I wouldn't ever use an exact keyword as anchor text in a press release.

    I will typically suggest including 3 links in your press releases. One company name, one URL and then a generic "here" or "click here" that points to an inner page. You risk over optimizing if you do use a spammy anchor, especially if your press release goes viral and thousands of websites pick it up. Thousands of company name and naked URL anchors won't hurt you in the event that your press release attracts the largest websites. One thing to remember: if your release gets published on top sites it will also



    7. Include Video & Images

    The major press release distribution outlets will allow you to include videos and images, so make sure to pack them full of as much interactive media as possible. Back in the day nobody cared about anything other than just the links, so there was no interest in actually attracting people to read a release.

    Most websites have some YouTube videos, so include interesting ones. You should also include your website logo as one of the images and then images related to whatever the topic of your press release covers. For example, if you are announcing the hiring of a new employee, include a picture of that person. If you are announcing a new business partnership, include the partner's logo. Use media to make your press release more interesting.



    8. Use Reputable Distribution Channels

    There are a lot of websites that will claim to get your press release seen by all the right eyes. There are really only a small handful of distribution channels that actually get you picked up by larger websites. When you read the fine print at some of the websites you will see they send them to websites but they don't guarantee they ever get picked up. Anyone can send an email, but the reputable outlets have direct feeds and contacts that result in published releases.

    Writing an effective press release takes experience and also full knowledge and understanding of what news outlets want to see. There are thousands of press releases distributed every single day, and only so much space to publish them. Not every press release that is submitted is going to get published on major websites.


    I wrote this after a few conversations here in my recent threads about press releases making a come back and how they're often overlooked. I hope these few simple tips will help you all in crafting the perfect Press Release. Any questions or feedback fire away below. Until next time.. Ciao for now! ;)
     
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  2. bugmaster

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    Thank you for this, It is very useful and something that most companies could use.
     
  3. moonshine7000

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    Thanks Tommy you always post some good stuff.A press release is also good for creating a good parasite as well.
     
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    Another great thread by t0mmy.
    May I ask what is your preferred PR distributor?
     
  5. t0mmy

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    We use PRWeb and newswire most of the time.. they give the most reach to quality premium news sites and the best bang for buck.


    Cheers for the feedback guys!
     
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    Nice buddy, Thanks for sharing this information after I'll use this information as well as.
    Thank you
     
  7. pressrelease

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    Thanks for wonderful post.as an owner of newly built press release site,i also wants to add one more thing.
    Please dont make your press release like an classified ad or ezine article,a press release means somethinh informative about your company or product,not an article on weight loss program. i generally delete around 20 releases a day as these are more like classified ads.
     
  8. SigmundFreud

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    Thanks for these useful tips. I'm thinking of starting with Newswire but I honestly don't have anything newsworthy. And I don't want to have a press release like "Meet Our New CEO" or that sort of stuff. I was thinking of doing something for charity and then doing a press release about it.
    Any other suggestions/tips?
     
  9. akzidennz

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    Thanks for the great post and useful tips. I've used PRWeb for dist which is great. Do you use any others?