Monthly Archives: September 2007

“Free Copywriting Tips For Beginners – 10 Hours of Audio Mp3′s”

I have already been told I am insane for giving away my copywriting blueprint formula – 10 hours of pure content on what it will take you to become a copywriter, learn copywriting from someone who’s doing what you want to be able to do.

You must think I am certifiable and maybe I am. Why would I want to give away my copywriting tips for beginners . . . and allow people to become a copywriter for free?

Good question. The answer - Law Of Reciprocation!

When I recorded these 10 hours, I started with copywriting tips for beginners and ended with some real meaty bits which even seasoned copywriters discovered they could still learn copywriting. Many of my testimonials are from these very audios. When I did these originally people paid $97 just to listen and they are worth and they should now sell for $197.

I want to give them to you, without any strings attached, without you needing to invest even one cent. On top of this, I want you to give away my copywriting blueprint formula so you can help your own subscribers, customers and other entrepreneurs grasp basic copywriting and create great sales copy.

By the time you have listened, taken notes and applied my basic copywriting blueprint formula you will be well on your way to increasing your sales and profits.

Go to:

www.TrevorCrook.com

“Dedicated to Kicking Your Ass Until you Succeed!”

Warmly

Trevor ‘Toe Cracker’ Crook

PS. Seriously, I want to help you and even if you have this as part of magic words sell, the only way you can give this away is to take a look. YOU are not obligated to do this or even pay it forward. However when you want to help yourself as well as and other like-minded entrepreneurs can get basic copywriting tips for FREE . . . and you want to unleash the awesome power of the “Law of Reciprocation” and have it giving back to you 10, 100 even 1,000 time – then go to:

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“Basic Copywriting Tip on Search Engine Optimization gets No. 1 on Google in 72 Hours”

As you learn copywriting you have no doubt been curious about seo copywriting and put it in the too bloody hard basket like I did for so long.

Two months ago, I finally put my own ignorance aside and started to do research. On September 4th, I put my limited knowledge into play and wrote a blog article – 59 Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners and this was in fact part 2 0f 2 with part 1 being posted 2 days prior. When I wrote the article, I ensured I included relevant search terms which were and are getting traffic.

Now . . . copywriting is a broad term all on it’s own getting 1,646 searches per day as of today with 10.9 million web pages. Now, I don’t know about you but I want to pick low hanging fruit from the tree . . . not get a ladder, climb to the top and risk breaking my neck to get a bloody apple!

So . . . I started to dig and found smaller, laser targeted traffic which has smaller searches per day and also had fewer web pages to compete against.

I chose a few search phrases for the articles I mentioned being copywriting tips for beginners and basic copywriting. Other articles I have done have included the terms learn copywriting and become a copywriter.

Copywriting tips for beginners has approx. 17 searches per day according to word tracker which is 6,205 per annum. Basic copywriting has only 5 which is 1,825 per year. Collectively just these 2 targeted search terms have 8,030 searches per year and are potentially FREE traffic for me. 5 here, 10 there, etc. soon add up to large amounts of laser targeted traffic.

At the time, copywriting tips for beginners had 538,000 competing web pages and basic copywriting had 1.720 million web pages. Within 72 hours . . . my website is number one on google for both search terms PLUS for copywriting tips for beginners I am also number 6 and for basic copywriting I am number 3 on google . . . after only 36 hours earlier announcing my article on my www.digg.com site which also proves yet again the awesome power of web 2.0 and social networking.

When I went to yahoo, my article is number 1 and number 4 out of 205,000 web pages for copywriting tips for beginners and number 1 and number 22 for basic copywriting out of 1.190 million web pages. Interestingly here, my digg article is in pole position.

What’s important here to the fact that the search term on google with more than 3 times as many searches has 538,000 competing web-pages as opposed to 1.720 million. Go figure!

I am not foolish enough to think this is something earth shattering to you, however does prove what can be done with seo copywriting. Also, any idiot can get to number one on something that’s no actually searched on and there’s plenty of F.I.G.J.A.M. (F . . . I’m Good Just Ask Me) people peddle that type of crapola.
I suggest you go to google and do a search on: copywriting tips for beginners hit enter and then click on my website so you can really understand how simple this can be and then actually read my article to see a few more tricks I laced into those articles. Once you have done that, do the same for: basic copywriting and see exactly what I mean.

Can you see how if you do some digging of your own and target your low hanging fruit, combine your sales copy with exactly what your target market are looking for . . . you can get free traffic which means when you become a copywriter who writes sizzling sales copy you will get more subscribers to your database and generate more sales over time.

“Dedicated To Kicking Your ASS Until YOU Succeed!”

Warmly

Trevor ‘Toe Cracker’ Crook
PS.
Getting to the top 10 on google or yahoo etc. for any search term is one thing, staying there still requires work which I will reveal to you over time as part of my copywriting tips for beginners series. To become a copywriter who gets results go to: www.CopywritingForSuccess.com

59 Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners Who Want To Become a Copywriter Who Gets Results”

Here’s part 2 of 59 Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners so you can become a copywriter who gets results.

Many people ask me what’s involved and how to become a copywriter. I tell then this . . . When you want to learn copywriting you must start with basic copywriting tips for beginners and increase your knowledge from there other wise you will have no chance to become a copywriter who can churn out compelling sale copy which sells.

The best way to become a copywriter and the only way . . . is to become a keen student of basic copywriting tips for beginners and get proven copywriting tips cemented into your brain. When you do this and decide to never stop studying . . . you will learn copywriting the right way. There really is no other way.

Cutting corners is not the best way to become a copywriter because all you will end up doing is getting even the most basic copywriting tips for beginners stuffed up and you will never learn copywriting this way.

Here’s your basic copywriting tips for beginners . . . 31 to 59.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 31

Never try to be cutesy or funny. What you might think is cute or funny, most of your prospects won’t. Play safe. Don’t do it.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 32

One paragraph should lead seamlessly into the next one. You can do this with copy transitions. See Appendix E.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 33

Don’t get carried away with your own ego. You are writing for your prospect, not for yourself.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 34

Give proof for everything you claim. When you make a claim or a promise, you equally have to prove it. And prove it to the satisfaction of your prospect.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 35

Drop capital the first letter of your first sentence. This has the effect of drawing your prospect’s eye to the beginning of your copy.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 36

Always add a signature. Your copy must be signed. This needs to be by the person who was introduced just above the salutation. Signatures should always be in process blue.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 37

Pay attention to the five W’s. Tell your prospect who your are. Tell your prospect what you’ll do for him. Tell your prospect where to send his response. Tell your prospect when to respond. Tell your prospect why he will benefit.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 38

Read through your letter and check what you’ve written is honest. Telling the truth is one of the emotional hot buttons. Add into your copy a damaging admission – if there’s a slight flaw in your product, tell them about it.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 39

The use of contractions can be used for more emphasis. Instead of do not write don’t and instead of I am  write I’m.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 40

Reduce your price. In your offer start with a higher price and give a discount. When using this technique, always give a reason why you have discounted.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 41

Have you included a Fear of loss into your copy.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 42

You must have a tremendous offer. Your offer is the most important thing about your copy. Probably as important as your headline. A lousy offer will get you no sales. And, construct your offer before you do anything else.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 43

Can skimmers understand your copy? If your prospects only read the headlines, sub-heads and P.S.s can they understand what you have on offer? Make your sub-heads meaningful.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 44

Using numerals (not written out numbers) in your headline can improve your response. Have you done that?

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 45

Benefits come first, features second. People buy on emotion (benefits) and then rationalize the purchase with logic.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 46

Everything needs to be believable. Your copy has to be believable. Do not make far-fetched claims. If your copy is believable, there is more chance of it getting read. This is all part of becoming a copywriter

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 47

Use specific salutations. Not Dear Sir, but Dear Dog Lover, Dear Investor, etc. Dear friend is still th most successful salutation to use.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 48

Your headline needs to be as long as it needs to be. If you feel your headline is too long, add a sub-head.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 49

Add value to your offer by the addition of bonuses. And every bonus must have value. Generally, if you can’t sell it as a stand-alone item, why would you want it as a bonus?

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 50

Use the emotional hot buttons fear of loss, greed, scarcity, specificity, curiosity, the truth, stories, reason why, answering objections, vanity, desire to belong, fear of future regret.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 51

Refer to the ‘Anatomy of a Sales Letter’  template when writing all pieces of copy.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 52

Don’t forget to do your research. Un-earth those hard-to-find gems by going that extra mile. Anyone can become a copywriter - a good one or a crap one. It’s your choice!

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 53

Your opening should provide your prospect with a promise, a picture in his mind. And your body copy should then give the proof that you can deliver, and evidence of your credibility.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 54

Words sell. Graphics, photos, pictures, don’t sell, sure they can help BUT . . . It’s the words you use which sell.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 55

Your prospect has a problem or a desire. Have you provided a solution to his situation?

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 56

Your false close should change thepace of your copy.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 57

Before you begin, map out your copy. Some go as far as mind-mapping sales copy to give them a road map of what to write about.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 58

Avoid negatives. Try to be positive throughout.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 59

Summarize. At the end of your copy, summarize your offer, sometimes this can catch prospect’s who have missed a key point when reading your copy.

“Dedicated To Kicking YOUR Ass Until YOU Succeed!”

Warmly

Trevor ‘Toe Cracker’ Crook
PS. When you want to blown your competition out of the water, check out my copywriting resources section.

“59 Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners So YOU Can Become A Copywriter Who Gets Sales – Part 1″


59 Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners
So YOU Can Become A Copywriter Who Gets Results.This is part one of two.Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 1

Know your customer. Know whom you are writing to. Do this before you put pen to paper.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 2

You’re writing to just one person. You are writing your copy as if you are talking face to face with your prospect. Anticipating his questions and answering his objections.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 3

Your headline is your single most important element. It has been said that 80% of your prospects don’t read any further than your headline. Which means, you only get one in five visitors to read your whole copy.

Doesn’t it therefore make sense that you should spend 80% of your time making sure that you have your best possible headline.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 4

Your P.S. is the second most read part of your sales copy.

Doesn’t it therefore make sense that you should spend some time making sure that your P.S. rams home benefits.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 5

Remember the Y word. Following on from Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners no.2 above, use the word YOU as often as possible.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 6

Makes sure your copy flows. Your copy should read seamlessly. Each paragraph should connect with the one previous. If your copy is too ‘stochato’ it will show, and sound awful. This is where a friend or second person can read it for you and comment.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 7

Make it easy for your prospect. Don’t assume that your prospect knows everything. Sometimes you need to spell it out for him.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No 8:

Keep your copy in the same voice throughout. Maintain a consistent tone to your copy. Your prospect needs to connect with you as a real person. Don’t confuse him or he will not order.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 9

Make it easy to read. Simple words. Simple sentences. Simple paragraphs. Don’t try to impress with fancy words – you won’t. Write your copy as if a12 year-old could read it.

Using one word, two word, three word paragraphs is not uncommon in good copywriting.

At first sight, it makes your copy look easy to read. Which is what you want.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 10

Keep the typefaces simple. Use only one typeface (Arial or courier new are best). But if you want your headline to be different then maybe use a Times New Roman font for that. But don’t get drawn into fancy fonts in your copy. Just don’t do it.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 11

Keep the color scheme simple. Same thing with colors. Keep it simple. Red for headline. Dark blue for sub-heads. Black, of course, for text. Yellow for highlighting. Process blue for links and signature. NO other colors are necessary for your copy.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No 12:

Write as much as you have to, to get your message across. Generally, longer copy works best. Eight pages is better than four pages. Sixteen pages is better than eight pages. Thirty-Two pages is better than sixteen pages and so on. However your copy should never be boring. Only write what you need to write to get your story across.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 13

Remember to use more verbs than adjectives. You are not writing for the Nobel prize. You are not Stephen King or any other novelist. You are writing to persuade. Therefore, you have write short, punchy, as-you-speak kind of language. Get yourself a copy of American Slang by Robert Chapman.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 14

Your first sentence is crucial. It must capture your prospect immediately.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 15

Your final sentence is equally crucial. It must compel your prospect to act.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 16

Keep it all conversational. Write as if your are talking to your prospect across the table.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 17

Miss this and regret it forever should be one of your major emotional buttons. Zoom in on your prospect’s fear of missing a great opportunity.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 18

Rarely use the word “that’s”.  It doesn’t describe anything. You need nothing except benefits and specifics.

Basic Copywriting Tip
s For Beginners No. 19

You need to tell your prospect EXACTLY what to do. Never assume that your prospect knows what to do. Tell him exactly what he has to do at every step of the way. By using simple commands such as: click here for free instant access.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 20

Play on your guarantee. Your guarantee will often be the last line of resistance to getting a positive outcome. So therefore stress it.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 21

Ensure your order process simple. Make your order complex and you will lose your prospective customer.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 22

Sprinkle Testimonials throughout your copy. Rather than bundle all of your testimonials in one long Johnson box, try to weave them into your copy. Break them up, preferably placing them in relevant parts of your copy. When you get to the stage you have loads of testimonials – add a testimonial page and link it to your sales letter. Remember, have a back link so your prospects can get back to your sales copy.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 23

Write with authority. Your prospect needs to know that your copy has been written by an expert.  So write as though you are.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 24

Create urgency. Get your prospect feel that he has to take immediate action. Give a reason why he has to respond right away.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 25

Answer objections. Anticipate your prospects questions and answer them in your copy. Write as if you are face to face with your prospect and he has questioned you about one of your points.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 26

Shower your prospects with benefits, benefits, and more benefits. Hook your prospect with your main benefit and them keep jabbing at him with more benefits.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 27

Use bullets to ram home benefits. Bullets under your headline work well. Bullets when describing your product work well. Bullets in your P.S. work well. And bullets in your opt-in box work well.

Every bullet must have a benefit.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 28

Save a good benefit as a closer. In your close, introducing another big benefit is a good technique.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 29

Restate your main benefit. Your main benefit will be in your headline, however there’s no harm in repeating this in your body copy. And no harm in repeating it several times.

Basic Copywriting Tips For Beginners No. 30

Let your prospect know why he should buy from you. Remind your prospect just why he should trust you and make a purchase.

“Dedicated To Kicking YOUR Ass Until YOU Succeed!”

Warmly

Trevor ‘Toe Cracker’ Crook
PS. Understand this. Regardless of how much you think you know about even basic copywriting tips for beginners -  I know without a shadow of a doubt you do not know even 1/100th of what you should if you are serious about how to learn copywriting the right way.The wrong way to become a copywriter is dead easy.

What would you rather do? When you want to become a copywriter then you need to talk to me. You can use the contact me section.

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