Increasing Conversions Through Action-Oriented Copywriting

Written by Karon Thackston

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What's happening as your site visitors read? They see phrases like, "Withrepparttar free download, you'll discover…" OK, where'srepparttar 108014 download button? Then they read, "The free trial version is fully functional…" Wonderful! I want it! How do I downloadrepparttar 108015 free trial?

They begin looking for ways to takerepparttar 108016 action you want them to take. So tell them how!

Ready? And… Action!

Your job is just like a movie director's job. The director has to motivate and encourage his actors. He tells them why their characters are so important torepparttar 108017 film. The director helpsrepparttar 108018 actors understandrepparttar 108019 emotions involved withrepparttar 108020 parts they are playing. Then, once he has them all primed, he calls for action.

That's what you should do in your copy. Guide your visitors. Lead and nudge them inrepparttar 108021 right direction. Show them signposts that point torepparttar 108022 action you want them to take. Then call for them to take that action.

Once you give your copy focus, once you define a goal forrepparttar 108023 copy and an action for your visitors, you'll find it easier to write copy that converts.

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10 Tips for Aspiring Freelance Copywriters

Written by Glenn Murray

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6) Invest in an accounts package

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can handle your accounts manually (or with Microsoft Excel). Even if you only have a few clients, you NEED a proper accounts package like MYOB or Quicken (they both offer small business versions). You’ll understand whyrepparttar first time you do your GST reports or annual taxes. In fact, you’ll understand why whenever you need to chase down outstanding invoices

7) Give great service

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to remember that “great service” means different things to different clients. Most ofrepparttar 108013 time you’ll be working with direct clients (quite often startup businesses) and agencies. Both appreciate great service, but define it entirely differently. Agencies rely on their freelance copywriters to meet strict requirements (getrepparttar 108014 work done well, get it done on time, don’t exceedrepparttar 108015 budget). They have end-clients breathing down their necks, so reliability is as important as writing quality. End-clients, onrepparttar 108016 other hand, need an advertising copywriter or website copywriter who sees their businessrepparttar 108017 way they do, and can convey that vision. They’ll probably need a lot of guidance as well, particularly if they’re just starting out themselves. If you can, help them understand that copywriting isn’t just about telling people what products and servicesrepparttar 108018 business offers; it’s about conveyingrepparttar 108019 benefits of those products and services. A good advertising copywriter or website copywriter will be able to help their client think in terms of benefits instead of products and services.

8) Expect hard times

The first year or two as a freelance advertising copywriter or website copywriter will be difficult. It takes a while to generate momentum and during that time, you’ll probably find yourself wondering if you’ve maderepparttar 108020 right career choice. While it’s possible to earn six-figures each year, you have to be patient (so it’s not ideal for new or intending parents or anyone with huge mortgage commitments).

9) Don’t spend too much on training

In my humble opinion, no money spent learning is wasted. However, you have to weigh uprepparttar 108021 return on investment. I don’t know much about what copywriting courses are available, but if they’re expensive, I’d think twice. In my experience, most clients (be they agencies or end-clients) value copywriting ability over training.

10) Know you can do it

Confidence in your copywriting abilities is a must. If you’re not adamant you can producerepparttar 108022 resultsrepparttar 108023 client is after, you’ll never be able to convincerepparttar 108024 client. Remember that everyone feels daunted atrepparttar 108025 start of a new copywriting job. There’s always a steep learning curve in copywriting, and generally quite a bit of time-consuming labour. Don’t fall intorepparttar 108026 trap of focussing on what you don’t know and what you haven’t done.

Good luck, and happy writing!

* Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at Visit for further details or more FREE articles.

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