Web Copy - What You Should Know First

Written by Gary Glasscock

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And that's what they want.

Since visitors to your web site can easily and quickly "click" away from your site, you have to give themrepparttar pertinent information up front. Take a lesson from journalists and userepparttar 148006 "upside-down pyramid" style of writing. Do this so that your message is given quickly and concisely. When writing this way, your sales message gets read andrepparttar 148007 prospect can take action from there. Does this mean that all web copy should be short? No! Web copy still needs to be "as long as it needs to be to makerepparttar 148008 sale." But you just said to make your sales message up front. Yes I did. But people still need to rationalize their decision to performrepparttar 148009 task you are asking them to do. That is done inrepparttar 148010 remaining part of your copy. This is where you inject emotion and getrepparttar 148011 prospect to picture what their life will be like after completing your designated task.

So you still need to use direct mail techniques, but you have to use them in a more information giving way. Never let your prospect suspect that you are really trying to sell him/her on your idea/product/service. Simply put, write like you would if you were writing a review of a book. But write it so that your prospect respectsrepparttar 148012 information you have imparted and then clicks on your link to buyrepparttar 148013 book.

Gary Glasscock is a freelance copywriter specializing in writing direct mail and web copy. Gary has studied under some of the "greats" of copywriting and has developed a style that is cumulative of all of these influences. Gary can be contacted to write for you at gary@gc-copywriting.com. His website is www.gc-copywriting.com

Automating your customer support...

Written by Richard Grady

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Having an online helpdesk is also of benefit if you travel around a lot or if you are away fromrepparttar office on vacation etc. Instead of having to take a laptop loaded up with previous emails from customers, you can simply login to your helpdesk admin page and all of your previous correspondence will be online and at your fingertips. It also means that you won't have to spend hours in an Internet cafe deleting a days worth of spam at a time just to get torepparttar 147958 important emails since onlyrepparttar 147959 important emails will have made it through torepparttar 147960 helpdesk inrepparttar 147961 first place.

As with most things, setting up a customer service helpdesk is one of those tasks that is always better done when you first start your online business. That said, it is fairly easy to integrate such a feature into your existing set up and that is exactly what I have done for all of my websites...

Overrepparttar 147962 next few months, I will be phasing many of my email addresses out - I simply can't standrepparttar 147963 spam any more! With immediate effect, all customer support issues for all of my products and websites will be handled via a central Customer Support Helpdesk.

I am confident that this will improverepparttar 147964 overall 'support experience' for both my customers and me :-)

If you are interested in installing a similar helpdesk on your own website/s, there are numerous options when it comes to suitable software. I chose a product called eSupport (link below) and whilst this is a very powerful script, I am hesitant to give it my full recommendation sincerepparttar 147965 installation/set up process was, how can I put this, slightly painful. It doesn't help that there is no manual forrepparttar 147966 software which means that new users are left to figure out how it works by trial and error or by trawling through hundreds of posts onrepparttar 147967 company forum. That said, I am advised byrepparttar 147968 software creator that a manual is inrepparttar 147969 process of being written and will be available soon. As I say, an excellent and powerful script once installed and configured but definitely not for those lacking patience (and indeed, some computer knowledge). If you opt for this script, my advice would be to getrepparttar 147970 publishers ofrepparttar 147971 software to install it for you. You can find out more about eSupport at: http://www.kayako.com

Other alternatives (neither of which I have tried myself) include Perldesk ( http://www.perldesk.com ) and Cerberus ( http://www.cerberusweb.com ). One advantage of Cerberus is that there is a free version :-)

Richard Grady has been helping ordinary people earn online since 1998. He writes a free newsletter which is published every two weeks. To subscribe (and claim your free gifts), visit: http://www.thetraderonline.com/newsletter.html

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