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The Secrets to Web Content that Sells

13 Jun

The best web developers understand that a critical part of every website design is the actual web content on every page. This content is what drives viewers to the website, and it is what keeps viewers interested in what the website has to offer. Additionally, web content compels website viewers to take action and either buy something or want to learn more. In order to write excellent web content, it is important to understand the basic fundamentals of writing search engine optimized copy. Here are some guidelines for writing web content that sells.

Web Content Research

Expert web content writers understand that before one word is every written for a website, research must be done first. This research consists of learning more about the niche industry or hobby that the website is about. This means reading up on the industry, as well as finding out what the top competitors are including on their websites. Any business that wants to get ahead in a smart way will take the time to research competitors first. Do this right and you have a great start to creating web content that sells!

Web Content Keywords

When consumers are looking for something on the Internet, they will generally type in a series of keywords into a search engine. These keywords are what lead viewers to particular websites. The websites which have enough of these keywords included in the web content get the best results in the search engines. This is often referred to as search engine optimization, or SEO. When writing content, be sure to use keyword research tools to indentify the top five keyword combinations for the best results for your website.

Web Content Word Counts

Another way to web content success is to make sure that you follow the rules when it comes to the actual word count of your web copy. Many people do not understand that if you do not have at least 250 words on a web page, it will simply be ignored by most major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Be sure to write at least 250 words for each page. In addition, do not get carried away with your keywords, which will only cause your pages to be dropped entirely!

Web Content Paragraph Structure

Most readers will spend approximately 30 seconds or less reading your web content, so keep your sentences easy to read to keep them interested. Limit each paragraph to no more than 3-4 sentences and make sure that they make overall sense. Each paragraph should start with a compelling sentence and end with another compelling sentence to lead readers to the next paragraph. Remember, you are not writing a novel here, just great web content!

Call to Action in Web Content

Lastly, if you want to write the very best web content, you must include a call to action for your readers. Near the middle to the end of the web content, be sure to ask the reader to take action such as exploring other parts of the website (through imbedded links), pick up the phone to call, make a purchase, or send an email through a web contact form. The goal of the website is to not have people get stuck reading through many pages of content, but rather to take clear action.

As you write your web content, be sure to take the time to proofread it and spell check it so that your website comes off as intelligent and authoritative to readers. The basics of good writing apply to web content and will help your copy to sell to viewers. By following the above tips, your web content will improve and you will get positive results in terms of selling your ideas, services and products on a website marketing platform.

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What I Learned From Blogging Everyday for a Month

29 May

During the month of May, I decided to participate in the 2011 WordCount Blogathon, which required posting once a day to ‘A Journey of Words’. For a busy freelance web copy writer, this was no easy task. First of all, I had to dedicate at least 30 minutes daily to writing a blog post. Secondly, I had to come up with topics that would be of interest to my readers. Lastly, I had to stick with something for an entire month, something I have struggled with in the past. But here I am, at the end of this challenge and I did it!

During this time, here’s what I learned:

1. Blogging can be a great way to connect with readers and meet new contacts. Throughout the month, I had the honor of getting comments from a huge audience of fellow bloggers, writers and business owners around the world. A few even agreed to be guest bloggers, which was such a treat. I have to say that the rewards of blogging are many.

2. Blogging teaches discipline as a freelancer. One of the biggest fears I had going into the Blogathon was that I would not have the time to blog daily. Instead, I found that the time I spent blogging taught me a lot about being committed to something bigger than myself. I became more disciplined and stopped letting things distract me from my purpose as a writer.

3. Blogging daily is a great source of free advertising. Over the entire month, I used Google alerts to track my success as a blogger, specifically to see if my name came up often through web searches. You may have noticed that there were specific keywords highlighted in most posts (but not all). These keywords helped my website to rank higher and I got a lot of Google hits on my name and my blog feeds.

Spending time on your blog daily, or at least a few times a week, can be a great way to build a steady following of people, make new friends and build awareness about your business or passions. I fully intend to use my blog as a tool to reach more people and share information in a big way this year.

Now it’s your turn to share – How do you benefit from blogging?

How to Use PLR for Effective Small Business Marketing

21 May

If you’ve never heard of PLR before, you are not alone. This relatively “secret” form of content marketing has been around for quite some time with online marketers. PLR means “Private Label Rights” and it’s used to describe copy that is written for you for the purposes of private use for blogs, websites, email marketing and more. Essentially, you can buy pre-written articles and content for your small business niche, and use it virtually any way you wish. This time saving resource can help a small business owner get on top of marketing initiatives and provide more ideas for educating potential clients about the business.

But should you be using PLR for your small business? Here are some tips for using it the right way to market your business…

PLR is cheap, but you must rewrite it.  If you are a small business owner on a tight budget, you can buy PLR articles relatively cheaply in comparison to having original articles and content written for you. That is, if you have the time to re-write the content to make sure it gets past Google’s duplicate content system. The biggest mistake you can make is to simply copy and paste the content to your website or blog without re-writing PLR first. To get the most out of your investment, hire a freelance writer to re-write the content for you so that it is 100% original and promotes your business through links.

PLR provides content for other marketing needs. One of the best ways to use PLR as a small business owner is to repurpose it for use on other marketing materials – like newsletters, flyers and reports. Take PLR that is on a specific topic and combine it into one larger document to form a simple report. Use the most relevant paragraphs in the PLR to start new blog posts and topics on your community forums. Or take the PLR and use it on facebook or twitter, sentence by sentence, to generate interest in your business.

PLR can be resold for profit. A great way for any small business owner to increase profits is to organize the PLR material into eBooks or video tutorials to be sold to customers. Gather the best PLR and write a simple eBook that can be formatted and sold online via your website, eBook or print on demand programs. If you are feeling generous, use your eBooks as a giveaway on your websites and blogs to increase subscriptions from viewers. Use the PLR to create a video series on how to do something, in your business niche. All of these things can help establish you as the expert in your particular field and generate additional income for you at the same time.

So if you are ready to delve into PLR, be sure to follow the rules and you will see results in a relatively short period of time. Again, take the time to hire an experienced copy writer to help you get the most out of your PLR.

If you are looking for some good sources of quality PLR, check out the following reputable PLR providers here:

All Quality PLR

Easy PLR

All Private Label Content

PLR Private Label Rights

Mom PLR eBooks and More!

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About the Author: Tess C. Taylor, Owner of Taylor Resources Writing, is a skilled web copy writer from Charleston, South Carolina who specializes in helping small business owners project the right message online. She has personally written over 2,500 articles, managed 100+ web copy projects and is regularly featured on The Chamber of Commerce, FindVenture, WiseGeek, US News, Yahoo and more as a business and careers writer. You can find out more by visiting HTTP://WWW.TRWRITING.COM today!

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Small Business + Web Copy Writer = Online Marketing Success

12 May

If you are the owner of a small business, perhaps you are struggling to get your message across to the rest of the world? This is actually a common issue with entrepreneurs. Sure, you try to do a lot of this on your own or you hire a young person on your crew to handle your online marketing efforts, but is it really enough? Having a website or posting on social media are only small pieces of the puzzle. Chances are, your true message is lost in translation because you don’t have the time or a real understanding of online marketing processes. That’s where a professional web copy writer can help!

Here’s why hiring a website copy writer can create an abundance of success for your business…

Web copy writers understand how to write compelling content that sells. You may have tried to write something for your website, your facebook page, and even print materials. However well your intentions have been, the copy is probably lacking that “punch” that’s needed to get readers to respond in a positive way. Copy writers know how to get inside the mind of your customers and get them to take action. They write in way that doesn’t come off as too sales-pitched, yet creates a buzz about what you can offer above your competitors.

Web copy writers understand the fundamentals of search engine optimization. A website is a nice tool for any business to use. But without content that’s search engine friendly, even the prettiest website will falter. In order for the search engines to find your web presence, you must have web content that’s written using strict SEO guidelines set forth by major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Don’t leave this to chance and hire a cheap ‘keyword stuffer’ who will actually reduce your website efforts to a pile of rubble. Get a skilled copy writer with a record of success from previous clients.

Web copy writers know how to solidify your message online. Great web copy starts with creating a clear message of your business. When you work closely with a seasoned web copy writer in Charleston, you can bet that this person will see the bigger picture about what you hope to achieve. Instead of quantity, the focus should be on quality of your message across all channels. Your web copy writer can hone in on this message and make sure that it’s being communicated throughout all your online marketing efforts.

Your web copy writer is a versatile and networked creative. If you are looking for help in any area of your business marketing efforts, no one is better at this than a skilled web copy writer. As professionals, we love helping others reach their goals through a clever marketing strategy. Writers can usually handle a wide range of PR and online marketing projects, from articles and press releases to reports, print marketing materials and blogs. Find a quality web copy writer and you open the door to a huge network of creatives who can help you in any area of your business.

So, whether you have a simple copy writing project or just need help in some area of business marketing, pick up the phone and call a web copy writer who has the expertise to help you become more successful this year. In Charleston, call 843-548-0077 to speak with Tess C. Taylor of Taylor Resources Writing.

Using Google Calendar to Set Up an Easy Blogging Editorial Calendar

3 May

This week, the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon launched with some great incentives to start blogging daily! At last count, there were over 200 unique blogs participating in this fun activity. When you think about it, that’s a lot of blog posts! 

To start things off right, I decided to be proactive with my own blog and set up an easy editorial calendar using Google calendar. I use this free web-based calendar for so many things in my Charleston copy writing business. From booking private clients and scheduling myself for events, to setting up reminders for project deadlines and important networking meetings – I use Google calendar ALL the time. The cool thing is that it’s not only just a nice web-based calendar, it has a lot of great features such as sending invitations to others for meetings, and text message reminders right to any mobile device! Without this technology wonder, I would be lost most days!

So, when it came down to the Blogathon, I wanted to get myself set up with fresh ideas and reminders for topic days on my Google calendar so I have it all planned out. That way I don’t forget a day or get burnt out on blogging.

Here’s how I set up an Editorial Calendar for the Blogathon:

  1. Signed into my Google accounts
  2. Clicked on “Calendar” which took me to another page
  3. Set up a New Calendar Named “Blogathon”
  4. Added a Daily Topic for each day of the month of May
  5. Set up reminders to send me a text and email each day

It really was that easy! Anyone can use this handy FREE tool to create an online editorial calendar to maintain a blog. Try to think of topics that are relevant to your business, what your clients or friends may be into, and in a specific order that makes the best sense. If you have a complex topic, try breaking it up into a series and then writing about it for a few days – expanding on the topic as you go.

Wishing all the participants of the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon the best of success! Looking forward to getting to know others, share some great information and make new friends.

OK now it’s YOUR turn – how are you keeping track of your blog posts??? Please leave comments below!

About the Author:

Tess C. Taylor, Web Copy Writer and Owner of Taylor Resources Writing, has been writing for the web since 2007. After transitioning from a 14 year career in Human Resources, Tess writes on many topics close to the hearts of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Her work has been featured on Yahoo Business, US News and Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Tess, please visit www.trwriting.com

Word Count Blogathon 2011 – Tess C Taylor, Charleston Web Copy Writer Participating!

1 May

Hey all!

During the month of May, I’ve decided to inject my blog “A Journey of Words” with some energy by participating in the Word Count 2011 Blogathon! This fun event is the brainchild of Michelle Rafter, the founder of “Wordcount: Freelancing in the Digital Age“, which happens to be one my favorite blogs that’s jammed packed with information about web content and copy writing! The reason I chose to get involved in this are many, including:

  • My blog really needs more interesting content to get people engaged.
  • I LOVE sharing information about being a Copy Writer in Charleston.
  • I’d like to introduce some of the wonderful entrepreneurs I work with.
  • Would like to get to know many more people in the online marketing industry.
  • The topics for the Blogathon look fun to write about.
  • The 2011 Wordcount Blogathon offers some sweet prizes and a party!

The entire Blogathon requires that bloggers write at least a post per day, write on specific topics, get other bloggers involved and join in on a network of others who are doing this fun activity. The first thing I was concerned with was “Will I have enough things to talk about on my blog?”, closely followed by “How will I find time to post daily?”. Naturally, as a busy freelance web copy writer, I have a lot on my plate. Clients depend on me to get their projects done. I’m continually trying to meet more people who can utilize my services. Plus, I have a fairly active personal life as Mom to a college student. The To-Do list in my life is ever growing.

Still, I accept this challenge to grow my blog, meet new people, and get myself out there instead of being a hermit, buried under work! So, look for some informational, educational, funny, and sometimes off the wall posts in the coming weeks. I’m using my Google calendar to set reminders of the topics and to make sure I don’t forget a day. From your favorite Charleston copy writer to you – here’s to the start of something wonderful!

Want more information about how you can join the 2011 Word Count Blogathon? Register here : http://michellerafter.com/the-2011-wordcount-blogathon/

Charleston Copy Writing Small Business Marketing Help is Just a Phone Call Away

30 Apr

As a small business owner, you may not realize the incredible services and support you can get from a Charleston copy writer. Contrary to common belief, writers don’t just write. Because we work closely with many small business owners, as well as marketing powerhouses, copy writers in the Charleston area and abroad have a wealth of knowledge that’s not often seen with other professionals. Here are some questions to start asking yourself now:

  • Are you looking for ways to increase your circle of influence in your niche market?
  • Feeling overwhelmed with work and don’t know where to start?
  • Have ideas that you are struggling to get across to the rest of the world?
  • Worried that you may not understand how to use online marketing resources?
  • Love social media, but find yourself getting distracted too often?

The solution to these common issues and more are just a quick phone call away when you have a skilled  Charleston copy writer in your network!

How can a Charleston copy writer help you?

In addition to creating super copy for your websites, blogs and print materials; web copy writers in Charleston understand from the small business perspective how to get your brand message across in a clear way. It’s entirely possible that because you have so much on your plate that you have been spreading a message that lacks consistency. That can confuse potential clients. Instead of struggling in this area, hire the help of an objective Charleston copy writer who can look at the “big picture” and craft a marketing campaign that works.

A copy writer can also help connect you with the right people who can give you a leg up. Chances are you have a few areas in your business that need attention, but you don’t have time to research where to find the help. Or you may fear working with people who you can’t trust. Since you already know your Charleston web copy writer, you have someone who is in your court and can point you in the right direction in terms of finding help you can depend on. Just ask and you shall recieve!

Most copy writers have the unique ability to see the steps that small businesses can use to market their ideas to the rest of the world. We have seen people become successful through strategic efforts. We have also seen people fall on their faces from not having a strategy. Whereever you see yourself at this point in time, consider picking up the phone and calling your Charleston web writer and asking for help with drafting up a marketing plan that wil work for you. It’s liberating having someone else look at things and give you a plan to make it happen.

Need help with your business and don’t know where to turn? Call your Charleston copy writer today and get the help you need to become successful this year. What have you got to lose?

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About the author: Tess C. Taylor is a seasoned SEO Web Copy Writer with over 100 website clients and 2,500 small business articles published worldwide. For marketing help, please visit WWW.TRWRITING.COM or call (843) 548 – 0077 today!