Trade secrets: How to Craft Bullet Points like a Superstar Copywriter

The secret to writing successful bullet pointsThey’re one of the most powerful copywriting tricks you have at your disposal.

They can transform your writing from sterile, weak and lifeless copy into high-impact content that everyone wants to read and share.

But do you really know how to use bullet points properly? And do you know how to exploit them to their full potential?

Not quite sure?

Then I’ll show you some of the deviously clever ways superstar copywriters turn boring, everyday vertical lists into super-charged bullet points that leap off the page.

But first of all let’s quickly recap the basics, starting with why bullet points are so effective.

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The Common-Sense Way to Edit Your Writing – Without Going Overboard

Copywriter putting an axe to writingKeep your copy short. Keep it simple. Edit out this. Cut down on that.

It’s what all the top copywriting blogs tell you to do.

Just lately, practically every other post about blogging or writing seems to be giving out the same guidance on how to edit down your copy.

Don’t use long words when short ones will do. Ditch redundant words. Steer clear of the passive voice.

Again all pretty sound advice wouldn’t you say?

So what’s the problem?

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Why Reading Books Sucks If YOU Want Killer Copywriting Gigs

Warning sign telling copywriters not to read booksWho else has never read a book since school?

Now that may seem like a bizarre question to expect from someone who writes for a living. It might even freak you out.

But the truth is that I’ve never actually read a single book since I left high school.

OK, I’ve read a fair bit of non-fiction – and I’ll get onto that in a minute – but not so much as a single novel, play or any other book of fictional or creative nature.

Absolutely nothing.

I detested English Literature at school. I couldn’t even get beyond the first couple of pages of a novel without hyperventilating with boredom.

So how on earth did I end up becoming a copywriter?

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Two Crafty Conversion Tricks Copywriters Can Learn from eCommerce

An eCommerce Buy Now button on a keyboardDo you get tons of visitors to your website? Yet, for some reason, none of them ever becomes a client?

Well, one way you might be able to generate more enquiries is to think more like an online retailer.

But before I tell you exactly how, there’s just one thing you’ll need to know – what it is that makes a great online retail site.

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Are Your Web Directory Listings One Big Waste of Time?

Yahoo! Directory, Brownbook,net, Best of the Web and dmozI want your opinion.

What I want to know is whether you’ve ever submitted your website to online business directories.

But, more than that, I want to know whether it was worth the bother.

The reason I ask is this: Some people claim they get worthwhile results from them, while others reckon they’re a complete and utter waste of time.

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The Silly Sales Point Copywriters Too Often Make on Their Website

Uncle Sam telling you why you need a copywriterIt’s the type of thing you see on loads of copywriter websites.

In fact, it’s often the primary focus of the content on their home page.

What am I talking about?

Well, it’s that same stupid ubiquitous sales point that’s not only totally pointless but also something your prospective customers get sick of seeing on practically every other writer website.

And that is telling your visitors why they need a copywriter.

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5 World-Class Blogs Every Content Writer Should Read

Road sign – blogs for freelance copywritersIn my previous post, So you’re a website copywriter – I can do that, it’s easy!, I mentioned how you needed a very different set of writing skills for your content to work effectively online.

Well, in this post I’m going to tell you about 5 world-class blogs that can not only help you to develop these skills but also provide a wealth of guidance on how to run a successful freelance copywriting business.

Each has its own clear identity and focuses on a different aspect of being a freelance content writer – from blogging, marketing your writing and SEO to more traditional copywriting skills, such as direct mail.

Of course, you can find many more other great blogs for copywriters out there, but the following 5 are a great starting point and arguably amongst the best website copywriting resources you’re ever likely to find:

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So You’re a Website Copywriter – I Can Do That, It’s Easy!

Website copywriting is just a piece of cakeRunning your own website copywriting business sure beats working 9–5. It can be fun and, yes, it can be rewarding. But one thing it definitely ain’t and that is easy.

Yet, for some reason, many of the people I know assume that it’s all just a piece of cake. I mean, virtually everyone knows how to write, don’t they?

If only it were really that simple.

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Website marks launch of new SEO copywriter service

Official opening of a new SEO copywriter serviceToday we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new website, which marks the end of our transition from a broader editorial and copywriting business to a specialist website copywriting service focusing on SEO content for use online.

Since we first started out in 2005, we’ve gradually transformed from a proofreading and copy-editing service into one that almost exclusively writes content for websites, such as blog posts, landing pages and web page copy.

As a result, we decided to rebrand the business to more accurately reflect the work we do and changed our name from Carlton Text Solutions to Write Online.

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