Five Top Reasons To Get A Copywriter For Your Website

TOP 5 REASONS TO GET A COPYWRITER (AND WHY DIY WONT WORK)

If saving time and money are important to you, if your English grades were below par, and if you dont know how to promote yourself, then DONT write the copy for your website!

1) Experience. Good copywriters not only know how to write in perfect English, they also know how the web works, how to prepare sales copy, the importance of keywords and how to use them. Choosing the right copywriter from the hundreds of experts on the internet depends entirely on the expectations you have for your site. Just as websites range from high-tech interactive, gaming and multimedia to simple information brochures and basic e-commerce sites, copywriters come in all shapes and sizes. Their skill set will vary according to their experience, background, personal education and knowledge, so do your research, ask to speak to recent clients and dont rely on their online testimonials or Google reviews.

2) Eye for detail. When I started out as a website copywriter five years ago I deliberately typed misspelled words into Google. Phrases included: Stationary and Website Design, Accomodation, Pubic Relations and my favourite Copywrite 2005. Bingo, a business was born. No-one is perfect, myself included, and it seemed cruel to make money from peoples mistakes. But once Id diplomatically pointed out the errors I picked up work. From there on in I had to rely purely on skill! A half decent copywriter can pick a typo a block away and want to do something about it. Dont risk alienating potential clients and customers by leaving errors or incomprehensible copy on your website. While perfect spelling might not be high on your list of priorities for your website, poor grammar and spelling could be interfering with your messages.

3) Speed. Once youve decided to go online its likely you want it all done yesterday. Heres where a professional copywriter can make a difference to the time it takes to get you up and running. A quick turnaround in content preparation will have you connecting with customers sooner than if you tried to do it yourself. Dont waste time agonizing over sentence structure, checking the thesaurus and reworking copy.

4) Value for money. The price for copywriting varies wildly from the overpriced and overhyped writers to the bargain basement offerings from developing nations. There is a happy medium that doesnt charge exorbitant rates for original and unique copy. The bulk of copywriters fall into this category. We just want to make a decent living doing what we do best. Overinflated prices for poor work wont lead to word of mouth recommendations, repeat work or referrals. Going offshore might save a few dollars but its unlikely to be original, will need serious editing by a professional, and fail to resonate with your target market because it has not been written by a local.

5) Its hard to promote yourself. Unless youre Donald Trump then talking about yourself doesnt come easy to most people. Writing about yourself is even more challenging. A professional copywriter can take an external view of your business, analyze your competition and then create copy that positions your online presence in a positive, objective way. They will write about aspects of your business that you take for granted, including points of difference, unique selling propositions, customer service and your personal commitment and passion. As a business owner you intuitively know it is all there, but a copywriter will expand upon it, highlight the good bits and minimize the negatives.

Taking shortcuts or a cheapskate approach to copywriting is akin to DIY graphic design and SEO. It shows. Getting it right the first time not only saves time and money but the end product will look polished and professional, and word perfect.

Nikki Cripps is the owner and operator of www.wordsforwebsites.com.au, a copywriting service for small businesses based in Sydney, Australia. Her clients come from all over the world, including USA, United Kingdom, India, Russia and Thailand.

How To Launch a Citizen Journalism Website – The Ten Spot
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This week’s podcast is all about how to launch a citizen journalism website that actually gets read. Joining us this week are the creators of In This Economy, I Live in Dallas, and Five O’Clock Dallas. During the podcast, they all share their experiences, from the inspiration behind launching the sites, to the tools used for marketing and promotion, and even some unexpected results.

About In-This-Economy.com:
www.in-this-economy.com is a blog designed to take the ridiculousness of the economy and spin it into something that can entertain and even distract folks from their problems for a while. We cover everything from national news to free stuff to completely random Internet finds. We rant and rave about the economy, and when we’re not crying we’re laughing. ITE’s co-creators are art director Rondo Estrello (@rondostar) and copywriters Rachel Pinn (@rachcreative) and Derek Rundgren (@drocolate). Our other contributors include Stephanie Berlin (@sberlin), Logan Finklestein and Zack McLain (@SurlyZ). We’re also (clearly) passionate social media advocates. Follow ITE on Twitter at @inthiseconomy.

About FiveO’ClockDallas.com
Five O’Clock Dallas is a community website for Dallas bars and happy hour listings, that tries to take the work out of the after work drink. Five O’Clock Dallas goes beyond simple bar and happy hour listings by providing video reviews, news, events, and a new series called Happy Hour at Home. Five O’Clock Dallas focuses on showing people that it’s possible to have some classy fun in Dallas without breaking your budget. The website was founded at the end of 2008 when co-creators Colin Alsheimer (@levelten_colin and Alyssa Gardina (@agardina couldn’t find a good resource online for finding happy hours in Dallas. Five O’Clock Dallas can be found on Twitter (@dallashappyhour) and Facebook.

About ILiveInDallas.com
ILiveinDallas was launched in March 2008 to promote art and culture events in Dallas, Texas. Dallas is beginning to be recognized as a centerpiece in the US for hosting world-renowned artists, intellectuals, musicians and activists in the city. With many resources in the Dallas area for like events, ILiveinDallas stands out to be the go-to calendar for young thinking professionals interested in the ideas and culture of many. The goal is to get people out of their house and experience the world, without having to pay for the ticket around the world. The Creator of ILiveinDallas, Jennifer Conley, is an advocate for local arts and education. She believes the Arts promote creative and expansive growth in a community, and brings the thinker out in all of us.

@iliveindallas
@jenniferconley

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By Levelten Interactive on 2009-06-13 08:18:07
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