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Page Titles and SEO

Does your SEO copywriter know how to write great page titles?


SEO copywriting isn’t about keyword density. In fact if that is a  phrase your copywriter refers to run away from them as fast as you can.

Today, you should concentrate on writing content that is natural, relevant and interesting. If you follow those rules, it will automatically contain a good number of keywords, naturally.

It is more important to ensure your keywords appear in your headings and page titles.

How to write great page titles


From this screen shot you can see the blue headings for each result. These are the page titles.

As you can see, what you put in your page title is going to have an effect on the positioning of your site within the search engine results.

A mistake often made with websites is that the home page’s page title is exactly that ‘Home’ – what’s the use of that? It tells Google nothing about your website and it certainly wouldn’t inspire a prospective reader to click on it to find out more.

Readers will use your page title as a reference to the relevancy of your site in relation to what they are searching for.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your page titles:

  1. Clear language – By all means use your keywords in your page title but don’t stuff it. A clear statement  utilising your key words is ideal.
  2. Keep it short – Google only shows about 65 characters for page titles to don’t it longer than that.
  3. Make it relevant – rather than just listing words, make a statement, ask a question, evoke an emotional response or make a promise (just make sure you can keep it once they’ve clicked through to your site).
  4. Place your keywords wisely – It’s best to have your keywords at the start of your page title.
  5. Brand aware – If you can, it’s a good idea to get your brand name into your page title.

One last thing to remember – Google ranks pages not websites. What I mean by that is that Google lists each page of your website. Therefore you have an opportunity to rank different pages within your site for different keywords.

Bearing this in mind, make each page title different. Target different keywords on different pages to optimise your chances of being ranked well for a number of different words and phrases.

Copywriting is far more than just on page website copy. An SEO copywriter will be aware of how to write great page titles and META descriptions as well as how to write compelling and relevant copy.

Should You Out Source Your Blogging?

Blogging for business

Now there’s a question for you.

Undoubtedly blogging is one of the most valuable marketing tools available to today’s online marketers.


Because it gives you a platform on which to market your products and services under the radar of your reader. What that means is that you can blog about your services without overtly trying to sell them to the reader. You can write ‘How to’ articles or give out top tips.

Basically, blogging allows you to:

  • raise awareness of your product/service
  • build relationships of trust with your readers
  • raise your profile as an expert in your particular field
  • build back links to your website
  • drive targeted traffic to your website

Blogging does all that?

Of course it does. Take this blog for example. If you look back through the archives you’ll find posts covering just about every aspect of copywriting and marketing you can think of (although I bet you’ll all be rushing now to tell me that I’ve missed something out). Therefore readers of my blog know what type of information they will find.

Displaying my knowledge shows that I am an expert in my field. It shows that I know what I’m talking about so when they are looking for a freelance copywriter, they know I can do what I say I can do – get them results.

When writing my posts I use anchor text, such as copywriting services, to link back to my website building good back links that Google loves.

And because my posts are all related to copywriting, the visitors I get are looking for copywriting information which means I am generating targeted traffic.

DIY vs. out sourcing

I am often asked by small businesses whether I’ll blog for them. My answer is normally no.

OK, it looks as though I’m shooting myself in the foot with that but if you think about it for a moment you’ll see my reasoning.

As I’ve already mentioned, when you blog you are building a relationship with your readers. If you are a small business (1-5 staff) your clients will probably deal with you directly. Therefore if they read your blog posts they’ll assume it is your voice they are ‘hearing’. The more they read the more they’ll think they are building a relationship with you. So what happens when they meet you? If you don’t write your own posts it will be like meeting someone else.

Apart from the odd guest blog, I write all my own posts. I enjoy engaging with my readers and when they meet me, they know it is my expertise that I have been passing on rather than someone else’s.

But if you are a large company outsourcing could be ideal for you. In this case, there isn’t necessarily a single voice that needs to be heard. You’ll have your own brand image, tone and voice so as long as they are adhered to, outsourcing is perfectly acceptable.

Of course, you may have staff members that blog for you which is great. They are at the forefront of your business and can react quickly to customer needs. The important thing to remember is that they must comply to your company’s image.

So there you have it. Blogging is a fantastic way of raising your profile, building your reputation and driving traffic to your main ‘money’ site. What’s more, it’s a relatively cheap way of marketing.

If you aren’t already blogging give it a try – you won’t get results immediately but, but stick with it and you may be surprised at what happens.

10 Words That Will Make People Open Your Email

Email marketing is fast becoming the new black. It’s been around for a while but companies are now beginning to understand the potential it has.

In the past your mailings involved folding copious numbers of letters, sticking them in envelopes and slapping on stamps – today you simply spend a bit of time crafting your email and pressing send.

But how do you stop your email going directly into the delete file?

It’s all in the opening

The first thing your recipient will see is the sender’s name and subject line. So how do you make sure you pique his curiosity sufficiently to click on your email and open it?

Take Henry here for instance. He’s been tasked to come up with an email that will knock his customer’s socks off.  geek

He works for a washing power factory. His company has come up with a new detergent that will banish every stain known to man. To help him out, I have emailed him 10 little words that should him create something amazing.


Sender: sally@briarcopywriting.com

Subject: At last, the words you need to succeed

Hi Henry,

I thought you might find this list of words useful when putting together your sales email today. As a copywriter I find them invaluable when creating email campaigns for my clients. Try them out and see how you get on.

  1. Advice – this indicates you’ll be sharing something really useful “Advice for getting your whites white”
  2. Why – this indicates they’ll learn something new “Why stains will be a thing of the past”
  3. At last – this indicates that it’s finally here “At last a washing powder you can trust”
  4. Introducing – this gives you the opportunity to use your product name or company name “Introducing Magic White”
  5. How to – everyone loves to learn things “How to get whites white first time”
  6. How – very similar to the previous one but allows a more subtle introduction “How you can banish stains forever”
  7. Announcing – this can be used as an effective teaser because you don’t have to include your products name “Announcing the latest laundry technology”
  8. Which – this will get their interest because they’ll want to know if there is something new they need to know “Which powder banishes stains every time?”
  9. New – This is an old one but a good one because everyone loves something that’s new “New advanced formula that banishes stains”
  10. Now – this is one of the most powerful three letter words used by copywriters “Now you too can have whiter whites”

I’m sure you can come up with some better lines than the ones I’ve written above – they are just there to illustrate how the words work.

The other thing to remember is to keep your subject line to 40 characters or less so it doesn’t get truncated.

Remember Henry, the subject line is all that stands between your email and the delete file. It should be short, directed at your reader and instantly attention grabbing.

These 10 little words are tried and tested and get results again and again. Give them a go and let me know how you get on.

Warm regards,


Freelance copywriter


Related posts:

Boost your email open rate

Email your way to success

Email marketing – when’s the best time to send

Work you way towards the perfect email body

Email marketing – why it doesn’t always work

Is email marketing right for you?

Selling Below The Radar

Everyday we are bombarded by an endless stream of marketing Copywriter - selling below the radarmessages. They are on the radio, TV even our cereal boxes so it’s little wonder that more and more of us are becoming increasingly cynical about marketing.

People can spot hype a mile away and they don’t like it. If they think they’re being sold they’ll do their upmost to make sure they don’t buy.

Getting your sales message under their radar

Today, more than ever, copywriters and marketers are having to be more subtle about how they pitch to their audience.

It’s no longer the case that you can blast out an advert or sales letter and people will hand over their credit cards. Money’s tight, people are becoming more canny so you have to get clever.

6 ways you can market below radar

  1. Statistics – convert your marketing pitch into numbers. This will disguise it from those who think they can spot “sales speak” a mile off. Try something like “95% of dog owners reported a marked improvement in behaviour after following SITS training video”.
  2. Make the most of your pictures – pictures always add to your copy so make the most of them. If you add a picture you can be sure your reader will look for the caption, so make sure you give it to them. Rather than something lame like “Puddles hand cream 30ml” try something like “Puddles hand cream – used daily gives youthful, glowing skin”. Because the caption is describing the picture they assume it is the TRUTH.
  3. Testimonials – these work really well if they are attributed to someone your reader might have hear of. Then you get the “well if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me” response.
  4. Case Studies – in a similar way to testimonials, case studies help add the ‘human’ sales angle. And people to love to hear real life stories.
  5. Frequently Asked Questions – whether you are a fan of these pages or not, they give the ideal opportunity to add more reasons why people should buy. For example if there is a question such as “What if SITS training course doesn’t work on my dog?” The answer would be “Not a problem as you are covered by our full money back guarantee.”
  6. Flattery will get you everywhere – cuddle up to your reader as you write to them. Make them feel special – share a secret with them – “Some people haven’t yet discovered SITS training plan. But as you and I know it’s worth the investment because a well trained dog is a happy dog.”

You product is amazing, you know that but you’ve got to get your reader to understand that too. But thanks to the many hyped up marketing messages around, your audience is growing increasingly sceptical.

By using these techniques you’ll slip under their “hype radar” so you can make your point and convince them you’re product is for them.

Sally Ormond – freelance copywriter

Copywriting – The Long & The Short Of It

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The debate about which is best, long or short, copy is one that is bound to rattle on for many years to come. Often what it comes down to is personal preference.

Many people claim that short copy will win hands down every time because:

  • Nobody reads long copy
  • If it’s an advert is has to be short copy
  • People are too busy to read long copy

Well for a start someone must read long copy because it does its job (writers arguably make more from long copy that short). Plus, if by claiming adverts must be short, does that mean because people won’t read long adverts they’ll automatically read short ones? And by the same token, just because people are too busy to read long copy do they have time to read short?

Getting it all into perspective

When people talk about long copy they immediately visualise sales letters that go on for eternity. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

A long piece of copy could refer to a two page sales letter as opposed to a ten page one. Or it could equally refer to a twenty line email rather than an eight line email.

Size doesn’t matter

The main importance of any sales communication (whatever form it takes) is that it is relevant to the market. If you wrote a short, snappy and powerful advert that was totally irrelevant to its audience it wouldn’t work. If you wrote a six page sales letter that was completely irrelevant that wouldn’t work either.

Therefore its relevance is more important than its length.

So, when discussing the merits of long or short copy you would consider it as longer or shorter copy. But it is the relevancy of the information it contains that is more important here.

Your sales message should be as long as is necessary to get your audience to reach a buying decision and hand over their credit card.

Sally Ormond – freelance copywriter