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September 19th, 2011 — news, Press releases, seo
Writing a press release is one thing, making sure it gets read is entirely different.
In the good old days (really, were they good?), you would create your press release and then send it to a few editors of local newspapers and magazines.
The fate of your press release was in their hands – if they liked it, they printed it. If they didn’t, it was consigned to the bin, never to be seen again.
Today, things are a bit different. Now you can distribute your press release to various online services, re-post it on news websites, include it in your own blog and email marketing. Not only that, if people like what they read, they can share it with others.
Before you start jumping round the room with glee, even if you publish it online, your press release will only be seen if it shows up in the search engine results. If you don’t pay close attention to the rules of SEO, you might as well take your chances and send out your press release the old fashioned way.
6 ways to make your press release visible
As a writer, it is up to you to give your press release as much chance as possible to be seen. The following 6 tips will help you achieve this:
In the online world, there’s no getting away from keyword research. Think about the words and phrases people are most likely to use to search for you.
For example, if you’re a coffee shop in Ipswich, using ‘coffee shop’ is a bit too generic (and you’ll have hot competition to rank well). Choose 2 or 3 keyword phrases that are highly specific to your business. For example, ‘Barney’s coffee shop Ipswich’ includes the company name, what it is and its location.
The headline you choose will also act as your title tag or page title. Therefore, it is vital your primary keyword phrase and company name appear in it (with your keyword phrase at the beginning).
In the world of SEO, it is your title tag that Google reads first because it tells it what your content is about.
3. Short and powerful
Staying with your headline for the moment, Google only displays 65 characters in the title tag (including spaces) so your headline should be no longer than this. Of course, that is easier said than done. Normal practice suggests that a headline between 60 – 80 characters is acceptable, but your keyword phrase must be at the beginning.
4. First paragraph
As you already know, the first paragraph of your press release is vitally important. It should contain the most important and relevant information. Therefore, your primary keyword phrase must appear in the first paragraph.
The beauty of online press releases is that you can include hyperlinks. By linking your keyword phrase back to your website, you are telling Google that it is a website that contains highly relevant copy. And Google loves that.
This one doesn’t have anything to do with SEO, but it is still very relevant.
Your press release has to be newsworthy. Unlike the old fashioned printed press release, when yours appears online, it’s there forever.
So, if you put something out there that is a thinly veiled advert, you could be seriously damaging your company’s reputation.
One thing you have to remember is that no matter how well you SEO your press release, results won’t happen overnight. Have patience and eventually you will see your press release being picked up in the search results.
Being online, it will remain visible forever, providing you with a potential source of traffic for a long time to come.
January 14th, 2009 — blog, news, reviews, second income
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January 5th, 2009 — copywriting, copywriting tips, freelance copywriting, news, Uncategorized, website copywriting
Great Freelance Copywriting isn’t just about putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. It involves far more skill than that – in fact you could call it an art. There may not be any paint involved but words are intricately woven together into something powerful and compelling. There is no magic formula as it isn’t an exact science.
Before you can even start writing you have to have ideas. Whether you are writing a sales letter, brochure or webcopy, what you produce has to break through all the other sales messages out there, grab your reader’s attention and cling on to them until they have got out their credit card and bought your product.
It sounds so simple, but creativity can be elusive. Everyone has their own way of stimulating their creative flow and here are a few of mine:
- Walking the dog
- Going to the gym
- Read a book, magazine or newspaper
- Write down anything and everything that comes into your head
- Read some websites
- Imagine yourself as the buyer
- Work somewhere else other than your usual place
- Brainstorm keywords
What are your favourite ways of stimulating creativity? Do you use the same methods as me or do you have some far more interesting ways? Come on, don’t be shy share them with us.
December 15th, 2008 — copywriting, copywriting services, copywriting tips, freelance copywriting, news, sales writing, website copywriting
Aunt Aida isn’t, as you would imagine, a sweet old lady living with hundreds of cats who spends all her time baking cakes. In fact, Aida isn’t even a person. But as a freelance copywriter, I can’t live without her. She provides the backbone to all my writing.
AIDA is all about the elements that your writing needs to make a sale. If your copywriting skills are going to be effective you have to learn how to:
- Capture your readers Attention
- Arouse their Interest
- Create a Desire
- Get them to take Action.
That would be far too much information to impart in one article, therefore I shall break down the process and here we shall look at how to go about grabbing your readers Attention.
How does a copywriter grab their readers’ attention?
First things first, if you are writing a sales letter, your attention grabber is an effective headline. If you are writing an email then it is the subject line.
For the purpose of this article I shall be looking at writing a sales letter. Your headline will be at the top of your letter but, to create instant impact, it can also be on your envelope as this will be your first opportunity to grab the attention of your reader.
So what type of headline works best?
- One giving news?
- One promising a benefit?
- One that arouses curiosity?
One that sells or promises benefit will always be a winner, but the most powerful one is the one that is a combination of all three.
If you are stuck for ideas try starting it with ‘How’ or ‘Now’:
‘How this copywriter will increase your sales conversion rate’
‘Now, even better quality, even lower prices’
When is the best time to write it?
I’m not referring to the time of day here. Everyone has their own opinion on this; some say at the start before you write the body of your copy, others say at the end. There is no right or wrong answer so go with whatever feels right to you.
One tip is to come up with several headlines and then pick the best one. You may find that different ideas occur to you at different times in the writing process.
Forget the full stop
Never, never, never end your headline with a full stop.
Why? Well, what does a full stop tell your reader to do? That’s right, stop reading – that is last thing that you want to happen.
How long should it be?
Quite simply, as long as is necessary to get your message across. But be sensible. A headline that goes on forever will be a complete turn-off.
So that about wraps up how to grab your readers’ attention. If you have any other ideas why not post a comment? It would be great to hear someone else’s take on this.
In a few days I’ll post the next article in this series addressing how you can arouse your readers’ interest.
November 13th, 2008 — copywriting services, copywriting tips, freelance copywriting, news
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