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Structuring your Copy

Jul 30, 2008
This article will examine pre-existent copywriting structures and discuss why you use them. There has been a lot of copy written and there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. This article will specifically look at how to write a sales letter, which will has the greatest impact, especially if you're writing SEO copy.

One train of thought says that your website should be one big sales letter, which could be advantageous for you. You can write for off-line businesses and Internet customers using the sales letter format.

A sales letter contains three components that are crucial for it's success. The headline is the first and most read. If you don't grab your readers attention here then you're wasting your time. The second component is the offer. This must be explicit so that your reader knows exactly what theyre getting. It must also entice the reader to take action after reading the letter. Finally there is the postscript. The postscript is the second most read portion after the headline. This is where you put an incentive to purchase the product. You should write each section in order. Do not write the whole thing at once, but rather section by section. These simple guidelines will help you produce an excellent sales letter.

If you don't have great experience writing copy, then you should read the books of the experts and follow their guidelines. Dan Kennedy is a great example. He is an excellent copywriter and has written some extremely insightful books about copywriting.

Hopefully you found this article insightful. The key is to build upon the formulas already established and add your own creative spin. The procedures exist for a reason: they work! So don't go and reinvent the wheel by doing something new, this will often result in weaker copy and more work. You will set yourself up for success by following the already established structures and patterns.
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For an inside look at the techniques of a top direct response copywriter, visit the site of Copywriter Ray Edwards. Claim your podcasts, marketing tips, videos and copywriting advice.
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