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Tips for Copywriting

Jul 31, 2008
This article will examine how to increase your client base and improve your writing.

If you improve these two skills then you will become far more successful as a copywriter. Many talented copywriters struggle because they cannot find clients or sell themselves. You must learn to sell yourself if you want to become successful and set yourself apart from those around you. Make a portfolio and put some of your best work in it. You should also include a letter that outlines your qualifications, has examples of your writing, and includes testimonials from past clients. This allow potential clients see your work as they consider hiring you. If you can, reference as many Fortune 500 companies as clients. If you're just starting out, do not include potential clients, only list past work. If you have worked for an advertising agency and are looking to do some from freelance copywriting, make sure to include some of your work from the advertising agency.

One possible way to gain new clients is to post your availability on websites such as elance.com or directfreelance.com. Here you can post your portfolio and research companies you may want to work for. Another way to generate leads is by reading the business section of the newspaper. Cut out all the references to companies involved in your particular field. These companies may require your skills at some point.

If you need to improve your copywriting skills, then read some books by the experts. Dan Kennedy is a great example. His books are very useful and will help you create better copy. In particular, his book "The Ultimate Sales Letter" will help you immensely by outlining how to write great copy and by working through several example writing-projects.

Hopefully this article was helpful. Stephen King once said in Time Magazine that writing is like exercising. The more weight you lift the stronger you will become. Copywriting is no different. Applying these skills and writing often will make you a better writer.
About the Author
For an inside look at the techniques of a sought-after web copywriter, visit the site of Copywriter Ray Edwards. There you'll find a daily podcast, video tutorials and copywriting advice.
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