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Website Content

Having great content on your website will not only give your users a positive experience and help convert sales, it helps search engines like Google index and rate your site, making it easier to find online. From opening hours and service details, to videos and blog posts, it’s important to make sure your content is up to date, relevant and that it reflects your business in a consistent and informative way.

How to Research Keywords Like a Human

I used to believe quite passionately that the best keyword research was no keyword research. I’d just seen too much of the wrong KIND of keyword research, so I tarred it all with the same brush: black hat, spammy nonsense. I’ve seen the light now but only because I developed my own method that I […]


5 Awesome YouTube Channels for Freelancers

As you’re most likely already aware, the internet is packed with business advice. But there’s so much of it floating around, it can be tricky to select which guidance to run with and which to give the boot. Paradoxically, floating in a noisy sea of advice in this way can be isolating. Cutting through the […]


Basic HTML Tags for Writers

When I was a little copywriter, I drafted web copy in Word. I saved the documents in a special folder and my boss would go and review them. Then I would painstakingly code it up with basic HTML tags in our website Content Management System (CMS). These days, I just don’t have time for that. […]


How to Write Your Own Copy Brief

It is a sad fact that every copywriter knows: hardly any brief is actually useful. A typical copy brief I might get goes like this: “I need an email or mailer (maybe social ad?) to get more people buying this thing.” A copywriter’s knowledge (of the product they’re talking about, the audience they’ll need and […]


Grammar And Punctuation For Reluctant Writers

We all need a bit of grammar and punctuation. In a small business, you often end up writing even if you’re not a writer. It doesn’t matter how many times you mutter at the bin, “I’m not a writer, though” – someone’s got to do it. Good accuracy in writing can mean the difference between […]


How to Write Like a Copywriter

I’ve written about how to read like a copywriter (step one!), so this one’s about the actual doing: those pesky words. I’ve been trying to mentor a colleague through taking over some content writing and let me tell you: it’s tricky. There are lots of courses you can take that will show you good copywriting […]


How to Learn Copywriting by Reading

There are two elements to being a good copywriter: reading and, you guessed it, writing. Learning copywriting demands picking up the theory and analysing what’s already out there, plus trying stuff out for yourself and getting feedback on your work. This one’s about the reading bit. How to read like a copywriter 1. Internalise grammar, […]


Is Google Going Longform With New SERPs?

Late last year, Moz discovered that Google was showing significantly longer snippets of content (hopefully, your carefully crafted meta decriptions) in its search results pages. The SEO expert is now recommending character limits of 300 for your meta descriptions. It’s been 160-ish for YEARS, so clearly they think something pretty big is going on there. […]


10 Places to Use Customer Reviews in Your Marketing

Collecting online reviews from previous clients is great practice for companies of all kinds. Customer reviews honestly and sincerely present your capability as a company and the value you have provided to clients over the years. They’re an invaluable source of social proof – the new word of mouth. It’s a great feeling when your […]


How to Do Basic Keyword Research

Good keyword research is an essential SEO practice, but it’s usually approached with some trepidation. However, it’s actually one of the simplest SEO practices out there when you know where to start. So let’s dive right in! What is Keyword Research? Keyword research is the practice of identifying popular search terms that are being used […]


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