Stealing is good. Or at least in copywriting.
Copywriters’ most precious possession is their “swipe file” – a collection of copywriting samples and templates from other ads. I personally have a “digital swipe file”, and an “offline swipe file” of actual direct mail ads. Since the principles of good copywriting are timeless, you can learn just as much from copywriters who only sent physical mail back in the day…AND from copywriters who only work in the digital world.
Here you’ll find my favorite copywriting samples, templates and techniques. Explore below and be sure to check out the mammoth Headlines That Sell resource.
One differentiator I see between copywriters at the top of the game versus those that never make it past average is:
The quality of the questions they ask before, during, and after a project.
It started when I found a brewery owned and operated by a remote monastery in New Mexico. I’d heard it was making great beer, but I couldn’t find it at my local stores and bars.
So, like any good beer … Continue Reading
Imagine this: you visit a cool website and subscribe to the email list, or you buy an awesome product from an online store. The company has your information (your email), and you already showed them you like what they offer.
Yet they never contact you!
You’d be surprised at how common this is. It’s a huge missed opportunity for companies … Continue Reading
Holy cow….do you know the U.S. Government made a course about basic copywriting? They call this using “Plain Language.”
This course was created by the Federal Aviation Administration, the part of the government in charge of all civil aviation (if you’ve ever flown on a plane, much of your flight from air traffic control to safety procedures to maintenance standards … Continue Reading
Sometimes people aren’t sure how to title a blog post, so the lazy way is to STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S IDEAS! (This is also the concept behind a “Swipe File” for saving ideas).
You can see the results of this scrape, and see all the blog title below! You can also download the entire dataset here.
There’s two main ways people think about writing a blog.
Method #1.) Quickly fire out tons of blog content.
This involves making 3-5 posts per week of low or average quality.
Method #2.) Write amazing resources that get linked, shared, and ranked.
This might mean only 1-2 articles per month, but they end up with more exposure in the long … Continue Reading
A little known product called “Google Keep” has made it to prime time, and is slowly being rolled out across Gmail and Google Docs:
Here’s why it kicks ass for copywriters (and well, other “normal” people) also :-P
Google Docs is the best text editor on Earth, and the new Google Keep lets you keep a drawer full of snippets … Continue Reading
One of the highest paid gigs for a copywriter to get is to create an entire sales page.
They cost so much because sales pages can often contain between 20 and 120+ pages long (you can see my whole swipe file of sales pages here to see what I mean).
But even when you are done writing the copy for … Continue Reading
When talking about a “Tagline” for a business, you’ll commonly hear some popular names cited such as:
The taglines examples you’ll see are typically that of ginormous brands.
But that’s the problem with these examples…
Every single one of these … Continue Reading
Spreadsheet Link: [Copywriting Command Center]
Make a copy: File –> Make A Copy
If you’re looking to start a career in copywriting, you need a CCC.
Copywriting Command Center.
I hear so many wannabe copywriters crying about not being able to get a copywriting gig, and it’s no wonder…..they do zero prep-work!
Finding a small copywriting … Continue Reading