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7 mistakes business owners make with their web copy
Business owners who write their own website content often find that visitors are scarce and response is low. Discover the 7 most common mistakes and how to correct them. Topics covered include geo-specific SEO, formatting, copywriting, negative framing, and more.
What’s Keeping Customers from
Responding to Your Web Copy?
It might be…
1. Lack of relevant SEO
2. Poor formatting
3. Wrong amount of content
4. Irrelevant content (fluff and filler)
5. Failure to initiate a relationship
6. Negative framing
7. Imitation instead of innovation
What Is On-Page SEO?
On-page Search Engine Optimization is the use of
specific keywords or phrases on a web page that tell a
search engine (like Google) what the page is about.
People doing a web search for a specific keyword or
phrase are more likely to find a page on your site if it is
When You Don’t Need SEO
You probably don’t need SEO if you are the
only company on the web offering a
particular product or service.
Local Businesses Need
Geographically Specific SEO
Geo-specific SEO uses keywords about your
product or service along with the name of your
city, state, or region.
“commercial cleaning services DFW”
Don’t compete with every company in the
world. You won’t win. Target YOUR customers.
Bad Formatting Kills.
Stop Making Readers Click Away!
Tips for Getting It Right…
Use headers and sub-headers.
Intersperse bullet lists between
paragraphs of text.
Use some images, but don’t overdo it.
Keep the formatting clean and simple!
Be Easy on the Eyes
This is a single block of text. It
is not reader-friendly because
it does not cater to the
scanning habits of today’s
online readers. Lengthy
paragraphs work fine for
books, but not as well for
reading on the screen. Also,
the font is small and the text is
aligned to the left so there is a
jagged, unsightly edge along
the right side. Fully justified
text often looks less choppy.
This works well for a
number of reasons:
It is easy to read
Science Is Cool!
Heat Map Showing How People Typically Read On-Screen
The New Home Page Is Lean
Responsive web design means text-heavy
home pages are going out of style. Visitors
need to grasp your brand message at a
glance on any device:
Offer the Highlights and Invite
Readers Inside to Learn More
Don’t Skimp on Content for
Make sure interior pages offer enough
information to keep readers engaged.
Don’t get fixated on word count and ignore
quality. You need both.
According to :
“One of the most important steps in
improving your site’s ranking in Google
search results is to ensure that it contains
plenty of rich information that includes
relevant keywords, used appropriately, that
indicate the subject matter of your
Is there a magical minimum
word count for a web page?
Not necessarily. But consider this: If a page
contains only 100 words of content, readers
can scan and click away in seconds. To
Google, that behavior may indicate the
content is not very useful.
Bottom Line: Your visitors should feel the
content is worth the click!
Talk about what matters to
your website visitors
Everything about your business might be
fascinating to you. Your customers only
care about the things that are relevant to
Don’t get bogged down in technical
What Do Customers Like?
A detailed history
How widgets are
How to select the
Color, style, and
Ways to use the
widget to make life
Focus on Relationships 1st,
Benefits 2nd, Features 3rd
Establish credibility and
Talk about how the
product or service
helps solve a problem
features so customers
understand what you
Basic Structure for Sales Copy
on a Business Website
1. Demonstrate that you understand the
customer’s problem (empathize)
2. Present the solution (with an emphasis on
benefits and a description of features)
3. Suggest reasons they should choose your
company (focus on key differentiators and
build more trust)
4. End with a call to action (something they
can do right now)
Going Negative Is Bad for Your
Poor Framing Puts You on the Defensive:
“I am NOT a crook!
Don’t Put the Wrong Idea in the
Example of poor framing:
“We offer a 100% money back guarantee. If
you aren’t fully satisfied, you can cancel
your contract at any time.”
Your customer subconsciously hears: “You
aren’t fully satisfied. Cancel your contract.”
“Over the past ten years, we’ve received
hundreds of outstanding reviews from
This track record gives us the confidence to
offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We
look forward to working with you.”
Want to answer a possible
question or objection?
If 5% of your customers have a concern,
don’t plant the same concern in the minds
of the other 95% by addressing it in a page
of sales copy.
Put it in the FAQ Section!
That’s where it belongs.
Why You Shouldn’t Imitate a
Obviously, you shouldn’t copy their content.
Pointless (Google knows what you did!)
But what about imitating their strategy?
It’s Too Late for That Now
Fact: The strategy your highly ranked
competitor used over the past five years to
grab the #1 spot in Google search results is
NOT the same strategy you can follow to
claim that spot for your website.
The web is changing too quickly…
Big Marketing Budgets
Don’t Always Win Online.
Companies that have been at the top of
the rankings for a long time often get
complacent. They let their web presence
Take advantage of opportunities your
competitors overlook. Don’t outspend them.
Long Tail Keywords
A YouTube Channel
Strong Social Media
A Responsive Website
Expertly Crafted Copy!
Good Strategies for the
Are You Ready to Reinvent
Your Business Website?
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Together, we can make your message sing!