Gosh, my first day back on the blog and I’m already misleading you…let me clarify, I don’t need a copywriter – but maybe you do. Maybe you’ve decided to re-vamp your website, or perhaps you’re creating your website from scratch after relying on job boards or the Yellow Pages so far (if it’s the latter, I’d also like to officially welcome you to the 21st century…and maybe the 20th.) You might feel like you don’t know where to start, or you do, but then it sounds all wrong. Whatever you write may seem boastful or *whispers* boring. That’s okay. We’ll go through it together. Read More
Category Archives: Translator Talk
When I say “edit your content” to translators, their minds naturally go to looking for mistakes, or trying to perfect something. But what I actually mean when I say edit your content is something a bit different. Editing your own work is tough, there’s no doubt, but it doesn’t have to turn into a hyper-critical, self-loathing exercise ending with a keyboard-imprinted forehead (yours.) Read More
Today’s Copy Blitz is focused on writing your Services page on your website. Yesterday we focused on our About Me page…which was actually an About Them page. But really, when we think about it, your whole website is about them and what they get from working with you. Your Services page is no exception. Read More
I hate to break it to you, but your About Me page has been lying to you.
You’re not supposed to write about yourself at all.
I know. All this time you thought it was a chance to talk about your passions and your hobbies and your cat. But nobody cares. Not even your cat (not a cat lover here, can you tell?)
Your About Me page is actually your About Them page. Who’s “them”, I hear you ask! Why, your ideal clients, of course! Read More
Are you stuck on how to write your web copy? It seems like an easy task. I mean you’re just writing about you, and your business, and the services you provide. Simple.
Yeah. Really simple. Right until you sit down to actually write it.
And then you get the blinking cursor of doom and the resolutely blank page staring back at you, taunting you. Or worse, you read it back and think to yourself, “That doesn’t even sound like me!” Read More
Today, on our first day of Copy Blitz, we’re going to look at your one-liner. You might call it your USP, or your elevator pitch. Whatever you call it, it’s basically about perfecting your purpose, being clear on it and communicating it succinctly, should anyone ask.
So what’s your one-liner?
There are two kinds of writing for your target market…
There’s the kind that gets you featured in magazines your clients read and makes you money directly, and there’s the kind that gets you in the magazines and blogs they read and brings you publicity, which in turn brings you clients, who then pay you money to work for them. Read More
I say it a lot, but I like things to be easy. That’s not to say I’m lazy (okay, maybe it says I’m a little bit lazy), but I think we can all do with getting on with the stuff that makes us feel on fire and alive and, importantly, earns us money. I think we waste a lot of time (especially online) and if we only realised how much, we might be able to figure out some tricks, or get some help, to focus on the stuff we love. Read More
In today’s post on getting to grips with your graphic design gofer (that’s Canva, rather than me, just to clarify), we’re going to talk about using it to produce some PDFs. Which PDFs? Specifically your CV and your pricing proposals. I’m guessing you use both of these document types regularly, so they’re pretty important.
I’m guessing they’re pretty boring too.
Now, whether they’re boring for you to produce or look at….that’s your business (and no judging if it’s the latter), but they don’t actually have to be either of these things.
They can be documents you’re proud of.