Putting Up A Website? Don’t Forget The Copywriter!

By Lexi | Copywriting

Oct 04

Copywriter for Website
When I talk to non-Internet marketers about what I do, a common response is, “Oh, you're a web designer?”

“No,” I explain, “I write the CONTENT that goes in a website.”

The common notion seems to be that you only need a web designer or developer to create a website.

While I'm not undervaluing the importance of a web designer and programmer, I must contend that a copywriter is at least as essential as they are when putting together an effective website.

What's A Copywriter For?

A good copywriter does the following things:

  • Clarifies the goals for the website
  • Clearly identifies the website's target readers in a focused and marketing-oriented way
  • Articulates the target readers' problems, needs, and concerns, which the website hopes to address
  • Writes the website's content in a way that resonates with the website readers, positions your product, program, or service as the best solution to their problems, and logically leads to a conversion of readers into prospects, and prospects into customers
  • Brainstorms taglines, catchphrases and slogans
  • Ensures the website has enough content to address each of the target readers' major objections to the offer
  • Highlights your business' unique selling proposition on every page
  • Makes offers compelling without exerting too much pressure or being pushy
  • Includes a call to action on each web page
  • Identifies topics for additional web pages, blog posts, and lead offers
  • Advises on the most user-friendly and optimal way to organize the website's content, structure, and navigation
  • Suggests the best domain names and taglines for search engine optimization and conversion
  • Translates the client's existing content into marketing and PR materials

As you can see, a copywriter is essential to an effective and successful website — and I'm just scratching the surface!

Where To Use A Copywriter

If you're not familiar with marketing and copywriting strategies — or if you are, but you're also too close to your business to write about it effectively — then working with a copywriter to develop the main pages of your website is a good investment.

These pages include:

  • Home page
  • Landing pages for each product, program or service your business offers
  • Landing page for your lead offer
  • About page
  • Bio page for company executives

After a good copywriter has written these pages for your website, you'll be able to reuse, spin, and recycle all that content for your other marketing and promotional materials (more on that in a future post).

So if you're planning to put up a website, or improve your current website, seriously consider working with a copywriter. It's an investment that will pay off for a long, long time.

Tell Me

Have you ever worked with a copywriter before? What was the experience like for you?

What's on your wish list for the ideal copywriter?

I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Lexi Rodrigo

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