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Revealed: what you get when you pay $5 for an SEO article…

This is my 100th blog post, so I thought it had better be a cracker.

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I’ve long wondered what buyers actually get when they pay ‘peanuts’ for SEO articles or other copywriting on sites such as Elance, Fiverr and others of their ilk. I’d heard about the problems with poorly-written copy, writers who don’t have English as their first language and so on…

To find out what professional copywriters are up against from the so-called copy mills, I recently tried a little experiment. Here’s what happened…

Al Hidden is an experienced Gloucestershire based copywriter specialising in article writing, Marketing, Website and SEO copywriting, technical and PR copywriting.

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The Gloucestershire Copywriter’s shelfie …

The selfie is dead – long live the shelfie!

According to a recent piece in The Guardian, selfies may have been the thing in 2013, but pictures of bookshelves are now much more interesting. Others are already on the shelfie bandwagon (or should that be bookshelf?) started by Instagram, including Radio 2’s Simon Mayo and the New York Public Library.

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The Gloucestershire Copywriter’s shelfie

As part of my continuous professional development, I read a lot around copywriting, web and SEO copywriting, PR writing, technical communication, branding and other topics relevant to my craft.

So here’s part of this Cheltenham copywriter’s reference library – my reference shelfie. It’s the perfect complement to over 30 years’ practical, real-world experience in sales, marketing, technical writing, PR, and of course in-house and freelance copywriting.

Now, please tell me about the most useful writing books on your reference shelf.

Al Hidden is an experienced Gloucestershire based copywriter specialising in Marketing, Web/SEO, technical and PR copywriting.

Gloucestershire copywriter spots silent assassins at tyre depot…

One of our cars needed a couple of tyres last week, so I left the email copywriting that I was doing at the time and headed down to the local branch of a well-known national tyre supplier for some new rubber.  The response to my phone call had been friendly and helpful. The same applied when I pulled up at the depot too. In the warm, clean waiting area there was free coffee and a decent pile of magazines to flick through while the work was being done in a well-organised workshop beyond the window. And a wide-screen TV was running what looked like a very professionally produced series of mini-documentaries about different aspects of tyre care and selection. All good so far…

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The TV caught my attention, as it was supposed to do. I found myself engrossed in a feature on the benefits of fitting winter tyres. It was really interesting, and I was pleased to see that subtitles had been designed in for the hard-of hearing. Of course, it was impossible not to read the subtitles. And as I did, I noticed that the copywriting and proof-reading hadn’t been done well at all. For instance, the word braking appeared as ‘breaking’ and Arctic conditions became ‘artic conditions’ (and not an ASDA delivery lorry in sight!)

My attention was diverted from the (very slick) mini programme to spotting the typos in the subtitles. Worse still, I found myself wondering why, if they couldn’t write ‘braking’ correctly on a tyre-related programme, I should have full confidence in the message that was being delivered (or the brand that was delivering it to me). Some people, it’s true, might not have noticed. But others, like me,  will have done so. And others still may have been distracted by a niggling awareness that something was wrong with the text – without being  sure exactly what.

The silent assassins had struck like the gunshot that kills before the victim hears the report from a weapon. The brand had been dented and the message undermined. And the originators probably hadn’t got a clue.

And the lesson to learn? If you want to reduce the risk of ‘silent assassins’ undermining your marketing message in brochure copy, web/SEO copywriting or in client case studies, a bit of professional support could work wonders. After all, you wouldn’t dream of fitting your own tyres would you? You’d leave it to the experts.  The same applies to copywriting, copy-editing and proof-reading.

And like new tyres at the start of winter, what a difference it makes.

is an experienced Gloucestershire based copywriter specialising in Marketing, Web/SEO, technical and PR copywriting.

SEO copywriting tips that you can use today…

Inspired by last week’s valuable content marketing blog, I thought I’d share some SEO copywriting tips based on my experience as a Gloucestershire SEO copywriter. In this article I deconstruct the process of writing an SEO page, suggest some tools to help you, and offer practical advice if you decide that you don’t have the time to do your own SEO writing.

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Feel free to try writing your own SEO copy. But be warned, because I regularly see prospective clients who couldn’t find the time to do this – or burned lots of expensive management hours trying unsuccessfully to save a few pounds by writing their own SEO copy. In the case of recent client Arden Construction, their new website had stood ‘completed’ for months while they tried to write their own SEO copy…

 

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There are plenty of different approaches to writing SEO copy and I’m sure many of them work. The methodology that I take you through in the article is one that I’ve used successfully in conjunction with respected SEO consultants for several years.

If you fancy a go at SEO copywriting, please read on. I hope you find the article useful.

is an experienced Gloucestershire based copywriter specialising in Marketing, Web/SEO, technical and PR copywriting.

 

Interesting radio programme on translation and localisation

Every so often I listen in to the radio show by San Francisco Bay Area career coach Marty Nemko on KALW, 91.7 FM or through Martyr’s podcasts on iTunes.  A recent episode of Work with Marty  resonated with me because of writing work I’ve done as a copywriter for translation and localisation businesses here in the UK.

I’m a freelance copywriter in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and I found the show fascinating. If you’re in, or use,  translation, localisation or internationalisation I’m sure you will too. Marty’s programme gives some very interesting perspectives on the state of on the business – including the role of online machine translation.

It’s a good listen and I’d recommend it to anyone in this field. I’ll be listening to it again to extract all the gems it contains (typical of Marty’s shows). Please check it out for yourself through iTunes or Marty’s own website.

And if you run a UK-based translation. localisation or internationalisation business that needs some creative copywriting? I’m here for you – as I was for Gemini Translation Services in Keynsham, Bristol when they needed SEO copywriting for two websites (and very good they are at what they do too!)

Until next time…

is an experienced Gloucestershire based copywriter specialising in Marketing, Web/SEO, technical and PR copywriting.

The atomic half-life of Web content

I’ve got a  special reason to celebrate this week. It’s my fiftieth blog post as a Gloucestershire copywriter! Thank you for dropping by.

It’s going to be a short and sweet one too. I was listening to social-media expert Jay Baer when he mentioned the idea of the atomic half-life of content – the length of time before the value or usefulness of online or offline content is reduced by half. It set me thinking…

As I understood what I heard, he made the interesting point that website and blog content has the longest half-life of all content. AdWords, for instance, has a very short half-life; stop paying and the value of your campaign drops to virtually nothing with immediate effect. I’ve also seen reference to Twitter tweets having a half-life of 30 minutes.

But blog or website content? Now that’s a different thing. Your investment in high-quality content is like buying an annuity for your organisation. As well as immediate benefit, great content goes on and on serving your prospects and customers for months and years after you (or your SEO copywriter) have created it.

Combine this with everything we know about Google’s ongoing algorithm updates and the increasing importance of meaningful content for Web searchers and there’s a powerful message. Well-written copy from an online content writer is a great investment that will serve you loyally today, tomorrow and way into the future. Think website pages, online articles, customer case studies and more. The potential is unlimited and unlike AdWords, each piece of content is an investment in the future worth of your online presence.

Do you have the time, the specialist SEO copywriting skills or even the inclination to create your own long-half-life content? Not everybody does. And besides, isn’t there something else you should be doing that will utilise your unique skills more effectively? While in the meantime, that vital copy still has to be dragged off your to-do list and put out online…

Just a thought…

 

is an experienced Gloucestershire based copywriter specialising in Marketing, Web/SEO, technical and PR copywriting.