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Web Copy That Sells: The Revolutionary Formula for Creating Killer Copy That Grabs Their Attention and Compels Them to Buyby Maria Veloso
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Web copy—the words on a website that make people buy what you’re selling—is the single most important element that can turn a lackluster site into a “perpetual money machine.” This book is the definitive resource for mastering the skill of writing attention-grabbing online copy that makes people take action. Starting with a five-step blueprint and powerful psychological tactics for writing irresistible e-mail, marketing, and website communications, veteran web copywriter Maria Veloso also provides guidelines for writing and producing high-converting video sales letters (VSLs) . . . writing copy for mobile devices and the “portable web” . . . and writing copy for highly clickable interactive advertising banners.
New and timely additions to this third edition include methods for standing out in the ever-changing social media landscape and mining the endless possibilities of this new market, plus smart tips on crafting highly targeted Facebook ads that will help you capture the attention (and dollars) of more than a billion Facebook users, and also how to:
• Monetize e-zines and e-newsletters to generate maximum revenues
• Write search-engine-optimized articles that generate massive traffic to your website
• Streamline your communications into compelling “cyber bites” that rivet the attention of your prospects and customers
Throughout, case studies provide real-world examples of actual web businesses that have flourished using Veloso’s unbeatable methods.
“Web Copy That Sells is, without a doubt, a treasure for any copywriter, entrepreneur, or marketer. If you want to unleash the power of the written word and apply it to the web and make millions in the process, you’ve got to read this book. Even though I have more than five decades of direct marketing and copywriting experience, I was blown away by how much I learned from reading Maria’s great advice.”
— Joseph Sugarman, Direct Marketing Legend, Chairman and Founder of BluBlocker Corporation
“Veloso’s book is one of the single best books on copywriting I’ve ever read. When building my first website to sell my service, I used this book as a ‘bible’ to make sure my copy performed. I must have read this book at least five times and each reading would bring fresh insights that would send me back to my website copy to make further changes. Results? My first piece of copy, adjusted and tweaked with ideas from this book, went on to sell $3 million dollars’ worth of products.”
— Vishen Lakhiani, CEO and Co-Founder,MindValley.com
Maria Veloso began her copywriting career in 1977 and is now widely acknowledged as the leading expert in web copywriting. She is the CEO of Think-Outside-the-Book Publishing and Breakthroughs Unlimited and the director of Web Copywriting University. Through her unique and powerful approach to direct-response web copywriting, she has sold over $150 million worth of products and services for her online clients, as well as for her own online enterprises.
With the rise of social networks, “Twitterized” attention spans, and new forms of video content, the techniques that worked in crafting attention-grabbing, clickable, and actionable online copy a few years ago are simply not as effective today. Thoroughly revised, the third edition of Web Copy That Sells gives readers proven methods for achieving phenomenal success with their online sales and marketing efforts. They will learn to:
Use psychological tactics that compel Web surfers to buy
• Create effective, highly-targeted Facebook ads
• Test copy to maximize response
• Write online marketing video scripts that sell
• Craft compelling copy for interactive advertising banners
• Produce high-converting video sales letters
• And more
Proven and practical, Web Copy That Sells shows how to quickly turn lackluster sites into “perpetual money machines,” streamline key messages down to irresistible “cyber bites”…and ensure that Web copy, e-mail, and marketing communications pack a fast, powerful—and sales generating—punch.
When it comes to copy, what works in the brick-and-mortar world does not necessarily grab Web consumers...and with new developments like social networks, blogs, and YouTube, the strategies that worked even a few years ago are unlikely to attract people’s attention. Completely updated for the current online marketplace, Web Copy That Sells gives readers proven methods for achieving phenomenal success with their online sales and marketing efforts. Readers will learn to:
• write irresistible Web copy, e-mails, and marketing communications
• quickly turn lackluster sites into “perpetual money machines”
• streamline key messages down to intriguing “cyber bites”
• use the psychological tactics that compel Web surfers to buy
Featuring updated strategies for communicating and selling in the continually evolving landscape of Web 2.0, the second edition unlocks the secret to turning today’s online prospects into paying customers!
There are more than 175 million websites on the Internet clamoring for attention, and, like yours, millions of them are trying to sell something. When it comes to writing marketing copy, what works in the brick-and-mortar world doesn’t necessarily grab Web consumers. And with developments like social networks, blogs, and YouTube, the strategies that worked even a few years ago are unlikely to attract people’s attention.
Building on the revolutionary model of Web copywriting presented in the first edition of this book, this revised edition of Web Copy That Sells reveals Maria Veloso’s unique Trifecta Neuro-Affective Principle for the first time—which changes the minds of prospects in favor of your product or service, and accelerates their decision to buy whatever you’re selling. Veloso also introduces the concept of cyber bites, digestible morsels of copy that have a sales-advancing impact and are capable of creating significant buzz for any product or service. These two additions alone make this new edition a valuable resource not just for online marketers and copywriters but for anyone who sells anything—either on or off the Web.
One of the most widely acclaimed Web copywriters in the world, Maria Veloso also reprises her revolutionary copywriting approach based on five simple questions, which, when answered, make the copy practically write itself. Completely updated for the current online marketplace, this book provides powerful copywriting strategies that have been proven time and again in the e-commerce arena. Veloso crams all the information from her 12-hour, live seminars costing $997 into a comprehensive book that will help you to:
- Write sizzling and irresistible Web copy, e-mails, and marketing communications.
- Quickly turn any lackluster website into a “perpetual money machine.”
- Use hypnotically persuasive language and psychological tactics to compel Web surfers to buy.
- Avoid the most common mistakes that can wipe out your sales.
- Use cutting-edge approaches to drive traffic to your website, and easily land page-1 Google rankings for your business in record speed.
- Streamline your marketing message down to a powerful “cyber bite”—and significantly shorten the process of making an online sale.
- Keep abreast of the new rules for e-mail marketing and learn strategies to prevent your e-mails from getting blocked as spam.
- And more!
Featuring updated strategies for communicating and selling in the continually evolving landscape of Web 2.0, this second edition unlocks the secrets to turning today’s online prospects into paying customers!
Maria Veloso is Director of Web Copywriting University, a sought-after speaker on Internet marketing strategies, and former Director of Creative Web Writing for Aesop Marketing Corporation. A 32-year copywriting veteran, she has generated millions of dollars in online sales for a diverse stable of clients through her unique model of direct-response Web copywriting. She lives in Los Angeles and can be reached at:
Web Copy That Sells belongs on the desktop of any e-marketer who wants to make more sales and profits without spending a nickel more on advertising. Maria’s Web copy tips and techniques are like oxygen that’ll breathe more life into your websites and e-mail campaigns. Chapter 5 alone is worth 100 times the price you’ll pay for this copywriting book.”
— Alex Mandossian, Web Traffic Conversion Strategist and CEO of Heritage House Publishing, Inc.
“Maria Veloso’s Trifecta Neuro-Affective Principle is the most psychologically persuasive blueprint for writing copy I’ve ever come across, both online and offline.”
— Diane Eble, author of 11 books,professional book publishing Coach/consultant, and copywriter, WordsToProfit.com
“The Trifecta Neuro-Affective Principle that Maria Veloso teaches in this book is a compelling way to change prospects’ minds in favor of your product or service, cause them to subconsciously ‘feel right’ about your offer, and cause them to look no further than your product or service to fulfill their needs. This formula alone is worth more than the book’s weight in gold!”
—Elin Bullmann, www.TheWriteEffect.com
“Web Copy That Sells is the only book on the market that can teach anyone how to write psychologically mesmerizing sales copy that gets readers salivating for your product or service. You simply won’t know the value of this book until you read it and try out her incredible copywriting techniques for yourself. This book should be on every online marketer’s desktop.”
— Joel Christopher, Master List Builder, Publisher of Access-2-Success ezine
“After spending thousands of dollars getting information from almost every Internet and marketing expert out there, I can say, without a doubt, Web Copy That Sells is the best investment that anyone wanting a profitable career on the Internet could make.”
— Rick Miller, Certified Master of Web Copywriting, author of Internet Mind Control,
and founder of ScientificInternetMarketing.com
“Without a doubt, Maria Veloso ‘wrote the book’ on how to turn a website into a selling machine. Web Copy That Sells is among the most important marketing books ever written. It should be required reading for all Internet marketers, webmasters, and copywriters. Maria has simplified the craft of writing direct-response web copy down to an easy, step-by-step blueprint that is so appealing even my wife has decided to become a copywriter!”
— Tim Russ, Editor, Candle Light Magazine
“Maria, I’m very impressed with your book! You’re the first one to really make a convincing argument and show concrete evidence why writing for the Web (especially e-mail copy) is quite different from writing for the offline markets in several aspects. Thanks for your enlightening material.”
— Kevin Wilke, founder of PureNetProfits.com and cofounder of NitroMarketing.com
About the Author
MARIA VELOSO is director of Web Copywriting University, a sought-after speaker on Internet marketing strategies, and CEO of Think-Outside-the-Book Publishing. She has generated millions of dollars in online sales for a diverse stable of clients as well as her own online enterprises through her unique model of direct-response Web copywriting.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Second Edition
1 GETTING STARTED: THE DYNAMICS OF WEB SELLING
2 A SIMPLE BLUEPRINT FOR WRITING KILLER WEB COPY
3 CRAFTING YOUR COPY
4 E-MAIL MARKETING: THE INTERNET’S KILLER APPLICATION 103
5 USING PSYCHOLOGY TO MOTIVATE PROSPECTS TO BECOME PURCHASERS
6 THE ART OF CHANGING YOUR PROSPECTS’ MINDS
7 INCREASING SALES THROUGH THE USE OF INVOLVEMENT DEVICES
8 ONLINE MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: IT’S WHAT YOU DO AFTER PEOPLE VISIT YOUR WEBSITE THAT COUNTS
9 THE SPECIAL RULES FOR WEB COPYWRITING TO THE BUSINESS-BUSINESS (B2B) MARKET
10 WEB COPYWRITING IN THE AGE OF WEB 2.0
11 LAST BUT NOT LEAST: TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
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