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I was recently asked to do an interview by a young guy in Germany who’s looking to start his own online Internet marketing business. As I’m grateful to the many people who accept my own interview requests, I happily agreed to spare an hour to take a Skype call with the chap. Indeed, if anyone ever wants to pick my brain for their own site, feel free to get in touch – I’m usually happy…

One of my mentors, the American entrepreneur and writer Mark Ford, once taught me a simple way to improve problematic headlines using ‘the Four Us’. I’ve written about the idea many times before, but today I thought I’d put it to the test LIVE. Or rather, as I write this article. Why not, eh? Indeed, I’m going to pluck three promotions at random from the Clickbank marketplace and see if we can’t use this old school…

“Live. Die. Repeat.” That’s the tagline of Tom Cruise’s new movie, Edge of Tomorrow. Have you seen it? Basically Tom Cruise gets the blood of an alien on him, which means that whenever he’s killed he returns to the day he got the alien blood on him. He meets Emily Blunt and then he has to save the world. A regular day at the office for Cruise. To be fair though, it’s actually OK. In…

I’ve been in the cash machine queue half an hour already… But I’m not getting anywhere. Plus, I’m losing the will to live. The drinks queue is equally stupid, and I figure by the time the main act is on, even if I swap queues now, I’ll only have time for one pint anyway. That means the little cash I have on me will cover a pint for me and wine for Lin, and a…

“Write Better Copy is a life jacket for those who are dipping their toe into the wild marketing waters and sinking,” writes Blanca. She’s a fellow copywriter and journalist who picked up my Write Better Copy guide looking to understand more about how copywriting works. She continues: “When I started to study copywriting, I desperately needed the right tool to tidy all the information I was receiving in my mind. I found it in Write…

At last count, it was estimated around 300 billion emails are sent on a daily basis. 300. Billion. A day. That’s a damn lot of emails. So, with so much other email copy competing with yours, it hardly seems worth spending much time on it, right? Wrong. Even a small improvement in your email copy can make a huge difference to the bottom line. But as copywriters, we forget this sometimes. We think of email…

I’d like to talk about salutations, my good friend. Or should I say Fellow Copywriter? Perhaps Intrepid Freelancer would be better? Of course, this is my point: There are far more options when it comes to addressing a reader than the classic ‘Dear Reader’. Sure, it’s a small thing. But still, it’s there on a letter for a reason and to overlook it is not only lazy… it’s a missed opportunity to make a stronger…

As a copywriter, you likely spend a ton of your time trying to come up with new and original subject lines to grab attention. It’s hard work, right? So let me ask you… Should you even bother? Especially when there’s a way you can hijack existing subject lines – that are otherwise considered boring – and use them to far outperform anything original you might think up. Hmmm – that sounds interesting. And get this:…

‘When we tell stories about creativity…we neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problem was impossible. Instead, we skip straight to the breakthrough. We tell the happy ending first. ‘The danger of this scenario is that the act of feeling frustrated is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be…

For months my partner couldn’t sit. In fact, she could hardly walk. And at the lowest point, it seemed like the problem would never go away. Physical therapists advised exercises, strapped tape across her bum (I’m still not sure why) and prescribed painkillers to mask the discomfort. Still, nothing improved. Eventually an MRI scan was ordered. The cause of the problem was discovered: a prolapse in the L4/L5 lumber region. To you and me: a…