#012: 3 Powerful Tricks For More Persuasive Writing [Podcast]


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Persuasive prose produces profits. Writing persuasive copy gets your emails opened and read, your ideas shared and promoted, your blog posts ranked in Google, and your products and services sold. Today’s episode gives your 3 “tricks” to make your writing more persuasive.

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Writing persuasive copy is simple – but not always easy.

The most persuasive techniques usually are the ones that are simplest. Here are three simple tricks the top copywriters know will help them sell more (of whatever they’re selling)…

  1. Know your prospects. This means doing your homework, and knowing the audience you’re writing to (and selling to) inside out. You must know, at the very least their FFA’s (fears, frustrations, and aspirations). If you know those three things, you have some powerful mojo at your disposal.
  2. Speak the language of your audience. If you are writing to golfers, for instance, you absolutely must not call the instruments of play anything other than clubs. Referring to “ball striking sticks” will earn your copy a quick trip to the trashcan. I know the example is ridiculous, but I see copywriters making mistakes equally as ridiculous all the time.
  3. Know your product. Again, a seemingly obvious point, yet one of the most frequently violated principles of writing persuasive copy. The more you know about your product, the more persuasively you will be able to communicate about it. Newbie copywriters would do well to study the greats, particularly Eugene Schwartz, who often read a book four (or more) times, and had 100 pages of notes written in his own hand, when he finally sat down to write the copy that would sell the book.

As I said, simple. Not necessarily easy.

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  1. Avery has a question about why her affiliate site got “slapped” by Google.
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  3. Dr Kevin wants to know why his site generates warnings for some users.

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2 thoughts on “#012: 3 Powerful Tricks For More Persuasive Writing [Podcast]

  1. Ray, sorry I am behind listening…but just finished podcast 12 on Persuasive Writing. This is brilliant! The brilliance is in the simplicity. F.F.A. 🙂 Love it! As you say, this is not ‘easy’, but it is simple. I am not sure it does not qualify as a great time saver though…as it can guide your research and make a very difficult task far more manageable. Thank you!!!