Your Website Is More than a Brochure
Websites today are not simply online brochures. A great website is an interactive sales tool designed to lead visitors through a journey, which ends with them deciding to buy from you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEB COPY AND BROCHURE COPY?
Brochures have a definitive beginning and end. Your web copy has to work even if someone starts in the middle of the process. If your on-page SEO is working, visitors may very well land on an interior page. The web copy on that page needs to answer a specific question and make sense even if the reader hasn’t read your home or about pages.
Write Your Web Copy to Be Scanned
We typically read a brochure from beginning to end, but we scan web pages. Design your web copy for scanning with lots of small paragraphs and headlines, Here are a few tips to make it easier for visitors to scan your pages.
Headlines should tell a story.
If all a reader does is skim the headlines they should be able to grasp the key points on the page.
Use bullet points to present key messages.
Your key points are often lost in a long paragraph. Bullets help you focus the reader’s attention.
Avoid needless repetition.
Get to the point! As you try to balance brevity with the need to satisfy search engines with longer avoid repetition. Instead, add related information to achieve word count objectives.
Use image captions wisely.
Images will naturally draw attention. Use the caption, placed directly below the image to present a key concept
Ditch jargon and big words.
Even if your target audience is highly educated, technical types they will appreciate simple language which they can skim quickly.
You can still be informative if you break up long sentences, write shorter paragraphs and aim for an 8th-grade reading level.
Why Web Copy Matters
Everyone wants their website to look awesome, with interesting pictures and cool animation. Unfortunately, none of that matters if the words don’t tell your story.
People don’t come for the great scrolling animation across your homepage. They come for information. Web copy writer, Sam Von Tobel, shared tips on planning and writing the all important web copy.
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