Why I Don’t Charge Per Hour

If you’re charging per hour, you’re undercharging. Why? Because in this madcap world of freelancing there are all manner of tasks beyond sitting down and writing copy. Try this for a week: Track everything you do on a spreadsheet. It

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Schwarzenegger on Marketing

Recently I’ve been reading the autobiography of the prior Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger. And it truly is a rags to riches story. His work ethic, ambition and promotional nous led to him amassing millions before he was even a movie star.

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What Separates Amateurs from the Pros

Research. That’s what makes the grizzled veterans standout and is the key to higher conversions. Within a few years (or months, in some cases) of hand copying sales letters and working from templates, you should be writing out decent sales

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Dealing with Failure

We all have to face this at some point in our working lives. We work our fingers to the bone to get a campaign launched, only to see it fizzle for a while before dying completely. The clickthrough rate is

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3 Secrets to Writing ‘Winning’ Copywriting Proposals that Turn $100 Mini Projects into $10,000 Monster Gigs

You get an email from a potential client asking for a web page. You’re smart. You don’t instantly email back with a price and a delivery date. That would be stupid. Instead, you do some digging. You ask: …what action

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2 Easy Ways to Make Leads More Profitable (without Spending an Extra Cent on Traffic)

Advertising is getting darned expensive. If the rumours are true, heavyweights like Clickfunnels and Digital Marketer now spend $10 just on getting a LEAD. That’s right, a LEAD, not a sale. With millions of marketers ploughing their ad budget into

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Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘4 Iron Clad Rules’ of Persuasive Copywriting

Sir Winston Churchill is famed for being the ‘British Bulldog’ whose speeches galvanized a nation against seemingly insurmountable odds. He was also a writing workhorse. Over his lifetime, he wrote more words than Dickens and Shakespeare combined. His published speeches stretch to eighteen

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8 Ways to Spice Up Stories About Your Product

“Grab a cushion and gather round. I have a story to tell.” Everyone has fond memories of story time as kids. And the love of a good tale, of heroes, villains and victory against the odds, never dies. For this reason,

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Would You Love to Earn $1,500 for a SINGLE Email? Find out how in the 80/20 Email Copy Course

Ryan Deiss calls his the ‘Invisible Selling Machine’. Andre Chaperone has his ‘Soap Opera Sequence’, while Jeff Walker named his the ‘Sideways Sales Letter’. What am I talking about? Email marketing of course. Forget social media. Email continues to be

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The Simple Way to Write Copy

People often ask me what it takes to become a copywriter. What I tell them is this… to be a great (or just good) copywriter you don’t need to be able to write like Hemingway. But you DO need to

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