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Social Networking is Great!

vintage-social-networking1My, how the times have changed!

I love to network. There is something about the thrill of connecting someone who needs a website designer with a list of qualified, talented designers that makes me smile. And, I love it when someone contacts me and connects a friend of theirs so that I can write their blog posts, manage their social media accounts or write their website content.  Yes, that is what social networking is all about. And whether you use email or the telephone, networking is fun, and beneficial to all. So, if you are in need of connecting with a website designer, PPC campaign manager or other Web need, let me know. I will be happy to connect you with some of the pros I know.

Have a great day!

8 Things Being Involved in Ministry Has Taught Me about Being a Business Owner

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I have been involved in church ministry for over 2 decades. I have worked with preschool children,  elementary children, behind the scenes as an admin assistant, been involved with the music and currently work with the youth. And while the level of involvement, the responsibilities and the manner in which  communication is accomplished has changed over the years, much has stayed the same.

Recently, I was thinking about how often my ministry involvement and having my own business are alike. Here are my observations. If you have others to add to the list, I would love to see them!

  1. If you don’t have a plan for the day, the children/teens will. From time to time I get up and turn on my computer for the day expecting my workload to be light and thinking that I might take time to chill out. More often than not, those are the days that rather than simply working just a few hours, I end up with a full day’s work! (Not a complaint, just an observation.)
  2. You have to be flexible. Just because you have a plan, it doesn’t mean that the lesson prepared will be the lesson taught. In business, you have to be open to new approaches in getting a job done. After all, the Web and the way one does business is always changing.
  3. Mistakes happen; don’t dwell on them! Find a way to correct the problem and deal with it effectively and efficiently. Sometimes that great object lesson or game completely backfires and you have to be able to address the situation and move forward. In business, that idea that sounded so wonderful in your head might not be a great in practice. Be willing to step back, re-assess and move forward again.
  4. You can’t please everyone; sometimes you have to sign off on a project. This doesn’t mean failure, just the need to find a better way. Also keep in mind, that some people refuse to be pleased with a product/service. These people are always going to be there. Learn what you can in those situations and move forward.
  5. The client/customer must feel valued. Even if you cannot provide the exact service or product one might want, going out of your way to provide service with a smile is a great way to build repeat customers. In a ministry, you must make each person, from the team members to the people being served, feel like they matter…because they do!
  6. Everything eventually works out, It might not always be the way you envisioned it, but a solution can usually be found that pleases most of the people involved.
  7. It takes work. There is always something to be done. Whether it is planning the next meeting, writing another blog post, visiting with new clients or ministry team members, etc. Like in business, you can count on ministry taking time.
  8. There is always room for improvement. No business, regardless of its size, can’t be improved with more training, better procedures, etc. Ministry is no different. There will always be ways to make the space more inviting, help leaders to be stronger and attendees feel more welcomed and connected.

5 Ideas for Blog Posts

5 Blog post ideas for the tired blogger (pic from www.gapyear.com)

Having a blog on your website is a great way to boost your site’s SEO, but only if you take the time to post to it on a regular basis. In fact, many experts recommend posting at least once a week. But for many of us, that is a steep assignment as life and the daily needs of running a business can get in the way of blogging. For others, it might not be the time involved for blogging so much as having ideas for the posts.

If you fall into this latter category, then you are not alone. Write Away Copywriting has some ideas and tips for your next blog posts.

Be informed of the latest changes, new products, etc. in your industry so you can share that information with your readers.

Lessons learned about running your business are not only inspiring but lets others know that they can overcome obstacle, too. It also lends some credibility to you and your business.

Ongoing saga of what is going on at your company. Do you have a new product or service? Perhaps you have hired a new sales rep or expanded your service area. Letting your readers know what is going on helps them connect and builds loyalty.

Goals you are working towards also lets people know where your company is headed.

Surveys are a great way to get customer feedback or to ask leaders in your field for their input. Consider posting pictures with names and companies of the survey contributors, as way to boost link opportunities, as well.

Blog posts are a fun way to generate interest and excitement about what is happening at your company. They don’t have to be long, technical diatribes, just something that keeps site guests engaged and wanting to hire you or use your products. So, don’t let that blog page sit empty…write a blog post this week!

Having Fun yet Staying Busy!

busy-calendarWhen one owns their own business, it is nice to stay busy. Consequently, it is easy to say, “Yes” each time someone asks if you can do something.  But sometimes I look at my calendar and I think, “My goodness, what was I thinking when I agreed to that many projects for this week!” It is then that I realize that I truly do love my job because no matter how daunting a calendar might look, I find that I love the challenge and the opportunity to learn new things. Yes, there are weeks that are busier than others, but I also love the feeling I have when on Friday afternoon, I look back and realize that my crazy busy week was also one filled with learning and adventures.

This month, I have been asked by a client to read the book, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung.  In reading it, I have learned many tips that will help in both my business and personal life. Also as part of this month’s work, I was blessed to be asked by ClickReady Marketing to write about one of my other passions–cooking! So for a few days, I got to read -then write – about grilling, barbecue and seafood. Yes, I love my job!

So, while I have been busy with work, there are often times that the work feels more like play. Those are the weeks when I am especially glad that I don’t punch a time clock.  Rather, I am blessed to work hours that suit my schedule and fill my calendar with work I enjoy. So to all you who help send me work requests, thanks! You allow me to have fun while staying busy!

 

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Choosing the Game Plan for Your Company Website

footballfieldI love football! The camaraderie in team spirit, the thinking and strategizing, the physicality and the competiveness all work to make it a great game. But, in order for a team to be a success, they must have a solid game plan. Your business is no different. To have a profitable business, you must have a game plan.

Your plan will be different from the company’s down the block, but you must put some intentionality into what you want you to accomplish. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine what direction to take for your business, especially when it comes to building a website. You may struggle with whether to have an Events page versus a Blog spot, if you should have a Company History page or an Employee Bio page-or perhaps both.

If you need help in moving forward with your game plan for creating an online presence, then it’s time to talk to a web developer about what needs to be done. This is similar to when the coach lays out the approach for the upcoming game. Whether you enter the discussion with a web developer carrying your tablet or notebook, expect to get answers for the following:

  • How many pages your site must have to fully represent your company?
  • Will you have a blog or an events page? You should have at least one of these, as you don’t want your page to be static or Google is unlikely to notice its existence.
  • To what social media platforms will you link?
  • How much do you want to invest in building your website and its ongoing management?

These are but a few of the questions you will be asked as you craft your wining game plan, but they are very necessary to building an online presence. If you need direction in finding a trustworthy web developer, be sure to contact some of these web developers:

These are all friends of North Carolina copywriter, Write Away Copywriting. They will be happy to help you with the design and content of your website. And, if you should prefer to not do the writing for your website’s content, don’t hesitate to contact J. Slagell. Get started on your web presence game plan today so you can score a touchdown sooner and not later!

Creativity: Writing is not for Everyone!

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The writing process is more than merely having a good idea. It is time spent researching your topic and determining the best way to present your findings. For some people, the writing process is far more intimidating than the development aspect, but both portions are necessary in showcasing your new idea. If you have realized that you would much rather be on the design and developing side rather than the writing and advertising side, then don’t beat yourself up over it. After all, everyone had different skill sets.

And, even if your product is unlike anything that has ever been showcase, Write Away Copywriting can help you promote your product. Janet S. is happy to tour your facility to see what you can do, will take notes so that your product or services can be well represented and even get you set up on social media pages, so that you can get the word out about who you are and what you do. You don’t have to be a writer…just focus on the creativity and let Write Away do the rest. If you have questions about WAC can help, please contact Jan S. today.

 

Celebrating Five Years at Write Away Copywriting

pens, writingIf someone had told me years ago that, I would be paid to write, I would have never believed them. Although I had a college degree,  my life goals and dreams were simple.  I had envisioned my future as a wife, a homeschooling mom and church volunteer. Yes, I had taken a number of English and writing classes, along with some basic computer courses in college, but I had never even considered writing as a profession.

However, this month marks 5 years since I began copywriting.

Allow me to set the scene. Just over 5 years ago, I began looking into rejoining the workforce on a part time basis. A good friend suggested I submit my resume to a local organization that needed someone who was good at organizing, planning and scheduling-something I handled for my church ministry team. I went through a series of interviews for the position, all of which seemed to be leading to a job offer. At the final interview, the board of directors informed me I was perfect for their needs and offered me the position, but with a surprise caveat –they had decided that week to make the job a volunteer position to better suit their budget. I declined, and began filling out more applications.

A month later, my cousin Scott Thompson, e-mailed and asked if I would be willing to write the content for a series of travel websites he was developing. That was September of 2007 and the first website was Gecko’s Georgia. That was the beginning. I was eventually part of more than 25 websites that Scott developed. Along the way, Scott, now a published author, taught me about SEO and link building and encouraged me to start looking for additional clients. He then helped me with building a client base by introducing me to Emory Rowland, now owner of Leverable, which is the parent company for Coupon Claim, a website for which I provide content.

In time, I spread my wings and sought other SEO writing opportunities. Today, I am blessed to work with companies like Page Progressive, All Pro Media, WebDrafter and others. In addition to providing SEO web content, I also manage social media accounts, newsletter and other writing for Dr. Karen Barwick, DDS and the Dental Assistant Training Centers.

So, here it is 5 years later and I find myself doing an assortment of writing projects and getting paid to do so. There is always something new to learn. Some days it may be learning about home HVAC systems as I write a link article, another day I may be working on content for a promo piece about a new product or service and on yet another day, I may learn more about using InDesign as I work on a Bible lesson for Creative for Kids. I love my job!

As a Web content writer, there is always something to keep me busy. Yes, there are some months that are busier than others, but that’s okay. I love my job and the opportunity to work with you all. Thank so much for allowing Write Away Copywriting to be a part of your team-especially those of you who were willing to take a chance on a newcomer to the SEO writing field. I am so blessed to be a copywriter. God knew exactly what I needed, when I needed to do it and whom I needed to work with. I look forward to many more years of writing for you and seeing how writing for the Web changes.

God bless!

Copywriting: Is a Web Copywriter Worth the Money?

Today’s To Do List:

•Write an SEO friendly blog post
•Post an interesting comment on the company’s social media sites
•Do some research on changes in the business world

Goals for the Year:

•Start a company newsletter
•Update the written content on the company website
•Have a weekly blog post
•Spend more time with family and friends

If your agenda looks like this (or a variation of it) but you don’t know when you are going to actually accomplish everything, then you need a web copywriter. After all, your time is valuable and you want to make the most of your time as well as your money. When you hire a web copy writing expert, then you have the extra time you deserve as well as the web content you desire.

What is a Web Copywriter?

A web copywriter is someone who understands the value of search engine optimized (SEO) web content. In fact, as a web copywriting guru they pay attention to Internet trends, have an understanding of search engine optimization and know how to use your business’ keywords to help your company website be noticed by search engines.

Hiring a web copywriter is an investment in your business. Consequently, the old maxim, “You get what you pay for” comes into play. A good web copy writer is unlikely to sell their services for pennies, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars a month either! You will need to determine what having a web copy writer on staff is worth to you.

Writers on sites such as E-lance.com will provide content for as little as .03¢ a word. However, what you may save in hiring a professional web copy writing professional you are likely to spend in time editing the material, or paying a professional web copywriter to do the editing. When you hire a SEO copywriter, you may spend a bit more, but the finished product will be well worth it.

Good Qualities in a Web Copy writing Expert

There are many things to look for in a web copywriter. After all, they are representing your company and you want a positive reputation. The following are some worthwhile criteria to look for:

  1. Does the web copywriter have a portfolio or personal work samples you can see? This will give you a chance to determine if their work will meet your needs.
  2. Is the work theirs? You will want to be sure that the work has not been plagiarized.
  3. Is the web copy writing professional enthusiastic about the project?
  4. Did they ask about your company’s history and the products/services you offer?

 

When interviewing a copywriter they should acknowledge you have the final say, but also show and interest in you. Oftentimes, a web copywriting professional will have a different approach or new idea(s) that can help build your business. Being open to their suggestions will go a long way towards establishing a good working relationship.

Your Web Copywriter and You

When hiring a web copywriter, it is worth your time and money to be sure there is a clear understanding of what is expected. Take some time to establish what each party is providing.

Some Client Expectations of a Web Copywriter Items a Web Copywriter May ask for
-Web content of a specific length
-Pictures to go with the web content
-Specific day(s) of the month when the web content is due
-Specific keywords to be included
-Keyword density
-Signing a contract with a privacy or no competition clause
-Background information on the company
-A list of preferred keywords
-A list of preferred topics
-A specific payment schedule
-Bio material on key employees
-Information on products or services

These are important elements of working with a web copy writer. Bypassing them can create an ineffective working relationship. By making sure everyone understands what is expected of them, a solid working relationship will be formed.

Hiring a web copywriter can help your business grow, without you needing to spend extra hours at work. After all, you want to move the items on your To Do List to the Completed List. Since for most of us, time is money, hiring web copywriting professional is an investment worth making. When are you going to hire a web copywriter for your company?

Additional Articles about Web Copywriters

It Just Ain’t Write: Finding Good Web Copywriters
How to Find and Keep a Great Copywriter
What to Expect from a Website Copywriter Professional
What does a Web Copywriter do?