Why Your Site Needs a Writer for Great Content

SonFisher has created a great-looking website for you and even provided you with some guidance about critical content it should have, such as About Us and Contact pages (see Kerry’s 4/7/2020 blog on this.)

Writing is a challenge for many people. It’s one thing to write a product description or explain what a WordPress hook does, but something personal like an About Us page or even a FAQ can take more time than you might care to spend. For one thing, you probably know so much about your business that it’s hard for you to find words a layperson can understand, especially if your service or products are a technical nature.

Writing can be frustrating

Does writing frustrate you?

What should you do? Hire a writer, of course!

Writers Provide Technical Services You Need

A professional writer provides technical services for you in the form of written content and perhaps strategy as well.

 A good writer will research your business and at a minimum, review your website to gain and understanding of how you help your clients/customers. They may interview you to gain unique insights and in effect, put themselves in your shoes as best they can based on the information you provide.

I try to speak to my clients by phone or videoconference. If it doesn’t work because of time zone issues (I’ve written for clients in Australia and South Africa) then email will have to do. In those cases, I send specific questions and encourage clients to just type out their thoughts to me. My job as a writer is to use those thoughts to create content to attract potential customers. I don’t want complete sentences or anything – just information, however raw, that will help me help them.

And believe it or not, I really enjoy doing this. We writers like this line of work!

Writing to Boost SEO

Good writers are also aware of how website software works. I’m a WordPress user myself, which has trained me to think about SEO a lot.

In addition to using keywords while keeping the natural tone and flow Google and other search engines like best, I also understand how to use metadata to further boost site content. So if you give me access to your site, I’ll take the time to add photo captions, insert alt content, and create snippets and page summaries.

Do You Like Writing?

Let’s say you’re one of us – you like to write. That’s great! And by no means would I ever discourage someone from writing their own content.

Still, it won’t hurt to get a second pair of eyes to look over your content. I know from experience it’s difficult to edit your own work. Most people write in a passive because that’s how we speak. Active writing, though, works better when you write for the web.

Writing for the web also means structuring content so that it’s easy to skim if it’s technical or you work in the B2B arena. If your focus is retail or more B2C, content should be easy read on a smartphone where customers are more likely to find your business.

Moreover, that second pair of eyes can give you ideas on how to repurpose your content.

  • Web page content can be used in blogs to further expand on an idea or service
  • Blogs can be used for e-newsletter topics
  • Page and blog content can be used for video scripts, social media messaging, and infographics

Web Content Should Be Regularly Refreshed

You might have good content on your site, but is it current? Have you added new services that aren’t reflected or emphasized on your site? Does it read like last year’s carefree, mask-less lifestyle?

Writers will notice typos, outdated expressions, uneven spaces, and other minor items that added up, can make a site read like an old but still useful brochure. If you’re updating your site design, this is an excellent time to hire a writer to review and refresh your content.

Ruth Ann Monti leads the writing service TimeStorm Communications LLC.

Website Copy 101: Critical Content That Every Business Should Have on Their Website

When you’re starting a business, setting up a website can seem overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make regarding the layout, images and overall flow that it’s hard to know where to begin. However, there are three critical content pages that all websites need in order to be successful.

About Us

Your “About Us” page is what helps define your brand. This is where you can tell your customers about your company, its history, recognitions and awards it has received and its mission statement. Your mission statement should reflect your company values and what you want your business to be known for. This is your opportunity to personalize your website and set yourself apart from your competitors. Consider adding a brief biography of yourself along with a professional photo to help your customers put a face with your otherwise anonymous company. This is a great way to establish trust before a purchase is made.

Frequently Asked Questions

Brainstorm questions that a consumer would be likely to have while shopping on your website, and be sure to address them on this page. This is a great place to talk about items like shipping, returns, and order cancellations. It will save you a lot of work fielding customer service calls and emails if you have your policies outlined on a page like this, so be sure to communicate your answers clearly and professionally. Also, consider adding answers to other commonly asked questions such as international shipping policies and how to add coupons or discount codes to an online order.

Contact Us

Despite your best efforts at setting up a robust “Frequently Asked Questions” page, you will still have customers who need assistance. Be sure to create a “Contact Us” page with pertinent information such as hours of operation, phone number and an email address where they can send messages. Many websites create a contact form in lieu of an email, which gives customers choices to select so that their messages can be routed to the appropriate person internally. Whichever route you go, make sure you give your customers an easy way to contact you.

Although there’s a lot to consider when creating your website, there are some building blocks that you’ll absolutely need to have before your launch. Start with these informational pages first. They should give you a good idea of how you want the rest of your website to look.

If you need help designing your WordPress website, we can help! Contact us here.

Can I Modify Client Testimonials?

Note: This is not a comprehensive answer or legal advice. If you have questions, always consult an attorney. My answer here is based upon experience and what I’ve read over the years and my first assumption is that the testimonial/review is intended for display at your website.

Client testimonials are a powerful tool in your marketing kit. As a form of social proof, they build trust and goodwill towards your brand that can be hard to achieve through other marketing. 88% of consumers will use online customer reviews when making any kind of purchase decision. That’s how much we trust even strangers to tell us what we should buy or do. Read More →

How much does a website design cost?

This is a great question that’s asked all the time.

But there is a problem with the assumptions where that question comes from. Many think that buying a website is the same as when you go to a brick and mortar store to buy something off-the-shelf. Where you can get “one of them” anywhere and shop around for a better price because they’re all the same right? Some may think that to buy an “off-the-shelf” manufactured item (one of thousands of identical items) the price is pretty competitive and fairly fixed.

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3 Tips for Effective Video Marketing for Your Online Business

YouTube is a popular place for watching videos, and it has also become one of the biggest search engines, making it an important place to put effective video marketing for your online business. Sharing quality video content can help establish your company as a source of information and expertise, adding to the positive impression of what your company has to offer. Here are three essential tips to keep in mind when you’re setting up your online video presence. Read More →

What Could Go Wrong When Building Your Own Website?

You know you need one — a Website, to help promote your business. The question is… should you go the DIY route and build it yourself? Or should you hire a pro? What could possibly go wrong when building your own website? That opens up a bevy of other questions like: 

  • How much is a pro going to cost
  • Do I have the requisite skills and talents to design and build my own?
  • Do I have the time to invest in building it myself? 

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