Web Tools: Improve Your Copywriting Skills

By Andrew Lock | Posted June 02, 2010

Andrew Lock

WeLive2Care

If you’re looking for a comprehensive outsource service to help you get more done, I recommend that you take a look at WeLive2Care.com

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I’ve used their virtual assistants to outsource all kinds of tasks for my business, including research, managing emails, writing, and much more.  It’s a high-quality, reliable service, and if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t want to research and interview your own candidates for outsourcing, this is the ideal solution. 

Their workers are based in the Philippines with U.S. managers, and I’ve personally found Filipino workers to be outstanding: They speak English, they’re well educated to degree level, and they have a good attitude and work ethic.  Check out WeLive2Care if you want an instant, ready-to-use outsourcing service that you can count on.

CopyBlogger

If you’d like to improve your online communication and writing skills – in other words, your copy writing – look no further than Brian Clark’s CopyBlogger.com.  CopyBlogger is an Aladdin’s cave of free copy writing resources, all handily provided in easily digestible, bite-sized chunks.  The website is actually a blog, it’s updated daily, and I encourage you to not only browse, but to search for specific topics that you need help with.

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Popular subjects include “How to Be Interesting,” “The 10 Blocks to Creative Thinking,” and “How to Beat the #1 Conversion Killer.”  Good stuff, eh?  There’s something for everyone here, from the aspiring copywriter to the resident expert.  Check it all out at CopyBlogger.com and you’ll find lots of help to improve your written communication skills.

Twiddla

If you work with a remote assistant or maybe an outsourcing provider, one of the challenges is being able to explain to them what you want them to do.  I mean, you could send them an email but trying to explain a process in a written format is very difficult to understand on the receiving end.  The very best way would be to actually sit together in the same room and view one computer screen together as you walk through what you would like accomplished.

Well, you will be pleased to know that I’ve discovered a resource that is the next best thing to doing that.  It’s called Twiddla.com, and I can’t say enough good things about it.

All you -- and anyone you wish to collaborate via Twiddla with -- need to have is an Internet connection.  From the Twiddla home page, click on the "Go" button in the middle of the screen to start a new meeting, and the screen will instantly transform into a new mode.  In the right-hand corner at the top of the screen, you’ll see a link to a Web page that you copy and then send to the person you want to collaborate with – you can send the link via email or Skype or that kind of thing.

Then you’ll both see the exact same screen on your computers.  Once you’ve got that screen displayed, you can bring up a web site within the viewer.  You could draw objects; you can write text; you can circle things.  And both of you -- and anyone else that you’ve sent that URL link to, I don’t think there’s a limitation -- can all see and interact simultaneously.  The system also allows you to send and receive files, and chat, just like other instant messaging software. 

It’s a very full-featured system, and it’s quite remarkable that you don’t even need to register to use it, which also means it’s completely free.  As you can tell, I’m a big fan of this resource: It’s really useful, it works well, and it's the easiest way to communicate with outsourcing workers.


You'll find lots more small business marketing tips and resources from Andrew Lock in our Small Business Essential series, Lock in Your Marketing Resources.


Andrew Lock is a self-described maverick marketer and the creator and host of Help! My Business Sucks, a free, weekly Web TV show full of practical marketing tips, advice and resources to help small businesses "get more done and have more fun."

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