March 2, 2021

Complete Copywriting Tutorial – Examples, Tips and Formulas

– In this video, I'm gonna show you my complete copywriting tutorial.

In fact, I've used thetips from this video to create blog posts that have been shared thousands of time.

I've also written several high converting, seven-figure sales letters.

I'm Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko.

So if you want more traffic, leads, sales, and social shares, you'll love the actionablestrategies in this video.

Let's get started.

Here's the truth about copywriting.

Despite what you might have heard, you don't need years ofexperience or training to learn copywriting.

In fact, before I launched Backlinko, I used to be a freelance writer.

Then one day, out of the blue, one of my clients asked me, “Do you, by any chancewrite sales letters?” Now, at this point, I'd never written asales letter in my life.

But I wanted to give it a try, so I told him, “Sales letters? “Heck, yeah, I write sales letters.

” And now that I was hired, I had to write a sales letter fast.

In fact I had about a week to write this sales letter from scratch.

So I researched as much asI could about copywriting.

And because I was in a rush, I ignored the minutiae andfocused on the key principles that I saw again and again.

And it worked.

My client told me that my sales letter outperformed their currentone by a 2:1 margin.

Since that day, I've writtendozens of sales letters, newsletters and articles.

And over that time, Idiscovered what most copywriters don't want you to know.

Copywriting is really easy.

That is when you know whatto do and how to do it.

And that's exactly what I'm gonna show you in this tutorial.

So, without further ado, let's dive intocopywriting tip number one, use Reddit threads.

Reddit is a copywriting gold mine.

To use it, head over to a subreddit, where your customer hangs out.

Then, take at look at threadsthat have lots of comments.

For example, let's saythat you just launched a new keto diet bar.

Well, you'd head over toketo and paleo subreddits and search for bars.

Then, pay attention to theexact words and phrases that people use to describewhat they like and don't like about the bars they've tried so far.

For example, I found tons of awesome copy in this one thread, copythat would work great for a landing page or Facebook ad.

Moving right along to oursecond copywriting tip, use short sentences.

Here's a good rule of thumb that applies to pretty mucheverything that you write.

Short sentences equals better copy.

And there's data to back this up.

A study conducted by theAmerican Press Institute found that short sentences were 711% easier to read and understand, which is why always atomize sentences to be as short as possible.

Bottom line, use short sentences.

They're easier to read and understand.

Which leads us to technique number three, the slippery slide.

Here's the deal.

You can have the best copy in the world, but if people stop reading thepage after the first sentence your copy didn't work.

That's why one of themain goals of your copy is to keep people reading.

Or as copywriting legendJoe Sugarman puts it, the sole purpose of the first sentence is to get you to read the second sentence.

The question is, how do you get someone to keep reading your blogpost, email or sales letter? The slippery slide.

A slippery slide is where youadd something to your page that's specifically designedto keep people reading.

For example, you can tell a little story in the beginning of your sales letter, but leave the ending for the end.

Or you can refer to somethingthat's coming up later in your blog post.

You can even just say things like here's the deal and the question is, to push people to keep reading.

And now it's time forcopywriting tip number four, super-specific headlines.

You've probably already seenthis old statistic before, 80% of people read the headline and only 20% read the copy.

Is that statistic accurate? I have no idea.

But I do know that yourheadline is super important.

And one of the best ways to make your headlines more effective use super-specific headlines.

Super-specific headlinesare exactly like they sound.

They are headlines that tell your reader exactly what they're gonna get.

For example, check outthis blog post headline.

Not bad, but not that specific.

Now check out thissuper-specific headline.

It's much more compelling, right? In fact, this works so well that I tend to usesuper-specific headlines on every blog post, landingpage or sales letter that I write.

And now it's time fortechnique number five, use FOMO.

FOMO can make your copy10 times more effective.

That said, FOMO also knownas fear of missing out, doesn't work for every situation.

But if you can use FOMO, you should use FOMO.

That's because FOMOtriggers a strong reaction with your prospects, and emotion that makesthem wanna listen closely to what you have to say.

For example, we'verecently launched a product that closed on a certain day in time.

So, we emphasize that on our sales page.

Which brings us to copywriting tip six, write strong leads.

Everyone and their mom knowsthe headlines are important, but no one talks aboutsomething that in my experience, is just as important if not more than a headline.

Your lead.

Your lead is the section of your page that comes right after your headline, and at least in my experience if you lose people here, you've lost them for good.

With that, here are threestrategies that you can use to write awesome leads.

First, use a hook in yourfirst or second sentence.

The first sentence of your lead is huge.

So make sure that first line really grabs your reader's attention.

For example, this landingpage from Marie Forleo has a killer first line.

Next, you wanna make your lead about six to eight sentences max.

Whether you're writing ablog post, video script, sales page or email newsletter, you want your lead to be super short.

Remember, the goal of your lead is just to grab your reader's attention.

And once you've done that, you wanna transition into themain section of your content.

For example, I keep myblog post introductions to around six lines.

Finally, use mini-stories in your leads.

Stories are a great wayto hook your readers right off the bat.

But like I just mentioned, the problem with that is that your lead needsto be short and sweet.

So, you don't have a lot ofroom to tell an epic story.

Enter mini-stories.

Mini-stories condensea story into 45 lines.

For example, here's mini-story that I used in one of my mostsuccessful sales letters.

And, now it's time for me to tell you about copywriting technique number seven, don't use big words.

Let's face it, big wordsdon't impress anybody.

Um, yes, in this videoI plan on demonstrating the effectiveness of online vocabulary and augmenting online transactions.

In fact, they make yourcontent harder to read.

So instead of big fancy words like these, use words that are easyto read and understand.

And now it's time forour eighth technique, the A-I-D-A formula.

AIDA is a classic copywriting formula that can help boostconversions on sales pages, landing pages, articles, newsletters, video scripts and more.

Here's what this formula looks like.

As you can see, A-I-D-A standfor Attention, Interest, Desire and Action.

Let's take a look at a real-life example of this formula in action.

I actually used the AIDAformula on this guide from my blog.

First I grab people'sattention with the first line, then I create an interestwith a bold promise, and I fold it up buy tapping into a desire that anyone reading this page wants.

Higher Google rankings, and finally I cap thingsoff with a called action to keep reading.

Moving right along totechnique number nine, benefits over features.

There's no doubt about it.

When it comes to copy, benefits crush features.

In other words, featuresare nice, but benefits sell.

For example, let's saythat you run a SAS company that sells productivity software.

Here's how you can turn boring features into powerful benefits.


com does a great job of highlighting benefits over features.

Yeah, like any software product, they outline key features.

But unlike most SAS companies, the vast majority of theircopy is benefit-driven.


Moving right along to technique number 10, get out of the friend zone.

We've all been in the friend zone before.

Or at least I have.

The friend zone is when you like someone and they like you back, as a friend.

Well, as it turns out, the same thing happens with potential customers and clients.

They like what you're selling, but not enough to buy.

What's the solution? Address their objections.

I'm talking about objections like, “It's just too expensive.

” “It's not a good time for me.

” “Yeah it sounds good, butwill this work for me?” or “I'm not ready to switchfrom another product.


Most people pretend thatthese objections don't exist.

Instead, you wanna bringup these objections and squash every one of them.

For example, here's an objectionthat we raise and squash on a product FAQ page.

Let's get right into tip number 11, talk to customers.

Remember earlier when I talked about using Reddit for customer research? Well, if you want totake this sort of thing to the next level, I recommend actuallytalking to your customers.

For example, I've recently hopped on Skype with three people that graduatedfrom one of my programs.

Fun fact, I was visitingmy family in Rhode Island when I did this interview, that's why you can see mymom's amazing flower curtains in the background.

And because we were chatting on Skype, I could dig deep with follow-up questions.

Next up, we have urgency and scarcity.

Have you ever had someone tell you that they're interestedin what you're selling, they just need some time to think it over? In my experience, 99% of the time that person doesn't end up buying.

Maybe they got busy and forgot, maybe they found another product.

The exact reason doesn't really matter.

The important thing isthat you do something to get that person to convert right away.

The question is, how do you do it? Add these words and phrases to your copy.

Needless to say, these statements should bebacked up with real limitations, otherwise you're gonnaloose people's trust.

But if you can use them, you should use them.

For example, this email from one of our recent product launches uses a clear to-the-minute deadline, that creates a superhigh sense of urgency.

And now, it's time forour last copywriting tip, solve the social proof paradox.

You need social proof to sell, but you need sales to get social proof.

I call this the social proof paradox.

And it's a real problem forlots of business owners.

Fortunately, I found a simple way to get around this problem.

Feature your strongestform of social proof.

It doesn't have to be sales.

For example, let's saythat you just launched a new nutrition coaching program.

And to get leads, you offer people a freeseven-day meal plan.

And if they wanna upgradeto a paid coaching plan, they get a full 90-day meal plan and personalized support from you.

But so far, only a few people have upgraded to your paid plan.

Well, in that case you can showcase how many people signed upfor your free meal plan, or maybe only have 20 total customers.

But three of those customersgot amazing results.

Well, you can featurethose three amazing results on your homepage.

For example, when I launchedmy YouTube SEO course, at that point we only hadabout 10 total beta users.

10 people isn't a lot of social proof.

But four of those 10people got great results.

So we decided to feature those four people on the sales page, and it worked.

And now it's time for a quick bonus tip, use this proven, three-steptestimonial formula.

It's no secret that testimonialscan skyrocket sales.

In fact, BigCommercereports that testimonials, can increase sales by up to 62%.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that mostpeople use testimonials that simply don't work.

I'm talking about testimonials like this.

Now, to be fair, there's nothing wrongwith that testimonial.

But it's not gonna get anyoneto whip out their credit card and buy what you sell.

Instead, I recommendusing this proven formula.

As you can see, thisformula is broken down into three main parts.

The three parts build on one another to create one super-powerful testimonial.

First up, you have the before.

Here's where your customer talks about where they were before theyused your product or service.

That way, people can relate to the person in your testimonial.

Here's an example.

Next, it's time for the after.

The after highlights specific results that your customer got from your product.

Finally, it's time for the “what they'd tell someone” section.

As the name suggests, here's what your customer would tell someone that's on the fence.

And because this recommendation comes directly from someonethat used your product, it's very believable.

Let's close out this video with one more bonus strategy, use crooked numbers.

Crooked numbers are numbersthat haven't been rounded.

Here are some examples.

According to research, crooked numbers are morebelievable than round numbers, which means, whenever you can, you wanna use theminstead of round numbers.

For example, check out thisintro from one of my blog posts.

I could have made this a nice round number like over 200.

000, but I went with the exactcrooked number instead.

So, that's it from mycopywriting tutorial.

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Now I wanna turn it over to you.

Which technique from today's video are you gonna try first? Are you gonna use crooked numbers or try using more benefitsinstead of features? Let me know, by leaving acomment below right now.

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With that, here's.



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You wanna do lunch? How the hell am I gonna say that? But no one's.



Okay, that wasn't bad.


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