4 Common Copywriting Mistakes

Are you making these 4 common copywriting mistakes on your blog?





Not getting conversions on your blog?




“Your blog is often the first interaction a consumer has with your website and brand, so it’s crucial that you get the conversation started off right”………says Ramona Sukhraj, IMPACT


Here are the 4 common copywriting mistakes and what you need to do to fix them:


1. “Sensationalized” Headlines

  • Nothing leaves someone rolling their eyes more than a sensationalized headline.
  • Yes, these headlines grab your attention and pique curiosity, but it is usually in a negative and over-the-top way.
  • More often than not, these headlines also don’t deliver on the promised “sensation”, and readers are left feeling tricked and their curiosity unsatisfied.
  • A misleading experience like this shines a negative light on your organization.
  • It “cheapens” the quality of your content and also creates the impression that your brand will do anything to close the deal (which definitely doesn’t help in building trust.)
  • When done right, curiosity can be an invaluable copywriting tool.
  • What Can You Do? Avoid the tabloid approach of over-promising in your headlines with flashy words or putting a dramatic spin on your story/offer.
  • Instead, tastefully open the curiosity gap in your copy by:
  • Asking a Question
  • Taking a Bold Position (on a controversial or trending topic)
  • Probing Self-Reflection
  • Omitting Key Information


2.  “Buzzword” Abuse

  • Buzzwords, by the very nature of their name, are designed to generate “buzz” amongst an industry audience
  • One day buzzwords are popular and easily-recognizable, the next they are so overused and misused that they no longer have an impact.
  • What Can You Do? Overusing jargon or buzzwords not only date your content, but it can date your brand overall.
  • When it comes to your blog headlines and copy, put these words aside and speak to your audience as you would in person to them.
  • Use words and a tone of voice that reflects the way you and your team actually communicate and that is consistent with your overall brand.
  • By using this tone that your buyer persona will respond to, you will be more likely to attract and resonate with them and, in turn, make them more willing to convert.
  • With this in mind, here are a few popular buzzwords from KissMetrics’ Neil Patel to put on your copywriting backburner:
  • Collaborative
  • Synergy
  • Innovative
  • Passionate
  • Revolutionary
  • Dynamic
  • Driven
  • Paradigm-Shifting
  • Strategic
  • Leverage
  • Engagement
  • Cutting-Edge
  • Results-Oriented


3. Neglecting Customer Value

  • No matter what your line of business, most consumers couldn’t care less about what you do.
  • They want to know what it’s in it for them; what the benefit is to them to keep reading.
  • Knowing this, whether it’s your headline, call-to-action, or article copy, frame your content in terms of its value to the consumer.
  • What Can You Do? The simplest way to do this is to opt for “you” and “your” statements over “our, “we”, and others referring to your company. Consider these two examples of headlines:
  • Version A: How Our Team Can Increase Revenue Through Better Communication
  • Version B: Here’s How Better Communication Can Increase Your Revenue
  • Which would you rather click?
  • While Version A sounds like a boastful sales pitch, Version B sounds friendly and educational and speaks directly to the audience.
  • It keeps the focus on the reader and tells you exactly what you will get by clicking through to the full article.


4. Poor Formatting

  • As a copywriter, you have to make the experience as easy and inviting as possible in order to attract and retain an audience and one of the smallest ways you can do this is through proper formatting.
  • You may have written the most useful and entertaining blog article in the history of blog articles, but if its presentation is intimidating and difficult to digest, no one will read passed the introduction (let alone, subscribe or convert on a full-blown offer.)
  • What Can You Do? Break up your content into small, easy-to-read chunks.
  • Today, people are more likely to skim then read an article in its entirety, so use Visual Hierarchy to highlight your most important nuggets of information and guide the reader’s eye towards them.
  • Consider formatting your content using:
  • Short Paragraphs
  • Bulleted Lists
  • Numbered Lists
  • Italics, Bolding, and Underlining
  • Section Headers
  • Charts
  • Diagrams
  • Relevant Images




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To Your Success,
Joan Harrington

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0 Replies to “4 Common Copywriting Mistakes”

  1. Very helpful information – I especially appreciate the part about formatting. So many posts become a chore to read because they’re just one big solid block of text. Thanks for sharing this advice!

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