38 Best Copywriting Tips You Need To Know

If you’re thinking of DIY-ing your copy, I want to share my best copywriting tips to help you craft a message that grabs your reader’s attention and turns them into a paying client or customer.

Don’t worry; this article is NOT going to be a collection of boring writing rules. We’re diving elbows deep into proven, psychology-backed strategies that make for truly great copywriting!

Part 1: The Holy Grail of Copywriting Tips

Gone are the days when you furiously search “how to start copywriting” to find the best information.

I’ve got 38 juicy tips coming at ya… but before you get overwhelmed, I’ve broken it up into parts so you can easily digest them and come back to each section when your brain is ready to absorb more.

You’re not gonna be able to remember all 38 of these copy tips when you’re writing, so don’t try… You’ll end up closing your Mac and guzzling a large glass of wine to cope. 

But the good news is, you don’t need to remember them all at once. You’ve got a good copywriter friend who has broken it into segments to fit whatever kind of copy you’re writing. 

SO…. let’s dive into the top 38 copywriting techniques that will leave you feeling like you have some dang good copy

Here are your 17 Holy Grail Copywriting Tips:

1. Begin Every Project by Identifying the Target Audience

Imagine you’ve been asked to teach an art class how to paint with perfect technique, but you’re not told who you’re teaching.

You don’t know who the audience is.

You picture a room full of college students who have some experience but need to elevate their stroke…so you think of what is important for them to learn, how to best get it across, and what subject would help them learn the best.

You show up with a nude male model for them to paint. As you open the door, you realize your audience is a class of elementary school students who are just learning how to paint. 

You would fail dramatically if you continued with your current plan because you aimed at the wrong audience. (Plus you might land yourself in jail, too, but that’s beside the point!)

You’ve gotta know who you’re speaking to as a copywriter (or even if you’re not a copywriter but you’re trying to write your own copy.) It sets the stage for all of your copy.

If you don’t start here, you’re already setting yourself up for failure.

2. After You Identify Your Target Audience, You Then Identify the Copy Objective

After identifying the target audience, it is imperative that you understand what you want your copy to accomplish when speaking to them.

Once your target audience starts reading your copy, what do you want them to do? Book a call, purchase your course, schedule a service, etc.

Relying on “being a good writer” is NOT how you start copywriting. Copywriting is a science and requires a very specific and intentional strategy to actually get results from it.

So, identify the objective and the WHY, and you’re on the right track for some conversions.

3. You Should Always Have a Goal To Push the Reader to the Next Line

It sounds simple, but it matters. The most important purpose of a single sentence of copy is to make the reader want to keep reading. If they stop, then what you have to say just doesn’t matter. You’ve wasted your time with anything that follows. 

Copywriting, when done well, will take you a while. It’ll take you longer to write one sentence than a paragraph some days because of the intentionality that must be present. 

It’s hard to be intentional with every word and every sentence but don’t get in your head about it. Write your copy, read it back, and ask yourself if it makes the reader want to keep reading…if it doesn’t, change it. And repeat the process until it does.

4. Your Wants and Needs Don’t Matter. Only Your Constumer’s Matters.

A common mistake business owners make when writing their own copy is focusing too much on themselves and their businesses. 

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen business owners talk about how they were able to “quit their 9-5, make 6 figures, and how they developed a strong strategy.” This is not speaking to your target audience. 

In most instances, they don’t care about how much you make, how great your strategy is, or if you quit your job or not.

In fact, they don’t care about you or your business at all…they only care about what they can get from you. (whew, all that harshness made me wanna wrap up in a soft blankie and eat some ice cream).

They are only interested in your business when they feel like their needs will be met by it. 

And when you write your copy, you need to have this in mind. Your copywriting should mirror that. Every word, every phrase should connect the dots for them that YOU are the answer to THEIR needs, wants, or desires.

If your copy isn’t focused on that, scrap it. It’s not relevant, and you’ll lose the reader. 

5. Write Like You Are Speaking to a Friend

I say it all the time…if you wouldn’t say it to a friend to their face, don’t write it. Sometimes, business owners think they need to sound professional, smart, and like an expert to make a conversion. 

So they sit down and start writing stiff, boring copy. There are usually a lot of filler words, business jargon, and empty sentences. But good copy sounds like you’re talking to a friend and telling them a story.

It’s casual but straightforward, friendly…but gets to the point. Good copywriting is not talking just to talk. It doesn’t try to fill space just to have something. 

One of my biggest pieces of advice is to write your copy and then read it out loud. If you feel like you’re speaking in a weird cadence or saying words you’d never actually say in real life, chop it. If you wince a little after reading it all aloud, chop it. 

6. Clarity in Copywriting Is Key

You can be as smooth-talking and persuasive as you’d like, but if you’re not clear in the process, your velvety words will accomplish nothing more than an “aw, they seem great” while they digitally walk away.

My job as a copywriter isn’t to make people need you. They already have a need. My job is to CHANNEL that need directly to you and your product/service. That is what sells. So, the goal of your writing is to just let everyone know that you are the perfect fit for what they already need.

I’m not a fan of “persuasive copy” because it can feel slimy really fast. Clarity is the real key here. If you have clarity, you’ve got them. That’s just pure marketing psychology.

Have you ever heard the old saying, “You’ll catch more flies with honey?” Remember that when writing your copy!

7. Include Question Words in Your Copy

The “how, why, where, who, and what” questions will be key in giving your reader clarity. You gotta cover all bases so they aren’t left wondering anything.

So make sure you gather and know all the information before you start writing your website copy (or any other copy):

  • What is your offer?
  • Why does it matter to them?
  • Where can they find it?
  • Who is your offer for?
  • How does your offer work?

Now, ALL of these won’t always apply but try to get as many of them in your copy as it makes sense. Details are crucial, y’all.

8. Proof, Proof, Proof

How many times do you look for testimonials or reviews before purchasing a product or service? (chances are you said almost always.) You’re not alone! 97% of consumers say online reviews influence their buying decisions.

Using proof in your copywriting is where the sorcery lies. Everyone claims they can give you the best results and talk themselves up, but “the proof is in the pudding,” right? (someone, please tell me the meaning of that common phrase?!)

When you can back up your claims with real data, case studies, and testimonials, you automatically win more trust, even if it is subconscious. Use this proof to structure your copy. 

For example, here’s a testimonial from my past client:

“Within one week of having my new website, someone read it and told me they felt like I knew exactly where they were and started a mentorship with me. Haley’s copywriting did that! I was blown away with how quickly I actually got results from it.”

Now, doesn’t that make you trust me a smidge more than you did before? Utilize your proof. 

9. Speak to Their Deepest Emotions That Will Drive Their Decision

If you can make someone feel something, you’ve already made a step in the right direction. Humans typically always buy based on emotion. We are emotional beings, and most of our decisions are emotionally driven. 

I’d like to sit and tell you that we are all logical and think through every decision for days and days…but we don’t. My job as a copywriter is to understand the spot my client’s audience is in and to write in a way that directly speaks to their emotions.

Use storytelling copywriting. Share a personal triumph. Connect to their deepest feelings. No matter how you choose to do it, make sure you’re connecting with the emotion.

10. Kiss

“Keep it simple, stupid!” Did you ever hear that in English class growing up? It has stuck with me to this day, and although I will always tell you to ignore everything you ever learned in English class when writing copy, this is the one thing you should actually remember!

If you can shorten a phrase, take out words, or decrease the use of fillers…DO IT.

You have a very limited amount of space and time for your reader. Anything you can say with fewer words, do it. The simpler, the better. (Simpler is such a funny word, isn’t it). This is how you sell with your words.

11. Active vs. Passive Voice

Writing in active voice (aka, “I launched a new course” vs. “a new course was launched by me”) immediately makes your copy more punchy and clear.

The active voice cuts through the clutter and encourages your potential customers to take action (aka, BUY). When in doubt, always use active language over passive.

12. More Periods, Fewer Commas

Whether you’re writing a blog post, sales copy, or a brand tagline, use short sentences to communicate your message.

Your target audience is busy and wants to save time at all costs. When you keep your sentences short, you can effectively communicate your key points without overwhelming your readers with unnecessary fluff!

13. Improve Your Title/Hook

Research says that 80% of readers never make it past the headline. You can have mad copywriting skills and create engaging copy for your body paragraphs, but if your audience never reads them, what’s the point?

When it comes to great copy, the most important thing is to make sure that your titles and hooks are primed to grab your reader’s attention and speak right to their pain points or desires.

14. Focus on Your CTA

Whether you’re writing paid ads or social media posts, your copywriting’s main goal is to drive ACTION. This can look like booking a call with you, enrolling in your program, signing up for your email list, or whatever else you want your audience to do after reading your copy.

Your CTAs (calls to action) must be CLEAR and ACTIONABLE. Don’t go for vague or overly clever wording. Your audience cares about clarity, and they should know right away what happens when they click on your CTA.

15. Optimize for the Platform

To speak to your audience, your copy should be easy to read. When crafting your copy, always tailor the format and layout to the platform where it will be published.

Whether it’s a social media post, a blog article, or an email newsletter, each medium has its own unique set of expectations and constraints. Try to visualize what your copy is going to look like when published and make sure that the formatting is clear.

16. Use the Right Tools

Did you know there are awesome copywriting tools that can help you write… just the right words? Good copywriting is extremely creative, but don’t be afraid to leverage technology to your advantage!

17. Use Copywriting Formulas

No perfect copywriting formula exists…but there are some pretty dang good ones! Even if you end up rewriting your first draft, copywriting formulas can help you get out of the writing rut and get some juicy words flowing!

AIDA (Attention, Interest, Desire, Action), PAS (Problem, Agitation, Solution), and The Four U’s (Useful, Urgent, Unique, Ultra-specific) are some personal favs.

Part 2: Email Copywriting Tips

Email marketing isn’t dead! Think of how many times you’ve gotten that “50% off” email and ran to use the code. That’s some smart email marketing right there, my friend. If you want to grow your community and your business, don’t think twice about email marketing. 

However, to be effective, it needs to be done well. The following tips will help you write more effective copy and get more conversions from your email marketing.

18. Subject Lines Need To Be Short

Your subject lines are what get people to click, or instantly hit that delete button. I’m sure you’ve heard “hook” or “headline” a million times…email subject lines are equivalent to your hook or headline. 

It’s been proven that most people open short subject lines. Because most of the world is living through their phone, shorter is always better and brings a better return. 

If you have a long subject line on your email, it will get cut off and your message will be lost. ALWAYS send a test email first to see how it actually sends. 5-10 words will be your best bet. 

19. Avoid Spam Words

When you’re trying to write a catchy email, you’re most likely going to want to use words that will grab attention, such as “free” or “congratulations,” etc. But there’s a big nasty monster waiting to eat all of your emails…the spam filter. *cue dungeon music*

If you have spam trigger words in your copy that you’ve worked oh so hard on, nobody is going to get to see it. And what sucks even more, it can hurt your email marketing in the future.

So…if you’re sending out a freebie or other exciting things, be mindful to stay away from “congratulations, discounts, win, free” and other words you can research on your own!

20. Get To the Point and Stick With It

Just like I’m going to do with this copy tip..people don’t want to read a lot. They skim. They are quick to pass over things. And they want the best value content as soon as possible. Plain and simple. Get to the point fast.

21. Actually Utilize the Preview Text

People do read the preview text and it carries more weight than you realize. Your subject line and preview text are like husband and wife. They hold hands, and they work off of each other. So, make it as seamless as possible. 

22. Personalization Is Great…Until It’s Not

I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve gotten that are “personalized” but misspelled, use jargon, accidentally still have the template in it, etc. Yes, personalization is great when it’s done correctly, but the ONLY time you should use it is when you’ve tested it to make sure it’s perfectly done.

23. Talk TO Your Consumer, Not at Them

This means using “you” and “we.” This makes your readers feel like you are talking directly to them and they are not just another random person consuming content. 

For example: 

Purchase this sofa from Target and get 50% off 


Purchase our sofa, and we will help you save 50%!

Quite the difference there, huh?

24. Use Action Words in Copywriting

Did you know if you write email copy that has a lot of verbs and action language, the clickthrough rate is higher? When you have calls to action and verbs throughout, more people are likely to actually take that action. 

And a really cool tip is it isn’t always a verb…things like “Don’t miss your chance to” or “There are only 3 days left,” which can also inspire people to take action. 

25. Dude, Do A/B Testing…for Real

No one likes testing. And if you say you love it, I probably don’t trust you. (okay, okay, I’m just kidding…or am I?)

A/B testing is one of the best things you can do with your email marketing. I’ve been running a campaign with a semi-truck company and have done A/B testing to determine what their consumers respond to best. It literally takes the guesswork out of your copywriting. 

I usually test out subject lines, preview lines, and the body copy. I’ll try different formats, such as educational, funny, action, etc., to see what they respond to best, and then I tailor my email copy to match it. 

26. If It Isn’t Obvious, Your Subject Line Needs To Match Your Content

And as obvious as you’d think it is…a lot of people miss out on this.

People are smart enough to know that we want catchy subject lines so we are interested and open the email…but if you see an “I dated LeBron James” subject line and NONE of the copy that follows is about you dating LeBron James, you’ve automatically lost trust with your reader.

27. Your Emails Should Be Written Like Your Brand

People open emails from who they care about. From someone who has something valuable to offer. Your emails should be written like you’re trying to build your brand. 

When I get emails from a certain person, I open them no matter what. Because I know they will contain value. So, the biggest tip I can leave you with here is to write emails that contain real value.

So your readers look forward to hearing from you, and you become the person they WANT to read from.

Part 3: SEO Copywriting Tips

28. Focus on Quality Content

The most important SEO copywriting tip? WRITE GOOD CONTENT. Seriously, there’s too much AI junk and just low-quality content out there.

If you want to rank on Google and drive more traffic, focus on creating interesting content that answers the questions your audience has and is genuinely helpful.

Many writers start prioritizing the technical aspect of SEO when creating content, but it’s ESSENTIAL to care about the quality.

29. Do Keyword Research

Do keyword research to identify the terms and phrases your audience is searching for.

Knowing what kind of questions your target audience has helps you create helpful and interesting content that gives them the information that they’re looking for.

Integrate these keywords strategically into your content, but remember to make it read organically and avoid keyword stuffing.

30. Optimize Your Heading Structure

Use descriptive headings (H1, H2, H3, etc.) to organize your content and make it easier for both users and search engines to understand.

Incorporate keywords into your headings where appropriate, but make sure they are relevant and meaningful!

Part 4: Website Copywriting Tips

31. Make Sure Your Website Has Clear Logic

As we’ve established in this post, one of the most important things about copywriting is clarity. Your website needs to be easy and seamless to navigate.

Instead of creating 10+ pages to appear more authoritative, see how you can simplify your website structure and make it FLOW. In many cases, all you need are the home page, services page, about page, and contact page!

32. Make It Scannable

People don’t read, they scan. Break up long paragraphs into shorter, digestible chunks, and use descriptive subheadings to guide readers through your content.

Incorporate bullet points, numbered lists, and bold or italicized text to emphasize key points and make your copy easier to scan!

33. Focus on the Benefits

Highlight the benefits of your products or services rather than just listing features.

Explain how your offerings can solve problems, improve lives, or fulfill the desires of your audience instead of just giving a laundry list of everything your course/program includes or everything your product can do.

Part 5: Social Media Copywriting Tips

34. Know Your Platform

Each social media platform has its unique audience, tone, and style. Tailor your copywriting to fit the platform you’re posting on.

For example, Instagram posts can be more casual, and LinkedIn posts should be more professional and informative.

35. Capture Attention Quickly

Social media is fast-paced, and you only have a few SECONDS to grab your audience’s attention. Start your posts with a compelling hook or question to draw readers in and encourage them to keep reading.

36. Ask Your Audience to Engage

Encourage your audience to engage with your posts by asking questions, running polls, or prompting them to share their thoughts and experiences.

This not only increases engagement but also helps foster a sense of community around your brand 😊

These social media copywriting tips are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Part 6: Ad Copywriting Tips

37. Highlight Your USP (Unique Selling Prop)

Communicate what sets your product or service apart from the competition.

Whether it’s a unique feature, a special offer, or exceptional customer service, emphasize what makes your offering unique and why viewers should choose you over alternatives.

This will draw attention and get you more clicks!

38. Test and Optimize

Test different elements of your ads, including headlines, copy, imagery, and CTAs, to identify what resonates best with your audience.

A/B testing allows you to experiment with variations and refine your ads based on real-time data and performance metrics.

Copywriting is both an art and a science!

The Bottom Line

Oof, there was a lot of juicy information packed into this post!

I hope you’re now feeling more confident about tackling your copy and getting conversions.

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