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Why I Switched From Copywriting to SEO Consulting?

After I left copywriting and moved to SEO consulting, I’m often asked why. Shady clients and losing my entire family played a major role. Here’s the full story.

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Can Your Prospects Take An Oath?

Preamble: I wrote this article back in 2003 and I rewrote it in early 2005. Back then, it was meant primarily for a copywriting audience. Now that I specialize in SEO, and seeing how the concept of “funnels” is gaining popularity, I took the liberty to slightly update it. One problem in SEO, copywriting, content, […]

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Copywriting Productivity Tools to Boost Your Writing

These days, I do a lot of SEO consulting and content strategy work. But a big part of my career was in copywriting. And when I write copy, some tools help me tremendously. Whether it’s doing research, writing the copy itself, or working with my clients, there are certain resources that help. I previously shared […]

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Helpful Hints for Writing

Preamble: This post was originally written in late 2006. It’s my answer to a common question I get quite often. It needed an update, so here it is. Someone recently asked me this question: “I was wondering, ‘What keeps Michel Fortin writing?’ I mean, Michel, what is your 3, 5, or 7-point formula to get […]

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How I Broke Into Copywriting

My last post, where a disgruntled copywriter demanded “the truth” about creating wealth in copywriting, inspired copywriter Andrew Cavanagh to share the story of his beginnings on my forum: “Here’s how I made my first ‘money’ in copywriting.” Then one by one, other copywriters started adding their own. The responses were nothing short of amazing! […]

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Lesson Learned, Lesson Earned

Preamble: today, I’m taking a walk down memory lane, talking about my history and the seedy side of marketing. It’s not pretty. I tell this story in large part as a warning and a lesson. If you’re OK with that, then join me, will you? After watching a brilliant video with copywriter Jim Clair opening […]

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The Stigma And Struggle Of Being A Medical Copywriter

A subscriber to my daily newsletter, Corinne Swainger, asked a question, reprinted here with permission: Today, many people tend to associate the word “copywriter” with someone who only writes websites, content marketing or blogs. This often means practically everyone now thinks they can write, and is therefore a copywriter. My own background is based in […]

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5 Ways To Make Your Claim More Believable

Blowing your own horn can seem like a productive marketing effort, and it may seem to communicate self-confidence. But it’s often done wrong, which makes it ineffective and counterproductive, and can even backfire. Saying you’re the best in your field, your claim is suspect and dismissible at best, and arrogant and disdainful at worst. Either way, you […]

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How to Target Your Perfect Customer

The most important part of your copy is not your headline, not your offer, and certainly not your benefits. The most important part is your customer. Sounds obvious, right? But I’ve critiqued some pretty good copy. Very well-written and compelling, too. But if the conversion rate is low (hence, the reason why I was hired […]