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Copywriting

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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Copywriting

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

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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SEO

My Favorite SEO Experts (2021)

There are some people I follow religiously in the SEO space. These SEO experts are quite active on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. There are too many to mention, so I’ll list some now and I might add more later. Keep in mind that some of them have email newsletters and podcasts, too. I tend to […]

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Copywriting

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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Interviews

SEO Copywriting in 2020

On David Garfinkel’s copywriting podcast, we talked about SEO copywriting, and how it’s just as important for boosting conversion as it is for driving traffic.

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Copywriting

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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Copywriting

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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Marketing

Don’t Be Transparent, Be Authentic Instead

Some people tend to tweet, blog, post, and status-update their little hearts out. Be it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, their own blog, or whatever. They say it’s all about being “transparent,” and transparency is good. But I think we need to be careful. Transparency may seem trendy. It may seem noble or humble. But […]