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Why creating your online portfolio is a waste of time, and worse, a damaging blow to your potential revenue growth

I had an email from a student of mine recently. She wanted to know which web platform I recommended for hosting her online portfolio. My answer was, none of them. Not because they’re no good. Because online por...

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The people really harming the image of the copywriting industry (it’s not clients)

Spend longer than an hour on Twitter and you’ll come across a copywriter (OK, a lot of copywriters) moaning. We moan about other copywriters’ work, which is usually shit. We moan about politics, although we do...

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How to get well-paid work as a freelance copywriter

Congratulations! You kicked the corporate career to the curb (or maybe you never had one and went straight for the good life). You did some training. You hung out your shingle as a freelance copywriter. You, um...

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Young, gifted and male. Say what?!

My friend Vikki Ross recently tweeted this copywriting job: First of all, as Vikki herself said in the conversation on Twitter that followed, she wasn’t recruiting or even endorsing the client’s requireme...

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A confession: I was wrong about copywriters who ‘love words’

I admit it. I’m a sham. Until a week ago, if anyone asked me what I did, I always said I was a copywriter. The end. A tradesman, not an artist. And definitely not a ‘writer’. I was wrong. And...

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Here comes the judge. An interview with #copywritersunite creator and copy maven Vikki Ross

Now and again I meet someone who, it seems to me, really gets copywriting. Not only that, but they have a refreshing perspective on the business itself, rather than merely a rehash of 50-year-old ideas about he...

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Are You So Old-School You’re Cool?

Think you’re a copywriting cool cat? Take our lighthearted, but deadly-serious 10-question quiz to find out your Copywriter Cool-Rating 1 Which of the following do you own: a)    A fountain pen b)   A Fil...

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How to be a wildly successful copywriter

I was inspired to write this post by a piece on the Valuable Content blog about the need to write content your audience craves. Craves? Really? Tough ask! So what is it, I thought, that copywriters crave? Is it...

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Results of our 2014 blogging competition

The results are in. But before I reveal the winner and runners-up in our blogging competition on The Future of Copywriting – here are a few thoughts on how the event turned out. The first thing that surpr...

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Seven (more) reasons why copywriters should blog

Some time ago, I read a blog post by my friend and fellow copywriter, Tom Albrighton, titled, “7 reasons copywriters should blog“. It’s a great post, and in an attempt at provocation (which, I...

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