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Best Copywriting Blogs: The Definitive List of Great Blogs for Marketing Copywriters and Content Developers

June 22nd, 2011 by

When it comes to online marketing, copywriting isn’t usually the top focus or priority. Most people think about SEO or PPC strategies first, as well as design, conversion optimization and other sexier or more technical topics. But the fact is, you can’t do any kind of online marketing without engaging in copywriting. Even banner ads needs a call to action! And most of what marketers do to get found – and make sales – on the web involves much more extensive and nuanced copywriting.

 

Persuasive copywriting is an art, and strategic content marketing is a valuable skill. You shouldn’t assume that just because you were an English major, copywriting for the web is easy and obvious! The rules are different in the online space, and quickly changing industry trends and practices require even copywriting masters to devote some time to education. So if any of your marketing duties involve writing, we recommend you add some of these blogs to your regular reading list.

 

In addition to the great resources listed here, we’ve also provided you with some handy tools so you can get the most out of the list:

 

 

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We’ve also created a badge for the winning sites:

 

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Without further ado, here are our favorite blogs with a focus on copywriting and content development and marketing. Just like our Best PPC Blogs list, this is meant to be a living list, so if we’ve missed one of your favorites, please let us know in the comments (even if it’s your own blog)!

 

Copyblogger

Probably the most well-known and widely followed copywriting blog out there, Copyblogger operates under the philosophy that “compelling content is the new advertising.” Brian Clark, the CEO of Copyblogger Media, has been named one of the web’s most influential marketers, and Copyblogger ranks among the top marketing blogs of any stripe. Topics include content marketing, SEO copywriting, email marketing and keyword research.

 

3 Posts We Like From Copyblogger:

SEO Copywriting Blog

Heather Lloyd-Martin is a pioneer of the SEO copywriting field; she runs a training and consulting firm, SuccessWorks, and serves on the boards of SEMpdx and PubCon. On her blog, she writes accessible advice about both freelance and in-house copywriting, blogging, direct response copywriting, reputation management, working with clients and more.

 

3 Posts We Like From SEO Copywriting Blog:

The Content Marketing Institute

The Content Marketing Institute, or CMI, is a resource available through Junta42, a content development company that matches content vendors with content clients. The CMI hosts case studies, original research, a magazine and annual events, as well as daily blog posts that revolve around content marketing trends and strategies.

 

3 Posts We Like From the Content Marketing Institute:

Angie’s Copywriting

Angie Nikoleychuk (Haggstrom) is a professional copywriter and writing coach who blogs about SEO, social media, customer relations, and general tips for the marketing copywriter, including detailed guides and “master classes.”

 

3 Posts We Like From Angie’s Copywriting:

Men with Pens

Men with Pens is a web design and content development firm that blogs about blogging, freelance copywriting and other topics relevant to the web marketer. The cheekily named site is actually run by a woman operating under a male pseudonym (James Chartrand), following in the grand tradition of George Eliot.

 

3 Posts We Like from Men with Pens:

Haden Interactive

Haden Interactive is a web firm specializing in content development, search engine optimization and social media. Their mission statement is “We believe that SEO is all about web content.” Owner Rebecca Haden writes about better blogging, multimedia presentations, link building, article marketing, press releases and email copy on the company’s blog.

 

3 Posts We Like From Haden Interactive:

Web Ink Now

Web Ink Now is the blog of David Meerman Scott, frequent speaker and author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR. He writes about copywriting best practices, content marketing trends, brand journalism, crowdsourcing, Facebook, and corporate blogging, as well as offering case studies and book reviews.

 

3 Posts We Like from Web Ink Now:

Sparksheet

Sparksheet is an attractive, engaging B2B website that describes itself as “an award-winning online magazine committed to exploring the ongoing convergence of story, media and marketing across new and traditional platforms.” Blog topics include “return on engagement,” design, publishing and relationships; the site also features regular Q&A’s with media industry experts, like Slate editor David Plotz.

 

3 Posts We Like from Sparksheet:

Straight North Internet Marketing Blog

Director of Content & Social Media Brad Shorr authors this blog on content strategy, social media, and SEO copywriting. Other topics include blogging, branding, communication skills, PR, and SEM.

 

3 Posts We Like From Word Sell:

ConverStations

ConverStations (so named because author Mike Sansone believes blogs are hubs of conversation)is a blog focused on using blogging and social media in business, education and the nonprofitsphere. Sansone is a writing coach, consultant and speaker who advocates using the web to build communities.

 

3 Posts We Like from ConverStations:

Perry Marshall

Perry Marshall is a world-renowned copywriter and expert on Google AdWords. His website provides resources including AdWords guides and videos and a course on how to write a white paper. On his blog, Perry writes about various ways to get and keep the attention of prospects and customers – as well as his unconventional worldviews.

 

3 Posts We Like Perry Marshall:

The Copywriter’s Roundtable

The Copywriter’s Roundtable is a blog and e-newsletter run by John Forde, with posts on creativity, psychology, writing headlines and offers, getting clients, getting paid, using science to sell, knowing your audience and other topics related to writing marketing and sales copy.

 

3 Posts We Like From The Copywriter’s Roundtable:

Level 343

Level 343 provides copywriting and SEO services for small businesses, and the company’s blog covers content development, branding, social media, and search engine optimization. Writers for the blog include Gabriella Sannino and Jahnelle Pittman. Level 343 also publishes an annual list of Top SEO Women.

 

3 Posts We Like From Level 343:

The Marketing Rebel Rant

John Carlton is a freelance copywriter and teacher of writing sales messaging. His blog has a very distinctive personal voice; you can almost imagine that he’s talking to you from a podium. In addition to offering marketing copywriting advice, John shares wisdom on general strategies for getting ahead in life, money management and more.

 

3 Posts We Like From the Marketing Rebel Rant:

Michel Fortin

Writer, speaker and consultant Michel Fortin’s blog on “copywriting, marketing and life” covers strategic internet marketing, direct response copywriting and personal development skills. He’s a proponent of Claude C. Hopkins’ book “Scientific Advertising,” written in 1923, which advocates testing and measuring for more proven results.

 

3 Posts We Like From Michel Fortin:

Inkthinker

Kristen King’s blog is directed at freelancers and other copywriters, offering tips and perspective on getting work, working with contracts, blogging, and professional conduct. She also writes about conferences and events, muses on inspiring quotations about writing, and does relevant book reviews.

 

3 Posts We Like from Inkthinker:

World Copywriting Blog

This blog, written by David Garfinkel, owner of Overnight Marketing, focuses on tips for making your copywriting more sales- and conversion-friendly.

 

3 Posts We Like From World Copywriting Blog:

Bob Bly

Copywriter Bob Bly’s blog delivers quick-hitting posts on advertising, direct marketing, blogging, branding, PR and writing for the Internet. Bob Bly has written over 70 books on these topics. One of his pet topics is the supposed “death” of direct marketing methods.

 

3 Posts We Like From Bob Bly:

RyanHealy.com

Ryan Healy, who is one of the lead writers for BoostCTR, keeps a blog about copywriting best practices, advertising and business growth. He’s been blogging regularly for years, covering topics like overcoming writer’s block, getting inside the prospect’s head and the ethics of marketing copywriting. He also publishes interviews with well-known writers.

 

3 Posts We Like from Ryan Healy:

Jeff Sexton Writes

Also part of the BoostCTR writing team, Jeff Sexton blogs about writing marketing and advertising copy and persuasive rhetoric, as well as website optimization and social media. He believes in combining clear, powerful content with aggressive testing and analytics strategies for the best results.

 

3 Posts We Like from Jeff Sexton Writes:

Write to Done

Write to Done, authored by Leo Babauta and Mary Jaksch, is a blog about craft, creativity, and productivity for bloggers, journalists and other business writers.

 

3 Posts We Like from Write to Done:

Dianna Huff’s B2B Marcom Writer Blog

A guest blogger for Content Marketing Institute, Dianna Huff specializes in business-to-business marketing strategy and copywriting. On her own blog, she offers common-sense advice and tactical tips on writing for the web and leveraging social media.

 

3 Posts We Like from Dianna Huff:

InteractMedia Content Marketing Blog

This media company’s blog shares advice on content marketing, management and strategy, as well as SEO and blogging best practices. Writers include chief content officer Beth Hrusch.

 

3 Posts We Like from InteractMedia:

Marketing Words

KaronThackston’s Marketing Words copywriting blog includes tips on creating all different flavors of online marketing copy.Karon is a savvy marketer who has written books on writing with keywords, e-commerce copywriting and successful PPC ad writing, as well as the popularStep-by-Step Copywriting Course.

 

3 Posts We Like from Marketing Words:

BenSettle.com

Ben Settle is a web marketer, copywriter and email specialist who offers daily marketing tips with a focus on copywriting for emails.

 

3 Posts We Like from Ben Settle:

Freelance Copywriters’ Blog

This UK-based blog maintained by Sally Ormond shares web marketing basics like how to write effective sales copy, how to avoid common writing mistakes, how to use social networks for business, and how to optimize your writing for the web.

 

3 Posts We Like from Freelance Copywriters’ Blog:

The Urban Muse

Blogger Susan Johnston is a freelance writer who shares tips for living the freelance lifestyle on The Urban Muse. She also offers an e-book based on her blog called The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets.

 

3 Posts We Like from The Urban Muse:

ProCopyTips

Author Dean Rieckis an expert in writing for business. His ProCopyTips blog includes tips on design, creativity, copy editing, business smarts, freelancing, psychology, productivity and writing tools, as well as checklists, interviews and how-to guides.

 

3 Posts We Like fromProCopyTips:

Freelance Writing Success

Nick Usborne has written books about productivity for writers, making money in social media and other copywriting topics. His website offers advice for freelancers and those who hope to turn writing into a career.

 

3 Posts We Like fromFreelance Writing Success:

The Writer Underground

Tom Chandler is a veteran copywriter who now does consulting and blogs about creativity, productivity, tools for writers, and other topics of interest to professional scribes.

 

3 Posts We Like from The Writer Underground:

The Copywriter’s Crucible

This blog, which bills itself as “a melting pot of punchy, persuasive copywriting,” is the work of freelance copywriter Matt Ambrose. As the subtitle implies, Matt focuses on the art of persuasion, as well as SEO, email marketing and subject lines, blogging, and B2B copywriting. He often includes a quick note about what he’s been reading as well as what he’s been working on at the bottom of his posts.

 

3 Posts We Like from The Copywriter’s Crucible:

Copywriting.com

Miguel Alvarez’s blog covers topics including SEO copywriting, persuasion and influence, blogging, video and general copywriting for the web. His website includes additional resources like lists of copywriting and SEO tools, training courses and a community forum.

 

3 Posts We Like from Copywriting.com:

The Word Well

Nikki Cooke authors this blog about copywriting, internet marketing, email marketing, SEO, social media and business networking, offering tips to improve the style and effectiveness of your web copy.

 

3 Posts We Like from The Word Well:

Marketing Bullets

Gary Bencivenga is one of those legendary copywriters whose name gets passed around again and again. He doesn’t have an active blog, but the archives of his “Marketing Bullets” site (“short, fast and powerful”) are a good evergreen resource.

 

3 Posts We Like From Marketing Bullets:

The Total Package

Clayton Makepeace, like Gary Bencivenga, is no longer actively blogging, but his archives are still accessible. Clayton is another renowned copywriter who made the transition from direct marketing to online copywriting.

 

3 Posts We Like from Clayton Makepeace:

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17 Responses to “Best Copywriting Blogs: The Definitive List of Great Blogs for Marketing Copywriters and Content Developers”

  1. Nikki says:

    Hi there,

    Wow. Thanks for including me in your list. An honour indeed! Looking forward to browsing through the other blogs – over a cuppa of course! :-)

    Nikki

  2. Impressive list. Thanks for including me with these other smart people!

  3. Well done. Lots of blogs/sites I’ve forgotten about. Bookmarking and sharing this page.

  4. Great idea and fantastic resource. Thanks for including Junta42 and the Content Marketing Institute with this amazing group of experts.

  5. Thank you so much for including my Freelance Copywriter’s Blog in your list – it’s a real honour to be in such esteemed company.

  6. Brad Shorr says:

    Thank you very much for including me on your list. You’ve compiled a wealth of great information here!

  7. Thank you so much for listing my blog – I’m honored. What a fantastic list! :)

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  13. Wow that is one mammoth list! Just been through like ten of them and they are great. Will save this for sure. Thanks a lot:)

  14. This page is the pot of the gold at the end of the copywriting rainbow! And aren’t all copywriters just a bucket of rainbows?

    Okay, I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth writing that last line. Jaded suits me better than cheery. But this page really is the jackpot of copywriting resources. Some of these I read regularly. Some I’d forgotten about. Some of them are new discoveries for me.

    I hope that one day my site will be able to make it into such lofty company. Though it’s still a relative baby. A lot of the sites above already have years of history to them. I am pushing on forward though – and trying to inform and offend as much as possible.

  15. Quite the resource! Thank you, I look forward to getting through it.

  16. Fantastic blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon on that the other hand I’m a minor lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a without charge platform like WordPress or opt for a paid option? There are so lots of choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Appreciate it!

  17. Yessssssss :) thanks, we are very proud to make this list. I can’t believe all the wonderful people we’re featured with. Thank you so much! The whole Level343 gang thanks you!