So you’re thinking about building your website. It can be a bit overwhelming, so here’s a guide for you to get you started. Whether you are a copywriter, or a business, these are the pages in a website that are essential for you to grow your brand’s reach.
It’s pretty much a given that your home page is likely the one that most people will find first. It needs to be eye-catching and grab their attention instantly.
One way of doing this is to have a ‘hero’ image at the top of your page, with a quick tag line as to what you do, and a call-to-action for them to do what you want them to do. This might be to click through to schedule a call with you, or it may be to find out more about the main product you are selling.
You ideally want to hook them in before they need to start scrolling down.
A homepage can include many things for example:
- Testimonials from past clients
- A small about section so you can introduce yourself right away
- Examples of services or products you offer.
All this said, it’s important not to include too many images because it can slow down the loading speed of your page. To make sure users have a great experience on your website, you may want to minimize the number of images and install an image minimizing plugin.
Home Page Examples
I just love this home page. Just from the hero section, you can see who Amy is and what she does. There’s a clear call-to-action before you even scroll down.
She has sections promoting her podcast and freebie leadmagnets that serve as an introduction to her courses.
The about page needs to be written as personally as possible. This will help your audience to connect with you on a deeper level before they invest in your products or services. I like to think of it as talking one-on-one with your ideal client.
Top copywriter tip – make sure this page is also about how you can serve your clients and not just about you only. So what makes you different from anyone else they could hire or buy from?
A powerful way to make a connection also is to have photos of you or your team, so people can see you are real human beings behind the scenes of your website.
About Page Examples
The Black Mask Company
This is an awesome example of an about page that is written in the style of how the CEO talks (he’s a famous English football player). The brand is targeting young people particularly men and his messaging has been that masks are cool and it’s cool to protect yourself.
Constant Contact’s About Page
Constant Contact’s about page is written in a fun way and introduces the team right away via a hero photo. They relate how they started and what their mission is in two small paragraphs. But then, crucially it’s back to how they can serve people best.
They make sure that the benefits of their services are really clear and will make a difference to the person who invests.
Example – …we integrate the right tools with the right people, so that you can save time and get the results you’re looking for. The phrase ‘so that’ is a really great phrase that allows you to tag a benefit on the end of what you are providing.
Services or Sales Page
This can be highly different depending on what business you are in, but the general principles are the same. This page is an opportunity to give your audience a feel of what you offer.
It can be in the form of a long sales page where you are essentially writing a letter and promoting a course for example.
Long form sales page example – Maha Copy Co
Enos decided to separate her services page. Her signature offer gets a long form sales page, that consists of different clear sections, designed to nurture the buyer into booking a discovery call with her. She clearly states what her signature offer is, the benefits and then illustrates what life would be like if she helps.
She also includes proof in the form of data, introduces herself as the expert, and makes it clear who the offer is for. All the while, sprinkling punchy CTAs all the way through, at strategic points.
Tiered Pricing Services Page
One way of creating your services page could be to describe tiered services that you feel offers most value for your clients. Jenkins Virtual does this with their website design packages.
Freelancer Services Page Option
Another option is not to be too descriptive about your services if, for example, you are a freelancer who quotes on each individual project. In this case, you could explain your process on this page, so clients know what to expect.
Copywriter Services Page Example – Jennifer Breeze
Jennifer’s rebranded site is awesome – the client journey is so clear, as is her services page.
She just goes through her process and then gives a simple but powerful call-to-action.
Be sure to always have a call-to-action button on this page, that takes your customer to where you want them to go next. It may be to schedule a call with you on your calendar, or it may be that you want them to buy your product.
Contact pages make your customer or client feel that they have a way that they can contact you. So every website needs one.
I hook mine up to my site’s email box so I can see who has contacted me, what they need help with and from there I send them a link to my calendar availability.
To make my contact page really clear, I tell people how long approximately it will take to get back to them.
Contact Page Example – Nicki Copy
Nicki, a copywriter with 15 years experience, and founder of Filthy Rich Writer, keeps it really minimal, with clear messaging and an informal tone. I love this contact page as it sounds like she is chatting with a friend.
On a contact page, you can also include:
- Telephone number
- Facebook messenger chat
- Email address
- Mailing address
- Any social share icons so people can follow your pages on social media.
Having a blog page on your website is in my expert opinion, so important for growing your reach via search engine optimization or SEO for short.
It’s an opportunity to position yourself as an expert because you can answer your audience’s most burning questions, give help on how to do things they might want guidance to do, and also get your products out there by producing guides.
A blog can increase the amount of people landing on your website and really be a source of increasing revenue over time.
Pro-tip – remember to update your blog regularly, particularly with key information that may change over time. This ensures Google ranks you highly as useful content.
When building your website, if you include these essential website pages, you have the setup to grow and scale the reach of your business. These pages will give your potential customers or clients a clear path to reach you or buy from you.
Over time, if you include a blog, you have more chance of growing your reach. The more content you have, the more Google is likely to understand your site and make it more visible online.
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