Thoughts on Copybloggers course?

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Anyone with experience taking the Copyblogger course? The AWAI course to be exact.

I'm curious about hands on thoughts as to the value the course brings to actually improving your writing.

I'm not a writer but know that improving my skills will increase my chances of being successful in the online world.

I have current goals of creating both a product that can be useful in my field and selling it online.

It appears the course can teach me to write more effectively and potentially alow me to write in a way that sells, both product and possibly give me another marketable skill.

I wouldn't say I have a knack for writing, or even a great desire to write a lot, but part of me wonder if that would change if I knew I could write more engaging content.

The idea of copywriting interests me and I have no problem working on my skills to improve them, but I'm not sure if this (the course)is the direction I should go.

It doesn't seem excessively expensive (it would be a stretch short term) so long as they are teaching actual skills for better copywriting.

I do not have a college degree, and in fact am a high school drop out from many years ago. Everything I know about writing is learned from years of reading fiction/ fantasy so I'm wondering if this is something that may be out of my current ability.

Any hands on thoughts or experience with this program?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author TracyBelshee
    Looks like I'll stick with the books section and some of the blogs I've run across from posts here for now.

    I didn't figure many here would have used the course, but the crickets are a bit surprising
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    Haven't seen it, but I am intrigued to check it out! Thanks for the post; hopefully others here will have something more substantial to contribute.
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  • I did the AWAI course a few years back now.

    I think it was over $400 at the time.

    It gives you a good grounding in sales copy buts it's a little ridged and I found a lot of the copy quite boring ...like this is the only way to do it. I find Mike Masterson's stuff a little hard to follow.

    It ignores the snapshot type way people read things these days I feel.


    If you got anything by Robert Collier and Victor Shawb you would probably be better off.

    Watch some later night infomercials for some good ideas on structure too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bryan Harkins
      Originally Posted by Quality Copywriter View Post

      If you got anything by Robert Collier and Victor Shawb you would probably be better off.
      Listen to that advice! I am learning copywriting right now and you can't go wrong with those two guys! They seem to have a unique was of simplifying things for you. I have had a lot of "aha" moments from reading what they say.
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        Originally Posted by eagle22 View Post

        Listen to that advice! I am learning copywriting right now and you can't go wrong with those two guys! They seem to have a unique was of simplifying things for you. I have had a lot of "aha" moments from reading what they say.
        Thanks for the advice, do you have a particular book you'd recommend from either of them?
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    • Profile picture of the author TracyBelshee
      Originally Posted by Quality Copywriter View Post


      It ignores the snapshot type way people read things these days I feel.


      If you got anything by Robert Collier and Victor Shawb you would probably be better off.

      Watch some later night infomercials for some good ideas on structure too.
      Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts. If you were to recommend one book by each of them, what would they be?

      As far as what I've found helpful in what I've been reading so far, Stephen Kings ' On writing' has been pretty good and so has Michael Aagaard at contentverve.

      They both seem to say things in a way that just makes sense to me.

      Thanks again for your thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTile
    The best way to get better to to regularly write and read the type of copy you are interested in doing (blogging, news, social media). The forums can be a great place to get honest feedback about your work. So post your stuff here and find out what your are doing right and wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author TracyBelshee
      Originally Posted by DavidTile View Post

      The best way to get better to to regularly write and read the type of copy you are interested in doing (blogging, news, social media). The forums can be a great place to get honest feedback about your work. So post your stuff here and find out what your are doing right and wrong.
      Thanks, I appreciate that. I've done some blogging, but I've never taken it very seriously when it came to writing. I believe it's time to change this and definitely agree practice will help.

      And thanks for the encouragement to post it here. I'll definitely do so when I have something put together.
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