Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.
Dave Elliott: One thing that I think is letting me down in my quest for SEO world domination is my lack of copy writing experience and general lack of chops in the written word.
Where can I learn to write more better? Books, guides, sites. Gimmie!
Jim Munro: No idea if this works, Dave, but I would start reading books, lots of books, and pay attention to different writing styles while reading. Good luck with that world domination thing.
Dave Elliott: I read a lot, so this isn't the problem. It is more of a need to learn how to write for businessy type stuff and how to research stuff that I really don't care about and things like that. Where is ; when you need her?
SEMrush: practice, practive and practice! reading books is a great way to form a background, but that won't teach you to write, as you said. it's like you can spend hours listeting to sales guys making cold calls, but that won't make you a pro in sales.
I think it would be useful to check out posts like this one: 4 years old, but not much has changed about text since 2008 :)
P.S. and make sure you have the right keywords in the text! :) you can check it with SEMrush ;)
Devin Peterson: How bout take an actual writing class. That way you get direct feedback from a pro. Being forced to write in specific styles and about things you don't already know about can help a lot even though it sounds like a drag. I'd recommend 'Technical Writing'. If you do, one thing they'll tell you is to just write ("freewrite") everyday about different things.
Dave Elliott: No. Now give me some resources ; :p i did find your copywriting school/community today though so am hoping ;to learn a bit from there. Haven't had a good look round either yet though.
Kate Toon: I'm running a free SEO copywriting webinar (freeish it's a charity donation thing) soon.
I'll give you free entry.
Kate Toon: Also happy to give you a bit of training one to one if you need it? VIa skype/email or fly me over :-P
Dave Elliott: Thanks! Webinar invite would be amazing!(ill prob do charidee ;stuff anyway though, it is only polite) One on one stuff would undoubtedly be beneficial... maybe after the webinar(depending on when soon ends up being!) or once i've worked out what the hell i would need to ask.
Once I achieve, world domination we will talk about a plane ticket :D
Kate Toon: Awesome I'm sure WD is only weeks away :-) Also we should chat about a bit of co bloggin' stuff. You as the geek, me as the wordsmith? I"ll DM you.
Edwin Jonk: From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:03:24 into the YouTube video:
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Dave Elliott: Thanks all. Who is the jenny who was on this hangout, she seems knowledgeable and worth a circle.
Edwin Jonk: It is ;and she is in my expert panel circle ;-)