This serves me right in replying to a spam email message! Read what happend when a new webcopy company wanted to know if we needed any ‘talent’. I really couldn’t believe that they have got their pricing so wrong. it’s a common mistake to think your services are worth more than they really are and they would have found this out by doing market research and seeing what their competitors charge before giving a ridiculous quote.
[Webcopy Company] Hello Essex Website Designers team! I am writing to offer my services as a freelance SEO content writer. I am only based down the road, in (sometimes) sunny Tilbury. A fellow Essex friend! I can create articles on any topics you like, from airport parking tips to Venus fly trap care. Just let me know the keywords you want including. Click over to my internet hiding place (my website) where you can check out my sample articles and rates. If you like what you see (or want to find out how to look after a Venus fly trap in the winter!), drop me an email. I can usually start projects pronto, and am keen to form lasting partnerships with smart SEO companies. If you Don’t need an SEO content writer right now? That’s cool, but keep hold of my details. Next time you are in a content writing jam, give me a shout. I’d be more than happy to help out. Also please check your website contact form as it gave an error initially.
[Essex Web Design Company] Firstly, you have done very well as I never reply to ‘spam’ but you are in luck I am in need of your skills and am in need of a new webcopy creator and you have good samples and you have an effective website (even though I notice there are a few problems with it and you are a new company}. Thanks for telling me about the contact form – I think you must have tried the small contact form as its not working as the site you contacted me on isn’t officially completed yet. I will get it fixed when I get chance.
I own / run a website design company (Delicious Webdesign) and in general we need webcopy for new clients that typically want text for their website after they supply guidance notes and example sites that they give for reference. Typically we would give you guidance notes and want you to provide 3000-3500 words for a full website.
How are you for time / availability? We have the full array of clients from Adult Orientated (nice / clean) websites to Builders (we have loads) and everything in-between. We work from home offices and I act as the project manager / SEO Manager.
Here are our website design / SEO orientated websites
I think looking at your site and getting a feel of your work I would like to roll the dice with you and do a small ‘tester’ project with you as all new webcopy projects are allocated at the moment (We have two other webcopy girls that I work with)
[Webcopy Company] Thanks for your email. I see you have a few different websites on the go! You must be very busy! I can usually start working on projects straight away. I do have a couple of ongoing writing projects at the moment, but as long as we are clear on deadlines, there shouldn’t be a problem! I am interested in the small tester project. Please could you send me through some more details?
[Essex Web Design Company] Thanks for the quick reply. Take a look at the current websites (the Appletree Creative company / website is a new venture from an old company and the text hasn’t been reviewed / updated yet) and give me a small article about why you should choose Delicious Webdesign as your ‘internet partner’ (personal 1 to 1 service, world class website design / SEO – great support etc.) Just for reference I will send you an email that I sent out the other day to a potential client
[Webcopy Company] Unfortunately, I cannot provide a free sample for you. I’m sure you can understand that it doesn’t make sense for me to work for free when I have samples on my website. I can provide a taster sample for you, but I would charge my usual rate for this. For web copy, I charge per page, depending on exactly what is needed.
Home/landing pages: £250 for one page
Main pages (services pages, product pages, etc.): Depends on exact requirements (how many products p/page, interviews I might need to do, etc)
Sub pages (contact pages, etc.): £50 each
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
[Essex Web Design Company] Understood about the sample text but its a shame as I know it would take you 10 minutes and as you have stated you have a desire to work with some of the bigger more successful website design / SEO companies in the area I would imagine this should be a good ‘introduction’ and you will instantly have a new client. Regarding your rates I assume you have made a typo and you mean £25 not £250 per page. What we need is a firm / fixed price for a standard project and you wont need to do ‘interviews’ or anything like that but look at some websites in the same business sector then use the clients notes to create new pages.
I will give you an example of a recent garden maintenance company that needed text for the pages on their new site based on their existing website and the ‘standard’ services that are offered by gardening companies. They gave a few hundred words guidance on the services they provide and we created the text for them (3000 words). We need to know if you could do this and how much you would charge also you cant quote per page as a page could be 100 or 1000 words. Please quote in words, thanks.
[Webcopy Company] The landing page/home page is the most important page of the website, hence the higher price. There were no typos. Unfortunately, I do not think we are going to be a good fit for this project. Thanks for taking the time to email me back and I wish you all the best for the future.
[Essex Web Design Company] Wow, ok good luck but think you are going to struggle to be able to charge so much for a single website page – shame as I liked your style but really ‘shocked’ by your pricing and your email response. I really cant see you having a customer base with those type of charges for webcopy. Having worked in SEO / website design for nearly 10 years and having had massive success in these fields, for clarification of this we have 6 clients in the top 10 for the search term ‘essex builders’ in Google. I would thought you would want to work with us as it could be a mutually beneficial relationship and you would jump at the chance to work with an established and professional website design company. Perhaps something has been lost in translation here but I’m disappointed that you don’t seem to want to work with us after sending us a spam email and us being interested in giving you an opportunity.
For information you have a broken link on your site (external link not working) and even a typo in the text! Additionally the pages do not open consistently, hope this helps.
[Webcopy Company] Thanks for the heads up on the link and problems on the site. I think we may have to agree to disagree on the web pricing! There’s so many people in the web writing field, with all kinds of experiences. I appreciate you want to get the best deal, but not compromise on quality. If you do think I may be able to help in the future, please shoot me an email. No hard feelings I hope, and as I said before, best wishes for the future to you and the Delicious team.
[Webcopy Company] And good luck to you, I think you may need it with your pricing model, if you need us to create some copy for your site please see our webcopy details.