How to Write a Lovable Homepage ~ an e-workbook
Right here, this is one of my favourite things on this website. Probably because I invested so much in it. So many hours, so much learning. So many missteps made right. So many precious semi-colons. Oh, goodness, I enjoyed mastering how to write a homepage…eventually.
Although I’m a professional writer and marketing strategist and a pretty smart cookie, with my own business I initially made all the mistakes I counsel my clients against. I toiled over my very first homepage and website. Like a lot of us self-employed people, I didn’t then have the money to bring in an outside expert, a fresh set of objective eyes. Now, it was well-written enough (I didn’t mess everything up) but all those carefully chosen words were designed to offer the widest welcome in the broadest sense. I wanted to make my services and myself available to anyone who needed a hand. Small business owners and sole proprietors, we’re generous like that.
And I got lots of responses. People quickly began calling. Which was nice, right? Except for one thing: not all of them wanted to pay for my services. Many wanted to negotiate pricing. Some, well, we’re all friends here – I can tell you that some of these folks just weren’t doing things that inspired me. They weren’t fun to work with. They made work feel like…. work.
I was beat. Tired. And a little bit ticked off. And I rewrote my homepage. Ticked-offness is really good, I find, for trying something different. I added new sections of content, and deleted others. And things got better. A lot better.
That’s when I really got bold. I was now assured of the power of this one wonderful page of my site, and because of my experimenting, I had a pretty good idea of what to try next, and what would work. And I was right. I still get a high volume of work requests through my site but something amazing has happened (in addition to having to hire the world’s best Pink Elephant Welcome Ambassadors, Jess and Nita and now Christine, to help with the mail). Now, every person who writes me is someone I want to have tea with. Someone I can’t wait to work with. And someone who’s already 99% decided that she wants to work with me. I feel so fortunate. And I want you to have this experience too. Because otherwise, you’re going to fall out of love with your business, and I have a feeling you have a business worth loving.
I have used my own How to Write a Lovable Homepage workbook many times over the years. Initially, I thought its greatest strength was the way it helped me write to connect with clients, people I was meant to help. What I’ve found, though, is that while it has done that consistently, it has offered me something additional I hadn’t anticipated — it has helped me articulate the greater meaning of my work to myself. Those of us who are self-employed in helping professions choose our work because we want to use our lives well. Writing a new homepage with this guide is a marketing task, yes, but it can be a spiritual exercise. Even if you don’t publish what you write, the personal clarity you will gain from completing these specific writing exercises will help you better understand your own purpose, and give you the words to speak it and share it. This is big stuff.
If you’re struggling to attract clients, it’s going to be okay.
My homepage expertise came through a mix of Intuition and Science, Gut and Research, and more than a decade writing for the web. There are lots of website writing books but few of them focus on the unique needs of self-employed people like us. People doing truly meaningful work. So if you’ve tried, but haven’t been successful yet, don’t lose heart.
How to Write a Lovable Homepage is for entrepreneurs, small business owners and self-employed service-providers who:
- are doing what they love but aren’t quite making a living yet (you’re not alone!)
- don’t have enough clients, or enough “right” clients
- want to surround themselves with only supportive, enthusiastic and loyal customers
- feel stuck or stressed when it comes to figuring out what to write
- aren’t always proud to share their websites
- want to understand the greater meaning of their own work so they can articulate it clearly to others
“I loved this e-book! It’s gorgeous, effective and fun. Once I got a hold of it I really couldn’t put it away; Carrie had me journalling, dreaming and crafting a new homepage that I was excited to share. Her simple yet powerful questions helped me to zoom in on who I love to work with, why what I do makes a difference, and how to clearly communicate to my clients that they have arrived at just the right place. How To Write A Lovable Homepage is fantastic.”
Your homepage is the second most important part of your business.
The only thing more important to your business than your homepage is you. That’s a lot of pressure but it’s also good news, because your homepage is also the easiest and least expensive aspect of your business to get right (with a few friendly nudges from a pink elephant). Giving your homepage a little love can make the most profound difference for your business.
If your homepage is missing important pieces, you risk:
- turning away the right clients (the ones who are looking for someone just like you)
- attracting the wrong clients (the ones looking for deep discounts or services you don’t want to offer)
- halting word-of-mouth marketing — visitors to your site who don’t understand, remember, or feel engaged by what you do can’t tell others about you
- sounding unprofessional or amateurish
- appearing as though your business is only a hobby
- losing credibility (this is important in all businesses but especially for those in healthcare and coaching where trust is so vital)
- missing a key opportunity in your life to communicate your message — the true meaning of your work
“How to Write a Homepage Your Clients Will Love was my first date with Pink Elephant Communications. I was nervous, anxious, I maybe even had a little pit in my stomach. Then we met. And I fell head-over-heels in love. It asked me all the right questions. Paid attention to all the important details. Allowed me to share my best self. I have confidence in my website and love sharing it with others all because of Pink Elephant.”
If your homepage has all the essential elements, you can expect to:
- attract the kinds of clients you love to work with
- hear from people who “get” you and want to invest in your business
- spend much less time weeding through e-mail from prospects who aren’t a good fit
- super-charge word-of-mouth marketing (because you’ve made it so easy to spread the word)
- spend less budget on other marketing initiatives (I don’t pay for any print advertising anymore and only occasionally run very low-cost online ads)
- make more money
- feel more connected to your own work, having found the words to understand your own unique contribution here
Not sure whether your homepage has all the right stuff? Take the free, 15-question Happy Homepage Quiz.
“The first time I received fan mail was after I retooled my homepage using the How To Write a Loveable Homepage workbook. I was delighted when people started writing me saying that we ought to not only work together but also hopefully become friends. My offer is an easy “yes” for them – I have a high success rate and repeat clientele because my clients are a perfect fit for my skills. Carrie’s brilliant workbook is absolutely foundational and has influenced every page of my website. I’m happy to share my little secret with everyone who compliments my writing style: it’s all due to Carrie’s loving, generous, sincere approach to the copywriting process.”
“I had to stop this workbook several times to squeal. It feels SO GOOD to finally sort these questions out. This workbook asked me exactly what I needed to be asked. I thought I already knew my business inside and out, but now I can see it so much more clearly. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”
How to Write a Lovable Homepage is really, really easy.
This workbook has the least number of short, sweet exercises you need to write your masterpiece. (We both know you’re too busy for fluff!)
- identify your ideal clients
- learn the 5 essential components of a super smart homepage (with a 6th bonus component for keeners)
- master a 6-step process that you can use again when writing almost anything promotional for your business
- write your new homepage
In addition to the homepage-writing exercises, the workbook has a few extra treats:
- basic design and layout tips to make your site as lovely as its new words
- suggestions for attractive website colour palettes (and how to choose your own)
- before and after homepage examples so you can see what other entrepreneurs have done
- a picture of Grace the kitten
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I can’t tell you how much this process has contributed to getting really clear about what I want to do, how I want to work and who I want to work with. I was the classic story of the cobbler’s children have no shoes.”
Are you ready to start writing (or rewriting) your homepage?
I recommend printing out the exercise pages (we used as little colour as possible to save your ink) and heading to a favourite cafe. Or bring it along on your iPad, with a beautiful notebook. Book yourself two hours with those pages, a great pen, and a mug of something delicious. Schedule this date as soon as you receive the e-workbook, otherwise you might be tempted to procrastinate, and I really want you to use and love (!) and benefit from this book.
Over at Pink Elephant Creative, my fees to write a homepage are a whole lot higher. You will save mucho by doing this yourself, dear resourceful entrepreneurs. The goal of How to Write a Lovable Homepage is to make effective, persuasive, genuine content writing affordable for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners who have more time than money (right now).
Because I know how stressful it can be to have a business that’s struggling and expenses that pile up, I wanted to offer three different price points (inspired by my friend and colleague, hippie marketing guru Tad Hargrave) so you can choose the amount that feels right for you. It is exactly the same workbook at $125, $145 and $165 but we’re working the honour system. If you can afford $165, awesome! If $125 is what you can spare, you got it! (Depending on your own pricing, if your new homepage sways even just one extra client to sign up, you’ll have covered your costs in a finger-snap.)
Would you like ALL of our website writing workbooks?
By popular request, we’ve bundled our suite of website writing workbooks. If you are ready to write (or rewrite) your website, you can purchase How to Write a Lovable Homepage; The All-Important, Easy-Peasy About Page; and Selling Sweetly all at once with some happy savings, right now. It’s $297 USD for all three.
p.s. I’m sure you wouldn’t dream of it, but the copyright of this workbook belongs to Pink Elephant Communications and author Carrie Klassen, so please don’t re-sell it or use it for commercial purposes. That’s bad karma, but also illegal. If you’re a professional who would like to use it with your own clients, that’s awesome! Please get in touch and we can talk feel-good licensing agreements. xo
“When I sat down to create my website, after sifting through dozens of web pages of marketing advice, this jewel of a book is what I ultimately chose to guide me through the process. It’s tremendously useful, simple, clear, impeccable, pleasing to the eye and the heart of the soulful entrepreneur, and generous in spirit. It was the only resource I needed.“
“I absolutely LOVED your guide for How to Write a Homepage your Clients will Love!! It was such a calming and self reflecting ‘project’ that really helped me focus and really reassured me that I was doing what I love. I love having a niche and a homepage that can help moms know they are in the place and not alone.”
“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.”