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28 Nov 2016

Kate Toon’s Recipe for SEO Success e-Course review

This is a review of Kate Toon’s Recipe for SEO Success e-course. And just for fun, I’m pretending I’m a famous business coach on stage at ProBlogger. Darren Rowse is asking me the questions. Read more →

20 Sep 2016

Why I don’t ask for a copywriting brief

Here’s a scenario:

You hire a copywriter because you need professional writing. You’re either no good at writing or too busy to get your website, blog or content written.

What’s the first thing the new copywriter asks you to do?

Write a copywriting brief!

Mental. Read more →

12 Jul 2016

How to proofread your own stuff

Tips for proofreading when you don’t have a proofreader

by Kate Merryweather, Melbourne website copywriter

Back in the early 2000s my boss Chris (hey Chris!) was always ticking me off for spelling mistakes and literals in my draft press releases.

Whenever I was proofreading my own drafts, I skimmed over them, not checking them properly. I knew Chris would fix the mistakes before the client got to see it… so I missed a lot of errors. Sorry about that, Chris. Read more →

12 Feb 2016

Five ways to neglect your blog

You start a blog. You’re happy!

You write, you post, you build an audience. You’ve read every article on ProBlogger.


You lose focus. Your drive wanes. Your blog is neglected. These are the five ways I’ve been guilty of neglecting blogging, and my solutions to help change it. Perhaps they can help you too.

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29 Sep 2015

Why using registered trademark symbols in writing sucks

Registered trademarks are most bothersome

by Kate Merryweather, Melbourne website copywriter

Scrolling through Bloglovin recently, I stopped to read a post from a fashion blogger I admire. What I was reading was clearly a sponsored post, which is fine, a girl’s gotta make a living, amirite?

But this one thing really irritated me as I was reading. Read more →

18 Sep 2015

Five dud words and phrases that I’ve ditched from my writing

Five duds that I’ve banished from my writing

by Kate Merryweather, Melbourne website copywriter


Dear writers,

Don’t get it right, get it written, that’s my writing rule. I bash out my copy quick smart, then go back and delete, refine and polish till it’s as sparkly as Gina Liano’s stilettos.


Gina Liano

Did I just compare my writing to Gina Liano? Yes I did. Was that wise? No.

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11 Sep 2015

Writing and blogging tips from The Bachelor

Writing and blogging tips from The Bachelor

by Kate Merryweather, Melbourne website copywriter


I do so very much love The Bachelor. As tempted as I am to download all my fangirl crushes on Heather, I’m sticking to the title of this blog post.
So, I hear you ask, what can be learned about writing from The Bachelor? Read more →

27 Mar 2015

When clients want bad copywriting

by Kate Merryweather, Melbourne website copywriter

Clients are great! They pay my bills. I love my clients.


Sometimes clients take my copy and make it boring. They take out the colour, the pithy comments, the spark. (No humility from this website copywriter.)

Some clients just want standard, corporate style copy. Read more →

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14 Sep 2014

I joined the audience for Have You Been Paying Attention?

I joined the audience of Have You Been Paying Attention?

Hubby and I are fans of Australia’s least rich quiz show, Channel Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention?

We enjoy playing along by attempting suitable gag answers to Tommy Gleisner’s questions and occasionally we offer the same Clive Palmer jokes as the contestants.

After unsuccessful attempts to join the audience for Spicks and Specks and The Gruen Transfer, I was not optimistic when completing HYBPA’s audience request form. So I was delighted to hear from the producer just days later, only to be promptly disappointed when she told me there were no audience tickets available at present.

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10 Sep 2014

Seth spoke and I listened

I was let out on day release this morning.

I did grown up stuff!

I went to the Business Chicks Morning with Seth Godin and it was wow.

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