Grow engaged, converting blog traffic and earn more income from your blog by learning how to write a call to action with this checklist. Examples, instructions, and a checklist are included for any blog entrepreneur!
What is a Call to Action?
Simply put, a call to action is when you direct a reader to complete a task. For instance, I have a high-converting embedded email sign up not because it’s bright pink (although that helps), but because I tell the soon-to-be subscriber what they should do in order and what the receive.
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When you learn how to write a call to action, you will discover it is not too creative or wordy, but clear and performance driven.
A call to action should direct a reader to perform the task which will achieve your goal.
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And not to ruin the surprise, but after you’ve read this article (and this one ‘cuz people love to grow email subscribers without popups), you’ll actually go to close out this tab in the browser, and wow – another call to action with my swanky, high-converting popup (that has a secret gift only for subscribers).
A Clear, Goal-Driven Call to Action
Answer these questions and you’ll be able to craft a clear call to action (CTA) that will drive results. Note that wording is very important and which words you use can promote movement or turn people off. Persuasion, probing, urgency and exclusivity call to action words are all available to you – it’s up to you to know when to use each.
- What is the primary (one) goal you want to help you achieve with the article?
- What do you want them to do? Be clear and above all else, tell them how to do it.
Examples of Converting Calls to Action
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How to Write a Call to Action
The words you will use aren’t the only consideration you need to give to your call to action. Always consider the audience, the results desired, and even contemplate ‘next steps,’ as they are all elements of a successful call.
- Where can the call to action be inserted within the post or email? Hint: it’s not just once.
- Create more than one way to state the same call to action.
- Link your call to action to a content upgrade, guide, gift, or discount to incent them to do something.
- Tell them the final value or benefit (what will your audience member ACCOMPLISH with this gift?).
- Include different call to action areas, buttons, colors, and methods.
- Consider an intelligent exit (exit intent) or nudge as a reminder of the call to action.
- Build a strong foundation for the relationship by quickly delivering the upgrade or gift.
- Offer something else in a two-step exit intent popup (I prefer Ninja Popups).
- Placement on page or in email
- Method of action (popup, embedded form, discounts, social, etc.)
- Variances of sales psychology (soft, hard, reminder, etc.)
If you are a blogger or content creator, you’re in sales. Grow engaged, converting traffic and earn more income from your blog by learning how to write a call to action with this detailed checklist.