How To Write Ads With Higher Click-Through Rates

ad writing tips

Welcome To The Frank Jones Ad Writing Guide!

My goal is to help you understand how these three simple ad writing tips can lead to your ad getting more clicks than ever before. More clicks means more traffic. And, as you know, more traffic means more sales, and more of the success you deserve!

I’ve seen many ads:

  • Some were good.
  • Some were great.
  • And some were ugly.

After you read this Ad Writing Guide, you will be able to crank out great ads anytime you need them.

I hope you enjoy, and profit from this ad writing guide written especially for you.

See also: 12 Tips To Get More Sales From Your Classified Ads

Ad Writing Guide Introduction

My purpose in this post is to help you create an ad that moves people to action and causes them to click on your ad, visit your site, and buy whatever products or services you sell, or promote.

Many people, especially affiliate marketers, spend time and money trying to determine why their site doesn’t sell, when the truth is staring them in the face.

The truth of which we speak is this:

  • To succeed online you must have enough targeted traffic to succeed!
  • Getting people to click on your ad is an important first step in getting enough traffic to your site to achieve your goals.

One of the secrets to success with affiliate marketing is writing a great ad.

While many people think that writing a great ad is more art than science, the truth is that when you break an ad into it s three components, ad writing becomes quick and easy.

Powerful ads offer perhaps more possibility for a great return on investment than any other marketing vehicle, because it all starts with an ad.

powerful ads a better return on investmentONE great ad can literally be the foundation to success.

Now lets look at the purpose of your ad and then the three elements of what makes a great ad.

What is the purpose of the ad?

  • The purpose of an ad is simply to get the reader to take the next logical step.
  • You will want the reader to either click to your website or squeeze page.

While your website provides reams of information, you may prefer a lead generation approach that asks the reader for their contact details before you reveal complete information. (This allows for lead capture and follow-up email marketing).

Either way, your ad has one job and one job only. That job is to SELL THE CLICK.

  • If the reader doesn’t click on your ad NOW, you will have lost an opportunity to make a sale.
  • You have about seven words and three seconds to get their attention or the ballgame’s over!

They won’t read it twice.

That’s why, as you will see, the headline is so very important.

  • One important factor to remember is that the purpose of your ad should rarely be to sell the product!

Trying to sell using a small ad is called one-step marketing.

one step marketingOne-step marketing is most effective for products where there is already a perceived value and you have some competitive edge, like price.

For example, let’s say you sell Michelin tires. In addition, let’s say you have the best price ever on Michelin tires.

Even Wal-Mart can’t touch your price.

Under this scenario, it would make sense to write an ad that touts your low price since you only want to reach people who want to buy Michelin tires.

Taking people who respond to your ad directly to an order page, instead of a sales page, would work because they don’t need to be sold on the tires. They just need to order.

Over the years, it has been proven that a two-step process works best for most products, and that a two-step process works very well on the Internet.

Most of the ads you’ve responded to are probably using a two-step method.

Using a two-step method, you use the ad to create an interest (or curiosity) about your product, then take the reader to your website where your web copy makes the sale.

  • That is why we say that the job of the ad is to sell the click.
  • All that matters is that the person clicks to your website.
  • If they click, your ad did its job!

Now that you know something about the two methods of writing ads, let’s look at the mechanics of how to write a great ad.

The Three Elements of a Great Ad

A great ad contains three essential elements. While they are to be thought of as separate elements, it is when they flow together that you create a great ad.

Best of all, you can often mix and match these three elements from your most successful ads to create a super-ad!

The three parts of a great ad are…

  • The Headline
  • The Body
  • The Call to Action

The Headline

  • You have about seven words, or three seconds, to get people to stop scanning and read your ad.
  • Once they pass it up, they won’t come back and read it.
  • In light of this, your headline must grab attention while being honest to the rest of your ad.

NOTE: Some people use sensational headlines with no relationship to their offer in order to grab attention. I don’t recommend this approach because integrity is what sells best long-term. Why tell them you lack integrity with the first words they ever read from you?

freeOne example is the word free.

If you really do offer valuable, free information, there’s nothing wrong with saying so. But if you consider the copy on your website to be that free information, as opposed to a free eBook for example, you will create disappointment in the mind of your reader if you use the word free.

Be accurate and specific, especially when creating expectation and you can t go wrong!

Here are some ideas to help you write a great headline:

  • Help your reader immediately understand your offer.
  • Begin each sentence with an action word.
  • Use words like NOW, YOU, MONEY, or FEEL.
  • Create curiosity. • Ask a question

Psychologists tell us there are only two things that motivate people to action.

Those two things are fear of loss and promise of gain. Whether these are the only two or not, they are certainly powerful and should be part of every headline. Appealing to ego also works well. People love to be the first on the block to own a new invention yet hate to take risks. Consider your audience before you choose how to motivate them.

  • Remember, the headline is the ad for your ad.
  • You are using those 5 to 7 words only to sell the reader on reading the rest of the ad.

To help you get a feel for what a great headline looks like, consider these samples.

Each of these headlines has stood the test of time. Many of them have been partly responsible for the sale of literally millions of dollars worth of products.

  • The Secret of Making People Like You
  • Do You Make These Mistakes In English?
  • You Can Laugh At Money Worries – If You Follow This Simple Plan
  • When Doctors “Feel Rotten” This Is What They Do
  • How I Improved My Memory In One Evening
  • Often A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride
  • The Most Expensive Mistake of Your Life

Do you see how each of these proven headlines is brief yet makes you want to know more?

Creating curiosity is perhaps the best headline writing technique.

Start a Swipe File

One last tip before we move on. Almost all professional copywriters use what is called a swipe file. This file is simply a collection of headlines that you find over time as you read web copy, classified ads, Ezine ads, Craigslist ads, email ads and more.

Creating your own swipe file is easy.

  • Start a notepad document you can open with a moments notice.
  • Then when you notice a headline that catches your attention, make a copy and put it in the file.
  • Then when you need a great headline, use the headlines you collected as idea starters.

I would never recommend that you copy a headline word for word, but using a great headline, like the ones above, to stimulate your thinking will help you write your greatest headlines quickly and easily.

The Body Copy

  • The body of the ad is the place to sell them on why they should click through.
  • The key to writing great body copy is benefits.

People who read your ads will care about one thing: what’s in it for them!

The more your ad tells them, very clearly, what they will get from your product or service, the more they will click on your ad and buy your products!

  • Does your offer help them save time? Tell them that.
  • Does it help them make more money? Tell them!

What benefit will they get by making that click?

What return on their investment of time will they receive by going to your site or getting your email? If you don’t answer that question, you won’t properly set up the next step called, “the call to action.”

Here’s an easy formula to decide what to put in the body of your ad.

  • List all the features of your product, then, next to them, list the benefits of those features.
  • You must write at least one benefit for each feature, or don’t use that feature.
  • People buy products or services for what it will do for them, not only what it will do.

These are PRIMARY benefits and it would be in your best interest to mention these benefits in your advertising. People want to know “what’s in it for them”.

The key step in writing great body copy is to list all the benefits that your product or service offers and choose the top two or three to place in the body of the ad. Remember to write them as benefit statements using action words.

  • One challenge with short ads is that they don’t offer you much room.
  • This means you will have to trim, trim and trim again. Here’s an easy way to do that.

Write your ad with no concern to how many words you use.

  • Strike through or delete unnecessary words.
  • Remember that you can use fragments in ads.
  • Short sentences are OK.
  • Get the point?
  • Understand?

Keep working until you have a powerful ad that clearly states benefits that people want.

When you finish you should have about three to five lines of text that clearly state what benefit they can expect to receive from the product or service being promoted.

The Call to Action

This is a critical part of the ad. Don t skimp on paying attention to how you ask someone to take action!

  • At first glance, it seems like a “simple click” here will do.
  • And that’s where many online marketers make their mistake.
  • Their headline creates curiosity.
  • Their body copy lists the benefits people want.

…But their call to action leaves the reader with the feeling that they are about to be cheated or conned, and that spells disaster for any ad.

The person reading your ad decides at this moment whether or not to click through, so saying the right thing is vital. What this means to you is that you must keep the call to action simple and make it the next logical step. It’s often good to add a qualifier to the call to action by asking a question which can be answered by clicking.

Such a question (using the example above) might be:

Want to make money today? Click the link below.

Or you could write it like this:

Click the link below to make money in the next 24 hours or less!

Where possible, add an action word that convinces the reader to take action now.

HOT TIP: The best formula for writing a compelling call to action statement is to restate the main benefit. Let’s say that your product is one that saves time for the customer. In your body copy, you tied saving time (the feature) to spending more time with the family (the benefit). A call to action statement like: Click here to begin spending more time with your family today! would work well.


As with every aspect of online marketing, testing is the key to success. Each element of your ad, the headline, body copy, and call to action, deserve a thorough test. Once you find a great headline, use it with several different sounding ads to see which pulls the best result.

Of course, it’s vital that you use some type of website analytics, or ad tracker to determine which ads pull the best results.

Using the simple techniques above you should be able to fashion an ad that works well and produces consistent profits. As with all advertising, you must test, test and test again to know what works.

One more quick list.

Once you have your ad written, be sure and do the following… I do this with every ad I run and it has saved me time and embarrassment. I hope it does the same for you.

  • Pay close attention to capitalization and punctuation.
  • Use a spell checker but don’t trust it completely.
  • Proof read your ad!
  • Format your ad to 65 character hard return.
  • Turn off word wrapping when you write your ad.
  • Email the ad to yourself to see how it will look.
  • Click on each link yourself to make sure they work. PROOF READ several times.
  • Have someone else read your ad.

That’s it. Now you know the basics of writing a great ad. I wish you the best in all you do!

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