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This is a landing page.

It's not like normal webpages. It only has one goal—to find you via Google and ask you this question:

What do you want your website to deliver?

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Choose the right vehicle for the road you're on

Your website's purpose is to shuttle prospective customers along a hero's journey to a better life

Your brand is the guide that leads them through the obstacles and doubts, toward the promised land (whatever version of it you offer).

 

If you're here, you already know how important a website is for a business. In fact philosophically speaking, without a website—does your business even exist?

Empower your website to get found on Google, captivate readers, and persuade prospects to become loyal customers.

It's all about how you deliver your brand story.

Quillpower helps you turbocharge it.

Brand story websites for small businesses

"I tell stories for a living. But that's on stage in front of an audience. When it comes to writing for my website, my mind just goes blank. I had this awful cookiecutter template website from a big agency and hated it. Paul created a site that actually captures what I do—within my narrow budget too!"

–Pamela Hock

By Any Voice Necessary

Website Elements

Primary & Secondary Webpages

Home, About, Services/Products, Resources, etc

The basic structure of your website. Could be a single-page with several sections blurbing about you and your services...or a multi-page hub for connecting readers to deeper education.

Well-organized, easily navigable websites score points with the Googlebots forever patrolling (indexing) the world, and having multiple helpful pages can also build internal traffic.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Keywords/phrases, metadata, H1-H3 formatting, etc...

SEO is critical for any website trying to get found on Google. Many businesses maintain a steady flow of outbound content marketing to expand their organic SEO (even if they also advertise). But even your primary webpages must account for search behavior.

 

Think about how people search for solutions to the problems you solve—and incorporate those words and phrases into your webcopy (without stuffing—don't sell your soul) keeping seamless brand storytelling as the first order of business.

Social (and other) Proof

Testimonials, case studies, as-seen-in logos, VIP endorsements...

In digital marketing you only have a few seconds to keep readers' attention, build trust, and demonstrate that you can actually do what you promise.

 

Titles, awards, and certifications are nice—but what people really want to see is satisfied customers who've gained from trusting your brand, voicing enthusiastic support for the journey.

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Brand Voice, Story, & Style

Consistency, relevance, human connection, imprinting, etc...

If marketing is the story of a better life, branding is the language you tell it in. Brand encompasses more than just logo, color, and font. It's also tone and cadence, vocabulary and narrative pace.

 

Consistent language for a consistent story—how you solve problems and improve people's lives. Told in a voice they can connect with.

Call to Action (CTA) Strategy

Contact, download, learn more, buy now, sign up...

Getting people to your website is just the beginning. You've got them to the waypoint—now you need to show them where to go for answers to their specific needs.

Each page should focus on one (or two) specific CTAs. Unless you're talking about content pages—but that's a whole other conversation. Lead them right where you want them to go.

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Going DIY with your website?

Start by understanding WHO you're writing TO. Download our free Brand Story Hero Ideal Customer Avatar worksheet and elevate your website copy—before you even start writing.

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Small business website copywriter

Paul Blumer, founder & brand story dowser

About Quillpower

Quillpower offers turnkey copywriting and website projects for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Founded by a novelist with experience in education, food service, and journalism, Quillpower channels the compelling human narratives at the heart of your business to fuel your brand story and drive your online marketing.

It all starts with a website that reflects your brand voice and mission.

Wireframe & Website Layout

Every small business website is unique, but any good website is built upon a concrete idea of what you want readers to experience and walk away with.

What do you want your website to deliver? That will determine what type of pages (and how many) you need; how much you should share about what; and how to build the brand story arc of each page.

Once you know your audience and strategy, the next step is wireframing the webpages. A wireframe is a visual outline of your website. All the elements are represented, but none of the substance. It's for strategizing the layout from a low-stakes birds-eye-view.

 

Whether building it yourself or outsourcing to a webdesigner, wireframes help save tons of time when it comes to the technical side.

Single-Page Websites

Below is a wireframe for a single-page website (with a menu of anchor links jumping to different sections).

A single-webpage is basically like a business hanging a shingle to establish its online presence. Something to consider for solopreneurs to maximize a low budget.

Another common use for single-page websites is a bookmark page full of teasers to build anticipation and collect emails for a future brand launch.

But whether comprehensive or consolidated to a single page, your website must offer value and connection for the people reading it.

Wireframe example: Single page website development

Multi-Page Websites

Most business websites require much more functionality than a single page can offer. Especially for complex services or any business that wants to educate people as well as serve them. 

A well-organized website with several high-value pages encouraging internal traffic delivers a better user experience and keeps people on your site longer—scoring points with the GoogleBots trawling your webpages.

Below is a sample sitemap with 5 primary pages, 6 secondary pages, and 3 pillar pages of cornerstone content linking to relevant blog posts:

Sample sitemap website development

21 website elements to consider:

  • Hero section (aka: splash, or above the fold)​

  • Taglines

  • Audience affirmations (yes, this is for YOU!)

  • Calls to Action (CTAs)

  • Pain points

  • Mission statement

  • Problem & solution

  • Benefits & features

  • Origin story

  • Education & certifications

  • Team bios

  • Testimonials

  • Relevant links (internal & external)

  • List of services/products (and prices)

  • Service/product pages

  • Portfolio

  • FAQs

  • Contact forms, lead-magnet opt-ins, etc

  • Social media links (and feeds)

  • SEO keywords incorporated smoothly
  • SEO metadata (titles, descriptions, images)

There's a lot to think about, and this list is by no means exhaustive. But remember—not every website needs every element. Simple is good. As long as you deliver the message.

Feeling overwhelmed? Thinking maybe it's time to outsource this one to the experts? Consider this: entrepreneurship is the art of delegating an idea into a company.

Let Quillpower set your sails

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Quillpower clients find their niche and connect with customers...

You-Centered Process

DISCOVERY & BRAINSTORM

1.

We'll start with a 15-minute call about your business & website goals. I'll tell you what's working and where there's room for improvement.

 

If it makes sense for us to talk further, I'll send a customized strategy outline & wordwork proposal. If nothing else, you'll walk away with ideas for content & strategy.

COLLABORATION & STRATEGY

3.

Quillpower amplifies your voice. To get there, we'll schedule an hour to talk about your business, customers/clients, background & dreams, core values, and mission.

 

With that we'll build a strategy and I'll start laying the framework. If applicable I'll interview customers/clients to get a feel for their experience. Because that's what all this is about.

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SIGNOFF & LAUNCH

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When the copy is polished and ready, I'll send the relevant invoice and then it's onward to the next phase—whether that's publishing, coding, sending, etc.

At this point I'll collaborate, upload, or hand off the words to be injected directly into your digital fuel pump. And you're off to the races...

ONBOARDING & LOGISTICS

2.

If you like what the map shows ahead, we'll schedule a brief strategy session to finalize your scope & scale, according to your goals, budget, and timeline.

 

Then...contract, deposit, and it's full steam ahead. We'll share a dedicated GoogleDrive folder for all our work together. Other project sharing apps and tools we'll talk about as relevant.

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"Paul has an impressive ability to understand our voice and portray our services in a way that our clients connect with—bringing eyes to our website and helping prospects understand the value of working with us."

–Philip O'Connor, Owner

SPARK Product Development

WRITING & REVISION

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Each piece rolls out in 3 stages: outline, draft, revision. Exactly what that looks like depends on the project. But you'll always get a chance to review each stage.

Like any language, storytelling is imperfect. And creative projects develop their own voice if you listen. Your business is a living story—so that's what we'll craft.

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"Paul is extremely detail-oriented. He develops a clear vision around the best way to support his clients. He's very professional and easy to communicate with. But what's most impressive is that if he feels the thing his client wants is not in their best interest, he cares enough to say so, in an easygoing and non-confrontational way. It's easy to trust that Paul wants the best for his clients."

–Kristen Nicoletti

KNA Virtual Operations

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Get the picture?

Your website should deliver an experience that's worthy of your customer's journey.

Let's talk about creative solutions to your unique problems.

Let's talk about your wildest dreams for your new website.

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