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How to Write Articles to Get More B2B Business Traffic

TL;DR - Too Long; Didn't Read

If you can hold the attention of your visitors, they are more likely to return.  According to scientist Gitte Lindgaard of Carleton University, Ottawa, browsers only take 500 milliseconds to decide if they like a website or not and therefore less than a second to click away from your site. 

Considering the general consensus was, that it took 8 seconds before someone decided if they liked your site or not, this information makes it even more important to ensure that your landing page (either a stand-alone promotional page or any page someone can arrive at on your website) is optimised for results.

There are various links and resources on this blog/site, but the important thing to bear in mind is that your website is, or can be, a 24/7 sales person and so it must be up to the job.

First and foremost the purpose of your website is to engage with your prospective customers.  Therefore, your landing page design and written copy needs to reflect what you want your visitor to do.

  • Does your landing page state what the offer is?
  • Does your landing page address who should be interested?
  • Does your landing page reflect why they would be interested?
  • Does your landing page show them how to get started and how to move on to the next phase?

Dr Lindgaard added, “As websites increasingly jostle for business, companies should take note that unless the first impression is favourable, visitors will be out of your site before they even know that you might be offering more than your competitors," she warned.

Here's the link to read the "First Impression Count" article on the BBC web site. 

Salesmanship in Print

A great "free" short read is called Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins and is a must before you get stuck into copy-writing. In fact, David Ogilvy once said: “Nobody, at any level, should be allowed to have anything to do with advertising until he has read this book seven times."

It's said that copy writing is salesmanship in print. Therefore, you need to make sure your written words are as impactful and engaging as they can be.

Consider this: If you can hold the attention of your visitors, they are more likely to return and ultimately buy from you.  A great book to read is Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso.  It really helps you to understand the logic behind crafted words, especially for the web.

Know thy customer!

  • Identify the personas of your visitors to help you understand the language needed to communicate with them
  • You've got to know why they might come to your site in the first place - identify their specific mission as it relates to your products or services
  • Know the words and phrases your customers would use to find you in search engines. Consider using keyword tools like:
  • Know what they'll see when your site appears in search engine results: how you speak to them, and how you compare to the other choices
  • Know what it will take to keep them on your site once they arrive
  • Know why they'll consider choosing you over your competition
  • Know what will make them say, "Yes! this is exactly what I need!" and hit the BUY NOW button.

Everyone needs to have reason to say "yes", because...they need a reason "why".  Keep this in mind when you are crafting your page.

Persuasive Intent

In his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini discussed an experiment conducted by Harvard social psychologist Ellen Langer in which she demonstrated that people like to have a reason for doing something.

Her experiment was simple.  People were waiting in line to use a photocopier machine at a library. Langer's colleague asked those who were waiting if she could go ahead of them, saying, "Excuse me, I have five pages, may I use the machine because I'm in a rush?"  Interestingly, 94% of those asked complied.  Note the word because, which introduced a reason for the request.

The experiment was repeated to a new group.  This time the request was "Excuse me, I have five pages, may I use the copier.  Only 60% complied.

A final test to a new group used the following dialogue "Excuse me, I have five pages to copy, may I use the machine because I have to make some copies.  93% complied.

By introducing the word "Because" was enough to persuade people to comply. 

In doing the same with your web copy it changes the impact your words have on your browsers.  Always tell your browsers why they need to do what you're asking because it works.

For example: "You must act now because this offer expires on February 28th after which we can no longer accept orders" would be sufficient.

Writing articles shouldn't be too taxing for most businesses, however, if you have another member of staff, get them involved (as long as they can write!).

My favourite books about Writing…

And if you need inspiration about how to write, take a look at the following book recommendations.  Each one has something to offer to help you improve your skills at writing copy.

  1. My #1 Everybody Writes by Ann Handley: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
  2. Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing by Clair Kehrwald Cook: The one book that shows you how to make what you say as good as what you mean
  3. How to Write Great Copy by Dominic Gittens: Learn the unwritten rules of copywriting and find rock-solid principles and the guidance you need to survive.
  4. On Writing by Stephen King: Part memoir, part master class by one of the best selling authors of all time.
  5. Elements of Style by Strunk & White: Buy it, study it, enjoy it.  It’s as timeless a book in our age of volubility.
  6. The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth: How to turn the Perfect English Phrase.  Crammed with tricks to make the most humdrum sentiments seem poetic or wise.
  7. Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso: Veloso has created the definitive guide to using the power of words to sell any product or service on the web. 


Writing is a special gift, not because of being brilliant at it, but because one has the desire to write in the first place.  Most business owners do not warm to writing at all, especially as it is time consuming.  There is another element, and that is to write for businesses.  Writing for consumer related organisations is one thing - we're all consumers.  But to write B2B content takes an altogether different approach because the writer needs to both understand the sales process and the psychological experience of the reader.

Fortunately there are some amazing platforms anyone can use, such as ChatGPT which can not only write the content for you, but if you are so inclined, it will help educate your copywriters so they inderstand the correct/preferred construct of a business article that has the intention of leading a prospect from simply browsing to becoming a possible new 'paying' customer.  We also have some useful information on copywriting which you can link to here

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The author and founder of salesXchange, Nigel Maine is a B2B marketing and sales expert with a proven track record in scaling up growth for Technology, SaaS, and Professional Services organisations. With 30 years hands-on experience and unique approach, Nigel has developed an effective strategy that dramatically increases exposure and profitability for B2B organizations.

Nigel has founded multiple start-ups, is a published author, public speaker and hosts both a podcast and business live streaming show, broadcast on LinkedIn Live, YouTube & Facebook. He also has extensive knowledge of MarTech software, creative hardware and software, and A.I. prompting tools.  Contact: 0800 970 9751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.