May 31, 2021 | Sean Foo
If you ever blanked out and can’t seem to think of that next witty line or a killer headline that needs to be written – congrats, you are not alone!
One of the best ways to combat mental blocks and always stay inspired with ideas is to have a handy swipe file at your disposal.
At our agency, we have a swipe file of some of our best works and other incredible works of other brands to refer to when we face difficulty crafting copy and content – especially when it’s crunch time and a deadline is looming!
Thankfully, we have you covered. Here’s what you need to know about swipe files, awesome ones you can refer to, and how to create your own personal collection.
A swipe file is simply a collection of the best copywriting (or content) and marketing examples you have encountered online and is so awesome that you saved it for future references.
It could be anything from landing page copy to headline formulas, email subject lines, content articles, and even call-to-action button text.
While you might believe you are a copywriting genius, even the best will need help from time to time.
Certain industries, niches, and mediums follow the same patterns and it will be a grand waste of time if you are trying to reinvent the wheel.
Remember – the results are what matters!
With a swipe file, you will be saving valuable time with winning examples and learning from some of the best copywriters out there.
Without further delay, here is our collection of swipe files to help you get inspired and learn from to supercharge your copywriting and content creation abilities.
Here are our favorite collection of swipe files that’ll prove useful for the majority of your copywriting projects:
Curated by Neville Medhora of KopywritingKourse, this swipe file (or swipe library) contains a wealth of copywriting resources that include everything from ‘About Pages’ to advertorials, landing pages, and billboards.
This is another go-to resource swipe file that you can browse through and learn from.
You can browse through copywriting examples from the past and present to find classic angles you can adapt and spin for today’s modern audience
With over 8,500 email examples that showcase both the copy and design, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice when it comes to resources to write the perfect email.
Swipefolder is another good consolidation of marketing and copywriting inspiration to help you write copy to convert your audience better. While it’s rather new, it seems promising as you can even browse through niches!
But that’s not all folks! Here are some mini-swipe files and resource examples from winning brands that you should check out as well.
Landing Page Swipe Files:
Email Swipe Files:
Facebook & Instagram Ads Swipe Files:
Headline Writing Swipe Files:
Sales Funnel Swipe Files:
There is nothing better than creating your own digital swipe file. You can customize it however you want and you’ll be able to save unique inspirational pieces as you explore the world wide web!
While the curated swipe files above will no doubt be helpful, you’ll want to expand your knowledge base just the way you want it.
Here’s how to create your own swipe file in just 5 simple steps.
By far, the simplest way to set up your swipe file is to use Google Drive as your headquarters.
You can easily set up category folders where you can just drag and drop screenshots or create Google Docs to curate multiple swipe files into one document.
When you are starting out, it just has to be functional, easy to access, and a breeze to store.
The next step is to ask yourself – what type of swipe files are important to me? What type of projects do I regularly write on or develop?
For some, it could email series while others could be sales copywriting projects that revolve around landing pages and conversion copy.
In Google Drive, simply create new folders to categorize your swipes. For example, if you are a conversion copywriter and you deal with writing copy for landing page, you can create folders such as:
When you have a good categorization system, for every landing page example that you encounter (and swipe), you can easily throw them into the right folder for future reference.
The last thing you want to do is to go treasure hunting for an awesome swipe due to being disorganized!
What constitutes a swipe-worthy file that you should save? Does it make sense for me to spend time analyzing it and referring to it in the future for my projects?
A great way is to ask yourself a few simple questions:
While it might be tempting to just screenshot and save anything & everything that seems interesting, you should only consider worthy additions to your swipe file if they fulfill the above criteria.
When you upload a swipe file to your collection, don’t just leave it sitting in limbo.
A good practice to have is to immediately note key aspects of the swipe that adds value to you.
It can be:
While it is impractical to annotate every single detail, be sure to highlight key sections that are valuable to your learning & inspiration gathering.
For example, this is an annotation made using Good Annotations.
If you are more basic, you can simply place your screenshot swipes onto a Google Doc and write comments to annotate them there – whichever is more comfortable for you.
Sometimes, going old-school and having hard copy swipes next to you is one of the best ways to have your swipes on hand.
Maybe your internet connection is down or perhaps you don’t want to have multiple screens open that sometimes can be highly distracting.
By printing out your favorite swipes, you’ll be able to refer to them whenever you want and even bring them along to a coffee shop to study them during your spare time without lugging your laptop along.
Truthfully, you don’t need to overthink how to use your copywriting swipe file effectively, all you need is to establish 3 simple habits as your work on your projects.
A good habit to take is to prepare the relevant swipe files and keep them on hand when you are embarking on a new project.
Do take a few minutes to scan through them, especially the ones that match the niche and purpose that you are writing on.
It’ll help you with ideation and as well as serve as a quick reminder on the key elements that winning pages all share.
Mental blocks are horrible and the last thing you want to do is to Google aimlessly around or take a coffee run – remember to use your swipe file!
Simply note down the key areas you are having trouble writing – maybe it’s the offer or you are facing headline issues.
Then dive deep into your swipe files to draw inspiration and ideas. This is one of the fastest ways to get back into the grind of writing when you have suddenly stalled.
Sometimes you might stumble across a gem of a landing page or perhaps this headline was just so awesome it caught your attention.
Do remember to quickly screenshot it, annotate it and then throw it into your swipe folder.
This will allow you to build your swipe file naturally and in a non-urgent mode when your judgment is still good.
Writing an awesome piece of copy or an engaging content piece isn’t easy – you will get moments of frustration when you run dry of ideas or can’t think of the right angle to frame your argument.
Thankfully with a swipe file, you’ll have tons of copywriting examples on hand that you can draw upon like a well of knowledge.
So get swiping and start building your arsenal of copywriting ideas today!
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