A Clever Copywriting Business 5

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Ryan Healy writes about business growth and copywriting at his blog. We first ran in to each other many years ago when I was publishing something called the “Green Watermelon Digest.” Here’s a snap shot:

Ryan left a comment yesterday and I promised to feature it in a blog post. That’s all it took to get his main keyword inside the content of a blog post (which I hear is one of the most valuable links, yes?)

The comment addressed his first copywriting business…

When I went to school in Ardmore, Alabama, it was a new experience for me. I was in the deep south at a K-12 school.

One of my classmates was Brad. He was 16 years old, but was in my 6th grade class. His plan was to flunk each grade twice so he could drop out and work with his dad.

You could drop out at age 16, but the only catch was you had to complete 6th grade. After flunking any grade twice, you were automatically passed to the next grade. Brad was my classmate in 5th grade and 6th grade.

I was a straight-A student, and I began letting Brad copy my homework for $1 a page. He’d just copy my answers down first thing each morning and his grades started to go up. :-)

After that, I began to engage in more legitimate ways of making money.

Sounds like that really was Ryan’s first “copy” and “write” business. Ba da bing!

Of course now 8-9 years after our first “green watermelon” encounter, Ryan is a top-notch copywriter maintaining an awesome blog at RyanHealy.com.

His interview with me is still one of his most popular posts: “12 Questions With Copywriter Stephen Dean.” Check it out!

(Now… who else will I find in the comments to feature?)

5 thoughts on “A Clever Copywriting Business

  1. Reply Jim Sansi Feb 9, 2011 10:45 pm

    Alright, so what exactly was the “Green Watermelon Digest”?

  2. Reply Stephen Dean Feb 9, 2011 10:50 pm

    It was just what I called my “ezine.” I had a knack for coming up with ridiculous, random names in my teens. My DBA was “Hungry Dinosaur Creations,” and the bank tellers always looked at me funny.

  3. Reply Stephen Dean Feb 10, 2011 8:03 pm

    It is intriguing though, isn’t it? Kinda wish I still did that format, but only for my own amusement. I just found a series of articles from the digest, I’ll have to post them soon. Maybe next week.

  4. Reply Ryan Healy Feb 18, 2011 10:18 pm

    Thanks again, Stephen, for the link. I really appreciate it.

    By the way, I bought “Lungs” by Florence + the Machine, and I’m loving it. :-)

  5. Reply Stephen Dean Feb 19, 2011 12:34 am

    Cheers! I haven’t done that yet. I’ll have to get it.

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