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How to Write Website Content for Coaches – 29 Topics Clients Love

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How do you write website content that engages and excites visitors and ultimately leads them to contact you for coaching?

It’s such a great question. Let me share the findings that have worked for myself and the coaches I work with.

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In this article, you’re getting …

  1. A human behavior lesson about getting people to perk up
  2. The 29 topics for writing website copy clients will love
  3. Two approaches for boosting your copy right now
  4. A personal trick to 5X your writing efforts

Oh, and before we dive in, coaches tell me they love step-by-step writing guides in my book. So you might want to check that out if you’re having a hard time with content.

Ok, let’s go …

What Human Behavior Tells Us About Writing Website Content

I’ve read many books on personal development, marketing, habit formation, motivation, and productivity.

There’s a common idea that I’ve come across in various marketing, business, and human behavior books that is worth knowing for content.

It’s this …

Humans, by design, are always on the lookout for danger, trouble, and problems. We do so to prevent them — like avoiding lions when we hear a roar or hurrying home when dark clouds appear. Similarly, on the positive side, we seek tools, resources, and knowledge to make life better — like a fruitful forest or a fresh stream that will bring good health to our tribe. In short, being homo sapiens means we will be drawn to things that stop problems and make life better.

In The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson says, “Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.”

These days, the problems we face (that coaches help greatly with) are less about avoiding lions or finding food, but more so about:

  • Bringing more meaning and fulfillment in work, careers, pursuits
  • Having better health and energy — there are so many modern-day ailments
  • Creating healthy relationships, finding love
  • So many more …
puzzle is a problem
As humans, we will always have puzzles to solve, problems to face, and challenges to overcome. Speak about that in your copy.

Relate coaching to the tangible problems in life. It’s what we pay attention to — what we will invest time, money, and energy into.

This works out perfectly for coaches because your job is to help folks grow, overcome, accomplish, realize results, achieve, and unleash their potential — which is all about growing and solving problems.

Write Website Content That Clients Love with These 29 Topics

To get specific about your coaching clients’ struggles, worries, and challenges, I started a discussion in one of my coaching groups on LinkedIn.

I asked coaches about what their clients needed help with the most. From that chat, here were the hottest topics compiled into a list of 29:

1. Setting goals, clear, true to you

2. Staying accountable

3. Teaching them new skills, knowledge, or learning

4. Knowing yourself, how you got here, strengths, weaknesses

5. Give constant positive reinforcement

6. Identify and resolve blocks, pitfalls, self-sabotaging behavior

7. Connect/reconnect to the passion and purpose in their life/business

8. Creating a clear path, planning to achieve goals

9. Understanding the impact that clients currently possess

10. Challenging assumptions, beliefs

11. An honest assessment from someone with no agenda

12. Motivate them, a kick in the pants

13. Confidence building

14. Help in keeping things simple

15. Learning who am I, I’m ok you’re ok

16. Relaxation, stress management

17. Taking responsibility for one’s self, stop blaming or waiting

18. Say yes to what we want (wealth consciousness)

19. Know your numbers, measure results

20. Help them stop negative self-talk

21. Get clear on where to begin to change things

22. Maintain peace of mind, body, spirit

23. Challenge and change limiting beliefs

24. Challenge their ego vs heart-centered mind

25. Develop a positive mindset, better-thinking patterns

26. How to get around fear and doubt

27. Learning marketing and sales

28. Tactics to stay on top of all tasks (email, calls, tasks)

29. Replace old theories, assumptions

If you can hold your visitor’s attention, teach them a few things, and speak to their needs so that they are better equipped to solve problems, they’ll see YOU as the trusted, talented coach that they need to hire.

How much easier would those initial-meeting calls be if potential clients were essentially pre-sold by your website and eager to talk to you?

The Coaching Website Guide focuses on writing website content to get visitors excited about working with you. It’s based on a strategy I’ve used for my business and with coaches.

The Coaching Website Guide

Two simple ways to write website content with these 29 things …

Way #1: Write blogs about the 29 things

You can write simple articles on any of the items in the list by choosing a title as simple as this: The Key to [insert any of the items in the list].

Some examples:

  • The Key to Changing Limiting Beliefs
  • A Simple Way to Stay on Top of Your Tasks
  • The Secret to Staying Accountable

As you can see, I like going for one thing, one key, or one idea that you can speak about deeply.

This works well for new writers and bloggers.

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Also, you can make the articles even more special tying them more specifically to your clients’ challenges in relationships, business, health or career, like this:

  • The Key to Changing Limiting Beliefs About Marketing
  • A Simple Way to Stay on Top of Your Marketing Tasks
  • The Secret to Staying Accountable to Get Marketing Done

For more keys to great titles, see Santa’s MV Technique for Email Subject Lines that Get Clicked.

For more ideas to write blogs easily, check out How to Write 10 Great Blogs Fast – The Mistakes Method.

Way #2: Include the 29 things in your offers

When you outline how your coaching services work (e.g. your 1-on-1 coaching), use items from the list of 29.

For example, for a marketing coach working with insurance brokers who want to grow their book of business (sales), you could write this on your coaching services page:

As you use can see, not only do I use the 29 things (the bold parts), but I also relate them to client desires (the italicized parts).

Can you see how exciting that content would be for these brokers?

Definitely use these 29 topics, some of them, in your various programs, services, and offers.

Speaking of real-life examples, I share tips from my current work with subscribers on my email list. You might want to hop on that.

Lastly, here’s my trick to 5x your website writing efforts if you participate in discussion groups.

The trick is to start discussions in groups where potential clients hang out. This gives you writing ideas, builds your credibility, and drives traffic.

Three steps to write website content.
Three steps to 5x your writing.

For example, to write the article you’re reading now, I started a discussion in a LinkedIn group where my potential clients (coaches) hang out.

I asked them, What are the top things your clients need the most help with?

When I did this, a discussion ensued, and I got a huge list of ideas, which were distilled down to the 29 above.

This approach benefitted me in 5X ways:

  1. The ideas came from others, so I didn’t have to spontaneously “be smart.”
  2. People (aka potential clients) got to know who I am and what I do.
  3. My credibility and expert status went up in those groups.
  4. When I shared the article later, it drove traffic to my website for more subscribers, client leads, and book sales.
  5. It was fun. I brought people together. We learned, laughed, and shared. That’s rock-solid marketing.

You can do the same.

Here’s what the discussion starter looked like, by the way.

write website content from linked in discussion

I did pump the discussion with further inquiry to mine for more ideas.

When you write website content, remember …

Remember that when you write about coaching benefits (keeping folks accountable, setting good goals, gaining clarity, raising awareness), don’t forget client benefits like find a dream job, lead effectively, overcome physical ailments, increase sales, and finding lasting love.

COACHING BENEFITS + CLIENT BENEFITS = AMAZEBALL COPY

Mix the two, clients will be drawn to you.

Pick out some things from that list of 29 above.

You want a great website, right?

To solidify learning, tell me, in your words, what’s hitting home for you? What’s making sense? What’s an idea that will help your content?

I love hearing from coaches around the world. So, if you post, I’ll respond, and you’ll earn a spot on my favorite people list 😉

SEO TIP! And hey, if you include your website address in the comment, you’ll get a little boost for your website related to the term “coaching.”

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19 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for these tips, this article is loaded. There is so much in here that is going to be very useful to me as a Rookie Life Coach that is about starting her website and coaching program.

  2. Thank you. More good stuff, Kenn. As is just about everything that flows from your pen (keyboard?!). Here’s an additional thought: A valuable exercise is for a client is to “inventory” all his/her habits or routine actions done on auto-pilot. Then put a + or a – next to each, depending on whether the habit (such as the morning stop for a latte) supports or impedes progress toward what the client is striving to achieve. Awareness is the first step in reshaping.

    1. Too kind. I have to say that it’s been years of writing, creating, and lots of grammar goof-ups. You’re (hopefully) only landing on the best pages 😉

      An inventory of autopilot habits with pluses and minuses to increase awareness.

      I like that Randy. Thanks!

  3. All very good points Ken. In my experience it a balance between writing good and relevant content to your prospects; making sure your keywords have the right “search intent” – and doing all the right things things to get your page gets found by your prospects. My tips on Life Coaching Professionally (where I mention your guide) might also be useful.

  4. I’ve been circling around you for about a year (or longer) to get your help with my website. :-). They will eventually get to the website (my fondest wish), they will for sure be on Facebook and LinkedIn….. My facebook is https://www.facebook.com/lauren.g.foster. I would LOVE to have your feedback and I’ll be happy to come back here and report how it works. Most of the people in the challenge are network marketers but I think it will be an amazing chance to offer some really great content and make a lot of friends…… I’m pretty sure its a great idea for all coaches! thanks so much for what you do. :-). My goal is to add 5 new students to my group class in March.

  5. Thank you, Kenn. I got many ideas for new blog posts that might actually help me be consistent in writing them! Also I appreciate your clear approach. I’m liking the discussion groups idea–I never quite know how to engage on LInkedIn, and this seems a great way. Thanks again.

  6. I just entered a 30 day video challenge….. 30 videos in 30 days basically, so this list is like the answer to my “please give me 30 things to talk about” prayer. Thanks so much!

  7. Kenn, this a great ACTIONABLE post. I especially liked #2. This idea will spark several changes to my website. Thanks SO much.

  8. Kenn,
    Great post. I have done a lot of revisions to my site since you originally built it. All of my revisions seem to be in alignment with what you shared in this post. I am thankful for all your helpful information. For those who don’t know Kenn that well, he has a very effective, fast, and powerful way to help a coach create an effective site that actually helps you to get known, liked, and trusted. Ron Capocelli, CPCC