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May 04, 2007


Katie Cummings

That's great! I forgot about this one. I usually make my subheads an introduction to the proceeding paragraph. This works great on the web for those who simply scan pages, but this is a great idea for visitors who read everything. Using them as intros is a problem because it makes each piece seem like not to fit together to make the sum of the whole. Thanks for the tip, I'll be trying this in more of my copy.


Excellent post, Ryan. It simplifies the concept perfectly.



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Robert Lehrer

Ryan, your blog on HOW to write subheads was helpful.
I'm still not sure however, WHEN subheads should be used.
When is it optimal to create the visual break that you mentioned? Is a subhead to just create a visual break or is it to stress a point as well? At what point is it optimal to add a subhead?

Tim Schaefer

I read an article in Motor Trend today - about the new Porsche 911 GT3 - and each time I came across a subhead, I would be stopped dead in my tracks.

The writer, in an effort to be clever (with a sub like "Suspension by Cinnabon"), made the article a chore to read...

I quit halfway through.

Stephen Dean

I love this technique Ryan, my best letters are packed with seamless subheads!


Joseph Ratliff


The Gary Halbert Letter was probably the best series of documents to read when it came to "seamless subheads".

I use this little litmus test when I finish a letter to see if my subhead's hold water...

I read them from top to bottom, and if they can be scanned and feel like the "cliff's notes" version of your sales letter...they are smooth.

Almost like they read as a letter themselves.

Joseph Ratliff

Brian O.

Excellent technique to keep the copy 'flowing,' but also in the formatting (color and font of the subheads) to keep it easy to read.

Are there any books available on how to format your copy effectively?

Ryan Healy

Hi Brian - There aren't any copy layout books that I'm aware of specific to direct response copywriting.

One book I'm aware of that's helpful for all kinds of copy layout is called The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams.

I just checked Amazon and there's a newer book she's written called The Non-Designers Web Book.

The tough part about sales letters is that any layout that becomes overused is often overlooked (by the reader). So it's hard for there to be any kind of long-term standard.

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