How to Reverse Engineer Winning Emails,
Landing Pages, and Video Sales Letters
If you want a simple way to ramp up the persuasiveness of your promotions, here’s what you need to do:
- Study winning ads.
- Identify the winning advertising appeals.
- Evaluate their winning headlines.
- Memorize their winning transitions.
- Break down their winning calls to action.
And then reverse engineer them!
That’s what I did, over and over again and I made millions.
I broke them down paragraph by paragraph, from the headline to the call to action.
I emblazoned the discoveries in my mind like a cowboy brands a steer.
In this way, I could see the available means of persuasion in any given situation and win the mind by argument and emotion because I had the outline tattooed into my brain.
Here are the steps to follow to reverse engineer a winning ad and use their built-in secrets to fashion your next winning email, landing page, or video sales letter.
Step 1: Study Winning Ads
To reverse engineer a winning ad, you first need to find successful examples in your industry. Analyze them carefully and make note of what makes them effective.
This can include their headlines, body copy, calls to action, and the overall structure of the ad. This is how I created one of my best-selling landing pages, “The One Stock That Will Make You a Marijuana Millionaire.”
Step 2: Identify the Emotional Triggers
The most effective ads tap into readers’ emotions, using fear, excitement, curiosity, or other powerful emotions to draw them in. Identify the emotional trigger in the ad you are studying and note how it is used throughout the copy.
This is how I created “The Great Retirement Betrayal,” one of the most mailed subscription promotions of the 1990s, playing into the hopes and fears of millions and millions of baby boomers.
Step 3: Look for a Unique Angle
A winning ad needs to stand out from the crowd. Look for the unique angle in the ad you are studying and note how it differentiates it from other ads in your industry. Think about what makes your product or service unique and how you can communicate that in your headline. This could be a benefit, a feature, or a point of difference from your competitors.
This is how I created “The Fast Money, 2020 Million-Dollar Giveaway” webinar.
Step 4: Analyze the Structure
Look at the structure of the ad and identify any patterns or formulas that may have been used. For example, some ads use questions, others use numbers, and some use “how-to” formulas. When you break down hundreds of ads, as I have, then you will see a formula forming.
This is how I created my own “Million-Dollar Copywriting Formula” and applied it to every ad I have written.
Step 5: Break it Down into Elements
Finally, break the ad down into its component parts, such as the main benefit, the target audience, and the action you want the reader to take. Take note of how each element works together to create a cohesive and persuasive message.
Once I broke these ads down, I discovered one of my biggest secrets: writing effective transitions. Transitions that create a seamless flow from the headline to the call to action that keeps the reader engaged transition from the persuasive argument in the body copy to the clear and direct instructions of the call to action.
Step 6: Craft a Strong Call to Action
Craft a clear and direct call to action that tells the reader what to do next. Use urgency, scarcity, and social proof to encourage readers to take action right away.
Make no mistake about it — the ability to reverse engineer a winning ad is a valuable skill for any copywriter.
By analyzing successful marketing campaigns and understanding what makes them effective, you can create more persuasive and compelling copy that drives results.
Use these insights to craft messages that inspire your audience to take action and achieve your marketing goals. With practice and persistence, you too can become a successful copywriter.
- The formula contain in these swipes has generated over $100 million in subscription revenues, and
- They are same ones that I use to coach my copywriting students on my Million-Dollar Copywriting Formula.
Each one has been hand-picked by me to give you a bank of winning headlines, leads, transitions, and arguments that you can turn to whenever you need inspiration for your next email, landing page, or video sales letter.
The Great Retirement Betrayal
This was my first grand slam promotion. As you’ll see, it’s written like a grandfather whose only goal is to make sure you don’t get ripped off by bankers, brokers, and the government. When you read it, you’ll see how you, too, can add this same friendly/fatherly tone to your sales letters, landing pages, and webinars.
One Nation Under China is one of my best examples of using the Trojan Horse.
Written like a highly-charged news article, it slowly walks you down the order form using a combination of fear and greed. It is one of my best examples of using the news hook to move your readers to do a swan dive to the order form.
Tap the Hidden Wealth Inside Your Paycheck was written and targeted at regular everyday people who are trying to get ahead in life and just don’t know how.
You’ll read how I speak to them in a to-a-friend-from-a-friend tone. This launch package beat a well-known A-list writer’s effort and was money for me for two years.
The One Stock That Will Make You a Marijuana Millionaire is one of my best examples of using a single stock story to sell a subscription to an investment newsletter.
The big takeaway here is how I use undeniable proof to make the case for owning this incredible stock. Another two-year control.
The New Science of Getting What You Want was self-promotion for a book I authored 15 years ago.
In it, you’ll read how I use my credibility, track record, and the dream of achieving success to walk the reader to the order form. You’ll also see how I integrate a no-risk money-back guarantee throughout.
The Fast Money 2020 $1 Million Giveaway is the transcript for a highly successful two-person webinar/VSL.
You’ll see how I use a conversational back-and-forth style to keep viewers engaged in learning the secret trading strategy that will make them rich.
Oil Time Bomb to Blindside U.S. Investors was one of my favorite all-time promotions.
REASON: It uses my famous “either-or” news approach to bring in readers on both sides of the argument. Prospects read every last word to see if they are right. This was a three-year control using various headlines and was converted to a highly successful VSL.
The Lightning-Fast Profits Summit is the transcript for another highly successful trading service VSL I wrote.
Here you will see one of my biggest secrets at work: How explaining how the trading mechanism works to prove to readers that this system will make readers money. So powerful, you may forget this is an example and subscribe!
The Retirement Club is one of my legendary email promotions that ran in various formats for over a decade using a simple e-vite and landing page that transformed a publication into a club by repositioning the offer.
The Master Key to Marijuana Profits relaunched a struggling publication to incredible success. The key to success was taking a macroeconomic view and then drilling down into the individual stock picks.
In them you’ll see first hand:
- My headline formula for grabbing readers by the throat
- How I use subheads and bullet points to keep the readers’ interest throughout each promotion
- How I drop “cookies” throughout each piece to build desire.
- How I close sale after sale with time-proven calls-to-action that work!
Together, you’ll find 233-pages filled with dozens of headline, subhead, landing page, and call-to-action ideas and offers you can use to keep your copywriting strategies fresh and engaging.
My hope is that you can use the structure and format of my winning promotions as a step-by-step guide to writing your next big winning email, landing page, or VSL.
When I started marketing my winning emails and landing pages 15 years ago, I promised I would make them available to other copywriters at the lowest possible price.
Over the years, I have kept to that commitment–even as technologies have changed along with the cost of maintaining a webpage.
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The regular price is $350 for my $100 Million Dollar Copywriting Formula Swipe File is just $350–that comes to just $35 per swipe.
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When you consider you’ll be gaining access to some of the top performing emails, landing pages, and video sales letters in the industry, AND a full credit towards my coaching when you sign up, I think you’ll agree that’s a steal of a deal.
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All good wishes,
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