If I’m haranguing you about establishing your own website, it’s only fair that I also show you a couple of examples of sites that I think are well-designed. I’ve included a little criticism, just to provide my opinion, but rest assured, I consider these sites top-notch.
Emma-Johnson.net: This site is very slick. It’s well put together and even after browsing around a bit, I didn’t see any glaring issues (you’d be surprised how many sites this is not true of). I would argue that there is an over-emphasis of clips: I think most writers should put a basic paragraph about themselves, with relevant background, experience, etc. Other writers disagree with me, and, for some writers with minimal experience, such a paragraph could be less than helpful.
Practicing-Writer.com (Erika Dreifus): This site offers help for writers, as well as marketing Dreifus’ abilities. It has a nice overlap and specifically targets one topic that she is able to write well about (writing, that is). It may not be an ideal site for getting the word about your services across to a wide variety of clients, though. However, for a very targeted demographic, it’s great.
JHMattern.com: There’s a definite Web2.0 feeling to this site. It feels very user-friendly, which is always important. My concern, however, is that the site may go to far in appealing to that modern aesthetic. For instance, the service list includes ‘link-baiting’ with only a minimal explanation of what that service is. Because you can never tell what sort of client will stumble across your site, you want to provide enough information to avoid any confusion.
KristynKusekLewis.com: Very well put together site, in my opinion. All necessary information is very accessible. However, since the writer has her own domain, I’d recommend strongly against hosting her blog on Blogger, rather than adding it to her own site. Hosting parts of your site elsewhere can reduce traffic on your main site.
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