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Professional Writer’s Website – What Should be Includedc

Writers have a powerful tool to help them tell the world about their craft, and to convince editors and prospective clients of their professionalism. By having their own websites, writers are able to really showcase their skills.

Many website owners struggle to keep the content on their websites fresh and interesting – they are more focused on making money and creating new products. So they instead turn to writers who will provide them with quality and topical content.

By simple virtue of the fact that they are internet-focused, they will use the internet as their first choice in searching for providers i.e. who know enough about the internet and its power to have a website of their own.

Your writer’s website will identify who you are – and it is no place for modesty. Detailing your successes, your writing specialties, your genre or style of writing, and some point of difference that will make visitors want to contact you.

Here are some “essentials” to include in your website:

-    Personality

Don’t be afraid to let your personality show on your website. Your writing will usually do this for you, but sharing a little bit of your personality will (hopefully) keep the visitor interested enough to continue reading.

-    About you

Where this section appears will depend on what you have decided is the focus of your site. This could be your latest project, if you are promoting a saleable product, or it could be your writing services.

It may be a secondary “About Me” page, or you may decide it is best as the Home Page.
It really doesn’t matter as long as it is there somewhere – visitors will want to ‘connect’ with you. Including a photo of yourself will only help your cause, it will make you ‘real’. If you can add a little humor – great!

-    Contact Details

You must tell readers how they can contact you, and a dedicated Contacts page is the ideal way to do so.

I wouldn’t recommend putting your phone number on the world wide web, and even putting your email address is best avoided. You can use a form builder to add a form to fill in for queries, with a “send” button. In this way your email address is protected from being grabbed by spammers (who will send you hundreds of spam emails until you change your address).

If you have a PO Box, then include this as well.

-    Media Page

If you are marketing a product, e.g. a hard copy book or e-book, a media page that contains a short biography and press release about the book, and contact email, will make it easy for the media to find this vital information, enabling them to spread the word about you and your product.

-    Writing Samples

Include sample chapters, a table of contents or excerpts of your articles. An editor or future employer will look for these before making contact with you. There are different ways to display these on your website: as text on your site, as downloadable PDF or Microsoft Word files, as links to online articles or even as password-protected documents so only the people you choose get a peek. Avoid having too many links to outside sites, as the links may change – and it takes the reader away from YOUR site!

-    Testimonials

Word of mouth is still the best recommendation for just about any product or service. Testimonials can give you more credibility than you could otherwise provide on your website. That’s because other people can say things about you or your product, that would seem boastful if you said them about yourself.

In order to obtain testimonials, it is usually necessary to provide free copies of the product, and ask for a review. Find some forums that focus on the topic you have in mind, and become an active member. Before long the key members of the forum will be obvious, and you can ask them to review your product. Such testimonials can then be added to your website.

-    Shopping Cart

If you’re selling a product from your website, be sure to have a way people can snap it up right then and there, whether it’s through a form on your site or a link to your book’s page on Amazon.com.

The best thing is that with the website building software available nowadays, there are some stand-outs as far as user-friendliness goes. Even novices find the new generation website building software easy to master, and the ready-to-use templates that are included for free make it a very attractive product for writers. It allows you to concentrate on the writing rather than the technology!

About the author: In these uncertain economic times, finding ways to work from home on the internet is a windfall. If you can write, you can earn – starting now.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/writing-articles/professional-writers-website-what-should-be-included-626828.html


10 thoughts on “Professional Website Templates”

  1. Whats a good site that sells professional website templates?
    I don’t mind paying up to 150 dollars for a super professional looking easy to use template for the next monster website I plan on building with over 1000 pages unique content.

  2. what’s a good hosting company that provides professional looking, easy to create website templates?
    I have a few domain names, and I’m planning to create websites for them. Although I know Html, I just don’t have the time to create my own website from scratch. I don’t really have time for Dreamweaver or FrontPage either. Since I am not planning to use multimedia, is there a hosting company that provides decent website templates that look reasonably professional and can be modified, and also can be set up to accept payments such as PayPal or credit cards.

  3. What is a reasonably inexpensive website host that offers professional website templates and good support?
    For a site that would have ads, but not be a business. More like a blogging site. With lots of space for pages.

  4. HTML website templates can give your website a quick development cycle and gets you to a ‘live’ website much quicker than if you designed your own.

    Alongside the website layout, you usually receive the color schemes, graphics, stylesheets, embedded flash etc with their full sources, so if you need to make changes, you can do so quickly and easily.

    The biggest advantage for webmasters using ready-made templates is clearly the amount of time that can be saved. There are a number of websites that provide ready-made templates; wether you are looking for a particular theme, style, or type, the best places you can get them from are the following:

    http://www.template-monster.co.uk
    http://www.mytemplateportal.com

    Either of these websites give you exactly what is detailed above; You can buy templates from as little as $5 which is a bargain, and of course, you receive support with them in case you run into any problems.

    I bought one from http://www.template-monster.co.uk and i couldnt be happier with my purchase.

  5. Does anyone know how to design your own professional website templates?
    I would really want to make my own professional template but I’m not sure how to? does anyone?

  6. What program(s) can I get to build professional-looking website templates?
    I want to create my own… I don’t want any ready-made one. Besides, you have to pay for those. lol

  7. Godaddy.com — That’s where I host, and they have good template based designs. Also try Mindspring, they have pretty good hosting rates, and I believe they implement NetObjects Fusion 10 for site building. Good luck!

  8. You could try webtemplates.com or 4templates.com . There are a lot of sites that sell templates, you just need to do a Yahoo! (or Google) search using the keywords web templates.

  9. Well, although this still uses a template to an extent, it still allows you to create everything you need to make it unique. Either way even if you create a site from scratch it will cost a lot more than the solution below (link). Website developers use Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, and more to create the site you can buy via Professional Website Templates.

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