Have you googled yourself recently? While it may not be something you do often, you can guarantee others will. Creating your own personal website as a landing page is a real asset.
Creating your own personal website is a fantastic way to market your expertise, especially if you are job hunting. And, the best part is, with the vast array of website tools available you can have your site up and running in no time.
Secure your name
Domain providers such as GoDaddy, HostGator and 1&1 allow you to check available domains within one click. If your name is already taken there are still options you can explore. In recent years the introduction of new domain extensions has exploded so you could try an alternative to the conventional .com, or add a middle initial or any relevant text that best represents you.
Take time to think through how you want to represent yourself online. Spend time reviewing the personal websites of people you admire to get ideas of what you like and what you don’t like.
Select the colors you’d like your site to be, the fonts you like, how much or how little information you want to share. Remember you can always keep your site private until you ready to go live.
Choose a platform
In addition to software such as WordPress there are integrated website platforms that allow you to design your site and host it for a combined monthly fee. Some of our favorite platforms include Squarespace, Strikingly and about.me.
Rewrite your bio
At the very least, your personal website should include your bio and headshot . Review and rewrite your bio to ensure the information you are sharing is up to date, easy to read and represents who you are and brings to life what you do best. If you need help check out this post on how to write a great bio to build your brand.
Connect the dots
Add links to relevant social media pages and any other sites where you may be featured. Keep the links up to date. Don’t forget to include a mechanism for people to contact you too, either by adding a contact box to the site or including your contact details. When you’re site is published remember to add the URL to your relevant social media pages, such as LinkedIn or your Twitter profile.
Get help if you need it
If it’s all too much don’t give up, just get some help! There are scores of freelance web designers and developers you can choose from if you need to delegate. Ask people in your network for recommendations or check out the Upwork and Guru to find a freelancer you can hire online.
Test it out
Finally, before you push your site live check out how it looks on your desktop in different browsers, on your mobile device and on a tablet. Reviewing your site in different layouts will help you spot things you want to fix or adjust.
Even though it may seem daunting at first having our own personal website will pay dividends in the long run. And, just like your resume, you can continue to adjust it as and when you need to.
Have you created a personal website? If so, we’d love to hear which tools worked best for you.
Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema