7 Places to Build a Free Writing Portfolio Online

This is my personal portfolio, hosted on my own domain.  I use this in conjunction with other portfolio websites to further promote my work
This is my personal portfolio, hosted on my own domain. I use this in conjunction with other portfolio websites to further promote my work | Source

Creating free portfolios online is a great way to highlight your work in a variety of locations while building back links and name recognition. If you freelance at all for a living, developing your reputation and highlighting your skills is important for growing your business and finding future clients. Freelancing is a very competitive business.

Most of the websites below are suitable for a variety of Portfolio contents including graphics, web design, writing, and photography. A couple are specifically for writers and journalists, catering very specifically to their needs.

In addition to using free portfolios, you should also have a personal website with your own domain. You can link your primary website or portfolio to your profiles and portfolios on other websites. This helps you build page rank with the backlinks. Use the free resources below to illustrate your skills and build your brand.

Free Online Portfolio Sites

Behance

This website allows unlimited portfolio items and has a nice “drag and drop” quality that can allow users to show off everything from creative writing to their best photography very easily. There are blank page templates available for more advanced users as well, so it's fully customizable. You can link this portfolio to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. This is one of the better free portfolio websites with a lot of bells and whistles. It is a social media site that allows you to follow other freelancers and connect with like minds.

The Behanced Website -  I love how it features people's work on the front page.
The Behanced Website - I love how it features people's work on the front page.

Freelanced

This website has a social media aspect to it that is very enjoyable. You can build a portfolio, apply for jobs, view and friend other creatives, and give kudos to projects you really like. The amount of talent is amazing here. This is my favorite Portfolio website so far because it places very high in search engine rankings for me. I also enjoy the kudos/feedback and follow features. This website offers both free and tiered upgrades. Their professional packages are very reasonable and they allow you to apply for unlimited jobs and place a large amount of content into your portfolio. This website also has a widget you can place on your main website that scrolls through your portfolio images – very nice!

Screenshot of my portfolio on Freelanced
Screenshot of my portfolio on Freelanced

FolioHD

FolioHD has a very nice free version as well as an enhanced professional version. The free version allows you to link to your twitter, facebook page, and your own website. You can upload up to 36 files on the free version including documents, images, and even video. It's very simple to use and a great way to display your work in different galleries. You can add documents, photos, and even videos to this one which is a big perk.

Allows you to choose one of your photos as a cover for your Gallery - the galleries look sharp, clean, and crisp on a black background - very nice.
Allows you to choose one of your photos as a cover for your Gallery - the galleries look sharp, clean, and crisp on a black background - very nice. | Source

Cuttings

This one is designed specifically for journalists, bloggers, and writers. It is a free online portfolio where you can gather your clips by uploading documents or linking to your work all in one place. This is a good one for those whose sole focus is writing. The look and feel can be customized to suit your own needs and it also has social media sharing features. Free and very easy to use.

A very simple, easy to use and straightforward place for writer's to house clippings and links of their work.
A very simple, easy to use and straightforward place for writer's to house clippings and links of their work.

Bleidu

This website has a lot of features, it is primarily geared towards artists, photographers, etc, but a writer could find it useful perhaps to show screenshots of published work. This website gives you unlimited free file uploads so you can develop as many galleries as you want. You can choose the website design with up to 5 pages. This site allows you to link to your own website (what you want for backlinking purposes) and also features a place for an online resume. This is a good choice for displaying work to potential clients or employers.

The Bleidu portfolio website - particularly useful for those whose art is more visual - designers, photographers, fashion models etc.
The Bleidu portfolio website - particularly useful for those whose art is more visual - designers, photographers, fashion models etc.

Carbonmade

This website is extremely user friendly and great for those who want a super simple solution. The free option called “meh” gives you up to 35 images and 5 projects. You can upgrade to a much larger premium account if desired. You can have a customizable portfolio up on this site in just a few minutes. It's not only easy, the design of the site itself is whimsical and fun, making it one of the more popular free portfolio websites.

Carbonmade - a very easy to use free portfolio website.  Display up to 5 projects and 35 images.
Carbonmade - a very easy to use free portfolio website. Display up to 5 projects and 35 images.

Writing.com

Sign up for a free membership and you can build a free writer's portfolio in addition to the vast amount of other free resources this website has to offer. There are writing tools, contests and activities, and it's an easy way to share your work with others. This is by far one of the best writing websites out there, the ability to build a portfolio of your work is just a bonus.

Writers - this one is just for you.  This site is filled with many useful resources and it allows you to build a free portfolio - nice!
Writers - this one is just for you. This site is filled with many useful resources and it allows you to build a free portfolio - nice!

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ChristinS 22 months ago from Midwest Author

You're welcome Marlene Thanks for the read and comment :)


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MarleneB 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

These are all excellent resources, definitely worth exploring. Thank you.


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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks art for reading and commenting - glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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artandnoveltygeek 2 years ago from Saint Louis

This is great. I love this one.


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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Anna much appreciated :)


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Very informative and useful hub. Voted up.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for the votes and the comment Ann - much apprecieated


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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Great information, ChristinS. I didn't even know these websites existed. I will try at least a couple of them.

Thanks for the info! Voted up.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you for the comment pagesvoice. I don't think you'll be left behind you're an awesome writer and your published too :) Just do one or two extra things and you'll find it helps. I understand about information overload at times. I went to school for graphic communications and web design - no sooner than you learn one piece of technology, the newest software comes out lol - it is maddening.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, useful and interesting. The older I get the more I realize how little I know. I commend people like you who know the ins and outs of using technology to your advantage. I seem to learn one new technique, only to see countless other methods in front of me and then I become overwhelmed. Writing an article/story seems to play such a small part in the bigger scheme of things as far as marketing, SEO, etc., and I think I am getting left behind in the dust.


Milli Thornton 4 years ago

Great thoughts! Thanks for discussing this. I will be keen to hear about your results a little further down the track.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

This is actually something I just started doing recently and haven't had them there long enough to tell if it makes a difference in traffic, I figured it's a good backlink though and may help to boost page rank if nothing else. I wouldn't link all of my hubs that way of course, but ones that are relevant to it like this one. I also kind of started doing it for copyright reasons, because awhile back there had been issues with bots scraping content and posting it on other sites. If it does make a difference in a month or two I will certainly update the hub. Thanks :)


Milli Thornton 4 years ago

I've visited one of your portfolios (the one on brandyourself.com, by clicking your byline link at the top of this Hub) and I really liked it. I'm going to start there. It looks fairly fast and easy to do one there, but the results look professional.

By the way, putting one of your portfolio links in the traditional byline area is a great idea! Have you done that on a lot on your Hubs? And can you notice a difference in traffic to your off-HP portfolios and profiles? Even if not, it seems another great way to place a backlink.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

absolutely and it definitely works Milli. I have several websites and a couple of blogs, plus other projects I worked on or was a contributor etc. so it is definitely nice to have a main portfolio with links to everything. In fact I desperately need to update mine lol.


Milli Thornton 4 years ago

I totally agree. One of the reasons I decided to create my first portfolio page is because I have multiple websites and services and I wanted to be able to feature everything I do all in one place. Second reason: backlinks.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

My hub stated just that - to create your own portfolio and to use these services in addition to that - thanks for reading and commenting

from above incase anyone else missed it - because yes it is important.

" In addition to using free portfolios, you should also have a personal website with your own domain. You can link your primary website or portfolio to your profiles and portfolios on other websites. This helps you build page rank with the backlinks. For more information on why this is absolutely vital see my hub “Why Every Writer Needs a Personal Website”. Use the free resources below to illustrate your skills and build your brand. "


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moneytoplist 4 years ago

I would also consider to create own website with the portfolio. This way you have under the control every aspect of your presentation (design, SEO, etc.). The services mentioned in the article are great, however, there is always some risk the may disappear.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Hi Milli

Thank you for commenting and I'm glad you found the hub useful. I hope you will enjoy some of the other portfolio sites. Thanks :)


Milli Thornton 4 years ago

This is very helpful. I'm bookmarking this Hub so I can work on this list of portfolio sites over time.

I have various places online where I feature my bio and links to my book and services (including on my own sites, each with their own domain name). Recently I realized I need a portfolio where I can link to everything all in one place - so anyone becoming familiar with me can see all of my aspects. I decided to go with About.me and I'm very happy with my profile there.

However, your Hub has convinced me that I can do this on more than just one portfolio site. Thanks for the great ideas!


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you Kris so glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment :)


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great content! This is a great reference that will benefit many. I'm looking forward to checking some of these websites out.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

@Ian thanks for the comment I appreciate it.

@ sparkster you're most welcome, hope you make good use of them!


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Awesome collection here, I have never heard of most of these. Thanks!


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

Great hub. Rich content and well presented. Im bookmarking this hub for reference reading.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thanks for voting and commenting Danette. I know it can all be a bit much at times. Focus on one thing at a time though and it all pulls together. I would do a personal site first and then add some clips and whatnot to the ones mentioned here that point to your personal portfolio. It all definitely helps :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Hi Christin, thanks for sharing this info with the rest of us. I can always count on your hubs to be very informative and useful for me. I tend to get overwhelmed with too many choices which is why I have a domain name but no personal website set up yet and a blog domain name but no site set up yet (both via GoDaddy). There's just so much out there and so many ways to promote, it gets to be too much.

But setting up those 2 sites is on my to-do list this week for sure. I know I'm missing out on opportunities. I plan to check out a couple of the sites you list here, especially the writing.com. Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks again for sharing your experience.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

you're welcome randomcreative - enjoy!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thanks for these awesome resources!


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

You're welcome penlady, hope you enjoy them. Thanks for voting and commenting.


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

I had no idea these portfolio sites existed. Thanks for enlightening me. Voted up and useful.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you very much mechesier for taking the time to comment and vote. I'm glad you found the hub useful and I hope it helps you. Have a great day.


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mecheshier 4 years ago

Very nice Hub. Thank you for sharing this wonderful info. Voted up for useful.If there was a Very useful vote I would pick that instead.

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