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Why Writers Need A Website

Updated on January 10, 2014

Why a Website?


I have no doubt that several of you, upon reading the title of this article, threw up your hands and said WHY? Why should I have a website? My writing career is practically non-existent and I just don’t warrant a website! Maybe when I make it big then I’ll find the time to construct a website but not now.

In response to that I would just say that in this highly competitive world, image means a great deal. A website gives a professional face to your writing endeavors. It tells the world that you are taking this seriously; that you consider yourself to be a writer and that you should be respected as such.

Whether you have an existing freelance business, you are thinking of starting a business, or you just want to be taken seriously as a writer, a website is an excellent step in the right direction.

I am not a tech expert, so I will not attempt to tell you how to actually construct a website, but I do know the important components that should be featured on your website, and that is what we will talk about today.

A photo is necessary to add a personal touch
A photo is necessary to add a personal touch | Source

ALL ABOUT YOU

This section gives you a chance to tell agents, editors, publishers or just the buying public who you are and what you are all about. Open up and introduce yourselves. Tell people what you have to offer and what game you bring to the discussion.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

Your website is useless if people can’t get in touch with you. The bare minimum should be your email address or an email form for contact. Many include their phone numbers. Be advised that it should be easy to find this information on the website. If a publisher or even a fan has to search long and hard to find you, they most likely will give up in frustration.

A PICTURE OF YOU

This is a nice personal touch. Including a personal photo adds a face to the name and is a nice, personal touch. If possible have one professionally done, but any good picture will do. On my website I have a picture of me on our front lawn with one of our dogs. It is not a professional shot for sure, but it is one that speaks volumes about me as a person and I like it.

Go with the flow of online marketing and get a website
Go with the flow of online marketing and get a website | Source

A PRESS PAGE

If you have been published then this is the place to brag about it. If you have a press release, this is the spot for it as well, and if you are doing book signings includes those dates. I would also suggest a shot of the book cover and another picture of you.

What if you don’t have a published book? Maybe you have articles that have been published in magazines. Include those by all means.

TESTIMONIALS

Reviews of your work speak volumes about you as a writer, and they carry much more weight than your words ever could. Even if you don’t have a published book you can gather comments from people who have read articles that you have written.

How do you get reviews? Ask for them!

SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK

Nothing says talent like an example of that talent. If you have a book then include sample chapters in this section. You can even put a table of contents here, or a series of clips from your book or articles.

Give some long, hard thought before choosing which excerpts to include. The clips you include here should be some of your best work.

Design Ideas

Tutorial on web design

HOW TO BUY YOUR BOOK

If you are selling then give the visitor a way to buy immediately. You can either have a purchasing form on this page or a link to your book’s website, but make sure you give the reader an option that is easy to use.

While on this subject, please note that I mentioned a website for your book. This is an important added step for anyone who has written a book. If it is an ebook and is featured on Amazon then a page is already provided on their website. If, however, you have self-published a hard copy, then I firmly believe you need a website for your book in addition to your writer’s website. Why? Exposure and professionalism!

PERSONALITY

This is not an extra section on your website but rather an integral part of the entire website. In the final analysis, what you are selling is yourself. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through in every section of your website. Let your readers learn who you are and what makes you unique. If you are a writer then this should not be a problem.

A WORD ABOUT BLOGGING

Free templates are available now that will allow you to create a blog that looks quite professional. When blogging first began it had a less than professional reputation, but all that has changed. Blogs today look quite professional and you can have the aforementioned sections added to your blog.

You can also have a blog and website, with the blog being a more personal, random set of musings while the website is more professional in nature.

No matter what you do, remember that your online presence is a reflection of you, and if you are serious about advancing your writing career then the blog and/or website must be approached as a serious sales tool.

Creativity begins here; marketing begins on your website
Creativity begins here; marketing begins on your website | Source

Bottom Line


Times have changed! For better or for worse, an online presence is mandatory for anyone trying to advance their career in writing. You have about ten seconds to impress a visitor at your site, so make sure the site portrays whatever it is that you are selling.

You can do it yourself or pay someone else to do it, but bottom line…..do it!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I so agree...Online presence is mandatory for success in any business or profession. People want to know about you and for some reason a web page and blog gives you that credibility. The marketing possibilities online are endless but you have to do it. You know Bill that relentless spirit we have. I have about a gazillion things I want to do..so slowing myself down is my main goal...Great hub with super information.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Another great article that is particularly helpful for fledgling writers! Thank you for this well-organized advice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, it is my pleasure. I just toss out ideas and hope they help someone. Writing is a tough gig and we all can use help from time to time. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! I know you understand this as well as anyone. Gazillion things to do? You betcha, and never enough time, but we keep plowing forward doing our thing. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      And guess what I'm going to be doing while I'm on Spring Break? Why updating my website, of course! hehe.. awesome post and so correct. :)

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      LisaKoski 4 years ago from WA

      This is great advice and something I have personally been working on. Thanks for sharing!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I love your advice here. Even though I my site is more of a blog than anything I am so happy to have it and it really has helped me put things in a bit more perspective for me. Thanks for always being so helpful with your insights and I have of course voted way up and shared as always!! :)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I can't imagine writing a book and then not having a website! I would have assumed that everyone here has a website, but you know what assuming does. Whether you're writing a book or not, building an online presence is important. Among other things, it gives you credibility on the interwebs.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great ideas. Now I just have to clone myself to make the time!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I've had this on my list of things to do and you've shown me that I now need to prioritize it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I appreciate you reading this considering the fact that you are already a huge online presence. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I'm glad to hear that you are doing it. I do think it is important and will pay dividends eventually. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I know you already understand the importance of this, but I'm a bit surprised by the number of writers who do not have a website. I don't understand that at all. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I have run across quite a few writers who do not have a website and I think that is a huge mistake. This is an online market we work in...why wouldn't you have an online presence? Duh!!!!

      Thanks lady; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, if you figure out that cloning thing let me know so I can do it. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I really think you do need to....we live in the online world now and I think it can only help you promote your writing. Thank you and good luck!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great share Billy ;easy to follow,interesting and very useful.

      Thank you once again and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub and well worth the read. The point you have made are on point and those who are writers or want to be should take notice of the points you presented. I voted up, useful, awesome and interesting along with tweeting and pinning.

      Great job

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Well-written and organized and excellent advice. I am sure it will be exceedingly helpful for many people. Just so you will know that I am not being pig-headed (one of my maternal grandmother's favorite phrases) if I don't announce the creation of my web site, full-time teaching and HP hubs are simply all I can manage right now. Maybe when I retire. :) But great advice! :) Theresa

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, you have confirmed what I have suspected...I need to website! Thank you for outlining the areas that need to be included in an effective website.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Wow Billy! No wonder you write, write and write. You have the passion for letters. I am so happy for you and for us having you as a friend. Love is sharing and real friends like you share what they know is good. Thanks a lots of blessings for trying to bless us.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That is so true. Great hub!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Oh..... a reminder of what I need to do :-) ..don't want to..but needed..I know,..update my website..a lot...have been to lazy. So thanks for telling how important it is, because you are right! And thanks for all good info on what is needed! Thumb up!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great info Bill. This is something I probably need to look into. Thanks for the reminder. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you have a wonderful web-site. Very impressive. I need to get me one of these :)

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      You're absolutely right Bill. The big thin to consider, for anyone contemplating it but are technically challenged - It's easy. See Godaddy, Network Solutions, or Wordpress. It's a snap. Russ Moran

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I have many acquaintances who have their websites. Most of them are in niches, such as adventures, dogs and wildlife, travel reports from "dangerous" countries, etc. All of them advise that it is important to have a website, but more important is making people visit the site and stick to it (repeat visitors). You have to find ways to keep people visiting the site.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting view on owning one's own website in order to have a more professional online presence. Yet, I have tried this and came to the conclusion that it meant duplication of work for me in particularly. My hub and blog(s) seem to be sufficient, and especially my hub, as the blogs are just a sideline with links to my hub. But maybe you are right, billybuc, things are changing and we should not stay behind.

      (Still working on your audition after I had some serious technical problems for hours!)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is something I have not persued, although you advised me of such when I first began my freelance venture. I do have a business name registered with the state of Florida and I do have an occupational license, issued to my business by the city in which I live.

      I don't have testimonials to post to a website, nor am I comfortable with posting some of my work (for plagerism reasons), nor do I have the time to maintain a site. In order to do that, I'd have to give up HP because as it is, between writing and catching up on HP and maintaining a home, I just don't have the time. I'm trying to figure out how to get to my novel. The only thing I see is, to get out of the online social circles I'm in, including HP and move on with it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I apologize for the tone of my comment, although I spoke the truth. I just got off the phone with a company that placed a charge on my credit card without my consent. Not only could I not get a supervisor, but I was told I would not be credited for the charge. When I asked if there was a recording of my commitment to the ongoing charge (which I was never presented with nor would I have agreed to), the response was affirmative, yet they wouldn't play it for me. I'm so pissed!

      So, again, I apologize for the tone of my comment. I guess that's the repercussion of having no one to talk to!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      So true, having a website does add to the professionalism and boosts online publicity too. Some really good advice here William. Thank you for sharing this with us. Your hubs are always useful and helpful.

      Votes up, sharing, tweeting and pinning!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thats a nice organized explanation ! Talking to the web world is truly important today and you have well emphasised the same !! Great hub Bill !!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is good information and so true. We live in an electronic world, weather we like it or not. It is important to use all the tools and opportunities available.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! We took the day off and I'm sorry I missed your hub. Will try to read it tomorrow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dennis, I appreciate your kind words. Thank you and best wishes on your writing career.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I don't think you sound pig-headed at all. There are only so many hours in a day my friend. Take care and thank you for the visit. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, it is my pleasure. Good luck with your website and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, that is very kind of you. I agree, real friends share. I hope some of these ideas help you down the road. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you my Hawaiian friend. Aloha to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, it is one of those things that most of us put off because it seems like busy work....but I know you understand the importance of a website. Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I hope you are enjoying your weekend as well my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill....Bev did it and I can't take any credit for it other than the writing sections.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, you are so right. There are a number of good sites that walk you through every step. Thanks for mentioning a few of them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, you are very correct. First step is having a website and then the marketing begins. Thank you for mentioning that important point.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I think one needs an online presence, whether it be hub, blog or website. I do not think one is necessarily better than the other. Thank you and I look forward to my audition.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we do what we can in the time allowed. I think you are doing amazing things in a limited amount of time. Keep doing what you are doing; it seems to be working. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, there is no need to apologize. I don't take comments personally and especially from dear friends. People can take my suggestions or not take them. Either way my life is good. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, thank you so much. I am flattered by your words and grateful that some of my suggestions help others.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr-veg, thank you so much and I appreciate you stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark! I have no doubt that you understand the importance of a website. I hope you are having a good weekend buddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I continue to applaud you for all the information you freely give to help others. Thank you Bill...

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      Just call me, Rick 4 years ago from Asia, and all over

      Thanks for the hub, William, very useful. I wrote and published the book, "I'mpossible". Before it was published here in China, I prepared and worked my tail off on different avenues of promotion. A website was first and foremost. Unfortunately, the site "I" created was a bit cheesy, but informative for my readers. As time went by, my time was filled with other promotional ideas, so the website stopped being updated. I wrote many other stories and never added them. This being said, I can't stress enough how much time should be spent adding and improving your website. I worked endless hours revising my book until suitable for publication, but skimped on the website; a freebee site with free hosting... big mistake! Anyway, you're absolutely right, a quality website dictates a quality writer.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I nearly forget that I have a blog site or website, wherein from time to time, I link some of my works on HubPages, especially those that are rejected due to some issues (like over-linking, over-promotional and the list goes on.)

      I'll visit it soon.

      Thanks for reminding me, Sir Bill.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Also, a website must be alive. A poor website can spell disaster.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, I've been toying with the idea of having a website and this has made my resolve stronger. This has been a very useful and motivating read. Thank you.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks Bill for the great advice as always. I just don't think I'm anywhere near having my own website but I will keep it in mind. Passing this on.

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      Albin Pius 4 years ago from kerala,India

      Thanks for the great advice.Your hubs are all about personal development and thats why i like them...:)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the info, Bill. I need to spring clean my websites and this advice should do the trick nicely.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Having your own website is really helpful for career. . it can increase number of your readers.. .Very helpful article for creating website.

      Awesome hub. .

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      Vannie Evans 4 years ago from Kenya

      You have reached me at a point of need. Thank you so much Billy.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Bill. These are all good points I need to consider. If anything you are giving me some encouragement.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Hey BillyBuc :) funnily enough I've been absent from HP for awhile, on-and-off because I've been pursuing the fiction market more, and I've been thinking about creating a website. Still not sure about it, but your take on it is very persuasive, so I might finally splash out on the hosting fees after all :) - btw I think your photo looks great, and casual-professional, and now, of course, I'm going to go to your own website and get some ideas! Great points and a great article.

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      This is fantastic. I am a website manager and I'm aware of all the lists, but I would not have described them the way you have done. On the other hand, website/blog is our online office where anyone can visit, get to know us and what we do. Excellent.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Hi, your hubs are so informative and helpful everytime. You list lots of really good points here and again help others with your experience.

      I have to squeeze in my writing just now as I have a young family and also work commitments, but I will keep this in mind.

      When the beautiful day comes that I can earn a living from my writing I will be checking out your pages for advice, as I get the feeling it would make a big difference.

      Thankyou for remaining a teacher, you give to help not to receive, which is a real credit to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it's a pleasure being a part of this community, and if I can give back in a small way then I am happy. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chinared, how else are we going to learn except by making mistakes? LOL That's where most of my learning comes from. Now we know, right?

      Thank you Sir and I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, it's an easy thing to do. We are so busy writing that we forget to promote. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you are oh so right. Thank you for adding that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, most definitely I would like to see you have a website with your nutritional information on it. Best of luck to you my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maybe some day, Gypsy! Thanks for stopping by and hopefully one day you will find this useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sereseus, thank you very much. It's the teacher in me; always trying to help others grow in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Phoenix. Now is the time, with your six month window for success. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anupma, I wish it were easy but it is not. First the website, then promotion, and it is a tough road, but it can benefit you greatly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Somasasa, I am happy that this hub came at the right time for you. Best of luck and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, we all need encouragement. You are a good writer. I want to see thousands find that out through your website. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Redberry, I thought you had been gone and I hope the fiction market was welcoming to you. There are free websites to be had if you search....but if not, the hosting fees are reasonable. Good luck to you my friend and welcome back.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bizwin, maybe you can get a little business from this reference. I hope so and thank you for the visit. Good to see you again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, it is my pleasure...truly! I love helping others. With a young family I can imagine how your time is limited, but hopefully one day in the near future you will be able to devote more time to your writing. Thank you for taking the time to visit me.

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      KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

      What would you do if after having a successful website for years, you lost your Domain name? Mine was simply KTBanks.com, until recently a new follower here on HP told me they couldn't access it. To my horror, I discovered that my Domain name had expired.

      The hosting company said they had sent me a notice, however I never found it, even in the spam folder. So, now I guess I'm forced to change it to KT-Banks.com or something silly like that.

      I can tell you that my website has helped me sell my book around the world. It has been a great source of recognition for my writing. Very good hub, voted Up and more!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KT, well that would be annoying for sure. My hosting company sends me so many notices that there is no danger of me not paying them. LOL I feel like I know them personally and should have them on my Christmas gift list. :) I'm sorry you had to experience that and good luck with the change. Thank you!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Billy, by far, this is my favorite advice from you. Your website is an absolute perfect model of perfection and what to strive for. I have speciality blogs and refernce works, links and information that suits those sites, but never created a true writer's blog that represents myself. I am so happy you published this! You are going to lift so many of us up with this idea! Thank you.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I have no doubt that this is sage advice and when the world stops spinning so fast, I will follow your lead. Every segment of this piece makes perfect practical sense. Good job sir!

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      Tina Truelove 4 years ago

      I read about the importance of a website in The Writer's Market so I am currently building one. I started my first blog a few years ago, but it is just something I have "played around with" as I learn more about the internet, blogging and websites. However, I am now working on my "writer's website" so to speak. I is just a free and simple one but I am working on ways to make it look professional. I always look forward to your tips! Great stuff!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like more great advice. Writing has come a long way since the masters, eh?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bridalletter, you made me smile with that comment. I'm so happy you find this useful, and best of luck to you as you move forward with your career.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, one day you will be able to advance your writing career. Until that day, keep writing and getting better, and I'll keep reading.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, good for you! I love the way you are tackling your career and moving forward. Just love it! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm laughing! Yes, a long way since a masters.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A good webpage is important, and you always write such helpful hubs. The lists required for a professional site is most useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! If these suggestions help anyone then I am happy. Have a wonderful day my friend.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great ideas, very useful for all writers. You have discussed a very important issue, that is why this hub has gotten so many comments. Thanks.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      I couldn't agree more. You are right on target. If someone is serious about his/her writing, there is no point of not having a professional website.

      Moreover, having a picture of your own and some testimonials/feedbacks from past, satisfied clients are essential aspects of it.

      Well on target. Great hub!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great article and thanks for sharing your personal website! That was a definite bonus and I've now got you bookmarked and at my fingertips!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful information and encouragement, Bill. It was very interesting to read that we have ten seconds to impress a visitor to our website. That's definitely something to think about!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jainismus! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hunbbel, thank you! I believe in at least appearing to be professional, and if we are serious about this writing gig we need to act like it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, if I were in a weird mood I would say something about you having me at your fingertips, but I'll pass on that for now. LOL Thank you my friend; I always love seeing you pop up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it does not leave room for error, that's for sure. Good luck with your writing and thank you.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, this is very useful and timely information. I was once told that a blog is the hub of your wheel. From that 'hub' you link to all your endeavors: your website, article writing sites, social media, etc., which comprise the outer rim of that wheel. Each links back to the other showing that you are serious about your subject, whatever that may be; ostensibly establishing that you know all about your particular niche, thus building loyalty and readership.

      I voted this awesome hub way Up. Judging by all these comments, you obviously know what you're talking about, my friend!

      ;) Pearl

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      Markie W 4 years ago

      I have to admit I've never thought about doing this before. Very nice idea, billybuc, I voted you up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I agree with that summation of a blog....very important in today's writing world. I really need to spend more time promoting mine, but I hate promotion. LOL Gives me something to work on in my spare time.

      Thank you kind lady! It is always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Markie! It's nice meeting you and I appreciate you visiting my site.

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      Erin 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow ;-)

      I found that having a writing website also inspired me to keep writing. By going back to it and posting excerpts and poetry I was able to see that I was building quite the portfolio! Thanks for all your helpful tips here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CRe8, great comment and yes, it is another bonus. Thanks for that!

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      Billybuc, you are right again :) We need to embrace the online world and be part of it! We are given a tool that is extremely useful and can reach millions of people around the world. The website is just like an ID card...just a bit more detailed!! Thanks for the great content!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DemiT....I like that, and ID card. It would be silly for a writer to not embrace this marketing tool. Thank you for that.

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      hlwar 4 years ago

      True that! In this day and age, maintaining an active website and online social network is definitely mandatory. Why, one publishing firm has this notation on their submissions page:

      "If you do not have a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you are not taking your career seriously and we are not interested [in your work]. 200 followers are required on each."

      Obviously a useful hub indeed, Bill! ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heather, I love that comment....a perfect illustration of the importance of the social network. Thank you my friend and I hope you are doing well.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I agree. You make it sound very appealing too. Respect.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Art! It's always a pleasure having your visit my site.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      This is a great article . Thank you for sharing. It's very useful :) Keep being a blessing to all of us!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rd, I will indeed and thank you my young friend. You are a positive influence yourself.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I don't have my own professional website yet, but you are right. I should probably get one. I just took a look at your site and it looks great! Thanks for the advice!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Jeannie, and I hope you look into doing one for yourself. You are a talented writer!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent info, Billy, as usual. I've bookmarked this one. Voted Up and more. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna! I hope it helps in the future.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Online promotion is very important. I don't have a website and my blogs are dead, however, because of my presence on niche content sites, I have found a few writing assignments. I'm now thinking to get a domain.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I hope, if you do, that it increases your business. Best of luck to you and thank you.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      I have a website that is a work in progress called AboutPersonalities.com

      I just started it not long ago, so I am still formulating what i will eventually do with it. I use weebly.com to design my website, they have a blog page and you ca start it for free. I pay a small fee now, because you get even more. It is an easy, fun, and practical place to host your website.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknowinfo, great information. Thank you for sharing that and for stopping by. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Another great article that I am so appreciative of. as it is on my agenda now I am just about finished the AP, the timing is wonderful. You have made it a much less daunting experience for the inexperienced so thank you my friend! Your own website I have visited a number of times and is a great example of all your points. Congrats and you have a lovely Easter with Bev!

      Votes, shares and pinned on my writing board.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations, Suzie, on wrapping up AP. You have found your niche and your stride as a writer and it is a joy to see the growth over the past few months. Happy Easter my dear and thank you.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Okay Billy, you've convinced me to get busy on my website. It's in the works but more movement needs to take place. Thanks again for your encouragment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, you are a good writer and you have an important message.....I do think a website will help you. Good luck and thank you....and Happy Easter!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you Billy. I appreciate that!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Career! :)

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hello billybuc.

      Impressive ! A very generous gift. Thank you for this invaluable advice, and systematic teaching. It's too advance for a pre- beginner ( me ) who has been " latent talent " for over twenty years due to the nature of things, (changing " vocation ") going into construction work demanding all time and attention. . . As of presently, my coming back activity is reading/commenting , lacking of self confidence not knowing what next step to take. Is there any hope for more?! ( my previous writing/ publishing was mainly in other languages less in English ) ... Why am I saying this to you.?Sorry. Please if I can have favor , talk to me.

      Your knowledge and experience would be much appreciated.

      May God bless and protect you, sir.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I have found HubPages to be a most supportive community, especially for writers just starting out and lacking in confidence. Become part of the community and you will be embraced. I believe that because it happened to me 15 months ago. :) Best of luck to you my new friend.

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