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How To Create An Impressive Writing Website

Updated on June 27, 2014

Welcome to my workshop for writers creating websites!

Are you a writer planning to create a professional writing website? If so, this page was created for you. Writers need websites to let people know about their writing whether it is published or not.

Creating a writing website is not as hard as you might think. There are many options.

On this page I tell you how to create a great website even if you are a web design beginner, and even if you can't spend much money on it.


Images by Linda Jo Martin

Note: I originally created this page as preliminary information for writers participating in my workshop at the 2008 Muse Online Writers Conference.

This page was made by Linda Jo Martin, author of River Girl.

You can connect with me on Google Plus.

I'm also on Goodreads.


I use Scrivener to keep my writing wits about me. It is a fantastic writing software that organizes a novel, ebook, or screenplay efficiently while I write and revise.

Website Design for Writers - Workshop Topics

This page covers the following topics:

  1. How to get started.
  2. Blogging versus static sites - which is best for you?
  3. Free sites versus paid-for sites - what are your options?
  4. Qualities and characteristics of a professional-looking website design.
  5. What belongs in a writer's website, and what doesn't.
  6. How to create great graphics for your website.
  7. How to get website visitors from search engine queries (SEO).

Planning Your Website

Before you jump into a website project, develop a plan to create a website that will meet your needs and the needs of your website visitors.

How To Get Started with Website Design for Writers

...making important decisions about your website.

You want to present yourself as a competent professional writer on the web. The best way is to write. What else shows off your writing ability so clearly?

Before you write your website content you need to have an organized plan for what you intend to put on your site. And to do that, you need to know who your site is for.

Who are you trying to impress?

Write descriptions of your ideal website visitors. You might write a description of a reader of your work looking for more information about you. Then write a description of an editor or agent looking for more information about you. Next try writing a description of a writer who is looking for information about how you write, and how you made it big as a writer. Use your imagination and get to know these people well. You might even want to interview them.

Once you know who your website visitors are, you can plan your content. You'll know what these people are looking for and how to give it to them.

Next it is time to write. Until you get some content ready for the web, there's not much sense in having a site.

Always remember the most important thing you can put on your website is text. Photos are marvelous, but they don't count for anything when a search engine scans your site. The more text, the better, so don't be afraid to write voluminously. At the same time remember you're going to have web visitors who want just the facts in a concise format, so plan some helpful content for them too.

Once you get your writing in gear and have a collection of articles to post, you can select photos to go with them. Eye-candy is always welcome.

I used to be a professional web designer. One of the most frustrating things about the job was working with clients who wanted a site but who had no text or photos to post. Whether you design your own site, or go to a web designer for help, you'll appreciate having a lot of writing and images ready to use.

Blogs vs. Websites

How often do you want to update your content? Are you up to writing new articles constantly? Be aware of the pros and cons of blogging before you decide to make your writing website into a blog.

Blogging versus static sites - which is best for you?

...to blog or not to blog - that is the question.

Blogging isn't for everyone but it is a great way to get started on a website fast, free, and easy. A lot of people take the blogging path without totally understanding what it means to have a site that requires continual writing for months and years to come. Your fans will expect frequent updates, so it will become a project that lives on forever.

On the other hand there are great search engine optimization advantages to having a site frequently updated. As a blog owner you might be the kind of person who writes voluminously and needs an outlet. You might be a person who likes the give and take interactive networking that blogs provide.

If you're determined to have a blog, I've got suggestions for you. The first is not to use Blogger.Com. I know dozens of writers are already using Blogger.Com for blogging, and I myself had quite a few blogs there. I've still got one or two. But it isn't a perfect blog platform - the main reason being that there are other blogs with better search engine optimization (SEO) capacity. You'll need better SEO if you want people using search engines to find your blog. I get 90% of the readership of my blogs from search engines, so I consider this vitally important... and I believe you should too.

Another drawback to Blogger.Com is that the comment interface is clunky. A lot of people don't bother leaving comments on Blogger.Com blogs. I confess I'm one of them, because I find it difficult, time consuming, and at times, frustrating. The only things I find Blogger.Com useful for are having blogs that contain links to my other web projects, and secondly, Blogger.Com blogs are truly great for beginners using them for informal personal ranting, story-telling, or fact-gathering places. Blogger.Com helped me immensely through my first years of blogging and I'll be forever grateful.

However if you're sure you want to be a professional blogger, my recommendation is to try out a WordPress blog... they are beautiful, professional quality, easy to use and very configurable. You can add a huge variety of plugins to increase the functionality.

Fortunately you can try WordPress for free at http://www.wordpress.com. If you decide you like it you can later switch to a hosted site using your own domain name... but this free site will get you started and show you what the blogging platform is like.

Blog Like A Professional Writer - Blog as an authority, not as a nobody.

I have some very helpful books to recommend to you! I consider these essential to my work in content writing and blogging.

First, there's the Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers, an e-book that provides step-by-step instructions with an actual scorecard for each post, to ensure it will be as effective as possible. The book is currently over 50 pages in length, well-written, easy to understand, and packed with information bloggers need to know in today's web environment. Highly recommended!!!

There's a companion e-book:

. . . 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

. . . Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers

I cannot praise these two e-books enough - the writer is one of the most successful bloggers on the web.

He also wrote the hardcopy book below, along with blogger Chris Garrett.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

The two men who wrote this book are blogging heroes of the web, worth paying attention to if you're planning to blog. If you don't know Darren Rowse at Problogger.Com you really should. And his co-author for this book, Chris Garrett, is one of my favorite bloggers and web-mentors of all time. Chris' forum, Authority Blogger, is a valuable resource.

 

Which is better for SEO: WordPress or Blogger? - Get the facts from Google spokesperson, Matt Cutts.

Excellent Blogs for Helping Writers Create Professional Blogs - ...my choices of writing blogs, pro-blogging blogs, and more.

Not all these blogs are about writing, but they all showcase excellent writing skills used in making a blog outstanding.

Web Design Issues

A lot of people like to save money by doing things themselves - but for some people, it isn't worth the effort. The decision is yours.

Free sites versus paid-for sites - what are your options?

...what are the costs, and where to get free website opportunities.

Almost everyone likes the idea of being thrifty. There's certainly nothing wrong with creating a website yourself on a free site, and if you choose that route you're sure to pick up a lot of valuable website building skills.

On the other hand, if you want someone else to do the web work for you, there's no harm in that. So long as you're prepared with your articles and graphics, this should take a lot of pressure off you.

Whichever way you go with this, remember, there's no stigma attached.

If you choose to purchase hosting, expect to pay less than $10 per month. If you're paying more for your web host you're most likely being ripped off. For a simple writing site, especially a new site without a lot of hits, you don't need anything elaborate, cost-wise, for hosting.

Besides hosting there's the cost of the domain name. Expect to pay about $10 annually for that. I buy all my domain names through GoDaddy.Com. I recommend that if you use GoDaddy, buy the domain name only; during the checkout process they will ask you to buy a lot of additional services - to which I always say no.

We all know not everyone needs a professional designer, but it is a reasonable choice for some people. Whether you do or don't hire a professional depends on your confidence in your ability to learn new skills, and your budget.

If you decide to hire a web designer, first have a good idea of how many pages you want and what they'll have on them. Write down a description of exactly what you want. Choose a few pages from the web that are similar to how you want your site to look. No good designer will copy another page exactly (that's a copyright violation) but it is helpful to have an idea of what type website you're hoping for.

Once you decide what you want your site to look like, ask a few different designers for proposals. Look at their online portfolios to make sure they're capable of the quality of work you're looking for.

How to Build a Website - ...learn HTML, CSS, and XHTML.

For you who aspire to doing it yourself, here are links you should find helpful in your quest to become a web designing author.

Learn HTML, CSS, and XHTML to create an outstanding, gorgeous site.

Where To Find FREE Sites - ...for those who aren't ready to spend money on this project.

There are quite a few freebie sites out there. Here, I'll be making a list of them. I will add to this whenever I locate a new one.

A BIG word of caution. If you sign on with a "free" hosting site read the small print so you know what they expect in return. Comparison shopping, even for a freebie, is essential!

Professionalism

If you want to make a good first impression, it is important to have a site that looks clean and organized.

What makes a site look good?

...consider these suggestions...

White Space

The most important quality of a professional web design is that it is uncluttered and clean looking. This is most often achieved using a white background rather than a colored background or a graphic background.

White space makes a page look professional because it makes the words most legible. Compare your reading experience on a page that uses a black background with white letters, or any other odd combination. Also check out pages using background graphics under the lettering. Then look at a plain white background with black letters. Most people prefer black letters on a white background it as it is easiest on the eyes.

Your most important goal with your website is to get people to read it. If their eyes suffer when reading your site, you're not achieving the prime objective.

If you are attached to a background graphic there are ways of superimposing a white text area on top of the graphic area so you can have legible text plus a decorative graphic on the sides.

Pages That Match

Many website owners like to create new pages with different background images, or different colors. That may be fine for a personal homepage, but when you do a professional site, all the pages should match. There may be different photographs used, and different words, but for the most part the format of every page should be exactly the same so that people know what to expect where, and so that all the pages look like they belong together.

Easy Navigation

Navigation refers to the internal links of a website that will show your readers every page you have available.

This is related to the last point (pages that match) in that people like to know where to find new pages. If you have different navigation systems on various pages it will be confusing for your readers.

A good way to set up a system of navigation for your site is to have a set of links near the top and another near the bottom. Professional web designers often set up the navigation links near the top of the page as part of the web design. They also include a set of plain text links at the bottom of the page. Here's an example: Lost In The Fog.

What makes a site look unprofessional?

...think about it...

Clutter

Most sites start looking cluttered after a while, especially if you're changing things around constantly like I am. It is important to redesign, reevaluate and reconsider what you want on your site from time to time.

What are the most important elements of your site? What do you most want people to see? Keep those things and get rid of the excess. Let eyes be drawn to the places they should go to.

Animated Gifs and Other Distractions

People put a lot of strange things on their pages - like javascript cursors with trailing hearts. These may be okay on personal pages, but if your intention is to create a professional site to showcase your writing talents, you should consider getting rid of (or never installing) all the cute little do-dads that you might see elsewhere.

Along with those decorations, I highly recommend you not use any animated gifs. Many people find them annoying. I'm one of those people. An animated gif (or ad banner) is very distracting when you're trying to read an article. And when you have the attention of a reader, you should want them to read that article rather than have their eyes wandering toward the cute little kitten running across the page, or the pretty twirling dancing girl, or whatever it is that amused you enough to want to use it on a web page.

Bad Web Design - ...avoid design elements that others find annoying.

There are many pages that list design elements that people find annoying. Here are a few of them.

Brainstorming Session - ...what do you think good (or bad) websites look like?

What kinds of things do you like or not like about other peoples' pages?

Things I've seen that I liked.

Things I've seen that I liked.

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      very nice informative, i've always looking for guides on professionally writing

      very informative And helpful thanks buddy

    • jastreb 3 years ago

      Fantastic information. I have always been searching for the precise guide of how to write professionally and the site look good, interesting and not dull. Thanks for putting it so nicely!

    • JohnGcorner 3 years ago

      Nothing makes me more warm and fuzzy inside then seeing a website that looks like it's built for it's target audience. On top of that, there are some that just "stick" inside your mind do to them being weird / unique. Combine the two with good, helpful, well-put content and you have a winner.

    • Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      Simplicity and a clean design.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I just noticed Squidoo so I hope my comment is not inappropriate. Haven't had time to look around much.

      I am putting together a website in wordpress.org which is for information and I guess writing by default.

      I'm a techie but you can put up your own domain for a very small price and wordpress.org (your own copy) isn't very difficult. I would suggest going for it!!! My website will be up in a week and it features the Twenty Twelve Theme which is the WordPress default. I will post the domain name when it is ready. I love to get into the weeds with html, css and php. But I don't suggest a writer just start at that level. As time goes on I will be glad to share lots about WordPress with the readers of Squidoo.

      I love playing with software but writers probably want to focus on writing. Build the website quickly with something like WordPress and focus on making things pretty later. Personally that is the best way to go. The focus is not on the tool, the focus is on doing what you love to do.

    • jaintechnosoft 4 years ago

      It looking Good Info for every user

    • mggxx81 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Good fonts. Calm colors. No GIFs;)

    • conga-con-773 4 years ago

      that great, thanks for share

    • Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @AnnaleeBlysse: I'll agree on that - so long as text areas have the white background for easy reading (less eye strain).

    • AnnaleeBlysse 4 years ago

      I think black backgrounds work nicely with photographer's websites that have less text because it helps bring out photo or art.

    • Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @sally-james-56232: Thanks so much, Sally. Your encouragement and kindness means a lot to me.

    • sally-james-56232 4 years ago

      Excellent information, thank you. I built a web site recently, and it would have been a whole lot easier if I had known of this lens beforehand!

      Well done.

      Sally James

    • BizNewz 4 years ago

      I think professional beautiful photography that would describe what the story is about always makes the read more interesting.

    • Michey LM 5 years ago

      If people do advertizing on website (which we all do!) must be in the same or related niche, this is a must for selling as well.

    • cogentcoach lm 5 years ago

      I love content, both presenting it and reading it from others.

    • AceofHearts 5 years ago

      Thanks for listing all the HTML links! I love it.

    • LaureJ 5 years ago

      Great tips, and the comments are helpful, too.

    • aansystone lm 5 years ago

      thanks for this kind info

    • Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good content, of course! Easy to read paragraphs and like you said enough white space. Good graphics and pictures enhance the look and feel of the website.

    • ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      They need to be organized. I have no patience when I'm on line. If I don't find what I'm looking for in the first few seconds, I'm off to another site.

    Things I've seen that I found annoying.

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      • bruce-ditmars 3 years ago

        The bad websites are those ones who have poor navigation, nearly plain, rough and un-styled html code. Also the matching of colors is pure oldschool and boring. In general, anything that reminds me of 1998 in 2013 makes me feel that website is annoying.

      • CuriousBoy 3 years ago

        Sorry, just forgot to mention in my previous comment one of the most annoying nuisance:

        Every kind of pop-up, pop-under, slide-in/up/down box/banner, cascading exit/squeeze-out pages and pages that are almost impossible to close.

        Basically anything that is aggressive and intrusive...

      • CuriousBoy 3 years ago

        "Don't like" is a too light term to me.

        Here what I really hate:

        1) Too long pages that take forever to load

        (I follow this rule: if the the page is not fully loaded within 3-sec, I stop and close - no exceptions, never.)

        (Added note: several times, many pages are slow-loading because are carrying dangerous activities in background - and don't tell me that I did not warn you; It's amazing what a script can do in a couple of seconds!)

        2) Pages that do not look good in print or once printed look different

        3) Pages with dead/obsolete links

        4) Pages with "spinned articles/content

        (not to mention pure plagiarism)

        5) Pages with (too many) typos and/or grammar errors

        (sure, writing "live" makes even to easy to overlook a typo here and there but too many pages are so poorly written up to the point that is a real pain to read them)

        Well, my list is much longer but I guess that you got the Idea!

      • Kimberley Vico 4 years ago

        Great article! I prefer less clutter and more interactive tools. I'm a stickler on buttons (Navigation) and yes, it's critical to have them visible and work well. In other words, I find it annoying when they are not easily attained.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I too do not like light writing on dark backgrounds.It is always better for text areas to have white background.Well informative lens.

      • ruth-williams lm 4 years ago

        Slow load times, too many adverts, poor navigation and design...oh and auto playing music is my biggest pet peeve!

      • Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

        @AnnaleeBlysse: Annalee, you're so right. I've often left a site because white text on a black background gives me eyestrain. Many others feel the same... it is easier to go to a site that is easy to read with black text on a white background.

      • AnnaleeBlysse 4 years ago

        Text heavy sites with black background ... I think they do reduce traffic because they are harder to read. When I tried a black background at one of my online stores for awhile, my sales went down. I might have been wrong about the reasons, but I didn't retry because I didn't want to reduce those sales again in my trials.

      • Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

        @sollertis: I totally agree with you! Black backgrounds are the worst!

      • sollertis 4 years ago

        My absolute pet hate of any website but it is something owners of paranormal, horror and the like tend to favour is BLACK BACKGROUNDS! That and coloured fonts such as pink, orange etc. Use white backgrounds and black text please, I beg you all..Rant over! Thank you for you really useful lens.

      • Karen1960 4 years ago

        Music that starts automatically when you click on a page, and you can't see any way to switch it off!

      • createpink 4 years ago

        cramming as much info on the homepage as possible AND slow uploading time!

      • APennysWorth 4 years ago

        Blogging sites that offer no content with the product ads and become giant link farms too.

      • Joanne Reid 4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

        Pop-ups. Badly written crap that was clearly spun to create filler that they think will attract Google traffic. Really outdated designs. If the owner does not care about the site, why should I?

      • Vlad 4 years ago from USA

        Hate pop-ups with all of my heart :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        sometimes is not true information

      • Marlies Vaz Nunes 4 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

        I saw a website that started with an animation, after which you saw the words: "click here to enter the site". Yuck!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I dislike pages that take too long to load. This is usually due to videos, music, and ads being downloaded. Yuck! I have better ways to use my time.

      • lclchors 5 years ago

        light print on a dark background I hate, I can't read it especially if red is part of it.

        sites that I have to go to another site (page) for the information I am looking for

        sites set up in little blocks all over the place

      • pd6914 5 years ago

        I can't stand when websites are filled with junk text to rank higher in search engines. If I go to a site that has tons of random sections of text and it's not organized, I leave.

      Impressive Writing Websites - ...websites that impressed me favorably.

      My choices are subjective... these are the writing websites I've seen during the last few months that impressed me enough to want to include in this list.

      Content Suggestions

      When you plan your content, it is helpful to know what readers expect. Also there are things that should never be put on the web.

      What belongs in a writer's website, and what doesn't

      ...a few suggestions for what to include in your writing website...

      Here are a few ideas for your website plan:

      Who are you?

      Your site visitors will want to know who you are, so I suggest either an "About" page or a "Bio" page.

      How can we reach you?

      Include a contact link or page. Do NOT put your email address directly on the web. I use javascript to cloak my email address from intrusive spiders that gather email addresses to be used for nefarious purposes (spam).

      What do you write?

      You might want to include a page for each type of writing you do. For example, if you write news you could include a "Journalism" page. If you write fiction you could include a page about your novels or short stories.

      Where can we read what you write?

      Do NOT post any writing you want to sell on the web. You might want to post writing you don't intend to try to sell, or writing that has been previously published.

      Of course you can also post information about how readers can buy your books, find your articles, or read your short stories and poems online at other sites.

      How can we learn to write like you?

      Other writers would love to read articles about how you write. I suggest you write as much as possible for other writers because they will use your site as a resource for their own writing.

      Publicity considerations

      ...prepare for the press!

      I very much encourage you to set up a section of your website to make it easy for anyone wanting to write about you to get the facts about your life and career. Be sure to include a few publicity photographs.

      Brainstorming Session - ...website content is of utmost importance to your website's success.

      Please participate in this brainstorming session. Let us know your ideas about what should or shouldn't be on a writing website. What would you like to find on other writers' websites?

      What belongs on a writing website?

      Things I think should be on a writing website.

      Things I think should be on a writing website.

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        • Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

          Definitely a biography also if you have any writing (like if you use Squidoo.com) inlcude the link to your profile. Think of it as a portfolio (like how an artist has one of their drawings and paintings)

          If you have writing that you want to be paid for (like a short story or book) Then just include a snippet (sneak peek) of it maybe a paragraph from somewhere in the story that won't give anything away. You could also include a poem that was previously published as well. (if you write them) Also I always think a 'letter' to your audience is always nice. Sadly I don't have my own website but maybe hopefully thanks to your page I'll be able to figure out how to make one.

        • Michey LM 5 years ago

          Personal reviews on software or other digital products if you are the owner of a copy and you use that product. On other words, you must talk from experience and be an expert on that field.

        • Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I think it's important to research what people are looking for and merge that with what you like to write about.

        • Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

          on the website that I created for my mother's books, one section that's really popular is the READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK. A fair number of people then go on to click on the link BUY THE BOOK.

        • ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          That depends on the purpose of the website. I have an author website and it's a whole lot different from my blogs and lenses. It features my book, but I also have examples of some of my writing and links to some of my articles and lenses. The whole purpose of the website it to let people get to know me as an author.

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          I live in Oklahoma and have lived 13 years in Oregon. I write poetry, short-stories, skits, and articles.

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          Links to written works as a sample of the writer's creativity

        • religions7 8 years ago

          News on their career, weekly impressions of their literary life - all written well of course. Give us a taste of how good you can write :)

        Things that shouldn't be on a writing website.

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          • Vlad 4 years ago from USA

            Writing websites shouldn't promote graphics, images, or photos. And their content can not be copied from someone.

          Writing for the web - Learn about content writing

          Eye Candy

          Most of us like to see pictures when we visit websites. Here are some suggestions for getting the right graphics and images for your site.

          How to create great graphics for your website

          ...graphic images make a site beautiful.

          I strongly suggest you choose a few photographs of yourself for your website. Your readers will want to know what you look like. Don't be shy! This site is all about self-promotion. Come out of your shell.

          If you don't have a good graphics program, try a demo of the one I use: Paint Shop Pro. (Sorry Mac users - this is for PCs only.) You might get some good tips on using Paint Shop Pro by visiting the Paint Shop Pro Users Group. If you're unfamiliar with graphics programs, I suggest you get the demo (good for one month of free use) and experiment with it. If you like it and want to buy it, you'll see the price is considerably less than that of Microsoft Photoshop.

          Graphic Links - ...links that will help you with website graphics.

          Here I'm compiling links to stock photo sites and online tutorials for graphic programs like Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop.

          Search Engine Optimization

          After you get your site on the web, you then have to let people know about it. With proper search engine optimization (SEO) you can get many website visitors straight from Google and other search engines.

          How to get website visitors from search engine queries (SEO)

          ...search engines can send lots of new people to your site

          SEO is one of my favorite topics, so I'm looking forward to discussing it with you in October at the Muse Conference workshop.

          The most important thing you need for good SEO is great content. What you write will be what the search engine spiders read and index. The more you write, the better it will be for your site's SEO.

          I'm going to leave it at that for now as I want you to have plenty of time to plan your site and write articles to include on it. Bring me your SEO questions at the workshop in October and I'll share more of what I know about it then.

          Learn More About SEO

          Search Engine Optimization For Dummies
          Search Engine Optimization For Dummies

          This is a highly recommended book with plenty of information you can use. I read this book cover to cover, so will classify it as easily readable.

           

          Let me know what you think.

          Any comments about websites for writers? - Are you a designer or a writer, or both?

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              Linda, this site is awesome! I skimmed through it initially, wanting to get an idea of what it held so I could comment on it, but now I want to go back and STUDY all the points you've made! Thank you. I shall use it only for good! lol

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              RuthCoffee 8 years ago

              I'm bookmarking this; a great resource I need to study further.

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              Note: Google Page Creator is no longer available. Just checked there.

              See you at the Muse Conference! cg

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              Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

              Hi Constance... Google Page Creator is still working for me. Could it have been a temporary glitch?

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              This is an incredible site, I just got if from your handout. Thank you for sharing this valuable knowledge. I look forward to learning more at the conference.

              Excellent work!

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              nice.

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              gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

              I wish I could have taken your course!

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              I agree that a website before doing everything needs a careful and correct plan.

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              tweety0126 8 years ago

              There is so much useful information here I could spend half the day on this lens. Thank you for sharing.

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              ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

              When I built my website, I had to fumble through without help. Its nice to see a lens like this ... its needed.

              Good job,

              Lizzy

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              VBright 8 years ago

              Building a website is becoming my biggest headache right now! lol. Great information.

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              Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

              There is some fantastic information here - thankyou.

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              anonymous 8 years ago

              Nice to get all of this info in one composite site. Bless u my dear.

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              Really helpful.

              About graphics programs: GIMP is a free, open-source equivalent to photoshop.

              It's very powerful, not too difficult, and completely free to use forever.

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              Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

              Wow, you've packed a lot of useful info into this lens. Thanks very much.

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              managdem 6 years ago

              Really good post. Fantastic and useful information it.I agree with you.

              Thank you very much for sharing a great lens.

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              makeingdesign 6 years ago

              Nice lens. I like your lens. More useful information posted here. Your lens rating: 5*****

              Thanks for sharing.

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              projecthealthing 6 years ago

              Helpful lens.As taking care of a project not a too much simple job. We require to study about project management earlier than begging actual arrangement. It one is a nice post about taking care of a project.

              Thanks.

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              Mohamed_Mughal 6 years ago

              Great lens, Linda! It's so full of useful content, I didn't get a chance to get through it all; as Arnold said, "I'll be back!"

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              GrowWear 6 years ago

              Excellent resource for helping folks to create a writing website.

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              bizwrite 6 years ago

              Interesting and helpful - I have a copywriting lens and site so it's relevant.

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              Nikkim88 6 years ago

              Thanks for covering many facets of this topic! Very useful ideas.

              I enjoyed reading through it. I am involved in writing content for websites, so I have many customers asking for my ideas on websites. Thanks!

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              Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              This is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to create a writing website or blog. Great tips and suggestions!

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              BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

              WOW, great stuff! Tons of great info here, bookmarking this!

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              Allison Whitehead 6 years ago

              Excellent lens! Thumbs up!

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              alyssa87 6 years ago

              well this is an excellent lens, views from readers is the add on, which makes it more informative and people find it worth reading. check out this link http://www.squidoo.com/accredited-online-web-desig... if anyone is willing to earn their web designing degree online from trusted online universities

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              beckwong 5 years ago

              Very informative, thank you:)

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              serenity4me lm 5 years ago

              What a great lens! I can't believe all of the resources that you've provided here. Nice job, thank you so much.

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              gatorsquid 5 years ago

              nice lens!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Great lens, very excellent.

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              pd6914 5 years ago

              You've included quite a bit of info here! I try to use Blogger.com to get traffic to my .com sites. Blogger has gotten a lot better about being user friendly, but it has a lot of limitations. I've gotten used to the plugin features of Wordpress. I should mention that GoDaddy has a lot of coupon codes on FatWallet that will do a dollar or % off. I usually google the phrase "$1 domain godaddy coupon code" a few times a month because GoDaddy sells .com domains for $1 (limited to one per account) usually sometime every month.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Many thanks for your most useful website. I am new ro the modern websites - although fairly clued up on anything from about 10 yrs ago! I am a writer and am just in the process of publishing my first book - including the binding, printing, marketing and distribution of it. That sound grand, doesn't it? However my first edition will consist of just 30 copies for shops in my local area - already have pre orders for about half of them. It has now been suggested that I look into marketing them as e-books on the Net and so starts another new learning experience - at 72 one needs new learning experiences! Your site itthe first I have looked at and it will take me some time to look at all the links here - but it seems I have chosen a good site from which to learn - so thanks again

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              As a Web Developer it was great reading this, helped me for some of my clients.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              As aWeb Developer it really helped me out some of my clients, thanks a lot.

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              wolfie10 5 years ago

              thank you for this helpful lens. i'll try to work with the new ideas i have found here.

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              gemjane 5 years ago

              I really like your questions for readers on their opinion of what is good and what is bad on a web site. Thanks for writing this!

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              Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

              as always, you give great advice. loved it

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              Michey LM 5 years ago

              Very good resource lens for website design.

              Regards

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              Michey LM 5 years ago

              By the way, Angel dust sent on your way...

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              xmen88 5 years ago

              Thanks for sharing.

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              lclchors 5 years ago

              very informative lens thankyou

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              chrisqw 5 years ago

              Very interesting lens. Thank you!

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              agoofyidea 4 years ago

              I am bookmarking this lens because I am starting my writing website later this year and will be sure to use your great advice. I use a Wordpress template for my current blog (www.agoofyidea.com) and find it a little plain. I'll do better on my next one.

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              chzone 4 years ago

              Really interesting lens, i have enjoyed to read it.

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              mueedahmad 4 years ago

              I enjoyed my stay here on this lens. Thanks for sharing such a great lens.

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              Karen1960 4 years ago

              My site needs revising, so this has been a helpful reminder of things to consider.

              Thanks.

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              memoonajabeen 4 years ago

              I have came across a good content writing website, which is www.ezonlinewriter.com, I hope every one will get good services from this website. Give it a try !

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              Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

              @memoonajabeen: Okay, I haven't looked at the site yet. There are lots of sites where people can work as content writers for others, and places where they can place their own writing to profit from advertising. I love writing here at Squidoo! Everyone, please carefully check out sites, and alternate deals. There's lots of money to be made by writing on the internet.

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              John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

              Great tips and information on this page thanks for a great read.

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              Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

              @John Dyhouse: Thanks, Artyfax, I'm glad you found it helpful...

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              amitsarkar lm 4 years ago

              Nice lens. I like it. Have a look at it

              How Designers Create an Unforgettable Brand Logo

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              ukprowriter 4 years ago

              Very informative lens

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              CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

              As a professional writer I love your site. This has a lot of great info that writers, like me, need to pay attention to. Good Job

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              Onlineconection 4 years ago

              This is very educative.

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              Digory LM 4 years ago

              Great lens. Of course, there is no substitute for great content on a website.

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              anonymous 4 years ago

              Very thorough going lens. And nicely designed. I'll probably link to it in one of my writing lenses somewhere down the line. I'm just getting started here, so I'm always looking for resources and inspiration. Thanks.

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              pixelfire 4 years ago

              Such a nice and informative lens.. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips it will sure help in future work.

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              Takkhis 4 years ago

              I am very glad, i just read this lens! Very useful :)

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              victoria91 lm 4 years ago

              I am a writer, when it comes to creating website I am an amateur. Your lens is very helpful, though.

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              robertham 3 years ago

              Great content is always important for a great website.

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              bruce-ditmars 3 years ago

              I came here because I wished to read more about new trends of search optimization in 2013 but unfortunately you didn't write much about it. Other than that the article is great and comprehensive.

              Please take a moment to see my lens that is related to your article.

              It's regarding the subject of The Importance of Color Theory in Modern Design. I would love to hear if you like it and of course please spread a little word about it elsewhere :)

              Kind Regards

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              Stephanie Tietjen 3 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

              Your links for professional blogs are rich with good advice. I got lost on them for awhile. Thank you

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              Palitra27 3 years ago

              Very useful lens. I am sure that there are great writers over there who just don't know how to create a representative and impressive website to advertise themselves.

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              tasrex 3 years ago

              As a web designer from way back, I found this lens highly informative. It's great that there are so many resources now for DIY web designers. When I started, it was html and a text editor. Wow!, Things have changed, haven't they?

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              Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

              @tasrex: Hmmm... I must be an old timer because I still like using just html and a text editor!

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              Mommy-Bear 3 years ago

              There is such a lot to learn, I think Squidoo seems like a really friendly place to start and get great advice. I want to write a proper blog sometime soon but I think I'll cut my teeth here for a while. Great lens thanks I'l bookmark it as I'm sure i'll be back!

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              KathyZ1 3 years ago

              Great lens, thanks for your sharing!

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              TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

              I am a writer and I build my husband's and my websites.

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              TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

              Okay, something I just found annoying... I have tried to take your opinion polls twice, left the lens and came back fresh and tried more times but it won't let me take the poll. I'm not sure if they are closed or not working correctly... However, it does let me fill in the comment section...

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              Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

              @TanjaCrouch: Sorry, they must not be working right today. I will check into this, and thanks for letting me know!

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