“This Is Me”: Quick Ways to Get Found With a Profile Page

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These days, nothing is certain. Except you – you’re all you can rely on… Your skills, talent and knowledge. But who knows you? The more people who know you, the more options you have.

“Who are you?” That’s the most common question when someone sees your name online. You need to be able to share who you are. On my freelance writing blog, we’ve been discussing profile pages as a way of making money even without a website. A profile page is your online calling card. It’s a way of sharing who you are. It can tie all your social networking sites together, to build a picture of who you are, without a website.

Why would you want to show who you are?

Let’s look at some reasons.

  • You’re a small business person. You need a way to build credibility and trust. For your leads, your suppliers, and everyone you come into contact with. If someone Googles you, you want to share who you are;
  • You’re employed. You’re not job-hunting yet, but if someone needs your skills, you’re open to better offers;
  • You have an idea for a start-up. You’re bootstrapping, but you may want some capital for your venture soon;
  • You work online, or want to. You want people scouting for someone with your experience and skills to get in touch with you. A little judicious moonlighting would help out with the mortgage, and your kids’ college fund. You need a profile page.

“This is me” – websites on which you can create profile pages

There are many profile websites; let’s look at three good ones.

about.me – simple, easy, fast. Does what it says on the label

I like about.me. Your profile page is easy to set up, and share with others. The site’s adding some social media options, so you can network on the site.

Here’s my page on about.me.

My profile page on about.me
My profile page on about.me

Google+ – if you can’t beat them…

Google+? Yep. You can file this under “if you can’t beat them, you might as well make the most of it.”

Here’s my profile on Google+. The big benefit of a Google+ profile is that it’s Google. People who want to know about you will Google you, so they’ll be able to find you. You’ve got social media with a profile page baked right in.

Don’t fight it… :-)

Flavors.me – I haven’t tried it, but it looks good

I haven’t set up a profile on flavors.me yet, but the site looks good. It seems to have more options than about.me.

So there you have it. If you don’t have a website, at least create a profile page. Get findable, and visible.

Apropos of never knowing who’ll see your page online. I set up a dinky little website in 1997, because I was writing a book for Allen & Unwin on using the Internet for business. Although I never paid much attention to the site, it got me loads of business over the next few years. I even wrote an online creativity course for Barnes & Noble University when someone spotted the site. You never know who’ll see your name online.

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Site-Creator Weebly: Perfect If You’re Novice Website Creator

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From chatting with my writing students, I know that creating a website is an intimidating task. Therefore, I’ve been running a “create websites fast” series on my freelance writing blog.

For business owners who aren’t writers, creating a website can be even more of a challenge. You either end up paying big for a site which never quite does what you think it should, or you keep putting it off.

While there are many easy website creation tools available, my favorite’s Weebly and it’s just been updated.

One of the most useful features in the update is the Site Planner. Weebly Blog – Blog says about the Planner:

“Get ideas and inspiration to help you create a high-quality site or even to have fun refreshing your current one. Site Planner shows you how to organize your information, layout your pages, choose your site address and grow your traffic. And, best of all, it can be easily accessed at anytime while you are working on your site.”

Let the Site Planner inspire you

The Site Planner helps you to set goals for your website — it even has examples, and if you’re wondering what to put on your site, it gives you some ideas for that, too.

As you work through the Planner, you can mark each step complete. Of course, you can go back and review the steps at any time.

Want to see what your site looks like on mobile devices?

No matter what kind of website you have, these days mobile traffic is important. Sadly, many sites are an unappealing mess when accessed on a device. The new version of Weebly has you covered. The Mobile Editor lets you see what your site looks like on a mobile device, and whenever you make changes to your site, both the mobile and your main website are kept in sync.

If you’ve been hesitating and haven’t created a site, take the plunge. You can set up an appealing website in less than an hour with Weebly.