How I Fixed My Sucky Writer Website

Carol Tice

How I Fixed My Sucky Writer Website. Makealivingwriting.comI spend a lot of time improving the look and feel of this-here blog. Just take a look at that ripping new subscription box over in the sidebar, for instance.

But meanwhile, my own writer website was kind of thrown on the back burner. Yeah, that’s a screen shot of it there on the right. Lovely, eh?

Over time, it started to look dated. Stuff got broken and I couldn’t update some of the pages anymore.

I limped along for a while, because the site was still getting me some nice gigs, and it ranked great for my key search term, as you can see.Google search results for my writer website.

But finally…I couldn’t take it anymore.

So I called on my awesome, hardworking yet affordable webmaster, David Robert Hogg. He helped me create a much better look for my writer site — and when I say “helped,” I mean he did like 95% of everything, and I checked the links to make sure they worked.

Even better, now it’s in WordPress, so I can easily update it myself in future.

Wanna see? You can take a tour below. In this short video, I show you chapter and verse on why my old site sucked, and then show you how the new site does it better.

Hopefully some good ideas in there for writers to use on their own sites. You can view it here.


  1. Pankaj Mondal

    Hi Carol,
    Thanks for your great feedback. I’m learning the tricks of the trade from you. Recently, I launched my maiden wordpress blog to reach out to clients. Please could you find some time and let me know the changes to be made in order to make it more friendly?

    Looking forward to your kind help.



    • Carol Tice

      I’m sorry I’m not able to provide free blog reviews via my post comments or email, Pankaj — there are a lot of best practices to know! And I get many such requests every week — just not enough hours in the day.

      But I did put all my tips into this ebook:

  2. Kim

    Hi Carol.

    I’ve read this post before, but came back for a refresher and.. it’s gone! 🙁

    • Carol Tice

      What the…hey! I am looking into this now…hopefully we have this in one of our database backups. Stay tuned!

    • Carol Tice

      Believe we’ve got it back up — take another look, Kim!

  3. Anja Emerson

    A writer’s website is like a virtual business card and the way it looks is key to the way one is perceived by potential clients or fellow writers.

    I’m still in the process on working to improve my freelance writer’s blog, so if anyone has any useful tips or constructive criticism, please feel free to let me know what you think.

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