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Win a Free, Video Review of Your Writer Website

Carol Tice | 41 Comments

If you want to earn well as a freelance writer today, you need a writer website.

Seriously. If you have no site, it’s like you are nobody. You don’t exist.

More than just having a writer website, you need that site to impress prospects and make them want to pick up the phone and hire you.

If you’re like most writers, you also need to get that website done on a budget.

What makes a strong writer website that helps you get hired?

We’re going to find out next week.

My webmaster David Robert Hogg has generously offered to do a free video website review for one lucky reader from this blog.

David’s video reviews are great — I actually connected with him after he did a video review of this blog, giving me dozens of tips for how to make it better. His video reviews usually run 45 minutes and costs $199, so this is a great opportunity to get some high-quality advice for free!

Everybody really wins in this contest.

How? We’re going to post the winner’s video here on the site next week. So we’ll all get to learn along with the winner about how to make a great writer website.

Contest rules:


Leave us your writer site URL in the comments.


Tell us the biggest question you have about your writer site.

David and I will pick the most intriguing site and set of questions for the review. We’ll let the winner know by Monday, and the winning video will be up here later in next week.

What would you like to know about your writer website? Leave that comment and URL.

41 comments on “Win a Free, Video Review of Your Writer Website

  1. Deborah Bosi on

    On the off chance that I am not too late, here’s my entry. I have received a lot of positive feedback from other writers about my site, but I have only received 2 inquiries for work. What’s missing?

    • Carol Tice on

      Hi Deborah —

      The contest is over — you can read the winning video reviews here.

      Not sure if you’re a current Freelance Writers Den member, but I offer website reviews as a member service and do several every week. We also have several videos on website design and usability in the Den.

  2. Tom Bentley on

    Carol and David: thanks for the opportunity. My biggest question, since I am a business writer, journalist and fiction writer, is if having all of those hats visible on my site detracts from any on an individual basis. I will never be a specialist, but I wonder if the overly broad generalist tag puts me in a business disadvantage. Thanks!

    • Linda H on

      That’s a great question Tom. My marketing mentor said by combining my varied writing talents I become “a jack of all trades and master of none.” However, as writers we have to be a diversified writer to be able to handle all our writing assignments/gigs. I’ll be interested to hear what David has to say about this on the call as well.

  3. Stephanie Vozza on

    My website is I’m warning you: it needs a serious makeover and a consistent identity. I feel like Sybil. I do feature writing and copywriting and ghostwriting. I also published my own book, but I’m not sure how to make all of these personalities play nicely in one website. I’d love for (Dr.) David to prescribe a course of action.

    Thanks so much for your consideration and good luck to everyone!!

  4. Linda H on

    How can I convincingly combine my writing talents as a resume writer and as a freelance copywriter. I’ve been told to focus only on the resume writing, provide my prices (which isn’t a wise idea and not everyone does it), and forget about my experience as a freelance writer because there are too many freelancers out there and the marketing is too hard. “For faster cash flow production, focus on resume writing,” said my web mentor. I disagree with him. He suggested rewriting my Home page, which I changed to a “Welcome” page, and I rewrote my About Linda A. Hamilton page, but it still needs help. He said nobody will look at my portfolio so don’t worry about it, even though it contains varied clips.

    How can I incorporate both my freelancing with my resume writing? I’m both and I’m good at both. I’m marketing as both. Now I’m interested in making it work so I can earn a living wage!

    Thank you.

    • Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper on

      Linda, I don’t claim to be a marketing guru, but it sounds like you and I share a similar skill set, and I disagree with the person who told you not to promote all of your services on your website, particularly since they are in the same field/industry. If you look at my website,, you’ll see how I have a separate tab for each of my services.

      If your services were in different industries, e.g., writing/editing/publishing and culinary arts, then, of course I would recommend NOT including your culinary services on the site, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

      I doubt that David will be answering all of our questions–it sounds like he will just be answering the question(s) that the winner asks–but I would love to know his response to your question (and mine too, of course). πŸ˜‰ Good luck!

      • Linda H on

        Michelle, Thank you for both your comments, I appreciate the support. I’m happy to say that I didn’t listen to him and went ahead and combined my talents on the website. I also combined them on my Services page, but put links to the different sections so you don’t have to read the entire page to get to my business writing section.

        I used the same approach on my ad and am happy to say that I got a lead today for a prospective client. Since it costs me to follow the lead and there’s no guarantee I’ll even get the work, I may dismantle the ad or add my personal information so people can connect with me without using Thumbtack. But it’s encouraging. I’m going to spend much of Saturday (working a half-day) copying the information to my Linked In profile, and my Merchant Circle page.

        You’re welcome to check out my website,, and give me your personal feedback if you’d like. I’ll do that for you too if you’d like.

        We can see what Dr. David will cover on his call. Regardless of who wins, I know we’ll all gain from his insight.

  5. Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper on

    My website is I have my blog built into my website. I’ve been blogging once a week because I’ve been advised that having fresh content on one’s site increase’s one’s rankings in the search engines. (I’d like to blog more often but don’t have the time to write for myself when I’m writing and editing for clients.) I’ve also been advised that video and links back to one’s site (from other sites) increases SEO, so I have 3 questions for David:
    1. Where, on my site, would be the best place to post a video?
    2. How could I post a videot without compromising the appearance of the web page on which that video would appear?
    3. What is the best way to get others to backlink to your site?
    Thank you.

  6. Kyle O'Briant on

    I am just getting back into the writing game after working in the graphic design field for some time. I built my writer site this week, and actually feel pretty good about it. With my graphic design experience, it makes sense for me to swing for the writer that can guide your design needs as well. I have included a few pieces of my design work in my portfolio. Partially to help fill it out a bit, but also to act as validation of my ability to help on that end. So, my question is: Should I keep the design work or nix it and only communicate my design experience through my about/resume page?

  7. Emily Sicard on

    My site is I’m looking to make writing my focus in 2012β€”at the moment it’s my side job. As I get started, I’m wondering whether there’s a better way to incorporate my portfolio clips and resume. My site is a central hub to the outside sites hosting those. Should I change that? And if so, how? I want to make sure my content is as accessible and searchable as possible.

  8. Nancy Dorman-Hickson on

    My web site was created to help promote my work and my “brand”: Southern writer who has written award-winning pieces for the web, for print publications, and for books as a collaborative author. The site is also to help me building an author’s platform for future work by promoting me as a speaker.

    I have an email newsletter for that purpose but may change to a blog on my site,

    I tried to make the site function as place that promotes me (and my “brand”) as a creative professional with the ability to produce great writing in a variety of venues. Is my site doing a good job at these diverse but related goals?

  9. Cynthia Rosi on

    Hi Carol –
    I like the fact my website design is clean, but is it too spare? I like to display my skills in journalism, pr and fiction, but should it have a primary focus? My goal with this site is to re-assure prospects that I’m qualified to hire. I’d like to do this job better.
    Thanks – Cynthia

  10. Katherine Swarts on


    Big Question: What are the most important principles for a writer (read “text specialist”) to follow in regard to graphics and video? Most of my experience is with information that, in bound books, would be published without illustration. (Where these projects *were* illustrated, the client or publisher provided the visuals.)

  11. Paul Callaghan on

    I am getting lots of traffic but would love to turn more of those people into clients. Also I get a lot of spam comments on the blog – something I have never encountered with other blogs I have written. What’s the best way of filtering the spam- at the moment I’m checking them manually and it takes up a lot of reading time.

  12. Pinar Tarhan on

    My question is: Can my website reflect the two sides of me?
    I have good observational skills and a lot of experience (as well as theoritcal knowledge) when it comes to advertising, pr and hrm. But these are usually the more “serious” areas. But I also have this fun, and maybe even a bit quirky side that gives me great material when writing about relationships and entertainment. Now, I claim that you can specialize in several different areas-but how you can I show that I can be as formal or informal as needed? While I love writing less serious stuff, I wouldn’t want to give up the chance to write about the areas I’m educated and interested in. Hope this is specific and distinctive enough.

    The Website:

  13. Sharon Hurley Hall on

    My writer website is I created it as a showcase where clients could see my services and past client feedback. I’d love it if the site attracted two new clients with high paid blogging contracts in 2012. So my question is: how could I optimize my site to help it do that?

  14. Alissa Johnson on

    I created a free web site on WordPress so prospective clients and readers could find me and see who I am. As part of that I blog to keep it updated and fresh. As a journalist and creative writer (as well as an outdoor enthusiast) my updates cover a range of topics with a writing theme. But I wonder: does it need to be more focused? Write on one topic? Go so far as to give it a proper name?

  15. Lori on

    i have just put together my website, and i am waiting til jan to put it out there. i have questions about the url name. is .net vs .com ok, or is it lame? also, should i have write in the web address instead of just my name? any suggestions are welcome.
    thanks so much.

  16. Christina on

    I’m still in the beginning stages of building a writing career, and I want to build a niche without limiting myself too much. In the beginning, I feel it’s important to try different things, so I can develop an expertise in certain areas. How do I best convey that with my website?

    • Carol Tice on

      Hi Christine —

      I have to weigh in on this one right away to say — whatever you’ve got, get it up there. No portfolio means no one is going to call you. Where a few clips, you never know who might find them just the sort of thing they want from you.

  17. Anne Wayman on

    Okay, my writer website is It does pretty well for me but as I move into 2012 I’d like it to bring me two well paid ghostwriting clients that also offer a percentage of residual income – and have a chance of earning me some. That’s awfully specific I know. But you asked.

    Fun contest.

  18. Michael on

    I’d like to knows the ways in which I can “refine” my website to the point where clients feel like I’m speaking to them directly, making them feel like there’s no other writer who could possibly be a better fit for them. I want them to want to know more and to get sucked in to my site so there will be no temptation to look anywhere else.

  19. Kimberly R. on
    I’d like to know how much text (and keywords) I really need. I had one SEO expert tell me I needed to out-word-count other writer websites, and another told me it didn’t matter as much, if my descriptions, tags, metadata, etc. were in place.

    I expect to generate more business through networking than through random internet searches that find me. So how important is it, really, to try to come out on top of a Google search in my industry?

  20. Lisa Baker on

    My site is a niche blog that I started to promote myself as a specialist in my niche and to promote workshops I teach. But I’m struggling with how to use it to also promote my writing services. I don’t know if I should create a separate writer site with different keywords or try to make this site more findable for clients looking for writers. Right now it’s basically a niche blog with a “hire me” page, but no one who’s searching for a writer would find it…


  21. Candace Schuler on

    My biggest question has to do with the fact that I’m a generalist as a writer. I write grant proposals (a lot!), direct mail appeals, white papers, newsletter and web content, marketing collateral, case studies, and so forth. I also write romance novels. How do I make my website reflect that? Should I even try? Should I have two distinct websites?

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