It’s the first Tuesday of September, so that means it’s time to learn and to ask for your kudos and MoGo7000 results. Let’s start with learning 7 Steps to a Quality Speaker Website…
One of the most important tools for any speaker is the internet home. It can be a blog, a website, or a combination of both, but you must have some sort of presence on the World Wide Web. It’s the minimum event planners expect. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive site, but it does need to be a good representation of you.
Here are 7 steps to a website that will serve you well without breaking your budget.
1. A welcome on the front page. With millions of websites now on the internet, we can’t take a single visit for granted. For that reason, we should be sure to welcome each visitor on the homepage.
2.Â An About page. Visitors want to know a little about you, your experience, your life, and your family.
3.Â A list of speaking topics and printable one-sheet. Be sure to check out my earlier post at Christian Communicators, The Speaker One-Sheet is NOT Dead. But don’t stop with a one-sheet. Your topics should also be listed with a short blurb giving the reader a glimpse of what they will learn.
4.Â A Contact page. Make it easy for your visitor to get in touch with you. Small Contact Buttons at the top or bottom of the pages require too much effort to locate.
5.Â Photos throughout. As with many other digital tools in today’s world, websites need a variety of casual and professional photos scattered throughout.
6.Â Easy to follow tabs and links. Make it as easy as possible for visitors to move from one page to another without having to go back, if possible. I know my website (www.VondaSkelton.com) isn’t perfect by any means, but I do think it’s a good example of locating info with ease on a speaker website. Of course, it does NOT have to be that big, I’m primarily talking about the ease of the visitors finding the information they need. Note the cross-referencing between pages with direct links. That helps a lot!
7.Â Include good video, if possible. Here’s a post on my funny YouTube video, but it could apply to any video that promotes your ministry: You Oughta Be in Pictures. But please realize that no video is better than bad video.
Of course, there will always be many more options you can utilize for a more encompassing website, but these 7 steps will help you create a budget-minded website that will introduce you and your ministry to the world.
Calling All Kudos!
Okay, friends, itâ€™s time for us to celebrate YOU and celebrate EACH OTHER! After all, thatâ€™s the goal of The Christian Writerâ€™s Denâ€“-to encourage and instruct writers.
In order to do that, I need to hear from you. It doesnâ€™t matter how small it may seem to you or how recently itâ€™s been, every step forward is a step that leads to the next one.
So I want to know what youâ€™ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe youâ€™ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you. Everybodyâ€™s welcome to share.
Itâ€™s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)
I canâ€™t wait for us to celebrate with you!
Who Worked on Their MoGo7000 in August?
If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in August, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2016 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! Itâ€™s open to everyone who qualifies.
To report your August results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in August. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday).Â
If you missed out on last yearâ€™s money-winning writing challenge, donâ€™t worry, the 2016 Challenge continues! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and youâ€™ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100.
Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the â€śhatâ€ť for the drawing. Reach the goal one month and youâ€™ll have one entry. Just starting out? Donâ€™t worry! Meet it the next 4 months and youâ€™ll have 4 entries!
So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. And it doesnâ€™t cost you a cent.
Well, that does it for another first Tuesday at the Christian Writer’s Den. I hope you learned something or were encouraged by something today. That is certainly my goal for you and me!
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,