5 types of personal branding websites for web presence

What happens when someone does a web search on your name? Are you telling your own story or is someone else? Don’t let others hijack your name as a top result on search engines and taint your reputation by presenting you in a less than flattering light.

You have to have a web presence. Tell your own story. Having a personal website (or blog) is being called personal branding. There are books and many articles written about why it’s important. Finding examples is sorta scattered all over the web. Here’s 5 basic types of personal websites to help visualize what your web presence could look like:

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1. single web page – A basic web presence; a landing page; a digital business card:

2. website + blog combo – the home page has a plethora of features along with most recent blog entries:

3. personal blog – blog-centric, the most recent blog entry is prominently displayed, maybe with extra pages to describe services and/or podcasts and/or whatever:

4. brochure with a blog – a splash/landing page with basic info and a blog (some updated more often than others); the blog is on separate web page(s) than the home page:

5. business web site – website uses a company name rather than a personal name; typical of a freelancer with (usually) single person or a few people:

Since the home page of (practically) any website gets the most web traffic, so you’d want to emphasize what you think is most important to your website visitors. Any other comments you’d add?

Quick start tip: have something! If Google doesn’t see you, do you exist? If you’re able to keep a blog updated at least once a week, put that more prominently (#2 or #3); if you’d prefer to feature your services and updates are infrequent, #4 or #5 would fit you better.

Contact me for personal coaching about establishing your personal web presence, personal branding, and strategies for extending your online engagement.

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7 Responses

  1. Artie Davis says:

    DJ, I was quite honored that you featured my site on your post. Thanks my brother.

    • djchuang says:

      @Artie, thank you for stopping by and adding a comment. I thought of the ones that came to top of mind, and I happen to remember yours. 🙂

  2. Jeff Swan says:

    Very helpful, DJ. Thanks for sharing your insights with us, and for analyzing the options.

  3. Fred Mok says:

    I appreciate you living out what you write about. Thank you for the tips on finding my voice and making my web presence felt. I look forward to dialoguing with you and others about Asian American Christianity.

    • djchuang says:

      @Fred, super to hear of your new blog! Thanks for stopping by and adding a comment – and glad to see you blogging now and joining the bigger conversation of how we can together serve the next generations of Asian Americans

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