Right now I just have a haphazard blog design for my design business (http://dcfolio.blogspot.com/), but I would like something more substantial. I took a cue from one of Darren Rowse‘s articles (on ProBlogger) and developed an 'elevator speech' to help me define what I do…
“Doug Cloud is a professional graphic artist from Michigan specializing in branding, character design, illustration, and personal identity development.”
Right now I just have this 'speech' inserted in the description of my blog and in my Twitter profile. I‘m also trying to update it wherever I find it on the Web. Now that I have a good description of what I do I‘d like to have a business site for my design services so I can focus on providing samples of my work, contact info, and some kind of design submission form.
My portfolio site (dougcloud.net) gives the impression to visitors that I just do cartoon work. I want to move away from this impression and also highlight my other areas of expertise.
What I'm looking for:
1. Where to build my design business? Lot of options out there and yet everyone keeps suggesting WordPress. I would like to have my site set up where I can tweak the content, code, and layout if I want.
2. What pages to include - About Me, Contact, Design Submission Form, etc.? These are the things I'd like to know more about.
3. Layout and design for a business type site? What works best and comes across as professional? My site right now on Blogger (D. C. Designs) has received some positive feedback, but does it represent me as a professional or simply a "guy who draws cartoons".
4. SEO of the new site? I haven't a clue about all this SEO business, but I know from reading about it that it's vital to a site's success. I would like to know how to implement SEO to make the most of my new business venture.
That's about it for right now. If you can offer anything else I should be considering please let me know. Any suggestions, ideas, and advice will be very appreciated.
This post has been edited by dcloud: 14 October 2009 - 11:39 AM