5 Ways To Get More Exposure to Your Writing Portfolio

If you’ve already created a writing portfolio website for your clips and writing samples, then congratulations: you’ve just taken the first step in getting your work seen by others. But how do you get people to actually visit your site?

The key to gaining traffic is to get as many websites linking back to your writing portfolio as possible. Here are a few simple ways to do that without look like a spam-bot:

Signatures

Add a link to your writing portfolio in your online signature. This not only goes for email – add it to posts on forums and blog comments, as well.

Participate in Writing Forums

Related to your signature, forums are a great way to interact with fellow writers and build a name for yourself in the field. Add a link your writing portfolio in your profile and your signature. Not sure where to start? I’m a big fan of Absolute Write, but there are loads of similar forums out there for every type of writer.

Social Networks

Join social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr and make sure your profile links back to your writing portfolio.

Get Blogging

Blogging is a great way to gain exposure and establish yourself as a professional in your market of choice. You can start your own blog or guest post on others. As always, remember to link back to your writing portfolio wherever you go.

Business Cards

Business cards may seem old school, but they’re still a great way to market your writing when you’re interacting with people in the real world. Put your portfolio website address on your business cards and give them out whenever you can – at conferences, in meetings, or at the pub. Always keep a few extra in your wallet; you never know when they’ll come in handy.

2 Responses to “5 Ways To Get More Exposure to Your Writing Portfolio”

  1. Tumblemoose Says:

    Monica,

    Exposure is the key to success. I also think that folks need to have a little patience while they build their community. Also, If there is a particular site that you enjoy, don’t hesitate to send a personal email to the owner letting them know and maybe even offering to or asking for a guest post.

    Cheers

    George

  2. monica Says:

    Great point George – there’s no substitute for direct contact. It might take a little extra time, but it’s so worthwhile. One personal email is likely to get you much more attention than a hundred form letters.