Your author website is a powerful networking tool, essentially acting as your online business card. Since your website represents you as a writer to readers, editors, or literary agents, it should look professional and polished—not like the cheapest option you could find. Take this easy self-test from the experts at Web Design Relief to determine if your author website is functional and informative, or if it’s filled with common mistakes.
Self-Test: Is Your Author Website First Quality…Or Second-Rate?
Are You Using Good-Quality Images?
A: Yes, all of my images have at least a 300dpi resolution.
B: Some images are blurry, but most are clear.
C: Images? What images?
Is Your Font Uniform And Legible?
A: I have a dedicated font for headings and a dedicated font for body text.
B: No, but all of my fonts are in the same family (serif or sans serif).
C: The more fonts the merrier!
Does Your Author Bio Appear Professional?
A: Yes, my publishing credits and bio have been thoroughly proofread!
B: My author bio is acceptable, but has not been updated in quite a while.
C: I have no author bio on my website.
Are You Integrating Your Social Media Feeds?
A: I have icons or widgets for my author Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more!
B: I just post handles to my social media accounts. Or most of them anyway…
C: What’s a social media feed?
Do You Offer A Safe “Contact Me” Page?
A: My contact page keeps personal information secure and requires CAPTCHA verification.
B: I give my personal contact information (my email address and phone number) on my site.
C: I don’t want web visitors to contact me!
For Book Authors: Are You Including Links To Multiple Booksellers On Your Website?
A: I sure am! I include buttons to Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and more!
B: I post information on where people can buy my book, but don’t have direct links.
C: Google is free! If people want to buy my book, they can find it themselves!
If You Are Blogging, Is Your Blog Up To Date?
A: Yes! I update at least once a week and especially if I have new info to share with my readers.
B: Not really. I update my blog every few months.
C: I am just now remembering that I have a blog.
How Easy Is Your Website To Navigate?
A: Very easy! I have a menu bar, and a header logo that takes users directly to my homepage.
B: Most of my website’s pages are directly available through my homepage, but some pages are hidden.
C: I can’t even navigate my own website.
Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?
A: Absolutely! Every element on my website is optimized for mobile use.
B: My website opens on mobile, but it is a bit difficult to read.
C: The last time I opened my mobile website, I had to visit the Genius Bar or Geek Squad.
If you picked mostly A: Congratulations on a stellar website!
Your website works as a first-class, professional platform for your writing career! Display it proudly.
If you picked mostly B: Your website is close, but needs a little work before it qualifies as a professional author website.
You may have great intentions for your website, but they may be executed poorly or need some updates. When it comes to professionalism, there is no cutting corners. Your website may benefit from some much-needed TLC, like a yearly update.
If you picked mostly C: There’s no way around it—your website needs help.
Some websites need a complete overhaul. With the fast-paced, ever-changing nature of the Internet, your author website can quickly fall behind in functionality, and this could hurt your writing career. If your website is difficult to navigate or full of broken links, visitors will bounce. And if your author website looks second-rate and is filled with typos or grammar mistakes—readers, editors, and agents will assume it reflects on your writing quality.
If you’re ready for a professional-looking author website, the experts at Web Design Relief can help! Whether you’re just starting out or a best-selling author, Web Design Relief will build you an author website perfectly suited to your needs—and we have a package for every budget! Schedule a free consultation today!
Question: What is one thing you want to change about your author website?