So you want to build your business online. The to-do list is long and mighty. Pricing, and marketing, and packages and websites and social media….the list goes on and on.
But there are the simple things to get right from the start. Here are 3 of them.
Have a photo next to your comments.
Commenting is good for creating online relationships and getting a little more noticed in the big ocean of the internet. Plus, you can get some traffic out of it too. But you gotta stand out. And you can start with your photo.
Does your photo show up when you comment on other people’s blogs? If not, get on it!
It’s called a gravatar, and you need one!
It’s super simple to set up, just head on over to gravatar.com, sign up with a wordpress.org account, add your email address (that you use when commenting), upload your photo, and you’re good to go! Gravatar will magically put your photo next to your comments on wordpress blogs.
You can also had mutliple email addresses if you tend to comment with different ones.
Put your website url in the about section on your Facebook page.
If someone visits your Facebook page, they will likely want to check out your site as well. Make it easy on them (me). Don’t make me click on the about section, scroll down and find your url. Too many steps! Or worse, if I don’t see it there, I might not go looking. And if I don’t look, I’m not going to visit your website and get sucked into your world, sign up for your email list or buy from you.
Have a domain name email.
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to mention the problem with emails like email@example.com. I’m going to assume you have at least firstname.lastname@example.org for example. However, if you’re in business, and certainly if you have your own domain name, you need a domain email.
Need help? Here are some videos I put together for my web design clients.
You first need to set it up with your hosting company. This is how you do it with Bluehost:
You then need to connect it within Gmail:
Do you already have these 3 little things taken care of? Yes? Great! If not, get on it!
And don’t forget to let me know in the comments (to prove you have your gravatar set up, duh!)
Know someone that is not doing one of these must-do’s? Share this post with them and they’ll thank you later once they realize how much more professional of an online human they’ve become!