I mentioned yesterday that I’d help you create a writing portfolio. You need this to be able to show off your writing samples, without having to even think about writing for free.
Your writing portfolio needs to showcase all your best work. There are a few ways to do it. You can:
- Share a page with your links or documents separated by sites
- Share a page with links or documents separated into niches
- Share a page with links or documents in no particular order
The way I do it will depend on what I want to get out of my writing portfolio. I’ve done both by site and by niche. I’ve never done it in no particular order, but that’s the OCD in my coming out.
Sharing By Site
When you share by site, you can make a note of all the places you’ve been published. You get the chance to show your prospective clients that you’ve been featured of major publications and that you have a great command of the written word.
This is great if you definitely have major publications you’ve been shared on. You can separate the Huffington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur and so much more.
You can also keep your posts somewhat organized.
I’ve done this when I want to feature a specific type of writing. I’ll do it when I’m trying to get into more news writing sites, because I get to show that I have been featured on numerous publications and I have a good command of news writing.
Sharing by Niche
This is my favorite way of sharing my writing portfolio. It means I can share to specific niches, without them questioning whether I have any experience at all in the niche.
Now that I’ve been writing for so long, sharing through this method takes time. I have my links to my best articles in an Excel sheet, separated by niche. I can just grab and go to share my writing portfolio quickly and effectively.
If you’re applying to job listings, showing your pre-written samples on a specific niche is helpful. You get to show that you have a command of the written word and experience in the niche. You build your brand and authority within that niche.
Sharing Links or Documents
So, I prefer sharing links. There are two main reasons for that:
- I show I’ve been published online
- It’s harder for someone to steal (not impossible at all, but harder since Google has the date that I first published it)
If I was going to share through documents, I’d always make sure I shared PDF formats. They’re harder for someone to copy and change. Of course, with the way technology is going, it’s definitely not impossible with documents or links.
The links are also easier for me to grab and go when sharing my writing portfolio. I can just add hyperlinked text to webpages or I grab and pop them in an email to make them pitch specific.
My writing portfolio on my site hasn’t been updated in a long time, but you can see it to get an idea of a site-by-site share. I’m working on changing this to be more modern and focus more on niches than anything else. I’ve got a bit to do this week and then I’ll work on it so will share it again to let you know when I do.
Having a writing portfolio laid out how you want is better than not having one at all. You give potential clients the chance to see your work without having to get in touch, and you can direct them to niche-specific content when you want to break into particular niches, apply to specific job postings, or pitch to some potential clients and websites.
Do you have a writing portfolio to show your writing samples? If not, it’s time to create one to help you get the clients you deserve.