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    Hello friends,

    I've been planning for months to launch an official portfolio site for myself and I wanted to hear from you, as customers and people who might be looking for service providers, regarding the content and structure of the site.

    I would appreciate if you give me any ideas and suggestions which (if added to the site) would make you feel that I'm a trustworthy and potential designer/service provider.

    just ask yourself what are the things that you like to see in a provider's site / portfolio and what makes it ideal and best for clients.

    This is very important to me and would certainly help my business grow and maintain good relations with clients yet attract new ones. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks in advance,
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    You site must have good design so that can attract people. and another is easy contact option.
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    Since you offer design services a great (stunning even) and easy to use web design is a must, of course. I also agree about making it easy for potential customers to contact you.

    You might want to make it clear on the very homepage what is your unique selling point, and to help trustworthiness perhaps put testimonials on it which people can easily verify (if possible).

    If you're tweeting you might prominently link to your twitter account since that goes a long way in making you feel real and "down to earth" to customers, especially if you're tweeting about professional design related issues.

    Finally, make it clear exactly what you're offering and what people get for their money. If you don't have specified service packages then make it clear that the service and price is negotiated one on one via the contact method you use, though you could still hint at the arrangements you typically offer.

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    Positive and traceable customer feedback would be great.

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    - good design
    - your previous work
    - information about how you are, why they should choose you
    - contact information

    And make sure you make your clients happy and they will refer you to thier partners/friends...
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    thanks guys, much appreciated. more opinions are welcomed!
    Last edited by Aziz; 30 June, 2010 at 09:58 AM.

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    choices of their services they just want. provide an option.
    if for example a customer just want either this or that and not the other.
    and discounts too

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendricius View Post
    - your previous work
    - information about how you are, why they should choose you
    In addition, i would add a brief history of your offline an online career and diplomas held if applicable. A brief resume and perhaps a professional photograph of yourself would add trust too.

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    if you have got a domain with no id protection, post a link to that, as people will be able to see your real name and adress, as this shows that youve got nothing to hide
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    The biggest thing that people want to see, more than anything else, is results.

    Most people won't care if you have an advanced degree or thirty-six years of experience if you don't have anything to show for it. Since you're in the graphic design business, potential clients will want to see past projects, examples of your best work, testimonials and reviews from clients, and things of that nature. Now, don't get me wrong - you still need to include detailed accounts of your training and experience as well. I recommend you work hard on the graphics on your site. I remember seeing a graphic designer who had a portfolio using Wordpress, and he used a default, free theme. It looked bad and really reduced his credibility all around.

    Be very up-front with your portfolio. Give potential clients an accurate representation of what they can expect from you. Always be honest and never misrepresent yourself or forge any of the information. Give your clients numerous ways to contact you... AIM, YIM, MSN, Skype, E-Mail, etc. Not only does this make it more convenient to reach you, but it improves credibility as well.

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