This blog post reveals 11 amazing yet simple examples of personal websites that position professionals as experts and leaders in their field. You can use this to inspire your website so you can look like an expert and leader in your field.
There’s a misconception that websites can only be made by web developers or tech savvy bloggers. There’s also a misconception that the only people who need a website are journalists, businesses and social media influencer’s… when this isn’t true.
Every professional needs a website. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student, graduate, professional, freelancer or entrepreneur. Having your own website helps you build a strong brand online and makes you look like an expert and leader in your field.
If you’d like to get speaking opportunities, a new job, amazing work opportunities or simply become known and well connected in your field, you need a website to show people your expertise. A CV/Resume simply isn’t going to cut it.
Here are some examples of how people of various skill levels, ages and in different industries created their own website to stand out and become leaders in their field.
Examples of students
#1 – Taha Khan – Link
Why we love this: Though Taha is a student, he looks like a genius. He’s studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics and although he doesn’t seem to be looking for a job at the moment, he’s created a website that shows he’s passionate about the topic and he’s effective at communicating ideas. So effective, overtime, he’s built a YouTube following of over 11,000 followers. His content is so good, he now works as a consultant and advises charities and companies on how to create engaging content online. Not a bad gig for an undergraduate student!
#2 – Kimberly Horton – Link
Why we love this: Kimberly Horton is a 19-year-old college freshman currently studying Computer Science at university. I love her blog because it shows that though she’s nerdy and has a passion for coding, she’s also personable. You can imagine she’d be a good fit for your team. The best part is, her blog isn’t fancy. It does one thing very well – she gives you an insight into who she is, what she does and why you should get to know her. This is all we need to know to like her and want to talk to her about work opportunities. Thanks Kimberly!
Examples of junior to mid-level professionals
#3 PROFESSIONAL: – Ximena Vengoechea – Link
Why We Love It: Ximena is a researcher at Twitter. She’s used very simple handmade illustrations to tell her story about what she does and what she’s good at. Even if someone thinks researchers are more scientific, data driven and not so creative, she proves she’s all in one. She cares about data and communicating stories in a way people enjoy. This is a fantastic way to show just how thoughtful and talented she is. Her website has helped her write for leading publications such as Inc., Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Muse, among others.
#4 PROFESSIONAL: Devon Stank, Link
Why we love it: Devon is a developer … and what can I say? Within seconds of landing on his website, you can see how talented he is. He’s taken things one step further by not only showing his background and resume, he also provides courses and products people can buy. This shows he’s an expert in his field.
#5 PROFESSIONAL: Nathaniel Koloc – Link
Why we love it: Nathaniel has mastered his elevator pitch and it shows. Within minutes of visiting his website, I know that he’s not only a Talent Executive, but he works with companies and individuals who want to be at the forefront of making positive changes in society. His website is great for attracting meaningful projects.
Examples of Director level professionals
#6 DIRECTOR: Callie Schweitzer – Link
Why we love it: Callie’s website is sooooo simple, yet makes her look like a boss. Not only is she the Founder of a Creative Consulting firm, she worked as the Chief Content Officer for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global business, and she’s an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, The Huffington Post and PEOPLE. She has received wide industry recognition for her impact including being named twice to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30, AdWeek’s list of Future Publishers, Inc.’s 30 Under 30 and one of TIME’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds in the World….. In other words, her bio is so impressive, all she needs is a photo, a blank page and a couple short paragraphs about her to show she’s a leader in her field. If you have a lot of credibility too, something as simple as this could work for you too.
#7 DIRECTOR: Anthony Wiktor – Link
Why we love it: Anthony’s website is great for 3 reasons. Firstly, it’s immediately clear he’s good at branding and marketing, which is important as he’s a Creative Director. Secondly, he makes you feel confident about trusting his expertise. He’s won a ton of awards and has worked with a long list of big clients. Thirdly, he shares a portfolio of various projects he’s done for some clients. I can’t fault a single thing on his website. If you don’t want to blog and you purely want to show you’re an expert, this is the way to do it.
Examples of entrepreneurs and coaches
#8 ENTREPRENEUR / COACH: Grant Baldwin – Link
Why we love it: Grant’s website gets straight to the point. You know this is the person you need to follow if you’re interested in finding and booking speaking gigs.
#9 ENTREPRENUR / COACH: SheRocks@College – Link
Why we love it: This website is amazing. If you’re a student who’s finding it difficult to get your grades up and succeed in college, you immediately know Clarissa is your girl. Her tone of voice on the website is perfect for her audience, her branding is great and she has really simple steps you can take to learn from her and work with her.
Examples by social media content creators
#10 SOCIAL: Andrew Huang – Link
Why we love it: Andrew Huang is a YouTuber with over 1.3 million followers. What you might not know is a lot of YouTubers don’t have a website. He’s one of the few that do and he’s executed it brilliantly. His website is clearly made for his followers who want to see his videos and know what cities he’s touring in. It’s also a helpful website for brands who want to learn more about him and make decisions on collaborating with him.
And there you have it. Those are 10 simple yet effective personal website templates that make professionals of various background look like experts.
If you’d love to have your own website but worry it’s too technical to do it yourself. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. On this weekends YouTube channel, I’ll be sharing how to create your own personal website in a few easy steps – no coding or tech knowledge needed.