How to Make a FREE Personal Brand Website

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Welcome to Part 1 of the Website Series!

This series is dedicated to helping you through building a website from beginning to end.

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Building a brand, whether it is personal or professional, starts with a website. It is a place for you, as the brand owner, to describe who or what you are, update your audience + allow them to contact you all in your unique way.

It may seem like a daunting task, but there are several resources out there allowing you to create a website hassle free. Yes, that means you do not need to be “Tech Savvy” or “know code” in order to make a great website.

Here are 6 easy steps to begin building your website.

Step 1: Find Inspiration

Find at least five websites that you like or something specific about them that you would like to replicate. This will give you a foundation to tweak to your liking.

The top five websites that I am currently digging are:

My Fab Finance

Kahlea Nicole

Jessica Massey

The Voyage Society

Erin May Henry

Step 2: Select a Website Builder and/or Host

Within this step of finding how you will build your website, there are details of exactly how it will be done.

Two methods of building a website

  • Use a website builder to create + host your site.

  • Use a website builder to create the website + use a separate host.

How to Create Your Website with a Website Builder

Besides paying for a designer or agency to develop a customized website, you can use online website builders.

There are many website builders online, which you can find by researching “free website builder.”

I will be sharing with you four website builders. Weigh the different features offered for each of them + choose carefully what works best for you + your business.

When I first created my blog in 2017, I chose Weebly as my website builder + host. This is a great beginning builder platform to easily get the job done. Here is a complete tutorial.

My website is now hosted by Wix. It allows me to utilize features + customize my website cost effectively using my premium plan. Here is an article with steps on how to make a website with Wix.

You may have seen some of your favorite YouTubers mention their video is sponsored by Squarespace. Beyond having a great marketing strategy, it is well-known for it’s clean + simple designs with 24/7 technical support + user-friendly shop features. is a good alternative if you are interested in blogging or interested in having a lot more control over your site.

How to Create + Host Your Website

If you are creating your site on (notice the difference .com vs .org), you can host your site with another provider, like BlueHost or Siteground. This does require you to download WordPress as an application + set it up. Here is a great article on the difference between vs to learn more.

Here is a video on how to set up your website + self-host with GoDaddy.

Step 3: Choose a Free or Premium Plan

During this step you will choose what type of account you want.

Some of the website builders listed allow you to build a website for free. The catch is that they will display advertisements on your site, like this.

You can select a free or purchased template on all website builders above. Also, you can purchase a premium account to avoid ads promoted by the website builder.

If you want a completely free website with no monthly expenses, then leave the ads on + focus on posting quality content. No need for perfection the first time if you just don’t have the money.

Now that you have chosen the plan to use, let’s dive into what to put on your website.

Step 4: Pages of Website

If you are creating a portfolio, resume, or personal branding website, consider making a one pager. It is simple to create + easy to navigate. The main reason for considering this is while you may not have tons of content to spread out, your audience can find exactly what they are looking for on the main page.

If you fall within other categories, here is a basic page outline. Most websites have a Home Page, About, Services or Shop, Blog, + Contact page. Feel free to add + drop pages to fit your outline.

Among the pages that will be easily found from your navigation, there are some additional pages you should create to lead people to your site from other places. A links page for social media which is listed within your bio + offers quick links to resources or specific pages of your websites. An email subscriber page where you audience can provide you with their contact information to receive your news + offers directly. A landing page for your opt-in freebie that will be used to entice people to subscribe by giving them valuable information.

Step 5: Website Elements

Before you fill in your website, grab a free SEO Guide + Checklist to make sure your site + the elements of your site are optimized to attract organic traffic from your content.

Now, it is time to add in your content. Below is a master list of specific content you can add to each page.

Key elements to add to your Home Page are:

  • Video / Image to make a good first impression

  • Brief About section explaining your mission, products or services

  • 3 Quick Actions:

  • Minimum of 3 Latest Blog Posts

  • 3 Popular Services Offered

  • 3 videos

  • Opt-In Freebie

  • Next Steps

  • Sign up for consultation or more info

  • Contact, Book or Register

  • Etc.

Key elements to add to your About Page are:

  • Mission

  • Vision

  • Background / story

  • How this company can help the client or customer

  • People who work at or contribute to the company

Key elements to add to your Services / Shop page are:

  • Use built in features of the website builder to assist in creating options

  • If you don’t have services or a shop yet, make a preview or coming soon box

  • Prompt people to subscribe for product / service releases

Key elements to add to your Blog Page are:

  • A brief description of the content the blog covers

  • Add categories to sort posts based on interests

  • An option to view All blog posts offered

Key elements to add to your Contact Page are:

  • Contact form

  • Additional information:

  • Physical location if you have one + embed google map

  • People in the company with individual emails

  • Encourage people to just say hi + introduce themselves, reach out for press, or if they have questions

Key elements to add to your links page are:

  • Easy access to important links, blog posts, hidden resources etc.

Key elements to add to your Subscribe to Newsletter page are:

  • What kind of emails they will receive

  • When + how often to expect new content

  • Benefit of subscribing (freebie)