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3D character rolling e-mail sign.

Blogging is all about connecting with people. Bloggers write for business or pleasure, either publicly or anonymously, (which I do understand because I wrote anonymously for a year), but at some point you need to let people know how to contact you. After a while someone is going to want to get in touch with you to ask about some kind of opportunity be it advertising, a PR agent, or someone in the media who read your post and wants to follow up for a piece they are working on. And the way to do this on your site is to make sure you have a Contact page. I believe this has to be the second most important page on your site followed up right behind your About Me page.

A lot of time readers want to get in touch with you and offer a little more than a note in the comment box and they would rather send you an email. To be a better blogger you need to keep the lines of communication open with your readers, and you want to make this as easy as possible for them.

I can’t tell you how many people I have personally tried to get in touch with after reading a post and spent up to 5 minutes looking for a way to contact someone to no avail, and I believe this is frustrating! And I don’t think you want to frustrate people who could potentially be contacting you for some kind of business, do you?

I just went through a complete re-design of my site and this summer spent a great deal of time on various pages and this was one of the pages that as simple as it seems I made sure I  included. It has my email, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Digg as well as a link to my other site that I Co-Founded with my daughter Sarah  The DC Ladies. I left off my phone number because that is just “me” but to many others this is important and the place to be. I also made sure that at the top of my home page all of my social media icons are just a click away. (But this does not replace a Contact Page)

If you have a Contact form on your page, please do not let that be the only means that someone can get in touch with you, again that pushes the frustration button and seems impersonal, add all of your information.

As an experiment and task for the day take a look at your site and see how easy is it for someone to get your contact information so they can get in touch? If nothing else, email please!

If you have a Contact Page, test it! Make sure all of your links work and take you where you want them to go.

Now, Can I contact you? Let’s link up our Contact Page in the McLinky below! Please take a moment to stop by and visit the lovely blogger before you and leave some love for them too!

About shelley

Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on about.me.

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Comments

  1. I had a “connect” widget on the top right sidebar, but you are right – it needs to be really easy. Also, as we all know, everyone is different and they may actually need to see the word CONTACT. So, I’ve now added a contact page.

  2. Another page I need to update. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Another important point. But I had to hunt around for yours. It’s way down there at the bottom. Did I miss it at the top? And where did you get that nifty icon for about.me? I need to add that button to my site.

    • ahhh i know it is a hard to find a place to link everything, thus the “green” hoping people look for it, but i will def think about it…. icon? you mean pic????

  4. Hi Shelley, a great article because while I do have my widgets on my site to contact me via social media, I should include them on my contact pages so I’m going to do that now. I have a contact form on my contact page though but the extra info. is def. important.

    On another note, the thing we discussed is almost done. I’ll email you in a day or two.

  5. I recently updated my about me page but never thought to add my Google+, Twitter, and Facebook profile. I just joined StumbleUpon. I am off to update everything.

    • Michael, update and link up and if you want to leave the link for you about me page we will be glad to take a look and tweet it out! :)

  6. Went through and realised that my contact page was actually linked to an old contact post that was really lame. All fixed up now!

  7. Great information (as usual). I was specific with the woman designing my site to include this. For now, I keep adding it at the end of every blog. Unfortunately, I am swamped today at work and will not have time to check it all out until the weekend and will get back to you then to let you know if it is all working as it is now. I am sure Erin (designer extraordinaire) will include a great contact link at the top as I asked and I am also going to do an About.Me page once I have an updated “logo/brand”. I really had no idea there was so much involved with making a blog be the easiest to navigate through (user friendly) besides being fun and pretty. Love this! Thanks Shelley for providing me with the most perfect information!

  8. I have had the experience when I could not find the bloggers contact page or eMail. My contact page is easy to get to-it’s at the top of my blog. In January I will be redesigning my blog again. I have a few ideas-can’t wait to get started.

  9. I just added links to my social networking profiles to my contact page (in addition to my email address and the standard contact form). A great idea and something I probably should have done a long time ago. 😉 Thanks for the tips!

  10. I totally liinked the wrong page- delete the first one. Great tip to add the social networking on the contact page too, right now I just have my direct email address in addition to the contact form but I also have the social networking on my about page. You shouldn’t have any trouble contacting me!

  11. My contact info is on my “About” page, as well as the sidebar. I’m all linked up to ya, Shelly!

  12. Like many of the previous commenters, I have widgets in my sidebar, and I also am trying to remember to create multiple contact links at the end of each post. However, I agree with everyone, too, that one of the things that annoys me most is when I go to a site and can’t find an “about us” or “contact” page (it just happened today). So, thanks to you, I now have both ready to rock and roll! Can’t wait until next week!
    J

  13. I have other places to join but I think that you can find me and link up pretty easy.

    What do you think?

    http://mythoughtsonastick.com/about-me/

    -Lindsay

  14. I’ve had the frustration of not being able to figure out how to contact a blogger. Rather than a separate page forcing the person to click more to find me. I wanted my info front and center. All of my contact info is at the top-right of my home page. My email is under my photo. And link icons to social media are next to the photo.

  15. Thanks for the reminder… I’ll do that this weekend. Thank you Shelley for tweeting about my site! I really appreciate it!

  16. I’m with you, Shelley–I don’t post my phone number either. 1) I feel as if the phone is a huge waste of time as it is, and 2) I work nights, so others’ business hours don’t mesh well with me being able to get back in touch efficiently via phone, so I stick to e-mailing. I can multi-task so much more efficiently online, and don’t want to potentially disappoint anyone. xoxo

  17. Thanks for the info! I’m behind on a couple of the weekly lessons but will be working this week to get caught up. Found another great blog by visiting the link before mine.

  18. Okay, I’m going to be the devil’s advocate. I use the contact form because it acts as an email and sends the message to me via email. I actually get more email from people since I started using it instead of just having my email address because I think people feel less intimidated by it…I mean real email…not spam sent because a spambot was able to harvest my email address, even with all of the cute little tricks of using (at) and wide spaces and such.

    I have a Skype phone number specifically set up as a business line–I get an email as soon as someone leaves a voice message–and have added that to my contact page.

  19. I did it … I created an About.Me page …. I never would of thought I’d be able to do that on my own. But here it is http://about.me/thedollsarealright# … check it out! This is on top of creating a “contact us” page on my blog (http://www.thedollsarealright.net/?page_id=905), which I updated.

    • I love love love the about.me page Patricia, and the about page is great with the dolls in front of the computer, love it!

  20. I thought I had this on my page and realized I didn’t, I completed this task tonight.