How to make a portfolio
Let's look at some options for how to make a portfolio competitive.
1. Excellent design.
A good design to some extent speaks about the degree of your professionalism. If the design of the freelancer portfolio is primitive, then the client may think that all the works presented in the portfolio are stolen.
Some people do not know the fact that customers can look at the html code of your projects to make sure it's faultless. Try to write a clean, understandable, structured code, use validators in your work, especially when you offer services for creating sites and applications.
Net code affects SEO, reduces the time to load the page, which is an important condition for large portals. Checking the quality of the code by customers is often a phenomenon, freelancers often receive either compliments for excellent syntax, or blame for fuzzy code.
3. A few words about the history of creation.
Share your story about the work done. There are a lot of good portfolios on the net, having different categories, excellent structure, but they often contain small icons that increase when pressed. Much better, when each picture of a resource design has a link to a real resource, as well as a description of the process of working on the project. And also - adding comments to customers.
It is necessary to add several ways of communication with you on the portfolio pages, since one client can use only e-mail for communication, the other prefers to work in telephone mode. We advise you to create in a prominent place a line with an e-mail address, as well as a contact form for sending letters directly from the site, do not forget to place your ICQ, MSN, AIM, etc. in a prominent place. It is impossible to guess which communication method is most suitable for the customer.
5. Create a blog.
Maybe someone will find this idea funny, but creating a blog on the page of your portfolio will help you a lot. First, this will be a possible reason why the customer will want to return to your site, which will serve to remember your name. Perhaps, they will catch your eye on your new work, which will please the potential client and he will want to place an order with you.
Also the text in the blog will favorably serve SEO. The portfolio itself is not of particular value to the search engines, especially when it does not contain comments.
It is not necessary to save useless and unsuccessful things on the portfolio page. And also do not recommend to enter a lot of their own and other people's rss-broadcasts from sites and blogs.