Let’s face it people if you are going to work online then you need a website. I’ve already explained why you need a website and what is so incredibly important about it. What is interesting to me is the number of people I see that under “website” put a link to their Facebook page.
Look, I like Facebook as much as the next person but that is NOT your website. You have an account with Facebook but it is not your website. Get it? For the record, the same is true of Linkedin, Twitter, MySpace….etc. If you don’t own the domain, it’s not yours.
For those of you that aren’t overly technically inclined, the domain name is the part just before the “dot” part of the name or after the @ part of the email. Get your own.
Here is the largest problem with listing your Facebook page (or any other page that isn’t actually owned by you) as your website: It makes you look clueless. For a freelance writer that is especially bad though for any freelancer it is generally the kiss of death.
It’s hard to claim that you are great at SEO, technical writing, social bookmarking, or any of the other necessary components that go into web marketing if you A. don’t have a website and B. List Facebook as your website.
Here is the other major problem with having Facebook as your “website”: It is inherently unprofessional. Facebook is a social site. In fact you can look at it this way: You website is your online workplace. Facebook is the place you go after work to have a few drinks and unwind with friends. Mixing the two is a bad idea.
Get your own website and unless you are REALLY REALLY sure, don’t even link from there to your Facebook page. Ask yourself if there is anything at all on there that someone might possible take the wrong way. If the answer is “no” ask yourself this: Do you really want to risk the potential loss of business? It really isn’t worth it. Trust me on that.