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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Anatomy of a Modeling Website Pt VI: Contact Page

We're almost there, folks! This mini-blog post series is almost at its end.

I've got five blog posts so far and there's two more to go, including this one.

To recap the posts already in this series for those that haven't had a chance to check them out yet, they are listed below:


This blog post is much more straightforward and to the point compared to the other topics I've covered but nonetheless, the Contact Page is yet another crucial component of any model's official website.

THE CONTACT PAGE IS EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

The goal for the contact page is to encourage those visiting your modeling website to send you a message or give you a call--hopefully for the purpose of hiring you for a modeling gig. 

This page should be fairly minimal and not cluttered with too much info. In this day and age of the Internet, people are no stranger to what the Contact Page is for so you don't need to worry about breaking down the concept for them.

The use of a contact form is a popular way to engage people with the Contact Page and since you can forward it to your own email address, it will keep that part of your information from being public. Some models also include their direct email address in addition to the form on the page but it's your preference as to whether or not to include it or just stick to the form itself.

IT'S THE INTERNET--THINK SAFETY WITH PERSONAL INFO

Remember, if you put your cell phone on the modeling website, anyone can call you. It isn't necessary to get a second number for your modeling website but if you want to go the extra mile and do that, it doesn't hurt, especially if you wish to keep your modeling career separate from your personal life. Not having a number on the Contact Page won't kill your site, however, so opt for what makes you feel most comfortable (and secure--this is the Internet we're talking about, after all).

On the Contact Page for many companies there is often an address also associated, some with that cool Google Maps feature that pinpoints where the location is, but for models I wouldn't recommend putting an address, especially if it's your home address for obvious reasons. The only exception I can think of would be if you had a P.O. Box.  

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ADD A LITTLE TEXT

It's okay to add some text/content to the Contact Page but keep it brief. We visit websites and use contact pages all the time so feel free to use others for reference when trying to come up with what text to include on the page.

On my own modeling website I have a contact page, a list of the types of modeling I do (for easy reference so visitors don't have to click around on the site to be reminded) and social media icons. Clicking on each icon will take visitors to that particular profile in a new window.

Speaking of social media, that's going to be the final post in this mini-series of blog posts so check back soon because as we all know, it's all about social media these days!