How To Set Up Your Personal Website In Under 15 Minutes

By Jeff Gillis

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on getting more job interviews and more job offers:

 

Hopefully by now you understand how powerful it is having your own personal website when it comes to getting more job interviews and more job offers.

If you’re not convinced yet, be sure to read part 1 of this blog series!

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What Is A Domain Name & Why Do I Need One?

 

A “Domain Name” is simply the “virtual address” of a website online.

For example, google.com is a domain name. The domain name for the website you’re on right now is theinterviewguys.com.

Pretty simple right?

The question is, why is a domain name important for you in your job search?

It’s all about controlling your personal brand online.

Think about this situation:

 

Let's say there's a job seeker named: Jim Canlon.

Jim gets an interview with a company he would be thrilled to work for.

Before the interview, the hiring manager he's about to interview with quickly pops online and types into Google: jim canlon.

Several results show up, including jimcanlon.com.

The hiring manager assumes that this is Jim's website, clicks on the result and comes to an ugly looking blog that looks like it was made in 1998 and is run by a different Jim Canlon.

The blog consists of one thing and one thing only: hours and hours of homemade videos of him and his dog "Arlo" practicing to try and get into the Westminster Dog Show.arlo

So how does this affect Jim's job search and interview?

He has just missed a massive opportunity to "wow" the hiring manager with a polished, professional yet simple looking personal website that highlights Jim's personality, qualities and professionalism --- AKA his Personal Brand.

Not only that, but since Jim failed to secure his personal domain name (jimcanlon.com), every time anyone types "jim canlon" into Google they won't be faced with Jim's Personal Branding Website but will find Jim #2's blog chronicling he and "Arlo's" years of struggle!

I hope that little “story” helped illustrate how important it is to secure your domain name so you can take control of your brand online!

(And if you were thinking, “Well what happens if someone else does have my exact name as a domain, what do I do then?”, don’t worry, because we are going to show you exactly what to do in the short video below…)

Here’s another way that little story could have played out:

The hiring manager could have typed “jim canlon” into Google and found…NOTHING!

That’s just as bad!

In this case, from the point of view of the hiring manager, Jim has made ZERO mark on the world!

I’m being dramatic but you see what I’m getting at, right!?

Take control of your online presence!

So the next thing you want to do is:

Check to see if your personal domain name is available:

Ok, now the fun part! Let’s take a look to see if your personal domain name is available!

Watch the short video tutorial below.

In it, Mike and I walk you through the process. It’s super quick and easy!

Click and play the video now:

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>> Click Here To Check To See If Your Personal Domain Name Is Available <<

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Download Our Handy Companion Checklist

To make it super easy for you to follow along with this tutorial we have created a nifty checklist that walks you through the steps it takes to getting your own personal branding website up and running in under 15 minutes.

Download it now!

Download Our Personal Website Setup Checklist

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The checklist contains detailed instructions along with helpful images so you can follow along without having to pause and rewind the video tutorials on this page.

  • Detailed instructions in step-by-step numbered format so you can set up your website super quickly & easily.
  • Helpful images. "Screenshots" from the whole process so you can follow along and not have to pause and rewind the tutorial videos on this page.


Get The Checklist!.



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How To Get Your WIX Personal Website Up And Running In 15 Minutes

I’m going to take a wild guess that you may be a little skeptical of your ability to quickly and easily create your own personal website….

…let alone in under 15 minutes!

And you know what?

To be honest, creating a personal website the way we used to recommend  by using the website platform WordPress was a little tricky and could be a bit time consuming! (That’s not to say it wasn’t worth it in my opinion!)

However, we’ve come across a far easier way with the Wix Website Builder. This thing really is awesome!

I have built 2 other websites using Wix and it is certainly a lot more "user friendly" than WordPress. WordPress does have more customization options  and addons but comes with a much steeper learning curve. If you ARE interested in WordPress check out my video at the bottom of the article over here.

Here’s why Wix is our new recommendation when it comes to building your own personal website:

  1. The platform let’s you choose from hundreds of “done-for-you” templates INCLUDING (this is big!): resume/cv style templates that are already perfectly set up for the exact layout we recommend!
  2. They use a simple “drag and drop” editor that allows even the newest newbie to edit their website incredibly easily. (Plus if you use one of the templates all you have to do is add your own personal info and some tweaking to make it more personal and unique to you and you’re good to go!
  3. Wix is the quickest and easiest way to creating a PROFESSIONAL looking personal website. (You need to put your best foot forward online and Wix let’s you do that with their slick templates.)

Instead of just sending you over to Wix and letting you fend for yourself, Mike and I thought it would be more helpful if we just showed you step-by-step how to get your personal branding website up and running ourselves.

Follow along with us with the video below:

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3 Good Wix Templates For Job Seekers

Here are the 3 templates we mention in the video. These are good options for job seekers.

(NOTE: Having said that, don’t feel like you HAVE to pick one of these! WIX has so many great templates that you can make your own! Remember, because of it’s “drag & drop” functionality it’s super easy to tweak any of their templates.)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • q-iconQ. Why do I need a personal website and how does having a personal website help me get a job?

    Having a personal website is a necessary part of the modern job seeker’s (aka YOUR!) personal brand and portfolio. It allows you to impress hiring managers, differentiate yourself from your competitors, increase your visibility (by “owning” your Google search), create an online “hub” for your brand (that you control) and express yourself in a way that just isn’t possible with a cover letter and resume.

  • q-iconOnce I have built my site, where do I link to it?

    The three key documents that should contain links to your personal branding website are: your cover letter, your resume, and your thank-you letter (or email).

  • q-iconDo I need to be good with computers to build my site?

    Absolutely not! Not only have we selected the easiest website builder available (which makes use of pre-made templates and simple drag and drop customization), but we’ve also taken the time to walk you through the entire 15 minute process step-by-step.

  • q-iconHow detailed and complicated does my site need to be?

    Data shows that hiring managers are more impressed with applicants that have a personal website compared to those that don’t, and it is really as simple as having an “online business card” that acts as the hub to your online brand.

    That means you don’t need to have a fancy or complicated site. It’s a huge advantage just to have a website, and you can start with something very basic (until you either have more you’d like to share OR you become more comfortable with editing the site).

  • q-iconWhat is a domain?

    A domain is like the “address” of your website. It can be found in the search bar at the top of your web browser (ex. ours is theInterviewGuys.com). For job seekers, a domain usually follows the formula of firstnamelastname.com.

  • q-iconWhy do I need to secure my domain today?

    Securing your domain is extremely important if you want to protect your online brand. Even if you aren’t ready to make a website today, you should still secure your domain because if it is available, anyone can secure it.

  • q-iconHow do I see if my domain name is available? Where do I register my domain?

    You can see if your domain name is available by clicking here. If it is available, you can easily register it through GoDaddy. We highly recommend watching the video in Step One on this page because it walk you through the steps.

  • q-iconWhat do I do if my domain name isn’t available?

    If your domain name isn’t available, don’t panic! There are several variations you can try that are completely acceptable. Use a hyphen between your first and last name, put in a middle initial or your middle name, and finally, register a .net address instead of a .com.

  • q-iconHow much does it cost to register my domain with GoDaddy?

    If you click this link, it will only cost you 99 cents for the first year! You’d be hard-pressed to find a domain name cheaper anywhere online, but please let us know if you do!

  • q-iconHow long should I register my domain for?

    It’s really up to you, but we suggest that you start with a year and go from there. GoDaddy will remind you as the year end approaches and you can easily renew it.

  • q-iconWhat is Wix?

    Wix is an online website building service that allows people of all abilities to quickly and easily make their own websites. Using the combination of professionally designed templates and “drag and drop” capabilities you can literally get your website up in less than 15 minutes.

  • q-iconWhy do we recommend Wix over other website builders?

    Wix provides the most amount of benefit for the best price combined with outstanding 24/7 customer support. More importantly, it is the easiest platform to use, as all you really need to do is make quick changes to the templates they provide.

  • q-iconHow long will it take me to build my Wix site?

    If you follow the video above in Step 3, you can have your site up in less than 15 minutes!

  • q-iconWhat do I get with my complimentary Wix account?

    Your complimentary Wix account gives you a free template and domain name. However, the domain is not usable and the template has Wix ads on it. So you must buy a $12.95 per month premium account to remove the ads and connect your custom domain.

  • q-iconHow do I know which template to choose?

    You can choose any of their templates to be honest. However, they have a section built specifically for job seekers called “Resmes & CVs”. But we have also provided three templates that we think are good choices. It’s up to you! Pick a template that reflects YOU.

  • q-iconHow much does it cost to get my website online?

    Your total cost to get your site online today is $13.95. This includes the 99 cents you paid for your domain and the $12.95 Wix charges to remove their ads and connect your personal domain.

  • q-iconHow do I connect my domain name to my Wix site?

    To see how to connect your custom domain name to your Wix site, please watch the video in Step 3.

  • q-iconIf I don’t like it, can I get my money back?

    Absolutely! If you give it an honest try and it just simply isn’t for you, Wix will refund you in full if you email them within two weeks. They also refund you instantly so you don’t have to wait for days for your account to be credited.

 

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40 Comments

  • Ramona

    Reply Reply January 27, 2016

    This is great info, thank you. I have one questions regarding email address? Can I have my emails routed to my yahoo email account on Outlook?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 28, 2016

      Thanks Ramona! Yes, that’s fine…

  • Joseph Murawski

    Reply Reply January 30, 2016

    Hey guys, I just purchased my domain from godaddy.com. It consists of my first initial, middle initial, last name, .com. On my resume, I have my first and last name. Should I also include my middle name, since it’s represented in my website name? If I should, so I make it middle name or middle initial? Thanks!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 30, 2016

      Hey Joseph. It’s not critical to have your middle name on your resume in order to mirror your personal website’s URL as you mention, so I wouldn’t stress over it. HOWEVER, if you like the look of it, you could certainly add a middle initial. But again, that’s only if you like how it looks on your resume. I hate not to be able to give you a definitive answer but the fact is you could go either way! 🙂

  • Margo

    Reply Reply February 8, 2016

    Hi Jeff,

    you said : $12.95 per month premium account to remove the ads. Does it mean i will have to pay Wix for premium each month as long as my website exists?
    Thanks

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply February 8, 2016

      Hi Margo,
      Yes it’s $12.95 per month to take down the ads and connect your premium domain. That is pretty much the going rate for web hosting these days. In effect you are “renting” the space from them for your site every month. Now one option you have is you could get the premium account until you got a job. Then, once you secured the job, could cancel the premium account and revert back to the free model. ~ Bit of a sneaky workaround 😉

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply March 3, 2016

    Do you recommend this Wix for my business site?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply March 3, 2016

      Hi there, they definitely have some great business templates in Wix. Browse through them on their templates page and see if one would fit with your business. You can browse their templates here: https://theinterviewguys.com/browse-templates

  • Alison Casey

    Reply Reply March 19, 2016

    Am I able to transfer the information contained in the website I make today when and if I change my last name back to my maiden name?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply March 21, 2016

      Hi Alison,

      If you decide to revert back to your maiden name in the future you can simply unhook your current domain name (Your current name) and then hook up a new one (ie your maiden name).

      So yes you can do that. It’s actually simpler than transferring the content.

      Now I would suggest you buy your “maiden name domain” over at Godaddy just so you have it locked up in case you do decide to make the switch in the future.

  • Allison

    Reply Reply March 25, 2016

    Hi Jeff,

    This is a very informative article and tutorial. I am trying to set up my domain now through the link provided on your website and for 1 year it says the price is $11.99. Is the discounted domain at $.99 no longer available?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply March 25, 2016

      Hi Allison,

      Hmmm I just tested the link and it does indeed go to the .99 cent deal so it seems to be working.

      Try clearing your cookies or try a different browser… That should fix the problem.

      Each browser (firefox/internet explorer/safari etc..) all have different instructions on how to clear their cookies so you may have to Google it if you’re not sure how to do it.)

      This is the link to the deal if you want try it from here: https://theinterviewguys.com/checkmydomain

  • smita pinjan

    Reply Reply April 10, 2016

    Hi Jeff and Mike,
    Thank you for such a informative article.
    I have some doubts. As I do not want to share my personal info with everyone like my phone no. in that case Do I need to make the domain public? and how does it work? How HR able to see my website?

    Thanks.

    Smita

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply April 11, 2016

      Hi Smita,

      This is a good question that many people have.

      You don’t need to make your personal information available to the public. You can either leave your address, phone number and other personal info off completely, or put it behind a password-protected area that you can give hiring managers the password for.

      Hope this helps.

      • Kmberly Balles

        Reply Reply June 30, 2016

        You can also use google voice. It’s free and you can arrange it to have the call be forwarded to your phone. No one knows your cell number. Included is an email and text message capability of the call.

        Nice if you don’t want to publish your number on the internet.

        • Jeff

          Reply Reply July 19, 2016

          Nice tip Kimberly!

  • Jesus Rdz

    Reply Reply June 12, 2016

    Hi Jeff and Mike,

    It seems like the pricing options for the combo package are a little different. Is 2GB of bandwidth and 3GB of storage ideal for just a personal cv website?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 21, 2016

      That’s plenty of bandwidth..

  • LOKESH

    Reply Reply June 26, 2016

    Hi Mr.Mike, there are only yearly plans of wix available for me, as it shows. Monthly option isn’t shown. How can I get the monthly option?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 21, 2016

      Hi there,

      If you watch our video we show you how to access the monthly plans. WIX is trying to be sneaky and only show you the yearly plans, but there is a “dropdown” that you can click on to access the monthly options.

  • Nipika

    Reply Reply August 18, 2016

    Hi, do you recommend any way by which one can also track the visitors on the personal website, as in, the cookie IDs, IP address etc.? Thanks

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 25, 2016

      Hi Nipika,

      Yes, WIX has addons called “apps” that you can add to your site that include visitor counters. Just head to the “app market” and download the ones you want to your site. There are free ones..

  • April

    Reply Reply August 30, 2016

    Hi Jeff &Mike,

    Thanks for the informative article. However, I have encountered a problem that the domain I bought from Godday can’t be confirmed with the web I built via Wix, even though I have followd your instruction and waited for over 48hrs.

    I’m not a technique savvy and since I have paid for the domain and upgraded for domain-customized service, I really wish I can find an answer from you to solve the problem.

    Many thanks,
    April

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply August 30, 2016

      April,

      Please email our support email (support@theinterviewguys.com) and I will do my best to lend you a hand.

      – Mike

  • Hari

    Reply Reply September 7, 2016

    Hi Jeff and Mike,

    I apologize already, as it is a lengthy post.

    I am a recent graduate. I am working on building my website.

    My question is should I include my resume or CV in the website? Because the hiring manager is probably informed about my website by looking either my CV or cover letter. Do you think it is a repeat?

    I have the habit of losing track of the main objective when I am writing something. So, what according to you should a fresh student keep in mind while entering some text/ videos onto their website?

    If my projects are quite diverse and if I wish to list them. Will I come across as a candidate who has no clear focus on what to do.. Or will that come across as something positive. More importantly, if I do not have many nice videos or animations but just some simulated results will that be interesting for a manager to read?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards
    Hari

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply September 8, 2016

      Hi Hari,

      I would definitely include your resume/CV…It’s not overkill, it’s just another convenient place for a hiring manager to take a look.

      In terms of listing your various projects it depends on what kind of jobs you are applying for. Are you applying to a variety of jobs? Then certainly list everything. If however you are applying to a specific industry and you have projects that are applicable then you may want to focus your efforts and just post those. (If you’re on the fence more is better…as long as they are interesting 😉

      Don’t worry too much about not having fancy animations or videos. Post your simulated results along with explanations and that will be great!

  • Indira Gandhi

    Reply Reply September 14, 2016

    Hi guys,Im creating my personal site right now,i have decided my domain and bought it, now I’am creating my site through Wix ,but for the payment option it only shows on a yearly subscription and it doesn’t show the option for monthly payment,hence I’am unable to buy it.’am from India,does the offer not apply over here.Could you please help me out over here.I would like to complete it and add it to my resume.

    Thank you so much for your guidance….
    Continue to do so…..
    Indira Gandhi

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply September 14, 2016

      Indira,

      It’s possible that Wix does not offer an monthly plan in your country. However, just make sure you really double-check to make sure that there isn’t a drop-down menu on the screen (like we show in the video) that will reveal more payment options, including monthly.

      – M

  • kc

    Reply Reply October 29, 2016

    If I send out a different tailored resume to more than one company, how would I determine which resume to put on the website? Would it look odd if the resume I sent to one company was different than what is on the website?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply November 3, 2016

      Hi KC,

      You have 2 options: Simply create a more generic resume for your website or once you land a good interview put update the generic resume with the tailored one n the site.

  • Tad Rimmey

    Reply Reply November 9, 2016

    Hey Jeff and Mike,

    I’m very glad to have found your website! Your advice and instructions are great, accurate and valuable. Thank you! I’m going to setup my personal website today. I’ve used WordPress, but Wix looks like it is much easier to get started and use.

    I read your answer to the dreaded “Where do you see yourself in 5 years” question AFTER my last interview. Fortunately, I’ve had this one before and my reply was to be so good at the position that I could be mentoring and coaching others in similar positions. The interviewers (all 6 of them at once) seemed okay with the answer. I will keep your suggestions for the answer to this trap question in mind for the next interview.

    Thanks again. I will continue to use your great site, and tell friends about it.

    Tad

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply November 11, 2016

      Great to hear Tad!

  • Aasiyah

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    Hi Jeff,

    I have a website already – it’s right now a landing page and tailored toward my business (it’s still a work in progress). Could I still use the same website that I’m building for my business, as a place for potential employers to find my resume for job positions I am applying for? Or should I have a separate website that is only for my business?

    What do you think? Let me know! Thanks for this amazing article and insight!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply November 18, 2016

      Hi Aasiyah,

      You can use your business website for your job search if you want. The only problem is if you have the style of landing page you have on the “home page”: ie http://www.aasiyahghazi.com it will be off putting to hiring managers. You could link to an “inner page” on your website on your resume and cover letter but the chances are they will simply type your name into google or into the address bar and land on your landing page. So this set up isn’t ideal to be honest.

      • Aasiyah

        Reply Reply November 19, 2016

        Hi Jeff,

        Yeah totally, and I’m actually working on changing the way my website looks at the moment so I don’t have that landing page anymore, or at least, make it hidden as another page and not as the main page of the website. I’m going to get that changed this weekend.

        I’m creating a separate welcome page with my resume link, and info based off the checklist you guys gave us. That’s some amazing resource! Thank you for that and for the other PDFs you’ve made available for interviews and such.

        Can I post here with my updated website once I’m done so you could take a quick look at it?

        • Jeff

          Reply Reply November 19, 2016

          That all sounds good Aasiyah! Yes let us know when you’ve made the changes and I’ll take a look…

          Also thanks for the kind words!

  • Kaia

    Reply Reply December 11, 2016

    Hi Jeff and Mike,

    This is probably going to be a stupid question, but I plan on creating a personal blog not only for interviews, but also to keep track on the projects/changes/new information in the IT industry.

    Since I plan on maintaining a blog, is it possible to get away with a more silly name instead of my full name for the domain name?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply December 12, 2016

      Hi Kaia,

      That’s not a stupid question at all! Creating an industry blog is perfectly fine, in fact it can be even more powerful since you can position yourself as industry leader. (Or at least someone who has their finger of the pulse of the industry, which is impressive to hiring managers.) And yes you can certainly use a name other than your personal name. Good luck!

  • Jamialah Carroll

    Reply Reply March 3, 2017

    I want to thank you for providing your knowledge to help me designing a website. It was such an accomplishment for me. I was so happy and proud of what I had done in the end. I feel more confident in my job search now because I believe I am going to stand out. Thank you again.

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply March 6, 2017

      This is wonderful news! We’re glad that you were able to follow our simple tutorial, but more importantly, that you will now be able to see how powerful having your own website can be in helping with your job search!

      – Mike

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