In my last few Blog Income Reports, I’ve mentioned that I was working on creating an automated Media Kit. I am very happy that my media kit is now complete!
Before you read the post, open my media kit in a new tab so it will be easier to follow along.
I began the post with a simple image header. The image includes a photo of me on the left with a short bio on the right. I created this image as one graphic in PowerPoint. Clicking this image takes the reader to my About Me page.
This is where it starts to get exciting. I went back and forth so many times trying to figure out how to get a live count of my followers. Really, I made this more complicated than it needed to be because I wanted to use my own graphics. I tried a table where row 1 was the image and row 2 was the count. This looked great in desktop mode but not mobile. I eventually landed on using the image caption.
I use a plug-in for the plugin Social Count Plus to generate the live counts. This plugin will allow you to use social icons they have pre-loaded or if will allow you to generate a short-code for just the count. I used just the count and added the short-code to the description of my image.
*This taught me that you can use HTML in the image caption! Fantastic!
My social interaction also has a basic image that I created for my blog income reports and a link to the page where I have them all compiled.
The next section is pretty simple. I created two graphics in Power Point and uploaded them to the page. The services graphic links to all of the webpages where I’ve been featured. My Say Goodbye to Living Paycheck to Paycheck series is linked in the image about the posting schedule.
This is the part that probably took me the longest to figure out. I was originally trying to use advanced coding to show my unique users and pageviews. These are the most often used stats in the blogging world it seems. It ended up being way to complicated though so I settled on a live image of sessions. Sessions still gives a general idea of how to blog is doing plus I post my exact page views and users each month in my Blog Income Reports.
Two plugins were needed to get this widget onto the Media Kit. The first plug-in is Google Analytics Dashboard. This is the plugin I used to create the widget. I chose to show the last 30 days of traffic. The second plugin is Widgets on Pages. This plugin allowed me to display the widget on the page by using short-code.
Have you also automated your media kit? If so, I’d love to see it!
One of my first goals for 2017 is to put together a media kit!
Working on a media kit is a recent undertaking for me. Only 6 months into blogging I had no idea when I started how important they are. Just recently I started receiving requests for one. This blog post is very helpful.
I love this post .. thank-you so much. I’ve yet to put mine together and am feeling inspired 🙂 Wishing you a Happy New Year!
This is awesome. I’ve been working on my media kit for what feels like FOREVER.
Thank you so much for posting this. A media kit has been on my short list for awhile now, and I think this post may just be the kick in the pants I need to make this my New Year’s resolution. Love it!
Great Post! I keep my Media Kit update on multiple platforms using some tricks with Dropbox. I really love your idea of automating your media kit. Very cool.
This is really cool! I’m definitely going to try this on my site. Thank you for the idea. 🙂
Interesting! I never thought of putting a media kit on my site… Happy new year!
I definitely need to setup my media kit. It’s on my March 2017 goal list. 🙂 I’m making a note there about this blog post so I can come back for reference! Looking forward to visiting here more in 2017!
So happy you shared this. I have been meaning to do my media kit for the new year. It’s something I really need to work on!