Bigger, Better, Bolder: You Blog Business Card

This is the third in a very exciting series we’re bringing to you on IFB in anticipation of the upcoming #IFBcon. Each day in the month of August, we’ll have a different post designed to help your blog become – you guessed it – bigger, better and bolder.

So here we are, on the 3rd day of August (Happy 28th birthday Ryan Lochte). We've discussed establishing why you blog and developing a strong opening line for making conversation at the conference. We're about 31 days away from the first day, which means there's still plenty of time to step up your game, get excited and prepare to make the most of the event.

One thing we consider to be an essential networking tool at #IFBcon is a business card. Even in this paperless, digital age – handing over a business card with your name and contact information is the quickest way to establish yourself as a professional and give yourself a shot at a follow-up connection.

In general, we recommend that your blog's business card reflects the same aesthetic as your blog. It should be clean, easy-to-read and of course, have all your proper information. Here's a selection of items you may want on your card:

  • Full Name
  • Blog Title
  • Blog URL
  • Email Address
  • Twitter Handle

Depending on your social media drug of choice, you may want to substitute your Twitter handle for Instagram, Pinterest or your Facebook page (just not all of them, please).

Where do we recommend creating, customizing and ordering your cards online?

 

You can also use an in-browser design program (or something fancier) to design your card, then have it printed at Kinkos or a similar copy center. If you're strapped for cash (and time) you can buy paper that's perforated for business cards, and print them on your home computer. (We don't fully endorse this, however, because a professional printer or designer will create optimal results.)

Finally, have fun with your card. Give that little piece of card-stock some flavor! Embrace your brand, don't make it too busy but just make sure it's you. Oh, and double-check for spelling!

 

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37 Responses

  1. TheAsiaMonique

    Excellent and I agree with this article 100% when it comes to to aesthetics of your business in so many words! I created my cards with Vista Print and they came out wonderfully! They shipped a week earlier than anticipated as well which was awesome.

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  2. Irene, Creator of F*ck X's We're 12's!

    Ditto! I created business cards for my very first blog, and when I had the opportunity to cover a fashion show they came in handy! I feel they help establish you as more of a legitimate source & make you look professional.

    It’s the little things like this that separate those blogging as a ‘hobby’ from those blogging as a ‘business’.

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  3. Rebecca

    This is definitely on my to-do list. I’m going to have so much fun designing them. And this article really helped on what I should and shouldn’t put on them.

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  4. Leanne

    So funny you should mention this as I actually sent my business cards to get printed today. Im looking forward to seeing them when they arrive x

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  5. Emily Jenny

    Recently re-vamped my website so I decided to stick with the same vibe for my business cards…same logo…colors and font. I think having a distinct style is so key. Really happy with my results…will post on the blog soon! I used Vista Print.

    xo
    Emily Jenny

    http://www.stilettobeats.com

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  6. monja

    woww great post I’m really excited to read the rest, i don’t think i will need a business card at the moment though but i really wish that, that will be necessary one day. such a dream
    can anyone be nice and tell me how you promote your blog, please message me on this place, i would die to know how people manage to get readers and so on. I’m tired of those people who wants to follow me if I follow them, in my humble opinion that’s just not the way to go to get successful.
    I would love an honest opinion about my blog by successful bloggers, who has been successful and has loads of readers to give me an honest opinion and why I might not have a lot of readers
    I would appreciate it a lotttttt
    http://bohonotes.blogspot.dk/

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  7. Modupe Oloruntoba

    great idea. My sister had them done for herself when she started http://www.allthingsfashionafrica.com for networking within the fashion industry, along with a mini social media card to hand out to people who were interested in the site at other events thatweren’t specifically for fashion professionals. The social media card is adorable; it’s about half the size of a business card, it’s square, and it has rounded corners. The logo is on one side and the other has the facebook page name and the twitter handle along with the tagline. oh, and I looove moo business cards! they have a thing with colourlovers.com where you can make a striped colour pattern for your moo card and customise everything – it’s awesome. I heart IFB! 🙂

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  8. Modupe Oloruntoba

    great idea. My sister had them done for herself when she started http://www.allthingsfashionafrica.com for networking within the fashion industry, along with a mini social media card to hand out to people who were interested in the site at other events that weren’t specifically for fashion professionals. The social media card is adorable; it’s about half the size of a business card, it’s square, and it has rounded corners. The logo is on one side and the other has the facebook page name and the twitter handle along with the tagline. oh, and I looove moo business cards! they have a thing with colourlovers.com where you can make a striped colour pattern for your moo card and customise everything – it’s awesome. I heart IFB! 🙂

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  9. Aves Gry

    I think having a business card is a great idea. My only concern (and reason for why I haven’t made one yet) is for those that live in a small town/city, how do you go about handing them out? I mean the chances of me attending a conference or show is pretty slim. I suppose just to have them is nice.

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  10. TheStyleKaleidoscope

    I use mine while I’m street style blogging – other than that it’s rare for me to give them out, but they are handy if you meet anyone who wants to check out your website, so definitely get some printed up!

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  11. nicholedunst

    I ordered business cards from Vistaprint for an online business that I will be starting up soon. designed them myself using Photoshop then ordered them online and they came out awesome! I should look into doing separate ones for my blog as well.

    http://the-refined-hippie.blogspot.com

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  12. Geraldine

    This is so true. As a blogger your image is everything, networking is basically your path to success and you must be prepared for any type of situation you never know who will be around the corner asking for your business card!

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  13. Chiara Caputo

    I totally agree with your suggestion. I think people should understand what blogs are the new media, and bloggers should be considered more than they are nowadays.

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  14. Juliette Gold

    This tips are wonderful! I’m just working on some cards and the post is a great guide. I’m also wondering about the phone number… should I put that in?

    I also want to add my school and major, because my blog is field and profession related.

    What do you think? I would appreciate your feedback!

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  15. Ally

    I hope one day I’m big enough to make a business card for myself, although I feel they would only be needed at Cons. I think that a business card should be as minimal as possible and your guidelines are great. However I feel making a business card would be fairly simple.

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  16. Sheryl

    Just ordered 250 cards on the upgraded glossy paper for only $16 from Vistaprint. Free shipping too… Moving along

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  17. rosaleen harrington

    I just ordered my first batch of business cards! This was such an interesting article.

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  18. OlayinkaFab

    Great post. Moo.com has some great designs! I just created a new card!

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  19. Kholá

    My suggestion is not to order the ‘free’ cards from Vista Print. They come with a lovely “Business cards are free at VistaPrint.com” message clearly written on the back. Not good.

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  20. Mike Panic

    I’m a huge fan of leaving the obverse side of a card blank, even though it’s usually only a few pennies more for two sided cards. The reasoning, it’s perfect to jot down notes, or leave extra information for someone. Sometimes these little notes are what really make people remember you.

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  21. Nefferth

    I recently have made some mini cards by Moo and I never leave home without them. They are easy, clear and so much fun.

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  22. Daniela

    I just ordered my first business cards on moo.com, and I loved the process of it!
    I printed details of different outfits on the back of each card, so they serve both as business cards and also as examples for my personal style 🙂 And because in every outfit post I have a shot that covers pretty much the same area of my body (half-body shot), they are all different but follow the same pattern 🙂 I love the option to print different pictures on the backs of the cards!!!

    Thanks for the great advice, it helped me a lot!!!

    xoxo, Dani

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  23. Georgina

    I love my business cards. Mine are from Moo, and they came out beautifully. Sometimes I take them out of my bag just to admire them.

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  24. jaquelin business cards

    “I wonder what the stats are on innovative designs versus plain two side printed cards are.”

    If it doesn’t fit in my business card holder then: a) It isn’t really a business card, and b) It goes directly into the trash, no matter how “innovative.”

    The model airplane one above fits the bill AND is cool. The cassette gets runner-up.

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  25. Jess

    I’ve used Vistaprint, Moo, and Clever Bug for business cards and love them all! Clever Bug cards are nice and thick but Vistaprint ones tend to look nicer – although I ordered the premium cards (http://www.vistaprint.co.uk/business-cards.aspx) not their standard free option.

    In regards to innovative designs, I always stick with standard size rectangles… it may be boring but I think people appreciate that it’s not too difficult to store etc.

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  26. Contract Management

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to understand so much approximately this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I believe that you simply can do with some p.c. to force the message house a little bit, however instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

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  27. Jean

    Business card should represent you or your business. Ordering business card design is also not a bad idea, designers can help you execute your idea on what or how you want you card looks like.

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