Use as Your Online Presence Hub

Logo for Flavors.meIf you’ve embraced social media at all, you likely have accounts at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, Digg, Delicious, Tumblr, Posterous, FourSquare, Picasa, and Flickr. Those are in addition to your blog(s), podcasts, vlogs, and e-mail. That’s a lot of online networking. The question is, how are you telling people where they can find you and how to connect with you when the get there? I tried putting my most important information on a business card, but once you add a logo, my name, my blog’s name and URL, e-mail, Facebook URL, and Twitter handle, it started to get a little cluttered. I wanted people to find me wherever they’re hanging out, but listing everything on my card wasn’t the ideal solution. Then I found and everything came together — literally. is fairly new — it launched in February, 2010 — and is a way for anyone, regardless of how comfortable you are with code, to set up a beautiful website. Even if you don’t have the slightest idea what HTML or CSS are, you can make a page that reflects your personality and links to your social networks, blogs, and whatever else you’re working on.

To start, you upload a picture and plug in the links to your social media networks. Although the free option is enough to get you started, if you want more than four links, the full library of fonts and layouts, and real-time stats, you’ll need to pony up the $20 annual fee (so cheap!). Keep in mind that if you want a custom domain (I did), you’ll need the paid version of Flavors. One of the nice things about Flavors is that, even with a free account, you have several simple design options that don’t overwhelm the page with content. Each link is expandable so content is hidden until it’s needed.

Once you have your photo, just upload it; automatically re-sizes it to fit the page. Then you can link your page to your blog(s) (and pull in your RSS feed) or any of your other social networks. It’s so easy you’ll be up and running in less than 20 minutes (and I bet most of that time will spent just playing around with which photo to use). Not only can you link to the social networks I mentioned earlier, but you can connect to etsy, soundcloud, TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, Netflix, and GoodReads as well.

If you check out the directory, you can see the very cool things people are doing with their pages:

Flavors page for Adri Campuzano

Flavors page for Lindsay Belle Jennings

Flavors page for Steph Goralnick

Flavors page for Battles Graphiques

Flavors page for Melanie Nelson

I bought my vanity domain ( and worked with a local photography shop (KMR Photography in Tulsa; I’ll have more on this in a later post) to get the image for my Flavors page. I’m extremely happy with how it turned out. Now my business card just lists on one side and on the other; anyone who meets me just has to remember my name to connect. From my page I link to Blogging Basics 101, both my personal and BB101 Facebook accounts, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and even my posts at My page is my hub.

I have two pieces of advice for you related to your Flavors presence:

  1. Use a great photo. Flavors is first and foremost visual. Give your readers something beautiful or interesting to ogle — that image can be brand-related or you-related, whichever fits your goal. It’s worthwhile to work closely with a professional photographer to achieve the look you want. Check out the for inspiration.
  2. Keep it simple. You don’t need a long bio here. Your Flavors page isn’t meant to take the place of your other blogs, social networks, or online store. It’s meant to be a jumping-off place that houses links to all your other places online. Instead of listing your vitae, just provide an overview of you (one or two sentences will be enough) and link out to the places that are most important to you (or your brand).

Are you using Flavors yet? If so, leave your link in the comments so we can check it out!

Which page from the directory is your favorite? (Confession: I could spend way too long looking at the cool stuff showcased in the directory. It’s a total time-suck for me.)

Sidenote: Last week I read a TechCrunch article about a new site called It looks to be very similar to is still in beta, but once it’s rolled out, I’ll take a look and do a comparison of the two services.

30 Responses

  1. Kellyology September 13, 2010 / 7:32 am

    I set up a site a while ago and used changed all of my cards before blogher. I was so glad to have it as like you said, by business card was getting entirely too cluttered. Your picture is fabulous, BTW… May have to look into getting one done as well.

  2. Dawn Farias September 13, 2010 / 7:35 am

    I love yours!!! Thanks for sharing about this.

  3. Jenny @ Crash Test Mommy September 13, 2010 / 8:21 am

    I have my vanity URL too, but have never really done anything with it. I’ll definitely play around with and come up with something.

    And how much do I love that image of you?? Wow, fabulous concept.

  4. Headless Mom September 13, 2010 / 8:49 am

    Looks fantastic! I’ve been thinking about a vanity…Hmmmmmm…

  5. Melanie Nelson September 13, 2010 / 9:49 am

    Kelly, your Flavors page looks great!

    The rest of you: I think you’ll like having the vanity URL. If you decide to make a Flavors page, make sure to leave a link to it here! I’d love to see what you come up with!

  6. Lindsay Belle Jennings September 13, 2010 / 1:44 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in your examples!!
    I really love Flavors – so simple to use and you can make a really nice elegant page ^__^
    The pic you used for your page is wonderful! love how bright and vibrant it is!

    • Melanie Nelson September 13, 2010 / 1:48 pm

      Lindsay, you did a great job with your Flavors page. I love your artwork! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Jenny @ Crash Test Mommy September 13, 2010 / 10:50 pm

    Okay, you inspired me. I got started on a basic page for my vanity URL and had fun doing it. I haven’t upgraded to the premium option yet (although I’m sure I will; definitely worth the $20), so I redirected my vanity URL to the URL for a temporary fix. My link:

    Thanks for the info on this service!

  8. Melanie Nelson September 14, 2010 / 6:50 am

    Your Flavors page looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing your link; I love looking at everyone’s pages.

  9. deborah younglao September 14, 2010 / 11:32 am

    This is the first I’ve heard of Flavors – sounds like just what I need as I’m expanding the # of sites I’m on. You just never know how a client is going to find you but I hate listing each site in my communications. Thanks for the info and I’ll post a link when my flavors is up!

  10. Melanie Nelson September 14, 2010 / 11:34 am


    I’m glad this article helped you. I’d very much like to see your page when it’s up!

  11. Jody September 14, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    I love your page! I have mine in progress. I need a great photo. Then I’m ready to go- and I can simplify my business cards!

  12. Heather September 15, 2010 / 11:50 am

    I was unaware of but have been playing around with the idea of some fun pics in “My Red Apron” for marketing purposes. Thanks for the tip!

  13. Dawn Farias September 16, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    How funny! I was just swinging by to drop a line about my page and you already did. Thanks! That site is SO easy to work with. I think it might be more addicting than Facebook. I am looking forward to customizing it with my own images and domain.

    Thanks again for the great tip!

  14. .Me Of Course! September 16, 2010 / 5:29 pm

    Pretty much the same is offered my (which is currently down) and

  15. Melanie Nelson September 16, 2010 / 5:39 pm is currently in beta and not open to the public (which I noted in the article above). I hadn’t heard of — thanks for sharing that site.

  16. Dawn's Diversions October 8, 2010 / 12:06 pm

    I have sooooo much to learn. Thank you! I’ve spent the entire morning reading post after post and my head is spinning! Ha!

  17. Melanie Nelson October 8, 2010 / 12:22 pm

    Dawn, thank you so much for stopping by! I’ve seen you around and I’m glad to see you here! 😉

  18. Jennifer Carroll August 13, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    Just found out about Flavors through your article and love it! Thank you for sharing!!!

  19. Joycelyn Boudreaux September 9, 2011 / 11:10 am

    I just found too =) I think I love it… I’m working on a better image, but for now, I’m up and running. I’ll be printing new biz cards soon. This does answer so many siiues with where to find me.
    I have a question… Have you come across any drawbacks to directly linking your facebook, twitter, ect? I’m never comfortable with apps that are granted access to my links as admins. Is it better to provide my info as a link or a direct connect?
    Thanks so much for posting this blog, I was hoping to find a conversation about =)

    • Melanie Nelson September 12, 2011 / 4:53 am


      I haven’t personally had any issues granting access to apps. Like everything, you need to do what you’re comfortable with and only deal with reliable apps. is a stable tool, so I’m comfortable including my link via their apps. If you’re not, definitely include the connections to your other networks via links in your text. There’s no right or wrong way to do that.

  20. Joycelyn Boudreaux September 9, 2011 / 11:13 am

    Seems there was an error with my url. I’m trying to figure out what happened….

  21. Dave December 19, 2011 / 6:20 am

    Looks like a really good resource, I’m going to have a go :)

    Thanks for sharing

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