I’m a firm believer in giving credit when credit is due and that means I leave my website credit in the footer of client websites to gain recognition for the work I create. It’s a very small link that majorly impacts my business, attracts new leads to my page, builds my brand awareness, and helps my client’s SEO.
CREDIT FOR ARTWORK
Websites are a form of art and naturally as any artist I want credit when credit is due. I want people to know that I’m the one that conceptualized the site, developed it, and brought that idea to life.
ATTRACTS NEW LEADS
Website credits bring a lot of new leads to my page and help build my brand awareness. When my credit is removed I’m losing out on a lot of potential new leads and an organic way to reach new people.
My website footer is the thing that lets people know I did in fact build that particular site. Without a credit I could just send someone the link to any website and say “hey I built that”, it doesn’t seem legit or factual without the credit at the bottom.
GOOD FOR SEO
Backlinks are good for search engine optimization, both for my client and I.
Website credits are a heavily debated topic among the creative industry and I understand not everybody wants a credit linked in the bottom of their site. That being said, if you’re not a giant agency with in house developers and want to support independent business owners like myself, leaving the web design credit in your site footer is a major form of respect.
If you prefer not to have a credit on your website you should talk it over with your designer!
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August 10, 2021