When you are a writer whose work is published on various online platforms, building a portfolio of your work can be time consuming. This is where Authority comes in.
A writer’s portfolio is extremely valuable when applying for a new editor-in-chief position or trying to market your ideas as a freelance writer. Often times, people will link to their profiles on many websites, but it’s a lot of work for an employer or potential client to visit and cross paths with them. As the editor of Gadget Hacks, Null Byte, and WonderHowTo, I can attest to that.
If the person reading your CV, cover letter, or pitch is busy, they can only check one or two of your site profiles and move on to the next person. When you have a dedicated place for them, they can see more of your content because it’s consolidated and (hopefully) easy to navigate.
But there’s another reason why you should have a unique writer’s portfolio: to save your work. If a company you wrote for goes bankrupt, your content may disappear from the web, and there is little chance that you will be able to find your work on archiving services like Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive. To protect your work, you will need a backup.
Authority can be that safeguard.
After creating an Authory account, you will be able to enter the URLs of the website where your work is located. It will automatically remove those sites for any content written under your name or alias that you provide. Then you can choose whether the content on Authory shows a snippet with a link to the real deal or all.
To get started, go to authory.com/signup and create an account. Once you have chosen your credentials, you will give your signature name and add the URL of the site (s) where your content is hosted. When you’re done signing up, Authory will scan these sites for anything you’ve written and save anything it finds in your Authory profile.
On your profile, you can refine the content you are looking for using the filtering system; add keywords, pick a time frame if you like, and pick a specific site if you know where it’s been hosted. There are even different views to make things easier on your eyes: two columns, one column, a list, and text views.
To add another scratch site, open the menu and select “Add New Content”. Here you can choose between “Automated Import,” which will list any given website for all of your content, or “Manual Import,” where you provide the URL of your story’s web page. You can also choose to write something from scratch or upload files.
The “Automated import” option takes you to the “Sources” settings (you can also access “Sources” directly from the Authority menu), where you can name the publication and give its URL.
You’ll also see a list of other sites you’ve donated to Authory. By default, Authory automatically updates websites, so it will continue to add new content to your Authory profile when it finds some, but you can turn it off if you want. You can also make all new imports private, public, or preview.
- Private displays the entire article, and only you can see it.
- Audience shows the entire article so that everyone can see it.
- The preview only shows part of an article, then links back to the original site for the full story. Anyone can see the previews – they’re not private.
As you can see, I like to use “Private” mode for downloads; that way I can review them before I upload them. Almost every site you add will have a different platform, and Authory can’t possibly be ready for that. Thus, imports may contain missing information, and you will want to review it before everyone else can see it.
On an article page, you can add it to a collection (if you want to group like-minded content), change its visibility, pin it to your profile, edit it (if the scrape hasn’t caught everything) and delete it.
There is also a lot more to Authory. Other users can subscribe to your Authory profile, and you can even send newsletters to their email addresses, so they can see new content when it comes out. There’s also an analytics section to see social shares and word count for your posts.
The best thing about Authory is that they are available to answer your questions and help you streamline your imports. I had a few issues with my imported content like GIFs not working, missing paragraphs etc. so I chatted with them online. They react quickly and will even try to make sure that future imports have no problems.
Authory costs $ 8 per month, paid annually for $ 96, or $ 10 per month if you don’t want to commit to a full year. Currently, they have a 14-day free trial, and they’ll add days to it if you share Authory on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. To get a full year free, invite three people to sign up for Authory using your unique referral link; once they sign up, you’re good to go! They’ll even get a free month instead of the 14-day trial.
There is also a review option which will give you a year at no cost, but be sure to read the rules before you jump in.