21 Ways Volunteers Can Help with Your Web Site

Guest post by Monique Cuvelier, CEO, Talance, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from Talance, Inc.


As any charitable organization knows, volunteers are superstars. They give love and expertise and don’t ask for a dime in return. They can be especially helpful if your organization has a website.

Bearing in mind that an entire Web development project is long-term and requires dedicated knowledge and commitment that you’re better off hiring someone to do (upshot: it’s easier to fire someone whose work you’re not happy with), there are still plenty of other tasks you can assign out to people who want to help.

Here are a few:

  1. Social networking cheerleader
  2. Add comments to blogs
  3. Contribute blog entries
  4. Participate in discussion on bulletin boards
  5. Data entry (i.e., cutting and pasting info into a new site)
  6. Web site promotion
  7. Adding your Web site to directories
  8. Writing news updates about events
  9. Website literacy workshops
  10. Checking for dead links
  11. Updating old content
  12. Convert press releases for Web sites
  13. Usability testing (i.e., make sure everything works in a logical way).
  14. Bug reporting (i.e., look for and report errors or problems)
  15. Identify requirements for new development
  16. Browser testing
  17. Taking pictures for the Web site
  18. Formatting and uploading pictures
  19. Making videos for the site
  20. Uploading videos onto a service like YouTube or Vimeo, and adding them to site
  21. Help manage wiki

Anything we missed? Add your ideas below.

Monique Cuvelier is the CEO of Talance,  a Boston, MA-based interactive design agency that plans and launches Web sites for nonprofits. She launched her first Web site in 1994. Today she is a frequent presenter and has written professionally on technology for more than 17 years.


[Photo: AVP Volunteer 2 by yuan2003, on Flickr]