My previous article SEVERAL TIPS FOR A KILLER ABOUT PAGE touched base on a few guidelines of creating an About Page that rocks and to build trust with your potential readers.
Have you ever asked yourself what makes a good about page? I know I have in the past.
Examples of a Good About Page!
Eloquent sweet and simple! Click on image to see more!
If you’re self-employed as a freelance Web Designer then follow gummisig example. Click on image to read more!
Haylee is an interesting character. I have to admit that! When I first came along her Blog, I forget when. I read a recipe with her fun style of writing that intrigued me. I then went to the About Page. Yes, I did, I always do. Then I saw this image of a person having fun, not worrying what others would think. She took the risk jumping off that diving board. Haylee also knows about providing updates on her about page when it warrants it. As she says, she is daft! Although I would not say she is foolish but she did show her silly side which made me click the Follow button.
Danny from Dream Big Dream Often does not have a photo on his about page but provided enough information to build trust with his readers. When I first came across his Blog several months ago,
I googled his butt, that’s how anal I am, I then found his Linkedin profile with a photo which led me to his career Daniel Ray Golf Academy, which led me to his Twitter account which I hit the blue follow button on Twitter. Then I went back to his blog and read a compelling article about MS. I hit the Follow button.
Jason provides everything on his about page to build trust with his viewers and has a photo at the bottom of himself. Although he states some of his likes which Professional Bloggers say not to, but in this case, it has worked well for Jason.
The Bad Absolute Worse About Page!
I know for new Bloggers may have a hard time with this one page but, Don’t leave it at the WordPress default of nothingness. This is the worst thing you can do period!
This concludes the About Page tips.
Is your blog suffering from having people come to your site, maybe liking a post you did and not generate a follow from that person? If so, it just might be because of your About Page or lack of one.
As I mentioned earlier I will be doing a series of post related to Blogging tips, basically I will be dissecting an article I wrote HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BLOG! taking an in-depth look at each part. This morning’s post will be the Dreaded About Page!
What is it about this one page that can be a friend or an enemy to us?
Have you put off your About Page thinking it might suck. Fears of not being as successful as you hoped at this point in life? Maybe it’s a privacy related concern. Maybe it’s easier to write content but find it hard to create an about page. Whatever the reason, you are not alone.
I recently ran across an article that defines it rather nicely.
An ideal “About Me” page should say something about you. By this I do not mean your personal likes and dislikes such as certain movies and rock bands. Leave these types of interests for your social networking website profile. Instead, write something related to your beliefs, your education, why you started this blog, and perhaps add a picture of yours’. Write about your passion, your goals, and other things that add a personal touch. The idea is to give the reader a clear picture of you and your blog or website, and why you started the site they are viewing.
I personally stumbled my way through and it took four times before I had a decent, About Page. I had to think of a way to make it fun, informative, yet on target reflecting who I am. So I started with an opener like a comedian would for his or her monolog. My opener at the very top is, “Like dogs need to sniff the asses of other dogs a way of saying hello. So here is my ass! Sniff away.” So far as of today, I have 161 likes on that page alone! I even had a few tell me they got a big laugh from it. That is when I knew I finally got it right!
Several Tips For a Killer About Page!
- A good photo of you. What? I don’t want people to know what I look like. Can’t I just use my Avatar? Big fat no! If you want to have a Blog that is successful, you will have to have a photo of you on your About Page and preferably facing forward looking into the camera when it is taken. That way when people come to your page they see you looking at them as though there is eye contact. This also helps to build trust between you and the reader.
- Name, if you prefer not to give out your full name at least provide a first name so that your readers can make a connection with you. If anyone has visited Tony’s Blog on the right side he has his mug shot of handsomeness! Not only do we get a name, we get a nickname of T-Bird and me being a fan of the 1967 Ford T-Bird I’ll give a shout out to Tony! 🙂
- Show your personality! As I mentioned in an earlier post, your blog should reflect you for it is an extension of you and so should your About Page. People have this need to know us as our true selfs before they can feel like they can trust us, You need to be you shining brilliantly on the poster.
- We don’t have to provide exactly where we live providing directions to our homes, but a geographical location like the greater part of Chicago can do wonders. This provides the reader with a first name, a general location with those tidbits about what your Blog is about. It’s like meeting someone for the first time and shaking hands!
- Don’t be afraid to show the goofy side of you. We need to have a little fun. As an analogy, a Business man with a stuffy suit, one method in previous years was to wear a Bugs Bunny tie. This way when a client came in, they would get a sense that this person had a sense of humor, instead of being uptight full of shit and all business! Who want’s to talk to that person?
I hope that these few tips provide you some new tools to utilize or at least ponder about your About Page.
If you have questions please feel free to drop me a line!