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The Most Overlooked Piece of Real Estate on Your Blog

Note: For the month of October, I’m leading an Intentional Blogging challenge. If you want to start a blog or take your existing one to the next level, check it out (there’s a free course, community, and more!).

There is a place on your website that you’re probably neglecting. It’s the same place new visitors flock to every day to see if what you have to say is worth listening to. And many of these would-be readers leave your website, disappointed.

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What is this place, this magical part of your blog that, if you paid more attention to it, could be a big-time difference-maker?

It’s your about page.

Say what? You mean, that silly little “about me” page I created on Day 1 of my blog and haven’t been back to since?

Yep. That’s the one.

Why your about page needs more attention

Other than your homepage, which is usually the first place most first-time visitors drop by, your about page is the most important, and often the most viewed page on your website.

Why is this?

  • Because nobody reads something from a writer they don’t trust.
  • Because people want to connect with other people – especially on social media.
  • Because sometimes it’s hard to tell what your blog is actually about, even after reading a few articles.

An about page is a powerful resource, because it can quickly and easily address those three issues in one fell swoop. A good about page will immediately build trust with a first-time visitor, make readers feel more connected to the person behind the blog, and give them an idea of what to expect in the future.

Three keys to awesome about pages

So what does a good about page contain? A few things (with some real life-examples):

  1. A welcome. This could be as simple as a headline that says, “Welcome to my blog!” followed by a brief bio on who you are and what you do. Chris Guillebeau does a great job with this without getting too wordy, as does Penelope Trunk. (Note: I recommend writing your About page in the first-person as this makes people feel more like they are talking to a real person. I learned that tip from Michael Hyatt.)
  2. A promise. This is where you tell the reader what it is you do, why you do it, and how often. For example, my friend James Clear promises on his about page to send you helpful habit-building articles via email twice a week (every Monday and Thursday). He sticks to that schedule and to his published values regularly, because he understands that delivering on what he promises is essential to building an audience.
  3. An invitation. This is where you ask people to follow your journey, to read a few articles, or maybe even to subscribe to your blog. See how I do that on my own about page. I learned this from Derek Halpern who leverages his about page to get more email subscribers. It’s a smart strategy.

It has to be epic

Okay, so you’re still not convinced. Or maybe you are, but you don’t know what that means for you. Fair enough.

How about one last story, and some practical application for how you can turn your about page into a powerful resource that gets shared across the interwebs? Great. But I have to warn you: this isn’t easy. Your about page has to be over-the-top awesome.

As an illustration, let’s take a look at Clay Collins.

Clay is the founder of a software company called LeadPages. But before he did that, he was just a blogger trying to generate leads for his online business. When he turned his average, run-of-the-mill about page into an epic story of awesomness, he saw his social shares go through the roof and his traffic explode.

This is what I call the “Epic Story About Page.” It tends to be more long-form, usually 500–1500 words, and it only works if you have a really good story to tell (fortunately, you do).

Basically, this is just an article sharing your story and inviting readers to join you. It works when you offer valuable content that encourages people.

The lesson: Don’t just tell us about you. That’s a rookie mistake. Instead, share an inspiring story that will compel people to not only join you but tell their friends about you. Good stories spread.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, that’s kind of up to you. I suggest you begin here:

  1. Review your about page. If it’s less than a few hundred words, you might want to beef up the content. Make sure you have a welcome, a promise, and an invitation.
  2. Tell an epic story. In addition to the three keys, make sure you bio section is amazing, the kind of thing that could be turned into a movie. How do you do this? By focusing on your struggles, on the areas in your life where you saw some kind of extraordinary breakthrough (you may have to dig, but we all have those stories).
  3. Ask people to read and share. This is the last step, when you see if what you’ve written is actually good. Because if you share your about page and people don’t respond by telling others about you, then you haven’t scratched the right itch. You need to go back and tweak things.
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What’s something that I missed? Have you seen other examples of powerful about pages? Share in the comments.

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  • Mark Roth

    I just caught on that I must have deleted my “About Me” page long ago! Thanks for…eh…pointing this out. :-)

  • I’ve rewritten that page a million times and it still sucks… It’s funny how writing about yourself is the hardest darn thing EVER. Maybe I just need to live a more epic life or something…

    • Heh. Or just keep practicing. Keep it up, Devani!

    • Lori Robinson

      I have led an epic life and still can’t write about it because who cares about my life? Ha. Lori from AfricaInside.org

  • You are exactly right my friend! Every time I happen upon a new blog, the first thing I do after reading the article is visit the about page. Based on what I see, I either add it to my feedly account or subscribe via email. Also, make sure the “about me” is also focused on how you help your reader!

    • Well said, Jonathan. It’s not really “about me.” It’s more of an “here’s how I can help you” page.

  • Why’d you have to start with the hard stuff?

    I’ve been meaning to rewrite my about page for so long. I guess today has to be the day. Thank you for the kick in the butt. I needed it.

  • I’ve made it ‘epic’ as far as length is concerned. And I try to tell a story. I’m not sure if there’s enough ‘how to help the reader’ in it. It could probably be a simple tweak. Feedback appreciated. And feedback will be offered (if I can figure out if you reviewed). Thanks y’all! (and you too Jeff). http://salesexperiment.com/about/

    • I like it, Brett, and think this is a terrific start. My advice would be to explicitly answer the question for the reader, “What’s in it for me?” There’s a lot of backstory and stuff about you, and I think you could make that more concise and value-packed for the first-time visitor. Just my two cents. Great job so far!

      • Great feedback. I agree. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the reminder. Now off to revisit my about page —>

  • This is gold Jeff. I need to work on an epic story and how I’ll help and yea, I need to turn some of this stuff into blog posts. Any input is welcomed. http://contemplativemonk.com/about/

  • You’re so right. But wondering about blogs that are part of a business site? I’ve got a product-based business that I launched earlier this year and am only now getting around to putting together a blog strategy for it, as I know it’s essential. Should the blog be built right into the site (in which case, the platform I use doesn’t have a separate “about” page for the blog) or be linked to a separate blog? I suppose the About Us page for the overall site serves the same purpose?

    • It needs to include the same things for a business: Here’s what we’re about, here’s how we can help you, and here’s our promise.

  • You’re right, Jeff. The About Page is something I read when I visit other people’s sites. It’s time for me to revisit my long forgotten about page and write something epic.

  • Painfully practical! Why didn’t I ever think of this? Thanks Jeff for sharing this. Today, I started off on an epic journey. My first coaching gig! Laying on the couch now, bone-tired but ecstatic. My dream job is rolling out of the station. Then you send this through… Just the perfect way to close my day. Thanks!

  • Sharisse @ sharissespieces

    STAR-STRUCK!
    Thanks to the reference to Penelope, I visited her About Me page and learned she
    played professional beach volleyball! Now, back to evaluating and updating my own
    About Me page :)

  • Simple and so often overlooked. I just finished revamping mine. Thanks for the tip!

  • Awesome tips, Jeff. I’m revisiting my About page to tweak it a bit. I have mixed feelings about the long form biography approach, however. Sometimes a long approach can feel a bit, well, long winded. But I have to admit the examples you provided were absorbing, so I’ll have to explore that more. Thanks!

    • Not if it’s an interesting story, John. Again, the point is not to go long-form but to go epic. Epic means awesome. :)

  • This is exactly why I love reading your posts Jeff! I reviewed my about page and it wasn’t all that bad, but when I went through it and really used the information you provided it has come alive! I added the transparency element and it makes me feel that I am being more honestly myself. Thanks again for all you do for me through your work.
    http://www.dianerheos.com/about/

  • Rewriting my about page is loooong overdue!

    I think I’ve struggled with it in because I’m still learning which of my stories are epic enough for others to join me in — sometimes it feels like a sloooow process!

  • I like how you shine light into the dark corners of cyber space where most don’t want to look. Thanks for this, Jeff! Awesome!

    • Well thanks, Allison. I don’t know about that, but I sure appreciate the vote of confidence. I’ll take it! :)

  • Kevin Tuazon

    Thanks, Jeff! Such a great way to start this challenge.

    This really is an eye-opener, so I added some elements now to make my About page more effective. I hope it gets your attention: http://kevintuazon.wordpress.com/about/

  • friend

    I started my blog about a year ago. Unfortunately, I have not been good
    about posting regularly. My problem? Perfectionism! I have quite a few
    drafts, but they just don’t make the cut in my mind, or I get too busy
    and start writing about something else the next time, or I don’t want to
    hurt someone’s feelings.

    So Jeff, you have challenged me and I am determined to start writing more regularly! I just wrote how I want to write every week into my About Me, which by the way is on my home
    page so people don’t miss it. I don’t know what your thoughts are on
    that? I don’t really have a story in it, but it does lead people into
    who I am and what I am writing about.

    Thank you Jeff for sharing your insight and knowledge with us!

    http://stephaniecolemanfish.wordpress.com/

  • Hi Jeff – I have been following your blog for several months and want to appreciate you for being a Love Cat (see Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders). You generously offer top quality advice and do it in a very personal and humble way. This enlightening post was very timely as I started working on my About Me page for my new site yesterday. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Claude! Love Tim Sanders. He’s awesome.

  • skedersha

    Thank you, Jeff! Great place to start and thank you for providing real, live examples of each of your points. I put some time into my About page when I launched but have barely touched it since. Thanks!

    Making some changes tonight to my About Page – http://www.scottkedersha.com/aboutscott/

  • Hmm, definitely an interesting place to start out the challenge! I haven’t touched my About page in four years (I’d forgotten I’d even added it back into the navigation), so it’s definitely time for some spring cleaning. Will be a nice chance to sit down and figure out the story of my blog at the same time…

    • This was a great exercise for hunting down what it was I wanted to do with the blog going forward. It really helped me trim back some of the excess layers I had built between the reader and the content when I consolidated the six blogs into one. :)

  • Sandi Ackerman

    I often wondered what drew me to the blogger that I read. It is the About page. After reading about their life or what makes them tick, I know there is something about what they have gone through or how they have handled it, that I can identify with and want to take the time to read,. It will not matter how well I express what is on my heart if the people who need to read my blogs never know they can identify with me or what makes me tick. Thanks for this post.

  • Lori Robinson

    The about page is a hard one for me. I have the constant reminder in my head that a blog is for the reader, not the blogger, and I doubt people want to read about me. I have what I thought was a good About Page but after looking at your examples, I’m clear my about page needs a revision. Thanks for this.

  • Caitlin Van Essen

    Note to self: Redo your about page.
    Great post and I am seriously getting this job done TODAY!!
    I’ve never been happy with my about page as it didn’t feel like me. Well that is going to change. NOW!!

  • Rick Jantz

    This was a great exercise, Jeff. I’ve written a few About Me pages but you’ve emphasized a few key points that I hadn’t done before. Thanks.

  • Thanks Jeff. Now you’ve added something else to my To-Do List. :)

  • Jeff, I took your advice, and I’m glad I did! Check it out: http://laughterisaleap.com/about-jt/

  • Thanks Jeff,
    I just rewrote my about page and would love to hear your thoughts on it: http://jkoch.me/about-me

    I think I have an inspiring story to tell for my target audience (quitting a secure job to become self-employed having minimal savings), but I needed to emphasize this more on my about page.

    Best regards,
    Jan

    • I think this is awesome, Jan. Well done!

    • Emunah

      Hi Jan, your about page looks good! I was only wondering about the following, you say: If you want to here more. Should that by any change be: hear more? If not that please ignore my question.
      All the best,
      Emunah

      • Thanks for pointing out the typo Emunah!
        Just updated it :-)

        • Emunah

          Good 😉 Tell me something; was it hard to make the start to having your own business? Was it hard to change your mindset? I’m still in the “thinking” process so I’m interested to know.

          • The mindset part was very hard. I was working as business consultant before, used to getting “safe income”. Even though I wasn’t happy, I enjoyed the security of getting a monthly paycheck.

            But I realized that there’s more to life than spending 40 hours a week in a job to get a paycheck – and to enjoy only 2 of 7 days a week.

            I started the business on the side for the first 6 months and quit the job once I made enough money on my own to replace the income.

            I truly believe that anyone can build a business on her own by starting on the side. It gives you a security net in case things go wrong, though it’s demanding.

            Being an entrepreneur means that you’ll have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I still have days thinking that nothing will work out and I’ll end up broke. The challenge is to get over the fear and embrace the freedom and joy entrepreneurship gives you.

            We can have a chat about this on Skype if you like :-)

  • Sheryl Anne Lehman

    Is my about page too gimmicky?
    savedforapurpose.blogspot.com

    • I couldn’t find it. :/

      • Sheryl Anne Lehman

        savedforapurpose.blogspot.com or also on Speaking the truth in love on WordPress
        I hope I am doing this right.

  • No doubt Jeff. It’s my #1 page people visit as their 2nd page. I consistently get about 300-400 views per month on it which is a lot.

    Here’s the thing…I redid my about page about 6 months and I wrote the entire thing the way I did because of YOU. Yep, you.

    I write about a conversation you and I had (and the followup email) here: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/we-all-have-this-superpower/

    That’s why I wrote it the way I did.

  • Awesome! I am joining in – I feel like it needs more, but just don’t know what. Any suggestions? http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/a-locals-guide-to-travel-croatia/

  • Hi Jeff, This is my first visit to your blog. I have written my about page over quite a few times and I think I have it now but I make think different when I read it again tomorrow. Thank you for your detailed advice and I will try it again tomorrow. I would appreciate suggestions if you have time. Thank you.

  • Lara

    I just rewrote my about page http://mercyme40.wordpress.com/about/ and am wondering if its too long, too weird (I wrote my obit) and if i indeed have more work to do!

  • David Cunningham

    Jeff, I finished my about page. I tried to follow your advice as much as I understood it. Take a look and let me know your thought? http://scorezone.tk/about/

  • Great advice. I had recently participated in Michael Hyatt’s free webinar, during which he said very similar things about the About page. I worked on it some then, but your idea of telling an epic tale has spurred me to work on mine more. Thanks!

  • Question…is linking to a bunch of your established content a good idea? I’m a little paranoid that my About page has too many hyperlinks, but, I figured I would err on the side of being incredibly thorough. http://beautifulinhistime.com/about-me/

  • Danita Brick

    I updated my About page: http://www.danitabrick.com/about-me/ I can’t figure out how to get email subscription signup on the about page. Honestly, it’s the technical details of the blog that confuse me the most.

    • Danita Brick

      Made a lot of progress yesterday on the technical part of my blog. Much better.

  • Emunah

    Hi Jeff, I’m a little late with joining the conversation. I love your advice!! I need your help with something. I have trouble getting over my fear that people will judge me when I put so much of myself out there. I know it sound a bit strange…..when starting a blog. But my most difficult challenge right now is overcoming that fear. I wrote a about page, but I haven’t put it out there yet……do you have any tips?

    • I had fears just like you Emunah. But I’ve just laid it all out and it worked just fine! Now I have no ambiguity on why I blog and my audience, hopefully, has a better idea of what to expect from me. You can identify a person that you trust and run it by them. All the best!

      • Emunah

        It’s good to hear that I’m not alone, thank you for sharing 😉

  • Jeff, I can’t believe how crappy my “About” page is after reading your post. I spent the whole afternoon today working on the new text. It should be up and running in the next couple of days. Thank you for bringing us yet another gem that we can place on our ‘crowns’. I am getting better by the day…

  • I did it, worked for hours writing and tweaking my ‘About’ page. Scary at first, but now it is a declaration of what I am offering the world. What a relief to finally get it done. Thanks Jeff!

    PS: I’d love to hear what you think of it. Here’s the link… http://www.leadbychoice.co/about/

  • Micki

    Thanks for sharing this, Jeff, it is so true, passing it on via social media and reviewing my about page as well.

  • This is some great advice, thank you so much! Do you give about me page feedback at all perchance? thanks again!

  • Logan Mathis

    Have you seen Derek Halpern’s (soicaltriggers.com) explanation of the about page? I thought it was interesting and very useful. Btw you have one of the best about pages I’ve seen lol.

    • Heh. Yep. That’s why I referenced him. 😉

      • Logan Mathis

        How did I miss that? haha…talk about embarrassing. I thought you did because when I looked at your about page you had the email button in the middle.

        Sorry about that lol.

  • Chad Cotton

    In the section, “So, what does this mean for you?” in point 2, “Tell an epic story”, you say “make sure you bio section is amazing.” I think you wanted to write “make sure your bio section is amazing.”

  • This is my About page for my new blog http://handtomouthsolution.com/about/. I don’t get the subscibtion thing.

    • Kyle Shuberg

      Kenesha, I would love to see some pics to just stimulate the page even more. I am loving the “hand to mouth” name so if you could visualize that some how i think it would look great!

      • Thanks Kyle. I am still up in the air about the pic the ones I found online seem so impersonal. I looked at your about page and tour pics fit so well.
        Plus I love your premise it’s a topic very close to my heart.

  • Hi Sir Jeff! This is my revised about Me page according to your suggestions! I would appreciate if you will give me some comments for improvement :-) Thanks! https://iamdoctoreamer.wordpress.com/about/

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  • I so appreciated the information and advice in this post. After reading it, I went to my website and redid my “About” page. Thank you!

  • Hate being late the party, never the less, still a great post man. Just wanted to say thanks!

  • Rodrigo

    wait wow this page is awesome!!! good job! also if you want to get your real estate license check out this video helped me out soooo much!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw5vjztyz7Q

  • I have been putting this off forever – updating my about page. I too follow Hyatt and 40 other influencers. I have a decent about page but it needs some love. The sad part is I have an amazing story to tell, having survived civil unrest in my native country. I suppose I justified not updating the page by focusing on my book projects. But I made a commitment, after reading this, to do something about it this week. After all I always tell those who listen to my podcast to “just take action.” Well, I will take my own advice. Thanks for the great tips!

  • NancyEllenB

    Jeff, does all of this advice apply to corporate blogs as well? Look forward to hearing from you.

  • Thanks for the helpful advice on sprucing up my about page. And I love the title of the post; I couldn’t help but find out what the most overlooked piece of real estate was on my blog. :)

  • george brush

    This was an awesome resource! Wow You should also check out this video on Tips on becoming an excellent Buyers Agent ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GzUKr3iBlk

  • Thanks for re-posting this. The first time I read it, I immediately created my About page, but I’ve been aware that it needed updating for a few weeks now. Reading this again motivated me to head directly over to re-write it. I still have a few tweaks to make, but I think I’m on the right track now. Thanks again!

  • Janet Kelley

    Thanks for the post! It was very useful.

  • Sunumi

    Thank you, Jeff.

  • Kyle Shuberg

    Hi all, here is my about page http://kyleshuberg.com/about Any feedback and is welcome and appreciated! I will be going down the list this afternoon and trying to put in my 2 cents for some of the others. Thanks!

  • Clay’s page was great–thanks for sharing. My style’s a bit different but here’s my page: About me: What’s a Ball of Light? | Ball of Light
    https://kristibridges.wordpress.com/about/

  • Robin

    Hey, Jeff! Thanks for writing this. As I was skimming through the “Intentional Blogging Challenge” group page posts to find where I’d left off, I saw this one. This not only answered questions I had about revising my About pages, but also introduced me to other writers such as Penelope Strunk. I was already familiar with the work of Chris Guillebeau, Michael Hyatt, and Derek Halpern, and I subscribe to their newsletters. So much to take in and so much to learn and put to use! But I’m now excited and still “in”.

    After looking over several About pages and brainstorming about page content, I even found someone to add to my interview list when I get to that challenge–someone who understands some of the challenges I face in my own life at the moment! I bookmarked the page so I could get back to it later, as there’s so much to process and so much I need to learn, while at the same time jotting down both interview questions AND other questions to be asked outside of the interview.

    Again, thanks so much for all you’re posting here, as I’m getting a lot of questions answered that I had before when I first purchased “The Art of Work”.

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  • Janet Givens

    Interesting collection of links. I especially appreciate your sharing your various technical support sites. Thanks for that.

  • Emirati

    I think every real estate site should include social media channel on their websites I was looking to buy villas for sale in jumeirah islands and that’s why I was looking for some real estate tips but I found your blog anyways real estate agents should focus on real estate also .

  • Christopher Eggenberger

    Great advice! Exactly what I was looking for. Just a side note: the link to Clay Collins’ about page seems to be down …

  • John

    Amazing advice. To be honest, there are a few things here that I myself did not actually implemented on my real estate company Marbella Property CO . Thank you for sharing this really informative article. One thing, I’d just like to inform every entrepreneur as well that the about page may be a very important key page in this industry, we should also aim to perfect all other aspects of the site.