The bios are a place for you to declare you aren't an article spinner or someone who writes on topics he knows nothing about after a few minutes of Internet research by explaining why you write on a particular topic.
I know it isn't much of anything effective but they were trying.
Something you should know about the feature is that it doesn't affect what three hubs get featured in the bio box on each hub. For instance, the bio I use on all my hubs about homelessness is the same, yet the three hubs featured in the bio box on my homelessness hubs are not necessarily other hubs with the same bio. The same goes for my other bios. It's even the case for the bio that goes only on the chapters of a science fiction novel I'm serializing. The only things I've written that are relevant to that particular bio are the chapters to the book, yet random hubs of mine on whatever subject show up linked in that bio's box.
I see you've already received most of the info you were looking for here, but I'd also like to add that bios are not a strict requirement for niche sites. They are just one of many factors we'll be looking at. But they do help in that they provide the chance to add credibility and demonstrate trustworthiness, which is something we're putting more focus on for the new sites.
Will, you can create and manage bios for use in your hubs by clicking to your account page and then select "About the Author" at the top. When creating a hub in edit mode, you can also select which bio you want to have appear in that hub.
The important thing is to make the bio relate to the hub or else HP will disallow usage of your bios according to the TOS. Feel free to see examples of how I wrote my biographies so that they relate to topics of my hubs.
Yes, click my account and then click "about the author" and land into your personal biography settings. There you can add new "bio". Biography should tell what are your abilities or knowledge for writing particular kind of topic related hubs. So, if you have diversified qualities and qualifications and interests in different types of subjects, you can create as many bios for each one type of interest or qualification that is applied for various types of hubs. Each bio can be associated with as many hubs as you wish by adding those hubs. When you create a bio, it will show up the hubs to be added into that bio in the left hand column. You need to drag and drop it into the right hand column for associating it with the bio. When all your hubs are added like this to all of your bios, the left hand column will become blank. It means that you have added all the hubs and nothing is pending.
I finally approved all those 150-or-so comments a couple of weeks ago, now I just need keep that momentum going and write bios. Ugh. I've never even checked my edited hubs to see how they were changed. I don't know what my problem is; I think it's just that I'm tired of the constantly changing hoops to jump through.
You have always been a source of encouragement, though. I appreciate it.
I feel the same about it, but I think their importance depends on the topics you write about. Nobody is going to get sick or injured from solving a math problem wrong, so who cares about my qualifications and experience? But if I write about curing cancer with peppers I think the reader deserves to know if I am a doctor or just play one on TV. I think it increases the likelihood of having your hubs shared if your bio reassures the reader.
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