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Does Profile Page Really Matter?

  1. broussardleslie profile image82
    broussardleslieposted 7 years ago

    Sorry if this is not the proper Forum Category to post this in.

    I've updated my Profile Page to include links to some of my hubs. Is that helpful? 

    Can you take a look and see if there are any changes you would make? http://hubpages.com/profile/broussardleslie

    Does your profile page really even matter?

    Thank you for your input!

    1. dohn121 profile image88
      dohn121posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I do like you updated Profile Page and this is the proper place to post this!  It is well organized in which any visitor can easily navigate through.  The only thing that I would add is a brief bio about yourself to build a bit of trust with your audience.  You can do so without being too revealing. 

      I hope this helps, Leslie.

      1. broussardleslie profile image82
        broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Dohn: Thanks for your input. I always appreciate your help! When you say "bio" do you mean like where I'm from, my family situation, etc?

        1. dohn121 profile image88
          dohn121posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, but use that to your discretion.  I look at it as a kind of resume in which entices readers to read your hubs.  For instance, my being born in Vientiane, Laos automatically lends credit to me to write about Luang Prabang, Laos, the Khene instrument, Alexandra Bounxouei, and even Lao Folktales.  Living in New York for most of my life also gives me some right to be writing about New Paltz, NY, etc.

          Of course, this is up to you...I just think it helps me to gain a readership.

          1. broussardleslie profile image82
            broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this
            1. dohn121 profile image88
              dohn121posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I like it.  It short and sweet and to the point.  I recommend updating it with the influx of newly published hubs.  I've learned while hubbing that visitors are VERY LAZY and need everything to be ready for them, even if it means saving them from having to scroll down a page. 

              Great job, Leslie! big_smile

              1. broussardleslie profile image82
                broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Thanks, Dohn!!

    2. Lady_E profile image82
      Lady_Eposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      As to the question - Does your profile matter? Its nice to have an idea of the person behind the Hubs. Well, for people like me who are always curious.

      Will check out your Profile later and leave a comment. smile

    3. rebekahELLE profile image90
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I always look at profile pages to find out about the person and if they have sites that I might like to visit.  it's kind of like your 'business card.'

      1. rebekahELLE profile image90
        rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        also, if it's too long and someone has every single article they've ever written, I don't read it. sometimes 'less is more.'
        smile

      2. broussardleslie profile image82
        broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Business card. Thank you for that explanation.
        I'll definitely check out your blog!

  2. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 7 years ago

    I would go out on a limb and say yes it does matter. I have had a couple of adsense clicks from my profile page so even it can add somewhat to how you profit here. smile

    1. broussardleslie profile image82
      broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Kirsten: I didn't realize there were ads on my Profile! Thank you for pointing that out; now I will definitely start taking the profile page seriously.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    Hey dohn long time no chat...hay can you give me some pointers on my profile page please?http://hubpages.com/profile/Crazdwriter

    1. dohn121 profile image88
      dohn121posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hey, Crazdwriter.  I think that you should give a brief summary/synopsis about your hubs so as to sell to the reader why they should read your hubs.  I do like your intro but you could definitely add a bit more info concerning your hubs so that can easily navigate your page.

      I look at my profile page like a Hub Store in which I'm inviting readers to come inside and pay a visit.

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Dohn! I'll definitely change it and hopefully make it better lol but right now...BREAKFAST! I'm starving!

      2. broussardleslie profile image82
        broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Not that you asked for my opinion, Crazdwriter, but I did take a look at your profile. I agree with Dohn. In my humble opinion, the profiles that have links to topics and/or some of your favorite hubs seem to be the most eye-catching...

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    Janettaposted 7 years ago

    I think it absolutely matters! That's the first thing you see when visiting a hubbers profile. I always read the profiles of hubbers and love to see some interesting or fun info about the person. It helps us get to know you and is a great way to introduce yourself to the community. Your profile can turn people away from your page or draw them in. It also helps put a face to hubbers, making us more real as well as providing a great space to link to a blog or other website you may have.

    1. broussardleslie profile image82
      broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you for your input, Janetta. I have had links to my blogs on my profile for a while. I do not know if anyone clicks on them, but they are there smile

      I agree that a profile can turn someone away, as I had went to a VERY boring profile page recently that was a LOT of copy, and I just left.  Did not even look at the hub titles, because I would have had to scroll down...

      I think that your intro on your profile is fabulous (and your pic helps, too!)

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        Janettaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        well, thank you very much smile I've done the same thing with long, boring profiles. Makes you not even want to read anything else. I figure your profile is the first thing you've written that others will read so better make it interesting!! lol big_smile

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

    Whenever I read articles online, I check to see what the author's credentials or experience are for the subject they're writing about. My own profile is useless in that regard (good example of what NOT to put in a profile) but it does matter.

    1. broussardleslie profile image82
      broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I will DEFINITELY be following your blog! Thank you for posting your opinion regarding profile pages on this forum. I greatly appreciate it!

      What if I do not have any experience or credential to offer towards my hub in my profile? For example, I've written about political/social issues in my hubs, I do not reference any particular reason in my profile that someone SHOULD read my opinion...does that help or hurt me?

  6. Lady_E profile image82
    Lady_Eposted 7 years ago

    Nice Profile.

    There's alot of writing on your page. You might want to consider putting Hubs in a link. Example, if someone clicks on Political and Social issues - it then opens up to the Hubs you listed. (I did it with Poems on my profile)

    If you check out the profile for Aqua - Click on Health and Beauty, it opens up to all her Hubs on Health and Beauty. I don't know how that clever lady did it, but you might probably know how.

    http://hubpages.com/profile/Aqua

    Just a suggestion as most people skim profiles. smile

    1. Jeffrey Neal profile image85
      Jeffrey Nealposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, that's a really neat trick!  I'll have to figure out how that's done.

      1. sunforged profile image64
        sunforgedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        shes linking to her tag and category pages (specifically topics )

        Lady e= entertainment
        http://hubpages.com/author/Lady_E/topic … nt/637/hot

        http://hubpages.com/author/Aqua/topics/ … y/1117/hot

        you can do the same

        1. Jeffrey Neal profile image85
          Jeffrey Nealposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Oh, okay, thanks. I just looked.  Not as complicated as I thought.  I thought I would have to hack the URL and figure out how mine would work through trial and error.  Of course, it doesn't really make much difference for me currently since you can see all my hubs on one page.  Off to work on some more...

        2. broussardleslie profile image82
          broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you, lady_E that is an EXCELLENT idea.
          Sunforged, I understand what you are saying, but I still do not know how to do it...Where do I find my tag and category pages?

          Thank you all so much for your input!

          1. sunforged profile image64
            sunforgedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            well you already have your topic pages on the profile page, is that new since you wrote this comment?

            you can get to the tag pages via the tag links in the sidebar of your hubs - what i called 'category" are the hub created categories already on your profile page - you can click the header and use that link, doesnt make sense for the profile page, but can be used outside of hubpages and in your hubs

            1. broussardleslie profile image82
              broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Yes, I'm sorry. I hastily asked the question sad I didn't mean to waste your time. I did eventually figure it out. I still think Aqua's profile looks better, though.

        3. Lady_E profile image82
          Lady_Eposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks. Its so handy to know these tips.

      2. Lisa HW profile image81
        Lisa HWposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Aqua's IS good.  I, on the other hand, have been "brilliant" enough to send people AWAY from my Hubs.  roll   lol  lol  I guess my thinking was that whatever my profile lacks in information the other stuff shows, in the event anyone is at all interested anyway. 

        I've never quite known what to do with the profile.  I've gone back and forth between having only a few of the "skeleton basics" to having having more personal stuff, to having "whatever" seems like a good idea when in I'm in the mood to change it.  I may to need to "copy" Aqua's approach one of these days.

        1. broussardleslie profile image82
          broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          How did you send people away?
          I agree with you on the profile; I've battled with it the entire 2 months I've been here.

      3. broussardleslie profile image82
        broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Jeff, I'm not POSITIVE, but you might not be able to do it until the categories show up on your profile. (I believe that happens at 15 hubs). Again, I could be wrong...

  7. broussardleslie profile image82
    broussardleslieposted 7 years ago

    Okay, I've updated it again with the "topics" pages and a very brief bio at the top...

    Can someone/everyone please take a look and tell me what you think now?

  8. EWealthGuide profile image59
    EWealthGuideposted 7 years ago

    I'll agree with the other people, and I'd say it does matter. Because when soemone clicks on your picture, they will ready your profile info, and if it's interesting they'll read your hubs, and hopefull become your fan.

    1. broussardleslie profile image82
      broussardleslieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. Did you check out my profile? I'd love your input.

 
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