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Writing a Good Profile Bio

  1. Amadaun profile image77
    Amadaunposted 4 years ago

    Okay...I think I've gotten the hang of most of the stuff around here.  However, I'm still dragging my heels when it comes to my bio.  I've never been very comfortable about writing bios, so I have a few questions.

    Is it better to have my bio about me, about the articles I'm writing, or a mixture of both?  I've seen all three kinds as I've looked around.

    What sort of things do you expect to see in a bio?

    Since it's available to search engines, how long is too long?  How short is too short?

  2. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Hey Amadaun! I'm glad you're getting around to writing your bio, and actually putting some thought into it!

    We've found the best bios are:
    1. Short (they don't get cut off visibly in the public profile)
    2. Professional (e.g. not about personal struggles, not rambly)
    3. Polished (no grammar or punctuation mistakes)
    3. A mix of both personal background and interest (e.g. I am a trained nurse who specializes in pediatric care, however in my free time I also love to write about extreme sports.)

    Visitors want to know who you are, why they should bother listening to you, and why you're on HubPages. Answer those questions in a succinct, polished manner, and you'll have a great bio! big_smile

    Hope that helps!

    1. Amadaun profile image77
      Amadaunposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, it does help. big_smile

    2. Faith A Mullen profile image88
      Faith A Mullenposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Great tips! I find that if a bio section is longer than what fits on the public profile without being cut off, I lose interest and stop reading. Concise and polished is definitely my preference. My bio needs improvement, so I will be re-thinking it with these tips in mind.

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      Lesleysherwoodposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Simone for the tips.  I have amended my bio now ;smile

  3. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    Hi, Simone. Is what I've done on my profile page "bio" a good idea or a bad idea?

  4. janshares profile image98
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    Yeah, Simone. What you've written makes me want to change mine which is sort of long. Could you have a look-see when you get a chance? Thanks.

  5. vocalcoach profile image99
    vocalcoachposted 4 years ago

    Thanks Simone for posting the points for a good bio.  I've copied your suggestions and will re-do mine.  A great help!  So glad this question was posted.