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How to Create a Social Media Personal Profile Outline

Updated on November 23, 2012

Create Your Social Media Profile

Your social media personal profile outline is like a first impression. Make it a good one. When you join a new social media network fill in all relevant boxes and use words that grab other users' attention. Use your profile to draw them to the content you share. After all, isn't that why you joined the site in the first place? Create a distinct title, an engaging description of yourself, and include relevant links to your other content.

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Your Social Media Profile Title

As with the articles you read or write online, you want your social media personal profile to have a killer headline. By killer, I mean that it is unique yet informative for other users of the platform.

While it is fine to use a title shared by other people in your field (Freelance Writer is one example), you want to stand ahead of the pack. When you are in the front, you are more likely to get the attention of prospective employers and to make new connections.

In the case of the title Freelance Writer, try to use words that are more creative instead. Examples:

  • Top Blogger for Groundbreaking Technology Website, or
  • Independent Writer for Leading Websites

Not employed yet? Advertise your strengths. Here is an example:

  • ยท Freelance Writer with A Strong Drive and Strong Technical Skill Set

Stand out and be noticed. Not everyone reads the free form text you write within the body of your personal profile but many people do read titles.

Some Websites, such as Facebook, do not give you the option to create a title. Instead, sites may simply require your name for your personal page. If you intend to use the network to advance your business or to reach work-related goals, you likely want to use your real name. By doing so, potential employers can find you more easily. You will also be working toward strengthening your online presence.

Body of Your Online Personal Profile

The next part of your personal profile outline is the description section. While I prefer third-person text rather than first-person, as it is more objective than "I", you can use either. On my Google+ profile, for example, I use first-person language. There is a personal touch with the use of "I" and "you". If you are more comfortable talking about yourself as "she" or "he" then that is fine too.

Be concise rather than wordy, in order to keep the attention of readers. As with the title, be unique. Do not be afraid to brag about your accomplishments. Do you have specific interests that you are looking to connect on with people? If so, clearly list them in your profile. Try key words in bold or italics to make them stand out. Users tend to skim profiles rather than read word for word so the different fonts help the key words stand out from the rest of the text.

Also, be honest in your description of yourself. If not, chances are that people who find out you gave list false information will lose trust in you. You lose these connections. As social media is all about networking, losing connections goes against why you are creating the profile in the first place.

Links for Your Personal Online Profile

If you have a Website, your personal profile outline is a great place to insert a link. Given how interesting the text of your profile is, people will want to check out your work. They click the link to learn more about you and hopefully to sign on for your products and services.

Some social media networks let you add multiple links. Aside from your own Websites, also add other networks you belong to so that can increase the number of connections on those platforms too. This is especially important if you share different content on different networks; that way people have the opportunity to receive a variety of your posts and they stay interested in your content.

Socializing Online

Now that your personal social media profile outline is set up, you are ready to socialize. Find a network (or two or three) and start reaching out to people. Make new connections. See you online... and I will stop to admire your profile!

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      Johnny Parker 3 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      I always feel the hardest part of being a writer is filling in the dreaded personal profile, thanks for the great tips. Johnny.

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      Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Interesting.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello Christy my esteemed colleague and fellow Canadian - well I have only been online for the first time ever when I received a computer back in January 2009 and since then I would say I've come a long way.

      As far as a social media personality - if you Google me - I am the only 'epigramman' in the entire cyber universe unless of course there is a parallel universe (and there probably is)

      Thank you for your expertise on this subject and you write like a real pro with enlightening facts and information.

      Sending warm wishes to you and good energy too from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 2:15pm

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Mel, Ruby, Cyndi, and Debbie for such great comments here. Happy to share what I learn about social media!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      what great information here. I always wondered how to do this. I was thinking about hiring someone to do it for me..

      many blessings to you and happy new year

      Debbie

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great article, as is always expected. Thanks for the valuable information we can all use to expand our social media connections.

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I love your, do not lose hope picture. That is so often how it feels! Thank you for a most enlightening hub. I share it with my followers and friends and pick myself up to implement some of these fine ideas. Thanks!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Very interesting article Christy, thanks so much for sharing! Voted up and sharing too :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Jimagain! Hi Howlermunkey, I have found that my profile views increased on many networks when I strengthened them. Great to see you both.

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      jimagain 4 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      Worth reading just for the picture! Good points but not too wordy. Thanks.

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Good Tips Christy, I need to revisit some of my profiles, filing this one under "references". Up and Sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you everyone for the wonderful feedback with your comments here and for the votes and shares! Social media is an important part of being a writer, given that we write online. Strong profiles can help strengthen your networking and build connections.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very sound advice, Christy. It sure rings a bell here and I'm surely going to perk up my profiles on the various networks I'm connected to.

      Votes up, useful awesome and shared.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Great hub, great detail, great formatting! You are very good at this!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great tips on getting the most out of a profile. I agree that honesty must be in your post, people so not appreciate false details. Thanks for the advice.

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      You always have useful advice. I think you wrote this article out so that anyone can gain more skills and create a more dramatic profile when they join a new social website.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Sound advice Christy. A good question anywone should ask of themselves when looking at their profile is: "Would you follow this person." I follow nobody who doesn't have a profile, and a good one. I like your idea of making it compelling and eye grabbing. I think I shall revisit my profiles! Voted up useful and interesting.

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Great advice! Got anything for using Pinterest to promote blogs? I'd love to hear your views.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I don't join many social networks because I just don't have the time! Great article which I will bookmark to come back to.

      Voted it UP, etc.

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      This looks very useful. I've just time to vote it up and tomorrow I'll read through.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great info, I really need to work on this. Thanks.

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      Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

      Very useful hub, thank you for sharing. An important topic you have covered.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As always when I read your instructional hubs I have to breeze through and bookmark for future reading. You explain so well but as I have said a gazillion times ..internet and computer stuff makes me nuts. However, I am getting a litte better...So in goes this hub with my Christywrites folder. Thanks as always for your help. Voting up and sharing on facebook.