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Blogging Challenge – Day 5: Conduct an About Page Audit

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252445473_d421c47de2_mDarren’s task for Day 5 is to Conduct an About Page Audit. His rationale is new readers use your about page to find out more about you and your blog. They will often use the information on this page to decide if it is worth subscribing to your blog.

This is a key conversion page of your blog!

There is definitely an art in writing well – which is probably why I originally started out as a podcaster. Just looking at my about page compared to Darren’s showed how much work I needed to do.

What’s required for those new to Blogging

So tonight I have worked hard on re-wording it. It is definitely better, but still needs more work. I have been avoiding putting together information on tags, RSS and commenting – but Darren’s post on the about page has really highlighted how important this information is for newbies so I have added it to my to-do-list – I want to get it right rather than rush it.

Where is your RSS feed?

One very important issue that I realized while fixing it up was that I did not have a RSS feed clearly displayed on my site. What about your site – have you made sure the RSS feed is obvious?

With everything that I know I am amazed that I did not pick up that it was missing. Part of the problem is I use Google Reader for subscribing to blogs (this is why I use Google Reader). When I add a blog subscription I just use the blog address and Google Reader automatically finds the feed. I believe this is not the case for other Feed Aggregators.

Please Help!

Have looked at my widget options – and I do not see a obvious solution that give a nice RSS button – also checked out the forum – does not really help.

I have checked other people’s blogs. There are a range of options. Please give me advice on which option would be the best – maybe James might have a suggestion?

Author: Sue Waters

Edublogs Support Manager @suewaters on Twitter

7 Comments

  1. Hi Sue–Do you use Feedburner? If you do, you should be able to get your RSS button automatically from there when you set up your feed. You just go to the “Publicize” tab and then go to the “Chickletize” section where they’ll give you a bunch of options.

  2. Hi Sue, I must say, I like Feedburner, I’m pretty new to it. I did a Google Image search for buttons and got some great ones. All different colours.

    I really like this button – http://www.flairandsquare.com/archives/3

  3. The day 5 challenge has been my favourite so far. I have not yet reworked my About Me page. http://www.flairandsquare.com/about/

    I need to put more text in my About Me page and I’d like to see more images on yours!

    I’d love your comments before I rework mine.

    Happy Blogging!

    Cheers,
    Alex

  4. Hi Michelle and Alex

    Thanks for your advice regarding feedburner, I will definitely check it out.

    Yes, Alex – I think you are right. I still have too much text and not enough images. It is so hard. But it was after midnight when I finished.

    Can I also say I was really pleased to finish this task and was thinking I had finally caught up – only to see Darren post next task at 12.30 am. LOL

    Sue

  5. Really good help Sue, thanks for being honest. I can’t wait to change my “About Me” page. I just want to see who else looks and what they think before I do.
    Thanks again for taking the time. Some fabulous comments from you.
    Cheers,
    Alex

  6. Hi Sue
    Your about page looks really good. A lot more personal than it was before. I am just about to tackle this one now and not looking forward to it at all

    Frances

  7. Hi Sue,

    It’s Jan 2009 and I’m in the same boat as you – no subscription widget.

    Fixed that fairly easily. Added a few more text items to try to make my about page more personal.

    I’m really enjoying working with Nic and Lisa to try and complete the challenge.

    Regards, Bill Oldham

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