Saturday, December 30, 2006

Why Profile Pages are Important


Most bloggers don't give their profile page much attention. I didn't either until one day I googled my name and discovered that my blogger profile page was listed above my blogs, well above my blogs. It hadn't even occurred to me that my profile page was being crawled by the search engines.


Since then, I've started to think of my profile page as its own little web site. It is linked to all my blogs and all my blogs link to it. I realised that if someone is searching for me, there's a good chance that they will find me by means of my profile page.


I began to become more interested in profile pages. Often times, they are a quicker way to learn about a blogger than their blog. When I see a profile page, I can usually tell if their blog is something that I would like to read. If I already enjoy their blog, its an easy way to see if they author other blogs, too.


I started to think of how to increase the search engine rating of my profile page. Incoming links is a good way to do this, but who wants to link to profile pages? I often get invitations to exchange links for blogs, but I've never been asked to exchange links to profile pages. I know of a lot of blog directories, but I've never seen a profile page directory.


I hope this directory will be helpful. A link from this blog can help to increase the rating of your profile page, which may also boost your blog's rating. I am also hopeful that people will take up the new sport of profile page surfing from this directory. If this happens, you may also get increased traffic to your listed blogs.


So leave a comment today and get listed in the directory!

53 comments:

mylias said...

Its not easy to leave coments on other people's blog. One does not even know the author, and one does not even really know what the author thinks about, blogs may not eally be the window to the author's thoughtss, though it may relate to the working of the minds.

ZZ OpenWeb Staff said...

Help me understand how just posting a comment lists my profile in your directory??

Daniel Thompson said...

Your comment contains a link to your profile page. I just follow that to get all the information I need to list your profile page.

Of course, if your comment isn't linked to your profile page, I need a link to be left with the comment.

Your profile is now listed. Please let me know if that's not what you meant and you were just asking a question.

awesomelyplain said...

thanx for the resource & the info! much appreciated. :-) please add my blog to the directory. thank you.

Cornerstone said...

Hi Daniel, Would be rgateful if you coudl link up my profile. Bobby pointed me over this way - as with you I have found his site to be exceptional. Mnay thanks

Desert Songbird said...

Congrats on the BBOTD -- well deserved.

Rachel said...

can't hurt to try.

Klu said...

Hi, it's me, Klu the Famous Bloggin' Bear. My Big Mummy said I should ask you if you would please put a link to my profile? I didn't write much on my profile, but now I'm gonna do some workin' on it cuz you said it's important. I like havin' lots of friends, so I'm workin' hard to make my blog more found.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
Klu the Bear

Karen Shanley said...

Thanks for the service. Appreciate the link.

Daniel Thompson said...

Congratulations.

You are the first person with a nonblogger blog to get listed. You didn't have the kind of profile page that I usually link to, but I found an about page that also works.

Starrlight said...

Oh add mine, please! I regularly update my profile and I love it when folks actually fill theirs out =)

Tom Furman said...

Very interesting writing. I never thought about the profile page till you wrote about it. Now I will take it more seriously.
Tom Furman

Teresa Osborne said...

Hey thanks, I'd love it if you were to add my blog. And thanks for the tips on keeping the profile up to date...I made sure I put some thought into it now, and I will keep updating it.

Kitty Davidhizar said...

Hi, this is a good idea. Blogs are just so diverse just like people. I'm into informational blogs, definitely not the day in the life blogs and young people's ramblings ughh.

S.R. Zalesny said...

You certainly deserve an award for your original and creative idea. Please feel free to link my profole. It would be in good company. Thanks agai, StanZrheMan or S.R.Zalesny (my authors' name)

Princess Haiku said...

Daniel,
Like other people, I hadn't put much thought into my profile page. Thanks for the link and the information.

Luciluna said...

What a good idea! What if I have 4 blogs? Do they all get listed, or just lil ole me?

Daniel Thompson said...

Only your profile page gets listed. Of course, your profile page has links to all your blogs. I figure that if you have multiple blogs, your profile page becomes even more important. That's one reason I offer this service.

Peter Chen said...

Hi Daniel,

As promised, I have made a post about your profile directory at Profile Directory: Increase traffic to your blog. This I hope will help your profile directory gain in PageRank as the PageRank of that blog is 5.

I have many Blogger accounts, nothing sinister, reasons are given in Using FireFox with Google toolbar for your blogging tasks. So I hope you don't mind adding these profiles to your very useful profile directory:

Peter Chen's profile

Peter Chen's Profile for Blogger account started for Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger). The first blog started with this Blogger account was Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger) which is still being updated as I conduct various tests with New Blogger features.

Enviroman's profile, used for environmental blogs, the main one of which is Enviroman Says and which you will notice have a meaningful cartoon instead of my photo for the profile photo, plus comments regarding the environment rather than personal details.

Thanks.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

herself said...

You're so right. I googled myself and my profile page came up second on the list.

Guess I'll have to work on it some more.

TheUsualSuspect said...

Howdy, very neat idea. I'm impressed and will make sure to share your page through on my own.
Regards,

RM said...

Excellent idea!
Thank for this one...
http://www.blogger.com/profile/09733828611857306978

DZI BEADS said...

Can Join This Profile Things i am new at here.

Colton said...

Thanks for the great idea. I'll try and get some India profiles linkied here as well.

Jeff said...

I'd like a link to my profile. Thanks! I'll head over there now and flesh it out.

Endless Idyll said...

This sounds like a great idea...To your directory I go...

Carlo said...

well, let's try :D

Jaklang said...

Hello,

I was referred here from Peter Chen's Blog ( blogger tips and tricks)


Regards,
jaklang.

emotionally unavailable JET said...

Moi aussi

Lil Cindy Lou said...

Wow! This makes sense. Time to get to work on my profile! :D

Thanks!!!

Claudya said...

Very nice tip!!! Thank you.

loralee said...

I've been meaning to update it for awhile now and this post has made me get moving. Ta!

brow of calm said...

what a helpful blog, thanks!
peace.

Spidro said...

great idea , thx

Randy Krum said...

Interesting idea. You are totally right that Profile pages are usually ignored. Thanks for adding me to the directory.

SHAF said...

pls add my blog. thnx

Riccardo Tonelli said...

Thanks for explaining the importance of the profile pages.
Please add my link to your directory.

Cheers
Riccardo Tonelli
http://idiotswallet.blogspot.com/

mr fong said...

Hi,hope you add me Mr Fong at http://www.blogger.com/profile/05980661085489515044.Thanks!

jenn said...

Thanks for the tip. I am a new blogger looking for advice...thanks :)

Tiff of Doom said...

Great idea, and thanks for the help!

sharryb said...

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your interest and help. I will start thinking of my Profile Page in a new way.

Blessings,
Sharry

Paul Loughton and Nicole Svinos said...

Excellent idea. Good thinking. WE would be delighted if you could link our profile.

It would also be good if Blogger could set up a profile for couples who Blog together - as it is there is only the choice to enter one first name, etc...

My name isnt ready to be known. said...

I just started.. but I have alot of views I want people to read and discuss with me..

if you added mine, that would be lovely.

Bro Chan said...

Wow, this is actually a very interesting concept. I never thought about it. Good job. I'll give it a try and see what happens. Once again, thanks and keep up the good work!

Fresh Roasted said...

Thanks for the tip

I-Lyrical said...

Wow, this is yet another great way to get your page noticed. I would love to be on the list...should I also link you on my blog?
Send me a message from my blog, and I will definitely do so!

Michelle said...

Feel free to add my profile to the directory. I'm open to any way to increase traffic and learn more about the power of blogging! Thanks.

Inspiration said...

Thanks so much for this tip. I'm going to update my profile page now.

Werner said...

Hello, maybe it's a good idea

Michael said...

Here goes nothing...

Gil Bouhnick said...

Hi,
Would be great if you could add me to the list as well.

Thanks for the tips.

The Mobile Spoon

Pundit Commentator said...

You know, I didn't want to bother with a profile page but you make sense. Here's hoping this brings in traffic. Thank you for this directory.

magpie said...

thanks for the tip and for putting me in your directory