Choose our new compliments!

What compliments would you like to give?

What compliments would you like to receive?

We’re looking to add more compliment options and we wanted to ask you what you’d like them to say!

Some ideas we have are:

You’re cool
Creative!
Digging your page
Awesome portfolio

But we’d like to hear more ideas from you. What do you think? Let us know in the comments here.

Show off your expertise

We’ve covered a few ways to raise your online profile and gain traction for your about.me page.  We’ve talked about things you can do on your page, and on other social networks to promote yourself and your about.me page. While doing these things you can work on ways to be recognized online, just by your name!

Become a subject matter expert

What are you passionate about? What is something about which you know more than most people? Pick something and become the expert for it. It can be a niche interest or something more mainstream.

Share your expertise everywhere, online and off. Offer to guest blog or participate in interviews online. Reach out to news channels online and off to offer your knowledge. Start a blog, podcast or video channel covering your area of expertise.

Participate in communities like Wikipedia, Quora, Smarterer, Metafilter, Reddit and more to become more well known online in a specific niche.

All of these things will build an audience of people who know you for what you know. Add links to all of this material on your about.me page so it’s easily discoverable.

Monitor your results and reputation

Set up Google Alerts on your name and subjects that interest you. You can find out where you are getting mentioned and where to target efforts on spreading your knowledge.

Check out websites like Reputation.com to dive further into identity management.

Once you know where and how you are being described, you can make changes to refine your presence online.

What other tips would you offer to manage your online reputation?

Show off your about.me page online

Tuesday we talked about things you can do to your about.me page to improve its SEO. Today, we have some tips on what you can do outside of your page to have it show up higher in search results!

Inbound links to your about.me page is the best way for you to increase your page’s ranking in the search engines. And public, searchable networks are the best place to have inbound links. Below are a some examples, and where to add them.

LinkedIn:

1. Sign-in to your Linkedin account, then click ‘Edit Profile’

2. Under ‘Additional Information’, click edit.  Choose ‘Other:’ from the choices, which will allow you to name the link.  Put in your full name, then copy and paste your about.me URL into the URL field, and click Save.

Twitter:

1. Sign-in to your Twitter account, then click ‘Settings’

2. Under Settings, click ‘Profile’.  Then copy and paste your about.me URL into the ‘Web’ field, and click save.

Facebook:

1. Sign-in to your Facebook account.  From your profile page, click ‘About’

2. Under ‘About You’, click ‘Edit’.  Then copy and paste your about.me URL into the ‘Web’ field.

3. Click the icon in the top right, and select ‘Public’ (this will put your about.me URL on the public version of your Facebook page).  Then click Save.

Pinterest:

1. Sign in to your Pinterest Account. Click ‘Settings’ in the top right drop-down menu.

2. Add your about.me URL to the Website section of Settings.

Blog or other social account:

1. Head over to about.me/assets to get all of our logos and other collateral.

2. Upload our logo as a badge and add your about.me URL as the link.

Where else have you added your about.me URL?

Four ways to improve your about.me search ranking

There are several things you can do on your about.me page to improve its placement in search results at Google, Bing and other search engines.

Here are a few you can easily do on your own about.me page: 

  • Use your full name in your URL
  • Put your full name in name field
  • Include a bio on your page
  • Add tags to your page and make them visible

Use your full name in your URL

Adding your full name to your URL means it’s easier to find in external search engines. For example: http://about.me/TonyConrad or http://about.me/KedarGadgil

This also means you are easily discoverable with internal username searches on about.me.

Put your full name in name field

Similarly, adding your full name to the name field means search engines are again picking up your full name for their search results.

Without at least one of these displaying your name, search engines have no way of knowing that you are the person being searched for.

Include a bio on your page

We display your bio as the description of your page in search results. So, it’s helpful to provide context to people looking for you on Google or Bing.

Add tags to your page and make them visible

Tags are crawled by search engines as well. Show them on your page to ensure they will display for people looking for you. They are a quick and easy snapshot of who you are.

Do you have any other SEO tips for about.me pages not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments.

The about.me API and SDK

We’re excited to announce that we launched our public API and SDK last Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt, in partnership with Reputation.com, Smarterer, Forkly, Kred and Showyou.

We built out the API to make our users’ about.me pages (and identity) portable. For the services using it, users would be able to easily create beautiful rich profiles.


With the SDK, we allow partners to embed their services onto about.me users’ pages, next to current services like Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

For example, if you go to Tony Conrad’s page and click the Instagram icon, it displays Tony’s recent Instagram photos. For our partners, Smarterer’s integration will display badges and test scores you’ve earned there. Showyou’s will display the videos they’ve loved and shared. Forkly’s shows the items they tasted, loved or reviewed. And Kred will display their influence data. Look for these services to be added in the coming weeks!

One of our core goals is to help our users create pages that they love, and that represents them. Allowing services to be added ensures we’re providing the true reflection of who someone is online.

If you are a developer and would like access to our API or SDK, please visit our FAQ article.

December St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® benefit roundup

Thanks to everyone who updated their about.me pages to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over 12,000 pages were changed in support of St. Jude, and those pages had over 1 million pageviews in December. In addition to that AOL has donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Below are a few great looking pages with new backgrounds for the cause. Some share an image or a story, each explains the reason for their updated background.

We were thrilled to see tweets, blogs and Facebook posts featuring updated pages as well.  Here is just a snippet from our wall on December 8th.

Thank you for your generosity in support of such a great cause.

Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® with AOL and about.me

The holidays are a time for giving. So there is no better time than now to use your about.me page to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And AOL will donate $1 for every page created or updated to support St. Jude through December 31st (up to 10,000 pages). Details on the program below, but first, here’s why we support St. Jude.

“No child should die in the dawn of life.”

These are famous words from St. Jude founder and entertainer Danny Thomas, who opened St. Jude in 1962 with the intention of helping children of all races, backgrounds and religions. At AOL and about.me, we have a deep respect for the amazing impact Danny Thomas has had on children around the world.

No family ever pays St. Jude for care.

St. Jude also covers the cost of travel, housing and meals for each patient and a family member.

“Today, the childhood survival rate for cancer has increased to more than 80%”

But this wasn’t always the case.  Working together under one roof, St. Jude physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. The survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today.

What AOL does to help

AOL is a key partner for St. Jude, donating millions in in-kind donations since we began supporting St. Jude in 2006. This year, we donated 20 mobile computing carts so the children can stay in touch with their friends and families. One St. Jude patient used one of the computer labs to Skype with her family back home in Jordan, who could not make it to Memphis to be with her.


What you can do to help

We’ve created two new background images and added them to Gallery Backgrounds. If you have already have an about.me page, change your background image to one featuring St. Jude and share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and your email address book. Or, create a new page to raise awareness for the cause with one of the new background images. For every page that is made to support St. Jude, AOL will donate $1 (up to $10,000).

Here’s what one page looks like:

Here’s how you can support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

  1. Create an about.me page (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Change you background to a St. Jude Image (in your image gallery)
  3. Update your headline to: “Join me to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Find Cures and Save Children”
  4. In you bio – write a statement about why you support St. Jude
  5. Add a custom URL to your services section that links to the St. Jude fundraising page: https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=13805&pID=19012&sc_cid=tgbnn73&tngsourcecode=THWAOLDO12&plt=THWAOLDO198
  6. Share it with your friends and family
  7. Share on Twitter, copy in @aboutdotme and @stjude
  8. Post on Facebook, tag aboutdotme and stjude
  9. Email it to your address book: about.me/share

Please join us in supporting this great organization and cause.  And if you know anyone who you think would be interested in supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please forward this post to them.

Or, you can also help us support St. Jude by Donating Now!

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