Making Your Author Bio Exciting

After reviewing a hundred recently updated author bio’s today, it’s clear that many authors are missing an excellent opportunity to leverage the publicity their author bio can create for themselves. This is not to be confused with the RESOURCE BOX at the end of any article, but rather the extended author bio that we display for any author that uploads their photo.

Example: Check out Cecil McIntosh‘s excellent author bio to see which bio I’m talking about.

Here are 6 new tips to help you improve your EzineArticles extended author bio:

1) Be brief, and get to the point about what you can offer an ideal client of yours.

2) Your bio should be 20% about you sharing your personality / life with the reader and 80% of what you can offer them if they are an ideal client of yours.

3) Don’t list every non-relevant accomplishment you’ve won or earned to date. If you must list any, choose the single best one that illustrates your credibility.

4) Ask a pre-qualifying question of your reader to better help them know if you are going to be right for them.

5) End with a call to action or tell them how you can be reached if they want to find you…but don’t give your email address or phone number. Instead, tell them to click on your website link above from one of the 5 defined URL fields we allow each author to include in their extended author bios.

6) Include a recent author photo with your bio. If you don’t have the time to do it right (getting a professional photographer to take professional shots of you), then at least get a family member to snap a few digital photos of yourself and upload it. Better to have something than nothing. Recent blog entries on how to Upload Your Author Photo and what makes a quality author photo… Also, read Joan Stewart’s article.

If you’ve got an additional tip to share with fellow EzineArticles authors on how to get more results from their author bio (not the resource box), please post a comment to add to this topic.
Thanks! :-)


Edward Weiss writes:

How about offering a nice freebie as an incentive to get readers to click through to the author’s site.

I write about piano lessons and offer a free piano lesson at the end of my bio. This has worked very well for me as it’s a natural extension of my articles and gives readers something they can do and or use right away!

Comment provided April 12, 2006 at 2:27 PM


Jen Blackert writes:


What a great article! So many authors spend so much time on their articles and no time at all on their BIO. I don’t know it they get in a hurry or just don’t take the time to consider what their BIO should say.


Comment provided April 13, 2006 at 7:23 AM


Robert Berman writes:

I wonder how many times someone actually looks at an author’s BIO, or even realizes that a BIO that is more detailed then what appears at the bottom of the article even exists. Are there any statistics?

Comment provided April 14, 2006 at 8:02 AM


Ed Howes writes:

Come on folks! Biographies don’t matter. If they did there would be a bio view count on My Article Reports

Comment provided April 23, 2006 at 7:19 PM


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