The “Top Authors” by article volume template has been updated to include author photos, short author bio’s and links so that our users/your readership can dig deeper into any expert author that catches their fancy.
[See an example here from our Ski-Resorts niche]
When we made this change, we realized that only about 40% of our top authors by article volume had their author photo uploaded. We consider the author photo of critical importance in establishing credibility with your articles, but we also understand that many members have many reasons why they don’t want to include an author photo with their articles.
Rather than require every member to upload an author photo (something we wished we could do but won’t be doing to keep the peace), we raised the bar by only including members with an author photo and extended bio in the top authors by quantity list. This may be unfair to members who write high quality content without posting an author photo, but we determined that the upside to delivering a positive user-experience by only showing top authors with a photo was too strong to pass up.
Yes, this means there was a massive site reshuffling in terms of who’s in the top 10 in each of the 569 niche markets we serve today together.
If you were one of the members who didn’t have an author photo or extended bio uploaded in your account profile, now is the time to do it to reclaim your place in the top authors list.
What do you think of this change?