Visited Your Bio Lately?

You may be leaving money (aka: FREE links) on the table!

There’s an interesting expression, “Leaving money on the table.” If you’ve never heard it before, it simply means that you may not be taking advantage of all of the opportunities that are easily and readily available to you.

In this case we’re not really talking about money, we’re talking about the FREE links back to your website or blog. Think about it – aren’t these traffic-producing links essentially the payment you receive for your articles? Taking advantage of as many of these FREE links as possible means that you’ll get the maximum return on your investment of article-writing time and effort.

One of the best sources of FREE links is your EzineArticles Author Bio. I was shocked recently to learn how many Expert Authors fail to take advantage of this wealth of opportunity – and as a result leave a lot of money FREE links on the table. Worse yet their readership loses the opportunity to learn as much as they possibly can about the author, their company and their products or services.

If you’re one of the many authors who’ve never taken the time to “fill in the blanks” on your author bio page, now is the time to rectify that little oversight. Finding the form is easy.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Log into your EzineArticles Expert Author Account
  2. From the Author’s Area, click on the “Profile Manager” drop-down menu
  3. Select “Edit Author Bio”
  4. Fill in as many of the empty fields as possible

The more information you can provide, the more chances your readers have of finding you, your website and your products or services. Each of these blanks provides a link that your reader can follow back to you.

Here are some of the traffic-driving resources you might be missing:

  • Links to 3 different business websites
  • A link to your personal website
  • A link to your blog
  • A link to your FaceBook profile
  • A link to your MySpace account
  • A link to you on Twitter
  • The ability to auto tweet your newly approved articles
  • A link to FriendFeed
  • Links to 3 of your products on
  • The chance to tell your readers more about you
  • A place to provide keywords about you and your niche

Very few authors are so firmly entrenched in the Internet that they can fill in all of the blanks. On the other hand, almost all of our authors are able to fill in a few.

Fill as many as you can now, and then mark on your calendar to return in a few months. By that time, you may be able to fill in a few more blanks… and who knows, maybe we’ll have given you some more blanks to fill in! =)



Excellent reminder!

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM


Lynda Hill writes:

Hi Marc

As someone who took ages to really understand all about the links we can put with our articles, this is an absolute boon of a reminder. Thank you.

I’m off to check I’ve added all those I can.



Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM


Parthasarathy Rengaswami writes:

I really didn’t know that one can have so many links in the author’s bio. Timely information. I will start filling up the blanks immediately. Thank you.

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 12:14 PM


Angela Booth writes:

That’s great advice, thank you.

I haven’t looked at my profile in years, I’ll do that today. What’s not to like about free links? :-)

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM


Suz Rose writes:

I am going to get on this right away.
Every day we should accomplish and learn new things.

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 1:33 PM



Ahhh – I’ve always thought the “personal” field was for a personal url and never until just now thought about using the link directly to my about me page, duh! What a terrific (no brainer) idea.

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM


Jim McDowell writes:

Ahh yes, going back after a few months….
Will do it now, thanks

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 2:56 PM


Geoff writes:

A timely reminder. No point in not taking advantage of what`s on offer.

Comment provided March 24, 2009 at 5:24 PM


Ken K.K. Lau writes:

This is a more important information for my web site traffic. I will edit my Bio and build more back link to my web/blog. Thanks so much!

Ken K.K. Lau


Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 9:27 AM


Jeff Herring writes:

This is one of the steps that is so easy to do it is just plain silly not to do it.

And once done it works for you forever…


Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 10:37 AM


Pieter writes:

Thank you for letting me know. I have not looked at my profile for some months now and will take you up on your offer

Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM


Mark Hainsworth writes:

Great and timely advice. Always a good idea to keep an eye on these things and keep them up to date.
Many thanks for the reminder.

Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 1:20 PM


Quinny writes:

A very timely reminder. Thank you for the update, and I’ll get on to it right away.

Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM



Please advise how I can get the extended bio on my earlier articles that only have the link to my website. I put a default one in, but it didn’t show up on those articles. Do I have to manually insert it? Thanks

Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM


Mike writes:

I will start filling up the blanks immediately. Thank you.

Comment provided March 25, 2009 at 11:35 PM


Rakesh Patel writes:

I’ve never imagined that such minute details are of great benefit! I’ll check out mine profile and do all these stuff. Thanks!

Comment provided March 26, 2009 at 3:14 AM




The extended author bio does NOT go in your articles; It only shows up in your extended author view.


This is my Expert Author URL:

This is my Extended Author Bio URL:

See the difference?


Comment provided March 26, 2009 at 7:36 AM


Ron J writes:

I really am understanding and respect what this information is all about..

Comment provided March 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM


Cynthia writes:

Of course! Great info for me and my clients. And of course the more links we can get out there, the more it improves our SEO. Thanks, Marc.

Comment provided March 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM


Ron J writes:

It really a blessing when someone finally recognize that someone is leaving money on the table. I know i have many of times.

Comment provided April 18, 2009 at 10:59 AM


Connie George writes:

Hi Marc,

Thanks for the reminder! I started participating in Ezine prior to my embracing social networking— before my blog was very active and before I was taking part in Facebook and Twitter. I never even thought to update my Ezine bio to keep everything tied together.

Connie George Travel Associates

Comment provided April 23, 2009 at 3:35 PM


chris writes:

Maybe I am still very,very new to this because I continually get repremanded for having too many links,I therefore dropped down to only ONE and now you give us this!!! What the heck now???

Comment provided June 22, 2009 at 11:48 AM




I did email you privately last week on the issue regarding the links in your articles. Please respond if you continue to have questions.

What Chris is saying here in this blog pertains to your Author Bio, not your article total link count which is what I discussed with you.

To gain more exposure opportunities, follow the (4) steps he has provided above.

Comment provided June 22, 2009 at 1:45 PM


home treadmill writes:

I was taking part in Facebook and Twitter. I never even thought to update my Ezine bio to keep everything tied together.

Comment provided June 23, 2009 at 2:45 AM


Malathy Badri writes:

I am lost. I could not find any drop down menu after I log in.
Can you pl guide me?

Comment provided July 9, 2009 at 8:44 PM




The video around 2 minutes shows how:

Comment provided July 10, 2009 at 9:45 AM


Yvonne Finn writes:

Thanks Chris!
I am guilty as charged and I have no excuses.
Thanks also for EzineArticles and the high standards you maintain here.

Whenever an article of mine is accepted at EzineArticles I feel good that it is relevant to topic and well written.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Comment provided July 11, 2009 at 7:22 AM


Valerie Love writes:

Hi Chris,

Thanx a bunch for this! I was leaving money on the table in the form of links and am headed over right now to touch up my author bio.


Valerie Love

Comment provided August 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM


Miriam writes:

Thanks for the excellent reminder.

Comment provided November 23, 2010 at 1:35 AM


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