Why is an ‘about me’ section critical to your website?
Your website About Us page is one of the key elements of your website. It’s where new clients might go to check you out and gain a little background knowledge prior to an initial face-to-face meeting with you; where potential employees look before applying to work with you; where visitors to the site go to gain a little more confidence before they buy online from you.
So, you see that your website about us page is quite an important page for first, and hopefully lasting, impressions. It might also set the tone for the rest of your website content, so it’s probably the most important page to get right (perhaps after your home page)! You won’t want to write your About page in a certain style and then use something completely different for the rest of your site.
Two questions leap out here…
- Do you call your page ‘About Me’, ‘About Us’, or simply ‘About’?
- Do you write your About Page in the 1st-person or 3rd-person?
Our quick guidelines for choosing ‘About Me’ or ‘About Us’
- If you are a large company with a number of employees, then stick with ‘About Us’. It shows that you are significant (in terms of numbers). A no-brainer really!
- This can be a little tricky to judge: If you are a one-man band company, but you want to be seen as something a little bigger, then by all means use ‘About Us’, but bear in mind that not every client wants to deal with an ‘organisation’. Many clients these days actually prefer to deal with solo-preneurs. They know that solopreneurs will usually offer a truly personal, exceptional, and expert service. They also know that they won’t be expected to pay for the running of your premises and for paying your administrative staff. So for these clients, you may well offer the best of both Worlds. Therefore, don’t necessarily think that bigger is better… and if your ideal client is like this, maybe ‘About Me’ is better than ‘About Us’. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if your business is ‘just you’ and you choose to go with ‘About Us’, many of your potential customers will see through this anyway, especially if content elsewhere on your site suggests that it might be just you!
- If it’s just you, and your brand is something that visitors associate with ‘just you’, for example, if you’re an author, celebrity, or an artist, then ‘About Me’ is the way to go (even if you have an entourage or support team – it really is all about you). However, if you’re a celebrity, such as the actor ‘Martin Jarvis’ (the bane of my life when it comes to search engine ranking for my own name!), you might equally choose ‘About Martin’. This is fine, but make sure you then write the actual page in the 3rd-person. This brings me to the next point…
Should I write my website about us page content in the 1st-person or 3rd-person?
In case you’re not sure…
Third Person Clarification
Writing in the third person is writing from the third person point of view and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.
Courtesy of: http://examples.yourdictionary.com/
This really is important. You MUST make sure that your content matches your page title – so, if your page is called ‘About Me’ then make sure the page is written in the first person. If your page is called ‘About Martin’ then make sure the page is written in the 3rd-person.
If your page is titled ‘About Me’, then you shouldn’t write your page content as…
‘Martin is an Internationally-renowned WordPress expert, with clients all over the globe’.
You would write…
‘I’m an Internationally-renowned WordPress expert…’
Otherwise, it just won’t make sense. Once you have chosen your style, it should be mirrored throughout your site – don’t start off with ‘I’ and then move on to ‘Martin’ or ‘We’ on other pages, as it will just confuse your audience.
Should I write my About page myself?
If you’re engaging a copywriter, then my advice is to script something yourself first and then pass it to them to polish it for publication on your site. It would often be the first piece of content for your new website, so letting your copywriter loose on this, and getting it finished before continuing with the rest of your content, will really help them to understand you, your business, and your aspirations.
If you’re writing your website about us content yourself, then take a look at the style used on other websites, decide on a style you like that you think would appeal to your prospective clients, and then write about yourself or your company in that same style. Make sure you get other opinions on it and don’t forget that you are writing for your audience – not for yourself.
Summarising your Website About Us Strategy
The best website About Us pages are ones that are transparent and honest, and really allow your visitors to get to know you, why you’re doing what you do, and how you provide a brilliant service. Don’t drag it on and on – make it succinct. Above all – make sure you choose the right title (About Me, About Us, About Martin), be consistent with that title within the page content itself, and be consistent across the rest of your site.
Why not go and take a look at your About Us page right now? See if it achieves everything we’ve recommended above, and try to judge whether it would resonate with your prospective audience.
Ask our opinion
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