Creating a High-Performing About Me Page on eBay
Ever seen the "ME" logo that sits alongside some eBay user IDs? That's the About Me icon and it is displayed for all eBay members who have created an About Me page. If you haven't already create one, About Me pages are great for reaching potential eBay buyers and explaining about yourself, your business, your listings, etc. In fact, About Me pages allow unlimited customization - you are able to insert HTML and formatting!
If you haven't already created an About Me page, follow the below instructions for the how and why. If you have already created one, scroll below to find out how to use the About Me page to drive natural search traffic and increase your sales!
Why Create an About Me Page
- Let the eBay community know who you are
- Show off your listings and your business
- Display your items and your history
- Describe your favorite hobby
Creating an About Me Page
- Create your About Me Page and either design it via HTML or templates - Create your About Me page Now
- Access the About Me Message Board for tips on how to create yours
About Natural Search and Your About Me PageThere are two main search classifications: natural search and paid search. While paid search refers to all pay-per-click advertising (such as Google AdWords and Overture), natural search refers to all unpaid search results based on relevance. Improving your natural search rankings can deliver increased traffic to your site (About Me page, Stores page, etc), helping you drive more eyes to your listings and pages! Following the below guidance is an excellent starting point - acting upon any number of these best practices will improve your natural search rankings.
Do's - Improve your Search
- Page Content: Simply put - CONTENT IS KING! The content on your pages and listings is what readers find useful - likewise, its what the search engines find useful. Make sure to place strong, relevant keywords throughout the page body and in text. Place pertinent keywords within your headers by using header tags (H1, H2, etc). Keywords can also be stressed by bold and italics formatting. If, for instance, your About Me page is dedicated to your poker chip collection, you want to make sure that the content and keywords placed on the page are all relevant and surrounded with great poker-related content.
- Links: Strong linkage to a website / webpage raises its relevance and eventually its search engine ranking.
- Internal Linking: it is important to link internally to your own pages via text links as this assists the search engines by pointing them towards related pages. Your About Me page, for instance, should highlight your Stores Page and perhaps your most relevant search results pages.
- External Linking: If you own an eBay Store, for instance, you could improve linkage by contacting related Web sites and Webmasters and kindly ask them to create a text link to your site. Additionally, construct and submit related articles to online publications in exchange for linkage.
- Submit Your Webpage to the Engines: Most of the search engines (Google, Yahoo!, AltaVista, etc) allow you to submit your site for free; upon entering your URL, email contact, and other pertinent information, the search engine directs its crawlers to enter your site.
Don'ts - Avoid these natural search killers:
- Avoid Splash Pages: Flash and heavily graphic introductions prohibit engines from crawling your site. Because crawlers work best with text links, splash pages are very troublesome. A good rule of thumb: always keep your most valuable and compelling information up-front and in text.
- Avoid Frames: Never use pages with frames. Frames are too complex for the crawlers and too cumbersome to index.
I am an eBay employee and this guide reflects my personal views and is not written on behalf of the eBay company