I hate when I go to a website or blog and find this on their "About" page..

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"This is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress."

Oh my goodness, people. Honestly if you want to build a reputable website, at least finish it! If you didn't take the time to either delete or fill in this section, I immediately dismiss your site as novice.
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  • Profile picture of the author stormdore
    Agreed!!! Don't publish until it's completed!! Yikes.

    Terri
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I think the funniest thing I have ever seen was a guy who was trying to sell me something through a Blog. The problem was that the biography about himself on the referring page and the one on his blog (in the About page) did not match--AT ALL!

    On one site he was a successful lawyer who wanted to show me how to make offline sales by contacting firms with an offer. On his actual blog he was a "starving Customer Service agent for an airline" that changed his ways and "fought to the top!"

    Hmmmm....

    So if your going to finish, at least make it consistent!
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    I think they're just so new that they don't know. They'll learn in time.
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  • Profile picture of the author mandark
    On one site he was a successful lawyer who wanted to show me how to make offline sales by contacting firms with an offer. On his actual blog he was a "starving Customer Service agent for an airline" that changed his ways and "fought to the top!"
    This made me laugh out loud. Don't lie on your "about" page.. and if you do, at least keep it consistent -__- So sad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dwight Anthony
    It takes literally one minute to enter something in there. Its amazing how many blogs still have the hello dolly or hello world text on there blogs as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author JackTriggs
    If the website is giving me the info that I want I don't care about the About Page being generic, nevertheless it still should be done
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronny Kibet
    Do i even really read the about page? Lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author mike-seo
    Exactly - I am so sick for how many times I found this best article: HELLO WORLD !

    well ... hello world
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  • Profile picture of the author mesen
    This is too funny
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  • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
    I don't know why, but this thread is hilarious.

    But you're right. We should be professional and either complete it or delete it.

    (...runs off to check"about me" page.....)
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    • Profile picture of the author TheCG
      Yeah, it is funny how many times you see that!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        I'd blame poor software design. If WordPress wants to include a generic About page, why not have the default setting as "not published" until the user has actually added some content to it?

        It's easy to blame the user, but the creators of WordPress are just as culpable.
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        • Profile picture of the author joshimo
          I'm with you! Although, I wonder if there is a way to cash in on this... watch, somebody will come up with a crazy way to turn a buck because of it, and there will be a WSO about it next week... lol
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          • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
            Originally Posted by joshimo View Post

            I'm with you! Although, I wonder if there is a way to cash in on this... watch, somebody will come up with a crazy way to turn a buck because of it, and there will be a WSO about it next week... lol
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            I wonder if thats how that guy ended up with two bio's on his referring site and his sales site!
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        • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
          Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

          I'd blame poor software design. If WordPress wants to include a generic About page, why not have the default setting as "not published" until the user has actually added some content to it?

          It's easy to blame the user, but the creators of WordPress are just as culpable.
          How are the creators of WP culpable? That's like blaming crayola for kids coloring on the wall. They (WordPress) provide an excellent tool for free, delete the page if you don't want it or take the 7 seconds to write something.

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          • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
            Originally Posted by ArticlePrince View Post

            How are the creators of WP culpable? That's like blaming crayola for kids coloring on the wall. They (WordPress) provide an excellent tool for free, delete the page if you don't want it or take the 7 seconds to write something.
            No, it's like Crayola coloring on your wall and telling you to pretty it up, or clean it up if you don't want it.
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  • Profile picture of the author supersonic
    I do not make about us page on my websites until I have something useful and impressive to say.
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  • Profile picture of the author mandark
    How are the creators of WP culpable?
    That's actually a common ideology in the programming world.. if your users are making mistakes, your UI isn't good enough to point them in the right direction.

    That's not to say there are no stupid users.. but if it is a problem so widespread as this one, I can see the point of view that WordPress could make it more obvious that you need to edit that page.
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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    well, the most commonly used example for learning a programming language is: print hello word! true, it is not good to have a default "about me", but do we really need read about me?
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    I came across 2 websites with "about page" like that and both of them were sites that were "SEO" service providers. Needles to say, I didn't buy their service!
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by satrap View Post

      I came across 2 websites with "about page" like that and both of them were sites that were "SEO" service providers. Needles to say, I didn't buy their service!
      Were you interested in their SEO ability, or their ability to create an about page?
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  • Profile picture of the author mandark
    Were you interested in their SEO ability, or their ability to create an about page?
    Maybe their ability to do a thorough job on something they care about?
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    The about page seems like the biggest waste of time to me. I don't know as I ever read it. Why do I care about the about page if the content is what i want and is good, then that is a l that matters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I recently did an affiliate marketing course - by a Warrior, although I wont mention names - and he uses a site in his course as the example. Although he doesn't actually give the url to the site but it wasn't that hard to find it. I thought it was funny when I found it and there were his three or four posts that he teaches to put on your site and then there was the 'hello world' post.

    Come on - if you're going to use a website as an example for creating a product at least remove the hello world post!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    No offense to the OP, but worrying about other people's "about" pages isn't going to make you a dime. If you choose to focus on such things, your focus isn't on your own business.

    As long as we're on the topic though, use your about page to lead people to your products and pass on a little internal link juice to your product pages. For example:
    XYZ Company was founded in 1997 in Sometown, USA. Our first product was Crayon Widgets, which you can still buy today. Our Widgets are made of the highest quality crayon, and other relevant keywords, in the industry.

    Following the success of our Crayon Widgets we released Concrete Windshield Wipers. These are the first and only windshield wipers with a lifetime guarantee.
    The blue underlined text represents (keyword) links to your products. (Mods, those aren't real links, just colored text for the example.)

    See how that works? Use every opportunity to redirect traffic to your sales pages, and focus on what you can do to grow your business instead of what others are doing wrong in theirs. See you at the top.
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  • Profile picture of the author Point Blank
    If the content is good then who really cares if the "about page" is good. However, in the end, everything does count when your working to make a sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kristy Taylor
    Though a lot of the time the site owner may not have learnt to use WP properly yet (but if they were promoting SEO or other net services I would be concerned).

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