Make a Free Personal Website With About.me

A Simple Website Solution That Makes a Big Statement

Make a Free Personal Website
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There are countless platforms out there that you can use to build your own free personal website, but not all of them will deliver the same sense of quality and professionalism. If you’re looking for something fast and simple that you just need to represent a landing page for yourself, About.me could be one of your best alternatives to choose from.

What Is About.me?

About.me is a simple personal website platform that lets you create a simple page to point users to your content and social media links.

For the sake of sticking to simplicity, About.me sites generally include a background photo, an optional thumbnail profile photo, a description and some links to social media or other websites. 

Other website and blog building tools like Blogger, WordPress.com and Tumblr offer a complete platform to build upon, including the ability to host several web pages, write blog posts and feature widgets. About.me gives you just one, single page to display all your links and a summary of yourself, making it an ideal tool to get straight to the point about who you are and what you do.

Why You Should Have an About.me Page

Your About.me acts as a virtual online business card. Put the URL to your site in your Twitter profile, share it on Facebook, include it on your resume or add it to your LinkedIn as a website.

If you are a business owner or professional of some sort who doesn't have a website, you can point colleagues, clients, and prospects to your About.me page so they can find out more about you and connect with you in all the right places.

About.me is also great for getting discovered within the network itself. You can randomly browse other About.me profiles and connect with those users if you want by starring their profiles, email them or even by leaving a compliment -- thus making it a good potential medium for expanding your network.

About.me's Main Features

Setting up an About.me page is free and incredibly easy. Here are the main features you are given access to once you sign up for a free account.

Background photo: Your background photo sets the visual design of your page. You can scale it so it stretches over the full page, size it and position it anywhere you want or use a photo from the About.me gallery.

Biography information: Your page gets a headline (typically your name), a subheading, and an area of text to write something about yourself or your business.

Color customization: Set the colors for your page, bio box, as well as the text of your headings, biography, and links. You can also customize the opacity of your colors.

Fonts: Choose from popular and funky fonts to contribute to the appearance of your headlines and text.

Services: This is where your social profiles will be displayed, as icons with links. You can add your Facebook profile, your Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn, GooglePlus, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Instagram, Flickr, TypePad, Foursquare, Formspring, YouTube, Vimeo, Last.fm, Behance, Fitbit, Github and any additional URLs of your choice.

Contact: You can optionally provide a way for viewers to contact you, either by email or by AOL video chat requests.

Profile statistics: On the dashboard, you can conveniently view how many views your site gets and when those viewed occurred.

Klout score: Under the “More Data” tab, About.me will display your Klout statistics, which measures your overall social influence across the social networks you use.

Email signature integration: About.me makes it easy for you to provide a link to your page in your email signature for a wide range of specific email providers.

Favorites: Browse other About.me profiles and save them to your Favorites list.

Inbox: After signing up, you’re given your own unique About.me email address.

It should look like “username@about.me.”

Tags: Under “Account Settings” you can submit keywords that describe you, your business or anything else. For example, a guitarist may want to list “guitar,” “music” and “rock and roll” as tags. These tags will help more targeted people find your profile easily.

Compliments: Receive compliments from users browsing your site, or send them to other users on About.me

iOS app: You can get the full About.com experience on your iPhone, with some extra features that the web version doesn't have.

Additional Perks from About.me

About.me usually offers something promotional to its users as a thank you for signing up. At the time of this writing, the site is offering all of its users the opportunity to design and order a free pack of About.me business cards, courtesy of Moo.com.

You can make a few customizations to your business cards and are required to pay a small shipping fee. A small Moo.com watermark printed on your cards if you get the free business card package, but if you’re just looking for something casual to hand out to people, this might be a nice and cheap option. You have the option upgrade your cards for a higher price and get the watermark taken off.

Interested in taking your personal website to the next level? Learn how you can start building a complete personal website from scratch or create your own social front page with RebelMouse.