When it comes to politics, there is a never ending supply of content, opinions, and publications to go along with it. At the same time, many of these top political blogs on the internet today are powered through the use of WordPress and various contributors to their site.
While it’s definitely an honor (and even a career) to be a featured writer or contributor to any top sites on the internet, the actual profile and author pages vary in quality, detail and value for the writer. Today we are going to take a look at seven different political blogs and how contributor author bio pages are created for each site.
Mark Dubowitz is the executive director of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies. When Mark is writing for his own organization, you will often find him writing on other political sites, such as Politico, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy and even his own site at http://markdubowitz.org/. In comparison to other political sites that have authors contributing to their sites, The Arena has a minimalist web design for their site. It’s not until you scroll down further into the author page that you will see the author’s recent discussions and a portfolio of their latest article contributions.
Jon Greenberg is a staff writer at PolitiFact, a site focused on getting the facts straight in the world of heavy politics. Right away you can see that the PolitiFact has done a nice job with their author bio pages. To go along with a nice bold title of the author’s name, you will also find their position, a nice summary on their bio and also their email address. Another great perk of author pages on PoliticFact, is that they include the person of the authors face. Right below all of this information, you will also see a summary of all their recent contributions.
Talking Points Memo
Lauren Fox is a writer at Talking Points Memo, another political site focusing on all politics and world news. As for their author profile pages, this one is also quite simple. If it wasn’t for all of the actual site content built around these profile pages, there really wouldn’t be much at all. In short, you can see the contributors name, a short bio and then a list of their most recent articles.
Peter Coy is the economist editor at Bloomberg Businessweek and covers a wide range of economic issues on the site. A couple things I really like about the profile pages on Bloomberg, is the super huge blue text of the author’s name and also that it includes their Twitter profile. You can see an in-depth description on each contributor as well. I also like how they include a screenshot in each of the contributions from the author as well.
The Huffington Post
Lee Moran is the Trends Editor over at The Huffington Post. With HuffPo being one of the most well-known, read and contributed to sites on the internet, I’m not surprised with how well they have everything put together. You can see the author’s profile picture, name, title and their description all easy enough. Right below that you will also see a listing of their most recent contributions, along with a screenshot to grab your attention.
Kerry Eleveld is an author and contributor to Daily KOS, a site focused on politics, world events and more. Daily KOS has one of the best author profile pages out there. Not only do they include all of the information you would expect, they also have a full bio section that includes a photo, social profiles, site address and more. It’s also great to see that they include engagement statistics within this area as well. As you can see through this section, Kerry Eleveld is quite active on the site in response to comments and posting new content.
Crooks and Liars
Karoli Kuns is a card-carrying member of we, the people and of course a contributor to Crooks and Liars — a site focused on politics and displaying the truth in the world today. Crooks and Liars offers a bio section that is quite simplistic and clean. You can see the authors name, picture and a short bio along with their recent posts.
Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and also an active contributor at TruthDig, a political sites aiming to drill beneath the headlines and provide you with the full story. Just like Daily KOS, TruthDig has one of the best author pages out there as well, as they are providing a detailed look at each author — showcasing their bio, reviews, picture and other information listed about them across the internet.
Zachary Gross is an undergraduate who also contributes to the political fact-checking site, FactCheck.org. Another clean author page to add to the list, FactCheck provides the contributor’s name, a short bio line and also their most recent articles. The highlight of this author page is simply the neat structure of the site and how the title, date, description and thumbnail image are displayed under the author’s name.
Create an Author Profile Page that Stands Out from the Crowd
No matter what type of website or blog you might be contributing content to, put in the time and effort to make your profile stand out from the crowd. It’s easy to spend a minute to just add your usual content, but spending an extra five minutes to make it special, will continue to impress audiences for years to come.
If you haven’t worked on your about me page on your own site, I recommend taking a second look at that as well.