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Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

Online, Reputation is everything!

A wise man once said, “Steal my money and I can earn more but let no man steal my good name.”
In today’s world where anyone or anything can be easily “Googled”, hard earned success can be wiped out overnight if companies fail to actively manage their reputation. After all, online, we “are” what people say we are!
Take a minute and do a Google search for your company name, your domain name, and your personal name. What do those results on the first page or two in Google look like? Hopefully it’s all good, but there could even be whole sites devoted to the myriad ways in which you “suck”.
If you find negative listings within the first few pages of Google, it’s very likely that many of your customers are finding them too. And that will to have a dramatic effect on whether or not they decide to do business with you.
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Few things are more important to your continued online success than your company’s brand. And your brand can be quickly destroyed if you’re not controlling what customers are presented with when they Google your company.
If you are ready to take command of the conversation, engage with your ideal target market, and build expert credibility online, the this video is right for you!

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12 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Florence Dupuis
    December 1, 2014

    I honestly just realised that going around the internet with my real name might not be the smartest thing to do. I always use it, everywhere, because I am the kind of person who’ll forget what her pseudonym is if it is not my name… I do not have any business right now, but I am wondering if I should not be more careful. After all, I might very well end up with a business in the next few years, or any other career where I would have a reputation to maintain, which could be ruined by bad things getting out. I know here you meant this more in the commercial way, but it can be true for many other domains, as say, in politics, politicians often had trouble because of some old video from when they were teenagers surfaced… So maybe it’s something we should all be careful for. What do you think, should I try and change my username everywhere that I can?

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  2. Profile photo of Tina Green
    November 30, 2014

    If you work online at all, this is something you really need to keep on top of. I make sure to Google myself at least once a month, so I can nip any negativity in the bud. Thus far, I’ve not found anything negative, but I’d rather know what’s being said so I can deal with it. Another benefit to this is you can find people mentioning you that you were not aware of and build relationships with those who are already fans.

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  3. Profile photo of Wendy Rahilly
    November 6, 2014

    I google myself all the time. 🙂 About 2 years ago, I had a great online reputation. I had blogs, social sites and other webpages that really built my ‘me inc’ brand. Unfortunately, an ugly separation from my husband set me back. I am working on rebuilding my brand.

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  4. Profile photo of Jenny Dong
    October 28, 2014

    Thanks to this article I just googled my name… and did not like what came up! I had hoped that my LinkedIn profile would show up first, but I didn’t find it even within the first five pages. Most of the links were not even related to me, but I guess that is because many people have the same name as me.

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  5. Profile photo of Pamela
    October 28, 2014

    I’ve googled myself a few times and fortunately nothing terrible came up. But I do have an old profile on an old social media site that I wish I could take down. It’s so old I forgot the email I used to make it. I want to take the time to write the owners and see if maybe they’ll take it down for me, provided I send them proof of my identity. I do want to own my own business someday and I don’t want anyone googling me and finding some funny old pic of me on a silly old website.

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  6. Profile photo of Ruby
    October 21, 2014

    When I Google my full name I can see all of my profile pages, and some of them are sites that I no longer use or never used after registering. That is quite embarrassing.

    In business it really does matter. I often Google a site or company name to check for any scam reports. I can usually tell if someone shouting about a scam is only doing it because they did not follow the rules and had their account closed, but it would not be helpful for a company to have that link at the top of search results for their brand..

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  7. Profile photo of Lois Engle
    October 21, 2014

    Working towards my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, my reputation is very important if I want to become successful in my future. Of course everyone has a past and have possibly allowed some of our silly mistakes to end up somewhere on the internet. I am glad to have read this and was able to google my name to ensure nothing I wouldn’t want publicized was available to anyone other than myself. Fortunately, I googled myself and found nothing out of the ordinary. Thanks for the excellent insight!

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  8. Profile photo of Terry Snipes
    October 20, 2014

    Very interesting. I must say that I never thought about how negative things could be said on the first two pages of google search results. I’ve Googled myself before, and I saw basic stuff pop up. Like someone in an above comment said, I saw my old Myspace page and Twitter account. I also saw the search results for my novel. This was important for me to see, because it gave me a clue as to what other people saw when they searching for me. Also, good job on providing a video to go into further depth.

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  9. Profile photo of Ariana
    October 20, 2014

    Wow, I admire your courage to write ‘risque’ fiction under your real name! If it were me, I would use a fake name, as reputation matters to me.

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  10. Profile photo of Scott
    October 19, 2014

    I have a tendency to write ‘risque’ and ‘odd’ fiction and that sometimes pops up in Google searches. I am self-employed so online reputation doesn’t matter quite as much (Especially since I know the truth of who I am) for me, but for others a bad online representation can be an employment death sentence.

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  11. Profile photo of Bella
    October 19, 2014

    I regularly google myself and my domain names to see what comes up and check if I need to adjust or remove information. I found some websites and forums I had contributed to displayed my profile photo as they had changed their privacy policy and I hadn’t checked it for a while. I quickly too that down as it listed my shopping purchases too!

    I now make sure what is found is what I want others to see, especially as there a lot of people with the same name as me.

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  12. Profile photo of Ariana
    October 19, 2014

    Wow. Thanks to this article, I found out that my embarrasing myspace profile from 2005 was the first thing that popped up when I googled my name. My name is fairly unique, so that is probably why. Every little thing I do not want employers seeing seemed to pop up! My LinkedIn profile, on the other hand, was on the third page 🙁 Thank you so much for the tips on dominating rankings, hopefully they will help!

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