What I Found Out About You on Google Was Shocking!
Someone posted something on Facebook about a product and I was curious so I did a search on Google. I don't know if this person just had a name similar to someone else's or what but the results were totally bizarre. This person would have been totally shocked if they knew what I found. Making sure your online image remains professional is a must. Anyone can do a search on you at any given time. It's best to know what they are going to find - before they find it first.
Do a Google Search for Your Name But Don't Stop There
Google is for sure the front runner of search engines and I would definitely do a search there. No matter which search engine you use, tho, check out the options for searching. Try putting your name in quotations. Add your business name afterwords. Also do searches for any previous businesses you might have been in.
What Are We Looking For Here?
The information that comes up should be professional for the most part. If you have your own domain, that will probably be the first listing. Check the other listings on the first page. You don't have to go through every page but make sure to check the first page. The sites listed should reflect good information about you - if it's out there. You should not have sites coming up with negative info. I hesitate to specify what "negative" is - because it's different for everyone. But you do want the info that comes up to reflect, accurately, you and your business.
There Are a Few Things You Can Do To Change the Bad Into Good
First I would like to say that you cannot change another person's website. If you happen to have the same name as someone else you need to know that so can take measures to portray <a href="http://annettelucas.info/blog/">who You are</a> in the best light. Also, you cannot write to Google and ask them to stop letting such and such a site show up because the info on a particular website is wrong. If you find information that you would like to see changed, visit that website and change it. Perhaps it was a post to a forum you forgot about, or an article that was submitted.
Be the Bigger Person
If there is a website out there with negative information about you and the owner can't, or won't, remove there are still things you can do. First of all, start promoting yourself. Get a domain name with your name. Put up a blog. Publish articles. Post in forums such as those at Betternetworker.com that show you as the best business person ever. Getting your content on Google will push the negative to other pages.
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