Whenever I get some time, I “Google” my name to see what’s listed for me. Whatever is out there is basically my online reputation, something that my prospective clients would research before hiring me as a consultant. And for the same reason, I often “Google” my company’s name – Anks Image – as well.
Where does my name (or my company’s name) show up?
Are the search results even remotely related to any spam sites?
How old is the information listed in these links?
And heaven forbid, is there any negative comment or information about me (or my company) listed in these links?
These are some of the questions I have to research a few times a month to make sure me and my company are in good public standing. In fact, I would say these are some of the questions any small-business owner, or professional, should take care of to protect their online image. After all, your online reputation might decide a sale, a promotion, even a job hire!
And even if you’re not online for professional reasons, you should check out your online image every once in a while to make sure your name is not related to any spam websites, or even worse, adult websites.
Here are some tips on how to keep a check on your online image:
1. Be Thorough
Pick one particular search engine and type out your full name.
Now read through the search results carefully to see if there is any wrong or missing information related to your name. If you don’t find anything bad, you’re done for the day. However, if you do find anything, open the link in a new window.
2. Start Your Correspondence
In the new window, try to find out how to edit the offending or missing information about yourself.
Most times you can open an account in the website and correct the data yourself.
Otherwise, you can email the webmaster, or use the contact form in the website to request correcting the data, or simply removing all information about you.
3. Ultimate Showdown
If you haven’t seen any response at all for more than a couple of weeks, then find out the domain registration data from whois.net. Usually there is a office address, or at least an email address to help you contact the technical personnel associated with the website to process your request.
And if everything fails, you can always complain to the hosting service provider to take down the offending piece of information.
It might take some time but with a little patience and politeness, you can keep your online image in check.
Contact me now for more tips on how to protect your online image. Visit my website at http://www.anksimage.com to learn how image consulting can help you look fabulous, boost your confidence, and become more successful in life.