Does your good name look bad on Google? Did someone put out nasty stuff on you and it’s showing up in the search engines? Or maybe you did do something a little wrong. Don’t let your whole web image be defined by one negative. Take control of your name on the World Wide Web.
Did you know that some celebrities and business people pay thousands of dollars per month to companies who’s only job is to keep them looking good on the Web? Well I’m going to show you how to do that for free. ‘Cause I’m that kind of guy.
It will take a little work but it’s not hard and it’s kind of fun. First I want you to write down everything that is good about you. If you can’t think of anything, make something up. Now lets say that someone dissed you on the Internet. Perhaps they said that you, Emily McGildicuddy; slept with goofy Larry Dorkensfield. You know that’s not true and I know that’s not true because I’m actually Larry Dorkensfield and nobody sleeps with me. Anyway, it’s embarrassing to have that stuff out there associated with your name.
Forget about suing, free speech and all, y’know. You might ask them nicely to take it down. But if they were mean enough to do it in the first place, they probably won’t respond to your entreaties. The best thing to do is to bury that malignant piece of information beneath a flurry of articles on why, you; Emily McGildicuddy is a wonderful person.
Take your list of good things about you and start writing articles. Come on, just do it. It’s fun and it’s good for your self esteem. Title them something like:
- Top Ten Things About Emily McGildicuddy
- The Best Of Emily McGildicuddy
- What I Like About Emily McGildicuddy
- 5 Good Deeds By Emily McGildicuddy
- Why Everyone Loves Emily McGildicuddy
Getting the idea? Make every article different. You can use the same ideas but phrase them differently. Google hates copying. Google loves original content. They don’t have to be long articles. Make sure your name is in the title. Make sure your name is repeated a few times in the article. It’s very important that you use the exact same name that is in the “bad” article when you write these. That’s the keyword the search engines will use. That’s the search term you are competing with. If there are any other identifying traits in the “bad” article, such as your home town, include that in the good article.
Now go to the free blog sites.
Publish one article on each site. You don’t have to do it all at once. Do one or two a day. Save the URL links to all your blogs. Go look at them. Aren’t they nice? You can add pictures and make them even nicer, but it’s not necessary.
While you are checking them out, you have to Social Bookmark them. You know, Digg ’em and such.
There’s hundreds of them. Search Google for “Social Bookmarking” and you can find lots more. Submit your blogs to these sites. Don’t be shy. What this accomplishes is to create links to your blogs. Google and the other search engines love links. They make your blogs more important. If you’re on MySpace or FaceBook post your links there. If you have friends who have blogs, ask them to post links to you on their sites. You do the same for them.
Give this a few weeks to work. The Google “spiders” will find all this and after a while your blogs will be ranked high on Google when you search for your name. And since you did all the linking work, they should push the “bad” website further and further down the page until it is so far down, no one will look at it.
Of course if you have crazy enemies they might get into a linking war with you, but that’s probably more work than they want to do. Anyone can use this system to do a preemptive strike if they wish. You can make a nice clean image to display on the web right from the get go. Anyone who tries to besmirch you will find a wall of “good” blogs already in place.
The best part is: look at what you’ve learned. You now know a lot about SEO, Search Engine Optimization. You now know why one page is ranked higher in Google than another page. You’re on track to be a webmaster.
Your on line reputation can be controlled by you. Work on those blogs once in a while. Every time you change them and make them better, Google will notice and rank them higher. Whenever you change them, bookmark them again. It’s almost impossible to get something off the web once it’s on the web. But you can make the good triumph over the bad. Good Luck.