How to Google Yourself…
They google them right before a lunch meeting about a potential business deal.
They google them right after meeting someone at a party when they received a business card.
80% of people even admit to googling potential dates. And of course recruiters and employers look at more than your linked in profile to establish what kind of person they are potentially hiring.
The line between personal and private lives has never been so blurry.
And that’s why we are here.
Is it fair? Maybe not? But it’s happening. So the sooner you find out about what people find out about you, the faster you’ll be moving in the right direction.
So how do you find out what people are finding when they google you?
1. First thing to know when you google yourself.
The thing is, though, google being what it is, not all searches are equal.
The first thing is that on different browsers (Chrome/firefox etc) you can type in the same search request and get slightly different results. (Usually, the differences are small but it is good to keep in mind. We’ve included an interview below from Matt Cutts, who has been with Google since 2000 if you really want to understand the differences. It only goes for a little over 2 mins and is pretty clear.) If you want to skip it – the takeaway is – use different browsers when you Google yourself.
2. Log Out
Google serves you results based on your earlier activity –
Google wants you to find what you want on the first try. If you don’t, then they aren’t doing their job. So if you click on a result, and find what you are looking for Google serves you more of the same. In other words – it tailors your results to you. This will impact on you when you google your own name.
Log out of google and your social media networks before you google yourself.
Search for your name.
What shows up within the first 3 pages?
Is it good? Bad? You don’t even feature?
Take notes of what you find.
Remember, no news isn’t always good news. No impression at all can make its own impression.
Don’t forget to use different versions of your name. Alexander or Alex for example.
Next, log back into Facebook and on your profile page, view your profile “as public.”
This is how you look when someone views your profile.
Good? Bad? Either way at least you know now.