Saturday, February 4, 2012

Clean up your Name on Google with Google+
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  • If you are a regular internet user, then you would know how frustrating it is to search your name on Google, only to come up with awkward results, that you prefer not showing off to others.

    For example, if your name is “John Something”, then a simple Google search will reveal all the embarrassing information linked to your name, including the various profiles you have created on different websites, and also the various comments you made on popular sites, etc. You may even stumbles across many Topsy search results, which populate the list (and may potentially contain all embarrassing tweets). The only way to get out of this, is to take advantage of Google+.

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    We all know Google is partial to Google+ (To actually prove this, Search for my name: Abhilash Rejanair. You will more likely find more Google+ results than anything else). So, the logic is simple. If you would like to clean up your name on Google, you should use Google+ frequently.

    While this might sound a bit weird, you could actually use the attention Google gives to Google+, to flood your name, and thus hide all the embarrassing results in the other pages. Here are some tips you should follow to follow this effectively:

    • Whatever you post, make them Public so that they get indexed by Google bots.google-plus-public-posts
    • While posting, make sure that you add your name in each post. This will make sure that each posts will stand out among the many different Google+ search results.
    • There is an option of disabling comments in Google+. I would suggest you enable this, if you do not want the comments of other people in the search result. However, Google algorithm tends to pick up posts which is popular and has more comments, so, I leave this one up to you.
    • Do not Lock the post, as people won’t be able to reshare that post.

    Apart from Google+, remaining active on Twitter also helps, since each tweet is separately index-able by Google bots. Facebook, however, doesn’t come into this equation, as their privacy levels are strict and do not allow Google bots to go through freely.

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