Are there unflattering results about your name in Google? If so, there are a few things you can do.
1. Logout Before Googling Yourself
The first thing you need to do is logout out of your browser. Go into Google Chrome’s search history and delete everything. Delete cookies too because you will be able to see what the average Google user sees when they search for your name on Google.
2. Find Problems And Remove What You Can
Search your name and see what shows up in the search results. Look for negative information, such as negative news articles, old social media posts, bad reviews and things of that nature. You will be able to remove some things, such as old social media posts belonging to you, but there will be content you can’t remove.
3. Create New Content
Creating new content about yourself and your business gives Google fresh and up-to-date information about yourself. This means there is a good chance the new information will get a better place in Google’s search results, and the negative information may rank lower in the search results. It’s also a good idea to join a few major social media sites and update your profiles often.
4. Look For Data Brokers
Data brokers search the web and create profiles about people they find, including you. Most sites do have opt-out forms you can fill out, but that doesn’t guarantee that another profile will eventually popup at some point. There are companies that can automate the process and this makes it easier finding profiles about you and filling out opt-out forms.
5. Be Proactive
If you find negative info about yourself on a site, then contact the owners of the site. Be polite and ask them to take the info down, but if they don’t comply, then consider your legal options.
About Status Labs
The above tips were provided by Status Labs. They are an online reputation management company that offers various services.
If you run a business or you just want to look good in the Google’s search results, then Status Labs can help with their online reputation management services. Other services the company provides include search engine optimization, social media marketing, public relations, content marketing and crisis response.