Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sue Scheff: ReputationDefender CEO Michael Fertik Talks “Google Insurance”

It’s no secret that people use Google to learn about potential dates or possible job applicants. In fact, it’s practically expected in the digital age. Despite this seeming awareness of how Google search can affect one’s life, however, few people invest in what ReputationDefender CEO Michael Fertik calls “Google Insurance.”

Just as you have home or car insurance to prevent damage to your belongings, you should also have Google insurance to prevent damage to your personal brand online. In a recent post at the blog Plus&, Michael Fertik explained some simple ways to protect your personal brand from misinformation on Google.

Register the URLs for your name and variants, and consider creating a blog. The objective here is to own the first 1-5 results that appear on search engines if someone searches your name. I don’t think most people should be bloggers, but having a Google-friendly and SEO-rich blog platform like Wordpress or TypePad that is updated even twice per month as an online journal is worth the investment for having first say in your image.

For additional advice on personal branding in the digital age, make sure to check out the rest of the blog post, which can be found here.

Thanks to the Plus&Play blog for helping spread the word about the importance of pro-active Online Reputation Management.