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I saw the light - searching for my own name

12:05 pm on Sep 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I discovered this morning what Google want their users believe as the most important info about me in the web. Could you give a quick answer? Let's view:

  • the homepage of my company where I appear as founder from 1998?
  • my personal website?
  • my Facebook profile?
  • my twitter account?

    None of them.

    The Linkedin profile? An interview in a newspaper? A review of any of my sites?

    No. The most important page about me is an abandoned Google+ profile with a 16 words post.

    My first impulse was to open all my websites and start to add the +1 button because it's clear how it will influence the results but then I thought how tired I am about the Google games and the promise I made myself to try to learn to live out of the big G's universe.
  • 11:42 pm on Sept 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

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    Out of curiosity... Do you have a truly unusual name, or did you simply ignore the hits for other people with the same name? My own search starts by saying {my name} is on Facebook, which surprised me a bit since I'm fairly sure I'm one of the two people on the planet who isn't on Facebook. They've also got five sample images: five assorted other people (one's a mother and baby, neither of them me) and one painting of rats sitting on a cat.

    In a more serious vein:

    My last name also happens to be (in English) a fairly common verb. Somehow g*** has figured out to ignore this usage and search only for {firstname lastname} rather than {firstname, punctuation, verb}, whether or not I do an "exact phrase" search. The last time I checked, they hadn't yet got the hang of this. Similarly, the advertising links on the side are all for sites claiming to have found {my name}, not sites offering to sell {my name} at a good price.
    12:27 am on Sept 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    When searching, are you logged into the Google account connected to that Google+ profile? If so, the results may simply be personalized. If not, then this [webmasterworld.com] may be a relevant read.
    8:45 am on Sept 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    WebmasterWorld Senior Member sgt_kickaxe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member

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    Don't add the +1 button at this stage, it's not being used nearly enough to justify the page speed load times and google privacy issues. Hopefully in the future Google rolls out a NON javascript based button and stops mining visitor data, but don't hold your breath.
    9:49 am on Sept 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    For me, Googling my name gives:

    My personal website (which has simply said 'Under construction' for a month or two now)

    Someone else's Facebook

    My inactive Google+ account


    My somewhat active Twitter account

    So it's not the best results (it probably should be Twitter, Facebook, my personal website, 192.com, then Google+), although I wouldn't say Google+ is too high in the SERPs for my name.
    9:53 am on Sept 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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    WooHoo, apart from 4 business directories listing me as company Chairman and with my company address and company telephone number...zippo, nothing else at all, no images, no references...excellent, just as I want.

    The funny thing is I did find someone with my name, surprisingly because it's not a common name, living 100 kms from me and he's a computer network and security guy! Should I e-mail him? Lol

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