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Reputation management is common sense SEO

When I give talks on social media, I start with the primacy of search. Googling yourself is the best way to understand this. Your corporate website is only part of the equation – and a diminishing one. Other social media sites and sites related to you help fill in the whole picture.

If you don’t like what you see when you Google yourself, change it by creating more content for Google to index.  I like this post about online reputation management (ORM) because it captures the essence of this content-based approach. And since most people don’t take in more than the first Google results screen, positive content can fairly easily displace negative or unrelated content at the top of the search results.

But doesn’t that raise a curious question about the superficiality of online reputations in the first place? I’m not suggesting ORM is not important – just that you take online reputation with a grain of salt.

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The diminishing value of your website

If you have a website and think it’s important to your online presence, well you are right. But every day, you become less right. That’s because your website is not what it used to be. People used to see your brochure or business card, then open their browser and type in your website address. Today, […]

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A fresh start to blogging

I know, I know. You’re thinking: Why start ANOTHER blog when you are struggling to populate the two three you already have? I wish I had a better answer for that question. My blogging needs are morphing into something more akin to a Tumblr style system. I often find I want to share something but […]

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Puncturing the “theology” of Google

In 10 short years, the Google search engine has completely changed our information landscape – and the Google meme is playing itself out in other areas. In his book, The Googlization of Everything, Siva Vaidhyanathan looks carefully and critically at the almost religious adoration for Google. In this chat with CBC Spark host Nora Young, […]

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