80 million people Google their own name or someone else ’s name every day. For people in job market, 75% of HR departments are required to research them online before hiring them.
The problem is, if you are like most people, you ’ll find negative, irrelevant, or useless information. Even though it is crucial to have a positive online presence, most people have no idea how to put their best foot forward. BrandYourself solves that problem.
Just Google meHow to control your first impression on the web
What We’ll Cover…1. How important are your search results and why?2. What is SEO and how can it help?3. Controlling your own results – the most important tactics to get started4. Emergency tactics: How to handle an unwanted result on your first page5. Our Story: Why BrandYourself is dedicated to making this easy for anyone
Many people create all types of content about themselves but it doesnt’t show up • Search engines don’t understand what it’s about • Search engines don’t think it’s a credible source • Search Engines simply can’t find it
Question:So how CAN you control your search results?
Answer: SEO“Search Engine Optimization” is the process of creating or improving content to make sure it shows up as high as possible for a specific keyword (YOUR NAME)
Techniques to Avoid: Manipulative or “black hat” tactics •Cloaking •Link stuffing •Keyword stuffing These are tactics that commercial sites use for high traffic keywords that get them bannedRule of thumb: If you ever hear anyone guarantee results, run
Step 1: Get Your Domain Name • Cost: $5 a year • Make sure you use yourname.com or some variation with your name in it (petekistleronline.com) • Register it for as long as possible (2 years or more) – Even if you don’t plan on using it immediately, it keeps someone else from taking it and hijacking a result on your first page • Where to get your domain: Namecheap.com
Step 1: Build A Personal Site There are so many free & easy ways to build a site These rank highest: • Wordpress • Tumblr • Weebly • About.Me • Blogger • Many Others •Our recommendation: Wordpress (flexible design, very SEO friendly)
Step 1: Structure Your Site Well Make sure your name exists in all of these places and you’ll be off to a good start: • Title of website • Headline of each page • Navigation Tip: Use WordPress All-in-one-SEO-Pack plugin
Step 1: Fill it with relevant content about YOU Tip: Use your name wherever you can
Step 1: Start Blogging Google loves updated/active content. Blogging is an easy way to keep your site ranking high Unless you are an objectively terrible writer with no intention to improve, you should be writing blog posts Tip: Subscribe to relevant RSS feeds in your industry and write one reaction a week
Step 2: Get on Social NetworksSearch Engines love ranking social networks high because they are credible and constantly updated Our Favorites: • Twitter • Google + • Facebook • Meetup • LinkedIn • Quora
Step 2: Keep it clean or keep it private Keep in mind: Nothing is really private online
Step 2: Link to all your other content Let search engines know they are all “voting” for each other to rank high
Step 2: Fill it with well-branded content If you create good content that people care about, people will share it and like it, and search engines will notice
Step 3: Create Online Profiles & Directories Here are some highranking places you can put your name and bio.** Use your full name, add your bio, and add links to everything
Bonus: Emergency Tactics How to handle negative content…
Bonus: Create High Ranking Content Quickly Get as much new content as possible onto the first page to push other stuff down• Write a press release Might cost you $300 dollars, but it will probably show up in the first page (write about the fact that you just made a website)• Comment on relevant news articles Not the most “branded” result, but it shows up fast• Throw an Event on MeetUp Use your name in the title. Actually invest in a good event• Create profiles on your local college and government sites Search engines love .gov and .edu profiles the best. Be creative. There is somewhere you can create a profile
Bump it off Google doesn’t play favorites.Generally speaking Google only ranks 1 result per domain for your name
How to Bump it Off:1. Go create a reader profile on HuffingtonPost.com2. Optimize it 1. Make sure you use your name 2. Fill it out with as much info as they let you (use your optimized bio) 3. Link to it from as many of your profiles and websites as you can 4. Keep it active: commenting on articles and tweet it out when you canTip: Most news sites let you create a profile, but there are other ways to createa result for your name. Example: commenting on an article using your name.
BrandYourself has a free product that’s easy for anybody to do“It’s the absolute best - there’s nothing like it - and their management team is handsome and single” – Patrick Ambron, CEO of BrandYourself
BrandYourself started as a problem, that turned into an idea, that turned into a mission
The Problem: Pete Kistler, a co-founder, was a modelstudent, but couldn‘t get an internship 3.9 GPA Successful entrepreneur Leader on campus Founder of multiple clubs Several relevant internships
He was being mistaken online for an ex-con with the same name
He couldn’t change it, because he wasn’t: This Guy This Guy Or A tech genius who could A high net worth individual do it himself who could pay thousands for a reputation firm to do it
The Mission:To help anyone get some control overtheir search results with a simple and free do-it-yourself platform
AccomplishmentsWhere we started • Launched in 2010 from a dorm room at SU • No Marketing Budget, no resources, no idea what we were doingWhere we are Now: • 11 full-time employees • Over 160,000 customers • Named top 5 collegiate entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine • Named #1 Emerging Business in NYS ($200k prize) • $1.5 Million in Funding
How BrandYourself WorksOur tools simplify Search Engine Optimization so anybody can do it
BrandYourself can still help you!Our FREE Product will still:• Alert you if something troubling ever does appear in your top results• Keep track of your favorite content’s ranking in search engines and alert you if it changes. And if you ever do need a boost in results, you can log in and use it for that, too