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Thursday, May. 10, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

By Melissa Burdon
May 10th, 2007

I admit, I’ve Googled my name many times. It’s sort of a popularity contest with a buddy of mine who also works in interactive marketing. We have this discrete competition to see whose name displays the most impressive search results.

It’s funny but, at the end of the day, we all want to be individually branded, right? I don’t have any kids but, when the time comes, I’d probably Google the potential names of my children. I would want the names to be unique and I definitely don’t want him/her to be fighting for organic placement if there are millions of others with the same name who are getting spidered and listed.

Well, thankfully, it seems I’m not the only crazy one out there!

But, is it really so crazy? Haven’t you Google searched your name? Have you Google searched the name of someone you’re dating? Why do you think we do it?

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  1. I have googled myself, and have been amazed at the rankings of various mentions of me and the sinking of my own personal page that bears my exact name + .com

    I have googled old acquaintances, an found most of them.

    I have googled phone numbers of people not leaving messages and found out who was calling.

    And I have often googled stuff, and found it faster than using the onsite search engine of the site I was on!

  2. I’ve googled myself and found not only several other people with my same name, but one is married to a man with the same name as my husband.

  3. Of course I have googled myself, people I was dating, old girlfriends, my coworkers, my friends, my neighbors and my relatives. How else are you going to find out anything about them :)

  4. I’ve Googled my name (Andrew Bargery) a few times now but the first dozen pages are dedicated to my famous namesake – a rally co-driver.

    I’m hoping to take him over eventually, but to be fair he has a lot of respect in his industry. It might take a while I guess.

    Add yourself to Google Alerts to see how often your mentioned so you don’t have to keep checking back – although is that a bit sad…

  5. I often google myself only because I normally give the first result for my own name, and I am checking to ensure no one stole my position. Sometimes bigger websites who write about me in some context get a result above my personal site and it pisses me off so much :D

  6. I google myself at least once every week….I am developing a public persona and very curious on what others have to say…if at all…unfortunately I get a thrill out of seeing how fast or low I get on the searches!!! I use google search on everyone I meet as well…hey the way I see it is how else will I find out about others if google can’t return a search!!!!
    I know pretty sad…but that is the great thing about google and publicity….oh, thank you for the tip on how to alert myself

  7. Does anyone actually say, “I Google myself at least…” out loud and in front of others?
    Sort of reminds one of that Seinfeld episode where they were attempting to be “the masters of their domains.”

  8. I’ve Googled my name as well, and found someone with the exact name, as uncommon as it is! However, comments such as the one I am leaving now will most likely be indexed, which may bring you to click on Searchwiz Marketing. It could bring in traffic to your “brand” as well!

  9. hi its really surprising once i googled my name.
    I had advertised long back in one site with my name and i stopped with that. But when i googled my name it took me to the site where i advertised, then i recalled what did i do long back.
    But from that incident on, i am really careful to include my name in any site as if anybody googles my name they will know my all business as well,,,so guys and dear ladies be careful.

  10. How can you find out how many times your name has been googled??

  11. Shawna,

    You can find out how many times your name is being Googled by setting up a Google Alert, so you get an email every time there’s a new result.

    I’m not sure how you would find out about previous mentions, other than digging through pages of Google results and counting the results that are relevant to you and not some lesser Shawna :)

  12. [...] world, the need to be "googleable" is ever more important – to the point that parents are naming their children based on how unique or "googleable" their name will be. Way to think ahead mom and dad! But just don't go overboard. "Steve Smith" may not [...]

  13. Leslie Siegel has googled her name since 1984 when she went on the internet for the first time. But if you google “leslie siegel” you get ME, Leslie Siegel, under many blogs, posts, forums, ideas, stories, books, opionions, and more! Just do it, or follow this link to my name. I am amazed, but I take up the whole first page of Google and some of 2nd and beyond, it’s so cool but sometimes I get some hate mail not to use my name so much, but I cannot help it. It’s like “leslie siegel” is a drug and I can’t stop googling it. So check this out and be the judge…. They are all real posts, not spam! here is is LESLIE SIEGEL: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=leslie+siegel LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK? IS IT TOO MUCH?

  14. If you want you can even join an online address book like WikiWorldBook or Ziggs that offer you a Search Alert service, that warns you when you’ve been Googled.

    The address book places your name (on your profile) high up in the search engine results and when someone Googles your name, the profile will be clearly visible in the search engine results and be an obvious target to investigate. The moment they have clicked your profile, you will be alerted by email with information about where the searcher is loacted, if they are searching you from a business, the keyword used to find you and the search engine being used.

  15. Is there a way to remove your name from being able to be Googled?

  16. Wow, Leslie Siegel googled her name and now peoip;le are going into this old radio show I got roped into hwere the DJ was jealous of my Google ranking, and now people are going into that site because it’s first when you type “leslie siegel” in google and I’ve tried to make it go away but the guy must have noticed it and the more you click on a site the higher your rankings, and they must be clicking in! And to get your named removed, you have to be like a hermit and not post anything or buy online, or date online, or even be on the net! ‘Nough said!

  17. My name “Rob Abdul” for the last 3 years has been my brand name.

    I was so proud when my name appeared in Google’s suggestive list.

    It may not sound like much but at least 60 to 80 people goggle me a month.

    It is nice for the Ego, I must admit!

  18. I do not found myself, perhaps because i was careful of that…

  19. I would but it seems like a lot other people do it for me

  20. yes i’m on quite a few press releases ;)

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Melissa is a Senior Persuasion Analyst at FutureNow.

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