About this guide
Companies and individuals are googling you or your business to make decisions about things like whether to hire you, purchase from you, approve your insurance claim, give you a loan—or even go on a date with you.
To ensure your search results are making the best
possible first impression, follow the suggestions in
Topics covered include:
- Determining your search results type
- Creating your own website
- Filling out social media profiles
- Making yourself searchable online
- Getting your business verified on Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business)
- Claiming business listings
- Creating a personal brand
- Connecting with experts and followers on social media
- Effective strategies for blogging and LinkedIn articles
- Engaging in industry-specific forums
A great online reputation starts with great search results
What shows up in the first page of the search results can make or break your career or your personal life
92% of users do not go past Page 1 for any given search.
– Moz Research
78% of U.S. adults believe it is very important to look up info about people and/or businesses online before deciding to interact or do business with them.
– Harris Interactive
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