Remember way way back in the 1990’s if somebody wanted to find out what you were all about, they either had to ask somebody that knew you, or ask you directly?
Well this internet thing has been a real game changer for researching people quickly!
I hop on Google several times a month to see what shows up for my name, and the name of my blog.
What I look for is:
- What shows up on the first page (and what may have dropped off)
- What new search results are showing up
- What new “shares” of my content are showing up; where I owe somebody a thank you
- Is there anything negative being that I should look in to
- It’s just really fun to scroll through lots of pages of results as I reflect on my online journey!
Bonus – some people have very common names, so it is a good idea to see where your content may be getting confused with somebody elses’
Your brand can become very powerful, and what shows up on web searches can help big time by providing people with the opportunity to get to know you very quickly.
If what shows up online is all positive, then you are good to go! If you are seeing a lot of negativity, probably time to review your branding strategies and assess some changes for the future.
- When is the last time you “Googled” yourself?
- Were you surprised with some of the search results (good or bad)?
- Are you going to pay more attention to your online search results in the future?
The tools are there to take your game to the next level. You might as well embrace them and build as strong a personal brand possible!
I love hashtags, especially on Twitter!
I use them to:
- research topics of interest
- find interesting people who are researching the same things as me
- respond to questions that people are asking on Twitter & TV (have you seen Jimmy Fallon’s hashtag of the week question?)
- connect with people locally (I use hashtags to help attract new followers from my geographic region)
But the most fun I had recently, was following a local social media conference via their conference hashtag.
I went to the conference “Friday Night Mixer” but was unable to attend the main conference the following day. Although I was disappointed, I knew that most of the participants were active on Twitter. I looked forward to connecting with people based on their tweets from the break out sessions.
I was BLOWN away!
I made over 75 new connection in 8 hours! Most of them followed back, and I had a blast responding and joining the conversations with those who were tweeting throughout the day.
Still not convinced that hash tags give value?
Time to join the party cause the party is going on without you 🙂
- Letting life get in the way?
- Saying “I’ll do that tomorrow”
- Thinking “I won’t provide value or inspire others”
- Having doubts and being uncertain about your abilities
I was lucky enough 2 ½ years ago to borrow several Tony Robbins audio cds from a friend. It was from a series where he interviewed some of the top internet marketers in the world. These incredible people are “to blame” for me finally taking action. They drilled in to my head that my story matters, and my expertise and life experiences can be valuable to others.
Have you been wanting to share your message with others (and make some extra money along the way)?
If so check out perspectives from some of the best in the business:
Russell Brunson http://www.russellbrunson.com/
Gary Vaynerchuk http://garyvaynerchuk.com/
Jeff Walker http://jeffwalker.com/
Brendan Burchard http://www.brendonburchard.com/
Two others incredible talents are Eben Pagan and Frank Kern. They do not have go-to websites at this time. But search their names and have a look. I recommend that you get on YouTube and check out videos from everyone as well.
If you want a great resource on telling your story, I strongly recommend:
Michael Margolis http://www.getstoried.com/
If you have any questions, please comment or email me at TimMushey@gmail.com
I have followed this industry closely for over two years and would love to share some of my experiences!
Great blogging tips by Lesley Carter! Yes the same Lesley Carter who continues to knock it out of the park with her incredible content and legion of followers!
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend…
Lesley Carter is one of the first people who reached out to me when I started my blog earlier this year, and I am grateful to her for that. When I checked out her blog, I was blown away by the content. Furthermore, when I checked out how popular her content was, I was blown away even more!
She has accomplished things online that many of us can only dream of, and I truly believe that she is just scratching the surface.
“Growing in Links” is a fantastic post, and I recommend that you take a few minutes to read it. And if you are not following her blog, what are you waiting for?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.