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By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 03, 2013

Monday Productivity Pointers: Monitor your online reputation with Google

You’ve heard it before, but it can’t be overstated: Your online reputation matters. Just like a credit score calculates your spending and payback habits, your online reputation gives potential employers invaluable data for measuring your character.

It’s one thing to be conscientious about what you say about yourself online—but you should also be aware of what others are saying about you. I’m not talking about Facebook, where you’re notified when people tag you and you can easily untag yourself. I’m talking about less obvious cases, such as a club in which the leader posts the entire club directory—including your name, address, and telephone number—online, unaware that Google is indexing the entire list for public consumption.

In this week’s first Monday Productivity Pointers video, I’ll show you how to find out what’s being posted about you online, and how you can stay on top of your online reputation effortlessly by setting up a Google Alert.

My second video this week will cover what to do if you find a result that concerns you. Did you know Google has a search index removal tool? I’ll go over how to locate the tool, and to follow the chain of website ownership command to get your reputation, privacy, and safety back to the way it should be.

Learn more:

Start a 7-day free trial at lynda.com • All Monday Productivity Pointers on lynda.com • Jess Stratton’s courses at lynda.com

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