There’s an awful lot of information available to businesses about protecting themselves online. But what about your personal profile? If you Google your own name, and it returns negative results or negative information, does it really matter?
If it’s never bothered you so far, then maybe not. However, for most of us, our personal or company name will definitely need protection. Either we’re going to be jobhunting in the future and we don’t want to risk a future employer Googling us and then discounting us because of what they find online; or we have ambitions to grow our business one day and so our name needs to be clear to not reflect badly on the business.
Things that can damage our personal online reputation are foolish youthful mis-use of Social Media accounts, ‘interesting’ photographs and image records (!), as well as the more obvious negative news stories, publicity, arrest records or even straightforward online harassment and defamation of character from a malicious 3rd party.
Alana from DigitalOx explains ‘We see individuals who need the opportunity to put the past behind them and start over, and a clean Google profile helps that. We’re committed to providing affordable monthly payments for our service to individuals, as we believe everyone should have the opportunity for a second chance’.
Approaches to solving the problem usually include a combination of legal take-down requests to Google if any of the information is defamatory or malicious, removal of old Social Media accounts and then the de-indexing of the former links and positive news articles and publicity about the individual. Personal Online Reputation usually takes a 6 – 12 month commitment to rectify, so the good news is that if you start planning ahead before your next big career change the negatives can be dealt with in time.
The personal online reputation management experts at DigitalOx continue ‘No matter how bad it seems, we really can help. It’s not a case that there’s nothing that can be done, so don’t ever think that and do reach out for some advice and guidance. The only thing you need to bear in mind is that fixing it all will cost you, however, it needn’t cost as much as you fear. Our personal reputation management service costs start at just £295 pcm and generally we can work to a 6, 12 or even 18 month timeframe to repair the damage while keeping ongoing costs down’.
So if you’re committed to securing yourself a better future, and your Google reputation is holding you back from achieving it, then take the next step and contact the experts for some free advice and guidance.