This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you’re reading this, chances are, you’re way ahead of the game and have a blog of your own. But if you don’t, don’t worry. Lucky for you, it’s so much easier than you think to set one up.
It’s funny because there are actually some people who think having website is silly. There are people who think that if you have a blog or a site of your own, you must be pretty self-absorbed.
But you know what? Let them think that, because the very best thing you can do these days to take control of your online presence is to have a blog of your own.
Our friends at Domain.ME recently conducted a survey of 1,000 adults who frequently use social media and the Internet, and the results were kind of scary.
For starters, nearly one in four Americans admit to being negatively affected by information about them online. For millennials, the number was higher, with nearly half of all millennials admitting to having been negatively impacted.
So does it matter? Does this kind of online info about people actually mean anything?
Well, yea… I think so. Especially when one in three millennials believe that they’re more likely to make a first impression online than at a party.
57% of millennials surveyed have actually changed their opinion about someone else based on content they saw online, so yea, that’s saying something.
It’s saying that the content that’s out there about us online is worth paying attention to.
Because it can affect our social lives, our work lives, and it can also affect our dating lives.
Don’t believe me? Here are some interesting stats from the survey:
- 23% search for people because a friend has mentioned them in conversation.
- 16% search people in preparation for a business meeting or work related event.
- 14% go online to check someone out before a first date or social gathering.
So NOW do you want to know what kind of stuff’s out there about you?
Yea, that’s what I thought.
To put it simply, the takeaway from Domain.ME’s survey was basically this:
While the average person knows that online content can impact our lives, we’re not all taking the necessary steps to control it.
The good news, though, is that we CAN take steps to help control of our online reputation, and here are a few of those:
Search for yourself regularly via Google.
Can you believe that 60% of Americans haven’t bothered to search for themselves on a search engine like Google? That’s crazy to me! How do they know, then, how they’re being presented online?! Well, um. they don’t! With the amount of info that’s available these days online, you want to make sure that you’re being presented how you WANT to be presented, and the only way to do that is to search for yourself. Type in your name, your employer, your city, even. Then, see what pops up.
Fix stuff that’s not right.
If you finally get around to searching for yourself, and you see content online about you that’s just blatanlty wrong, try to fix it. Maybe three years ago you thought it was a good idea to post a picture of yourself doing a keg stand on Tumblr. Maybe it even went viral. But if you have the ability to delete content that you’re not so proud of anymore, get rid of it! And if your college bff posted it instead, reach out to her and ask her to remove it. Tell her you’re a grown up now and you’ve got interviews and stuff and your online reputation has to be on point.
Start a blog of your own.
The truth is, you can’t control everything that’s said about you online. But you know what you CAN do? You can totally take control of your online presence by creating your own website or starting your own blog. And that’s not just my advice. More than half of Americans (about 61%) agree that a personal website could help manage their online reputations, with 1 in 5 saying it’s the tool that could potentially have the greatest positive impact on someone’s personal brand.
Starting a blog isn’t something that everyone does. Actually, only 8 percent of Americans have created online content to improve their search results or reputation.
My guess is that most people think it’s super hard to start a blog, but it’s pretty easy to secure your name with a domain that ends in .ME.
Think about it, you’d have a site of your own, listing your professional achievements, bio, awards, interests, and all the other positive aspects about you.
Talk about making a good first impression.
And second, and third, and fourth. Lots and lots of good impressions!
And how about the fact that managing your online personal brand can very likely help you achieve some of your personal and professional goals?
For me, having my blog helped me land a book deal, one of my HUGE personal and professional goals, so I can definitely vouch for the importance of owning your online brand.
So now it’s your turn! If you haven’t already, head on over to domain.ME and see how easy it is to get started with a website of your own!
New to blogging? This might be a good place to start.
Oh, and I’m now offering 1-on-1 coaching sessions via phone to help answer any blogging questions you may have. $25 for a one hour session. Would love to share any advice I can give you, and make a new friend along the way! Contact me here for additional info 🙂
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- Building A Framework
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- Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It In Your Career, Rock Social Media
- Crush It
- Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
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- Life After College
- The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter & How To Make The Most of Them
- Adulting: How To Become A Grown Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
- All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and A Freaking Job!
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