Well, it was hard to complete this week’s assignment to “Google myself” without sharing a secret about myself:
I was a contestant on Season 12 of ABC’s The Bachelor.
I share this with you now because when you Google “Lesley Geyer” aside from my Linkedin profile and my BlogSpot (from last semester), the majority of the links are to interviews and information regarding my time trying to win a rose. (Long story short, there was a perceived “scandal” regarding my time on the show, so there was a lot of chatter on several fan message boards specifically about me).
I wish I found more results about my business and other things about my life that are much more meaningful to me than a few weeks on a TV show (7 years ago), but I suppose my fifteen minutes of fame lasted a little longer – at least, according to Google.
THANKFULLY, I was able to redeem myself by doing a Google search on my personal email and business email addresses. Searching my personal email address showed results about local blog features, a significant amount of links regarding The Pink Petticoat, and surprisingly, a few links about a different Lesley Geyer (an occupational therapist who specialized in Tourette’s syndrome. She is apparently very accomplished. Cool, huh?). Also showing up, again, was my personal Google+ page. This reinforced the greatness of Google+ bumping you in search results.
When I entered my business email for search, I (thankfully) only received links to my webpage, my business Google+ listing, and various articles and press regarding The Pink Petticoat.
I do the majority of my social media-ing under “The Pink Petticoat” (Twitter, Instagram, Google+). While I do have a personal Facebook and Google+ page, they are not the primary accounts that I use, and I post very little. I think this attributes to the lack of/varied search results when I search my own name and email address; as well as more consistent results when I search for The Pink Petticoat or my business email address.
How important is it to build a presence for myself outside of The Pink Petticoat?
Were you surprised by anything that came up when you “Googled” yourself?
And also, is there any way to… um… get rid of something that comes up when you Google yourself? Like an appearance on a reality TV show many years ago? Asking for a friend. 🙂