In his post “The first thing to do this year“, Seth Godin suggests Googling yourself:

If you’re a salesperson, your prospects already do.
If you’re looking for a job, your prospective employers already do.
If you’ve got a job, your co-workers already do.

I’d add, “If you’re a teacher, your students already do.” (An interesting aside: my students frequently Google my name to find the class blog.)

Seth’s right, you can improve your appearance and “be finished by tonight.” Here are fast ways to spruce up your Google appearance:

  • Get LinkedIn. It’s social networking for your resume and highly ranked in Google.
  • Rate something on Amazon and complete your profile.
  • Leave comments on blogs. Highly-read blogs usually rate high on Google.
  • Do all of the above using the name folks are likely to Google.

What do you get when you Google yourself?

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