Top 5 ways to hide ugly Google results

Have you ever looked yourself up in Google? More importantly, have your clients ever looked you up in Google? Would they be happy with what they find?

If you’ve got a common name, like Tony Wong or Joe Smith, you may not be worried about Google results for your name. However, what if you have a unique name? Will your online history haunt you?

Fortunately, with a little work, you can promote "good" results to the top of the search engines. Here’s how.

5 ways to push good search returns to the top of search engines

  1. Get your own website — and be sure to include your name.
  2. Submit articles to online directories, such as ezinearticles. As an article author, you’ll receive a profile page and your name will show up in search returns for the articles, too.
  3. Sign up for LinkedIn and other business networking sites and set up a public profile. (Here’s mine.)
  4. Set up a business blog — again, include your name. And keep it professional, so that you don’t have to go back and hide search results from that site.
  5. Contact any sites that contain embarassing or private information about you. They *may* be willing to remove it. It never hurts to ask.