Well, have you? It’s a legit question. I think that at some point in time, almost everyone Googles their name to see what comes up. Probably the most common reason for doing this is to see where you site ranks, or if there are other people with the same name out there (in which case you may need to bump up your SEO to get ahead of them). Probably the next most common reason is to see all of the places you’re mentioned on the Web (or at least within the first few pages of results). It was for this reason that I Googled myself the other day.
When I Googled myself, I wasn’t so worried about the SEO aspect of my own sites, but wanted to see where I was being mentioned on the Web. Turns out, there aren’t a whole lot of places I’m mentioned, which is exactly what I expected. And while there are a few other people out there with my same name (even a Chicago-based metal band), I didn’t see too much out of the ordinary that I needed to worry about.
The main thing that I noticed was that there were a handful of websites that I had used once-upon-a-time for portfolio hosting and job searching that had some really old information about me, and equally as old work of mine displayed. Some of the sites I don’t even remember ever using, and was surprised that I showed up in their system. So I used my self-Googled time to scrub through the results, and visited (almost) all of the sites where I was mentioned. In most cases, I did something simple like update a profile picture or my bio. In other cases, I ended up deleting my accounts that had the old info and work samples. While I could’ve gone through the process of updating those sites, I found those particular ones to have never been too fruitful in any of my job searches. I mean really, in this day and age, as a Web developer, if I can’t make my own portfolio site and have to rely on another hosted site, then any job I may ever try to get is in fairly serious peril.
So, the moral of my story: Google yourself some time. You may find that it’s time for some much-needed spring cleaning to get your Web presence accurate and back in order.
Until next time, happy coding and Googling!