There is false information about me when I google my name

There can be various reasons for false information about you. The results that appear in Google are lists of web pages, not information written by Google and thus they have no control over the content. The false information is actually appearing on a website and that is the target to get the information removed.

There are a number of ways to deal with this:

1. Contact the owner of the website that contains the false information and ask them to remove it. You never know – they might!

2. If, when you click on the page in Google the information is no longer on the page it’s a cached version of the page (a page stored in memory). You can contact Google to ask removal of the cached page from their results:

http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1663691

3. If the information is on Facebook such as a comment about you, click on the edit link on the post (looks like a pencil) and click on report/mark as spam.

4. BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME!  By this it means put out lots of GOOD information about yourself and eventually the false information will drop down the rankings in the search results and won’t be so obviously accessible. Ways to do this are:

a) Get your own website. If you don’t have your own company get yourself a website where you can add information about yourself.  This could be in the form of a CV or a website that focuses on yours skills – as an artist for example, or just a blog where you write about things of interest. Just make sure you put your name on it! If you do have your own company make sure your name is mentioned on a few pages.

There are many formats of domain names that could be used to present different information about you:

yourname.co.uk
yourname.me
yourname.biz

Another one is the .tel domains that list contact information about you. See this page for more information.

b) Make a Facebook page (or two!) for your hobbies and/or business. Ensure you name is included on these.

c) If you have a skill/hobby register yourself on various directory/club websites. For example, if you search for artist directories you’ll find there are many.  Using your skills you could also join relevant forums and post answers in response to questions – each time you post an answer your “signature” is on the forum post – make sure your name is part of the signature.

There can be a natural desire to keep your name and information private but if you find someone has published false information about you it’s time to take action!  And promoting yourself is one of the ways to do that.

If you want any help with getting your own website get in touch.

 

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