As a blogger, your reputation is everything. If people view you as being untrustworthy, fake, or too “generic,” it’s doubtful they will follow your blog. But if you are able to create and maintain a positive reputation, you’ll have an easier time connecting with your audience and building a strong following.
Take TechCrunch founder and blogger Michael Arrington, for instance. Most tech enthusiasts are well aware of his credibility on the web. And according to the website TheRichest, Arrington is the world’s richest blogger, earning an estimated $500,000 to $800,000. While there are countless elements that are attributed to his success, it’s safe to assume that a positive reputation is one of them.
So, how can you manage your online reputation as blogger?
Think Twice Before Posting
Whether you are writing a short 300-word post or a longer 1,000-word post, always read back over it before posting. Could the post be perceived as offensive in any way? Does it contain questionable or inaccurate information? If so, you should probably delete or modify it. When blogging, you want to put your best foot forward, and this means only publishing high-quality content that’s not going to offend your readers. Granted, you can always delete questionable content after publishing it, but it might be too late if visitors have already copied it and posted it elsewhere on the web.
Register Your Domain Name
If you haven’t done so already, scoop up the dot com, dot net and dot org of your first and last name. Why is this important? Well, someone like a competitor or unhappy visitor could register these domain names in an attempt to rank for search queries consisting of your first and last name. Let’s say your name is Joe Bob (lovely name, huh?). Knowing that you are a popular, well-known blogger, a competitor may register www.joebob.com, placing a simple redirect script on the website to funnel visitors to his or her own website. If Google ranks joebob.com high in the search results for “Joe Bob,” your competitor could benefit from tons of practically free traffic.
Create a Google+ Profile
In addition to registering your first and last name as domains, you should also create a Google+ profile to better manage your reputation as a blogger. Having a profile will allow you to brand yourself by revealing information like your name, age, country/state of origin, blog URL, and more. Once created, Google will display a link to your profile in its search results, at which point visitors can click the link to learn more about you.
Use Your Name
If you want to create a positive reputation for yourself as a blogger, be sure to use either your real name or a pen name when blogging. I always cringe when I come across posts created by the “admin,” as it doesn’t feel very personal. A better approach is to use either your actual name or a faux pen name.
How do you manage your online blogging reputation? Let us know in the comments section below!
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