What is BrandYourself.com?
This is a site where you can connect other websites about yourself to and they will help you optimize the site so that it will be more likely to be placed higher in the search results when someone searches for your name online. Some examples of sites that are good to connect here are personal websites and your Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In profiles. There are many other websites that you can connect to your profile here, but the free account on Brandyourself.com gives you the ability to connect a total of 3 so you should do the ones that have the most information about you and where you are the most active.
How to set up your free account
First, you need to go to their website at www.brandyourself.com.Click on the Sign Up button to create your new account.
Enter your name in the box. Many people have a few names they go by. You might have a full name that you would list on your resume or on a business card that you are handing out to others, but also a nickname that your friends and close associates know you by. The people who are going to be searching for you online are usually going to be those who do not know you personally yet so you should put whatever name is on your business card, resume, or associated with your business.
Now you are at the dashboard. This is where you can submit your sites to be analyzed. With the free account, you can have up to 3 submitted, and their recommendation of submitting your Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In sites is probably going to be best for many people. These sites already carry more authority in the eyes of the search engines like Google, yahoo, and Bing so it will be easier to get these types of sites showing on the first page when people search for you.
They also have a link that you can click on to upgrade to a premium account. There are a lot of other sites that you can submit to them when you have the premium account.
You can either begin to submit your sites form this dashboard, or click on the “What’s Next” button near the top of the screen to take you to the Getting Started screen.
The Getting Started screen provides you with helpful steps that you can take to make sure you get everything set up right. If you follow the links and make sure to follow the recommendations for each one you can have you can have your sites that you submitted optimized in a short time.
While you are getting everything set up, make sure to take the time to create your profile on Brandyourself’s website also. This profile will give you one more site that can appear when someone searches for you online.
Don’t sweat if you don’t already have an account on one of the sites they recommend. As you attempt to link each one, it gives you the option to link to your existing profile or create a new one.
The important thing to remember is that every site online that has information about you available to the public can appear in the search results when people search for you. It can take a significant amount of time to go through and optimize every profile on every site, but the results are worth it. Taking the time to do this now can save you a lot of headaches and frustration later because someone, somewhere, might be searching for you sometime in the near future and you want to make sure they find the information about you that is beneficial.
If you need assistance setting your profile on Brandyourself up or need help with getting control of your reputation online, contact us to arrange for your free in depth analysis and consultation to see how we can help.