Have You 'Googled' Your Name Lately? You Might Be Surprised By What You Find.

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Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

 

 

How often do you 'Google' yourself or your company name?  If you haven't checked for a while, here's your friendly reminder to take a few moments to do so.  Who knows what you'll find! 

I try to make it a habit to check on a monthly basis, but as life gets in the way, that doesn't always happen.  In the past when I've checked, of course my website comes up as well as all of the social media sites that I belong to.  Many times I'll even come across articles that I've written for REALTOR® Magazine that have been posted by REALTORS® across the U.S. and Canada on their sites and blogs (with permission of course).  Some of my articles have even been picked up by the International Business Times.  You can imagine my shock the first time that happened!  

Having a few spare minutes the other day, I decided to sit down and have another look see.  I got a pleasant surprise when I searched my name.  It showed up on Marylhurst University's website which is a university just outside of Portland, Oregon.  I was wondering why the heck my name would show up on their site; I've never taken any courses there, so off I went to check it out.

It turns out that Marylhurst offers online courses for an MBA or Bachelor Degree in real estate studies.  Okay, so now my curiousity was really peaked.  I started reading through to find out where I fit into all of this.  On the page linked to my name, I saw this: "the following resources are incredibly useful...".  Hmmmm, the plot thickens.

I skimmed through quickly and on first look, I missed it.  After going through it again, I noticed a heading called 'Study Guides'.  Under this was the subheading 'Home Staging'.  Next to that subheading were the words 'Charlene Storozuk offers insight on the benefits of home staging'.

Excitedly, I clicked on the link wondering what the heck I would find.  It brought me to an article I wrote last year for the Women's Council of REALTORS®.  It was an article about adding home staging consultations to your listing package and how they are a value-added service and set you apart from others.  I have to say that it made my day.  Not only am I getting some free publicity, but hopefully it will help to educate the new generation of REALTORS® about the benefits of home staging.  How cool is that!

So, enough about me.  How often do you 'Google' your name?  Have you checked lately?  If not, why don't you have a look right now.  Stop back here afterwards and let me know what you find.  I can't wait to hear.  How fun is this!

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Dezigner Digz is Burlington, Ontario's premier home staging and interior decorating firm serving Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Oakville and surrounding areas.  Our work is featured in the book FabJob Guide to Become a Home Stager, 2009 edition.

The owner, Charlene Storozuk is a member of both the Canadian Decorators Association (CDECA) and the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).  She serves on RESA's Executive Committee as Regional Vice-President Canada.  Charlene has written several articles on home staging, some of which have been published by the International Business Times and the Women's Council of REALTORS®.  She is also a Contributing Blogger for REALTOR® Magazine.

For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com

       

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Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Sally - It can't be true. Brad Pitt told me that I was the only one and that Angelina really meant nothing.  Now I find this out! Thanks for the congrats, even though I'm a little miffed at you now ;-).  You crack me up Sally!   

Mar 24, 2011 12:51 PM #77
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kathy - I really was honoured (and totally shocked).  Yes, it is a good idea to check.  I do the Google searches and the Google Alerts as I find that not everything I find in the Google searches gets sent to me as an alert.  It's strange, almost like some of them slip through the cracks.

Mar 24, 2011 12:53 PM #78
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Charlene--not much hope for me as I share my name with a movie star who also happens to be the wife of Wayne Gretzky.  There is never a doctor or dentist office I visit where there aren't at least 5 other Janet Joneses!  However, my name and home stager or my company name do come up on page 1 of Google.  And I do like your advice of checking it on a regular basis as you never know what great surprises you will find. 

Mar 24, 2011 01:12 PM #79
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

I goggled my name couple of times and was pleased with the results.

Mar 24, 2011 03:49 PM #80
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Charlene, I recently learned that if you have .edu links (and that's what this is), they are worth their weight in gold. You are one savvy blogger and you're getting recognized. Congrats. Oh, and I Google myself often because I want to know what consumers are seeing when they Google.

Mar 24, 2011 04:46 PM #81
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kate - Thank you!

Mar 25, 2011 05:52 AM #82
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Gary - You're right, even the really old blog posts still turn up.  They're in cyberspace forever.

Mar 25, 2011 05:53 AM #83
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
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Matthew - Glad you went and checked it out.  You never know what you'll find!

Mar 25, 2011 05:54 AM #84
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
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Mark - You're welcome.  I know what you mean :-)

Mar 25, 2011 05:54 AM #85
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Karen - It was exciting!  Google sure likes Active Rain.

Mar 25, 2011 05:55 AM #86
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kevin - Wow, that's really good about your Facebook account.  I guess I'm not spending enough time on mine.

Mar 25, 2011 05:56 AM #87
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Rachell - Thank you!  Keep working on the social media.  It's fun to see the ranks climbing.

Mar 25, 2011 05:58 AM #88
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Trang - Good for you, taking the time to check!  It really is important.

Mar 25, 2011 05:59 AM #89
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Brian - It's definitely worth doing!

Mar 25, 2011 06:00 AM #90
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Mike - I actually have Google Alerts set for my name, my company name and key words to do with staging in my neck of the woods.  For some reason though, I don't get Google Alerts for every item I find through a Google search.  It's almost like some of them slip through the cracks, so that's why I do both.

Mar 25, 2011 06:01 AM #91
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Aaron - Wow, that's very impressive.  Good for you!

Mar 25, 2011 06:02 AM #92
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Randy - It sure is!

Mar 25, 2011 06:03 AM #93
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Tiffany Torgan
Harcourts Prestige Properties of La Jolla - La Jolla, CA
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Great idea! I have done it in the past, but I guess it is always a good idea to check!!! Tiffany

Mar 25, 2011 10:20 AM #94
Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Like you, I have several Google alerts set up...they pop everytime I post something on AR!  YAY!

Mar 25, 2011 11:05 AM #95
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
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Charlene Storozuk - Burlington Ontario Home Stager (Dezigner Digz)-  So Dr.Storozuk when are you coming to our area? I am sure there are many students including me in our area that would benefit greatly from your vast knowledge in staging. Congratulations on your Gold Star. Great post.

 

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