Google Your Name - What Do You Find?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Blue60.com

I'm always searching on google for different keywords to see how I'm ranking.  I like to google my name and see what comes up.  Many of you may know - there is a popular soap opera character on One Life to Live named Bo Buchanan.  Years ago, I couldn't compete with this virtual Bo - he was just too popular!  But nowadays, I do pretty good. 

It's important for people to be able to find you on google.  When I look at the traffic stats for my website and my company website - agent names are always in the top 10 keywords used to find the site. 

Here's a sample of my recent google search for my name:

 Page 1, #4 - SpeedyGorilla.com -this is a go-daddy sub account I used to create my own domain store about 5 years ago.  The reason it ranks so high?  I have a google account, and I use the "igoogle" home page to customize my landing page.  On that landing page I used the Google Bookmarks tool and I list all my websits there so I can easily click to them.  Next to the search results it says "My Webs" which is the tag I gave that category of links in igoogle.  Of course - google gives precedence to content on their own servers......imagine that! 

Page 1, #6 - IllinoisHouseHunter.com - this is my main real estate website.  This is what I want to see on page 1!  Even though I own the domain BoBuchanan.com it isn't coming up on the top page because all I do is redirect it to my main IllinoisHouseHunter.com webpage.  As a little experiment, I added BoBuchanan.com to the google bookmark tool I mentioned above.  We'll see if it makes a difference.

Page 1, #9 - My Active Rain Blog!  You can't beat that. 

Page 2, #5 - Lyro.com They just changed their name to BusinessCard2.com.  I mentioned Lyro in a post called Social Networking Where and Why about a month ago.  All I did was fill out a profile back in Feb. of this year, which took 5 minutes.  I was surprised to see it rank so high. 

Page 2, #8 - Homes.com I don't have an account at Homes.com, but they must get a listing feed from somewhere, I'm not quite sure.  But they have me listed in the wrong town with no photo!  At least my office phone # and address are correct. 

Page 3, #7 - a blog I wrote that was indexed within 30 minutes. I know because right next to the entry it said - 30 minutes ago.

Page 4, #6 - My IllinoisHouseHunter Blog Outisde Acvtive Rain. 

I have to say I'm farily happy with the results  -considering most of the other items returned are related to the soap opera character fan sites, etc.  A few other interesting results I found in the top ten pages - a link to a comment I made on the AgentGenius.com blog, Lyro Again and a comment I made on an Inman Blog. 

 GO GOOGLE YOUR NAME!

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Rainmaker
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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Yep, I googled you Bo - good presence. Congrats. I google myself often, seeing how I place, where I place, plus my website with Advanced Access has tracking info, where I can see how people find me (what terms were used, etc.). I am in constant search on tips and tricks, to up my ranking!  - Carla

May 18, 2008 05:35 PM #1
Rainer
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Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe

Having an unusual name helps.  Every entry on the first 3 pages of Google search results refers to one of my website or me.  The majority of the next 10 pages as well.

May 18, 2008 05:42 PM #2
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Bo Buchanan
Kettley Realtors - Oswego, IL

Joe & Carla - you're both lucky!  I wish I didn't have to compete with a soap star!

 

May 18, 2008 05:56 PM #3
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Bill Exeter
Exeter 1031 Exchange Services, LLC - San Diego, CA
1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange Expert

Hi Bo,

Great information.  It always helps to compare to make sure that we are doing what we need to do in order to stay ahead of the competition.

May 18, 2008 06:06 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Great tips and reminders to go see how you are faring in Google.  Missed the Biz card post so thanks for the link.

May 18, 2008 08:38 PM #5
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Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Well, loke Joe, my name has no competitors (it helps that there is only one family in the world with my last name, and most of them do not have a website). Do you use Google alerts to keep trach of where your name or url pop up? That feature helps me keep track of things.

May 18, 2008 10:10 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bo, great rankings on Google. I like Frank's idea of using Goodle alerts to keep track. I'm going to give that a try.

Good Post!

May 19, 2008 12:47 AM #7
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Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights
First Realty Company - Crossville, TN

Love how you put together advice on sites and how to's.  Great info here! I subscribed to your blog so I can get back to this.

Have a great Sunday

May 19, 2008 12:58 AM #8
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Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Bo, Some really good info here.  Thanks for sharing this with us.

May 19, 2008 05:56 AM #9
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Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

Bo - 1st result is some NBA player woohoo lol, Last result is some Crazy eccentric Artist....Kinda sucks that my name is SO COMMON :(

May 19, 2008 12:43 PM #10
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Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Bo: I google myself from time to time.. Looks like this is another great time to do again.

May 19, 2008 03:55 PM #11
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Shannon Aldrich
Keller Williams Coastal Realty - Rye, NH
NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast

Lots of blogs, my web site and information of a stuntperson with my name who worked on Macgyver!

May 20, 2008 12:04 AM #12
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Richard Schardt
Keller Williams Realty - Kernersville, NC
Triad NC Real Estate

Hi Bo,

I used to think my name was usual enough that I would not have to worry, and be all over google page one. Well along with myself, I died, I am a doctor (that wouldn't be too bad), I filed for a patent (maybe the check for what I sold it for got lost in the mail), and I've been in court, all that is on just the first page. I didn't even have to compete with a star! Not to worry though, sooner or later my newly poured juice will fix that... at least that is the plan!

Jun 03, 2008 12:29 PM #13
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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Active Rain helps my google ranking a great deal.

Jun 04, 2008 02:44 PM #14
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