It is becoming so pervasive that it’s almost time to drop the word “online.” Essentially, your online reputation is your reputation, professional and personal.
Here’s why; The Internet is our first stop for everything.
1. Two out of three people see the Internet as the most reliable source of information about a business.
2. When looking for a product/services/business, 97% of people read online reviews.
3. 70% of hiring managers have rejected a candidate because of something they found online.
Looking at statistics like these,it’s clear that what happens online affects your entire life. With each passing day,the online world becomes more and more enmeshed with the rest of our activities. From smartphones to smart TVs, from the “Internet of things” to the self-driving cars of the future-you are living each day increasingly online,even if you never touch a computer.
Depending on your needs,online reputation management can be a relatively simple,straight forward process,or it can be complex and multifaceted. Regardless, most ORM campaigns follow a few general principles:
Your online reputation is determined by complex calculations run automatically by computers. After all,nobody has time to take in all the information that’s out there,so search engines and social media sites make educated guesses about what people will find interesting.
Keep tabs on the personally identifiable information about you posted online. Opt out of services that sell your personal information,and remove your data from people-search sites. This makes it less likely that sensitive personal details can be used to hijack your online reputation.
If something has been published online,it’s potentially part of your permanent online reputation. Search results aren’t arranged chronologically, so old news items,outdated information,and stories from years ago can continue to rank if they’re seen as relevant by search engines. This can work for or against you.