So you’ve Googled yourself recently and nothing relevant came up. Well, congratulations on at least having a clean slate. You’re not mistakenly associated with any criminals or adult actors, so you don’t have any battles to fight, just a solid presence to build. Google recently created a new tool to help you do that: the Google profile.
It takes less than 10 minutes to set up, and it gives you an entry on page one of “your name” search results (even if it is at the very bottom of the screen).
It’s similar to LinkedIn. You have a headline, a summary, a list of your interests and link to your various Web sites. (You can actually copy and paste sections of your LinkedIn profile, which is what I did.) You can’t, however, list work experiences or network through the site. It’s really just an identity claim and a Google entry. Nevertheless, take 10 minutes and give yourself your first or another Google entry — set up a Google profile today.
Note: You’ll need a Gmail address, but you should have one of those anyway.