Get Your Google Profile Tidied Up

Google Profile Earlier, I Googled the local gyms in my town. I found the place I wanted, and just before I made the phone call, I realized that Google had something that said “write a review.” I did, and immediately after submitting it, there was suddenly a little review, with a “chrisbrogan.com” prominently displayed beside it. When I clicked the link, it went to my Google Profile. Whoa, I thought. Matrix “whoa.” Because, hey, that’s like, free advertising. Non?

You can find your profile here

But I tell you what: I’d get that profile really pretty, and I’d start thinking strategically about which Google results you might want to seed with your own perspective. Now, this might only work on Google “Local” searches, which is what I did, but hey. If that’s a starting point, it might roll out everywhere. And if that’s the case, again, allow me to “whoa.” Because that means my contact info and bio is on every review that someone *might* see every time they Google.

I’ll take some, thanks.

What say you?

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  • paul

    Thanks page was really helpful

  • paul

    Thanks page was really helpful

  • http://www.mayhemstudios.com mayhemstudios

    I set up my Google profile a couple of months ago. I think every little thing helps and it’s free. You can check out my profile here, http://tr.im/1tqa

    - Cal

  • http://www.mayhemstudios.com mayhemstudios

    I set up my Google profile a couple of months ago. I think every little thing helps and it’s free. You can check out my profile here, http://tr.im/1tqa

    - Cal

  • http://rigpea82.blogspot.com joshself

    Thanks for the heads up man! I use almost everything else on Google, it was weird that I hadn’t filled this profile out.

  • http://rigpea82.blogspot.com Josh Self

    Thanks for the heads up man! I use almost everything else on Google, it was weird that I hadn’t filled this profile out.

  • http://www.SavannahLakesHome.com Mary Smith

    Thanks for the post – good information. I will finish updating later today! Just trying to figure all the search options out so that we can be found!

  • http://www.SavannahLakesHome.com Mary Smith

    Thanks for the post – good information. I will finish updating later today! Just trying to figure all the search options out so that we can be found!

  • http://thelifeofjimmer.blogspot.com Jim Brochowski

    Interesting. I just asked the question on Twitter the other day about how many profiles is too many profiles? Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Twitter – the list is, or could be endless.

    I know you talk about picking your tools, but I what fascinates me most is how you always seem to pick the “right tools.”

    Pretty impressive.

  • http://thelifeofjimmer.blogspot.com Jim Brochowski

    Interesting. I just asked the question on Twitter the other day about how many profiles is too many profiles? Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Twitter – the list is, or could be endless.

    I know you talk about picking your tools, but I what fascinates me most is how you always seem to pick the “right tools.”

    Pretty impressive.

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  • http://www.realestatebycat.com Cat Zwicker-Grant

    I have so much to learn… but this is so much more than an A-ha! Whoa it truly is; I’m off to clean up my profile.

  • http://www.realestatebycat.com Cat Zwicker-Grant

    I have so much to learn… but this is so much more than an A-ha! Whoa it truly is; I’m off to clean up my profile.

  • http://www.twitter.com/toddlucier @toddlucier

    another reason to get your google profile up to date.
    Sure it’s great for getting click thrus for comments from http://www.google.com/maps

    But Google’s Friend Connect also distributes your Google profile across blogs that you are a member of. I just added this Google Friend Connect widget to my blog in a few minutes – have a peak http://www.tourismkeys.ca/blog
    It’s easy to be seen by other members of the blog and generate a few more relevant links.

    Chris, are you going to add the widget to this blog?

    It’s pretty easy to customize to fit colour schemes and column widths.
    More and more I get the feeling that the google brand has cache.

  • http://www.twitter.com/toddlucier @toddlucier

    another reason to get your google profile up to date.
    Sure it’s great for getting click thrus for comments from http://www.google.com/maps

    But Google’s Friend Connect also distributes your Google profile across blogs that you are a member of. I just added this Google Friend Connect widget to my blog in a few minutes – have a peak http://www.tourismkeys.ca/blog
    It’s easy to be seen by other members of the blog and generate a few more relevant links.

    Chris, are you going to add the widget to this blog?

    It’s pretty easy to customize to fit colour schemes and column widths.
    More and more I get the feeling that the google brand has cache.

  • http://www.dailygrind.brandinfiltration.com Daniel Tsekhman

    Google just announced “google friend connect” which will be a cool feature to add to the google review thing. The way I see it going is that they would prioritize search results based on your networks feedback on the sites, and even further extend it several degrees.

    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-friend-connect-now-available.html

  • http://www.dailygrind.brandinfiltration.com Daniel Tsekhman

    Google just announced “google friend connect” which will be a cool feature to add to the google review thing. The way I see it going is that they would prioritize search results based on your networks feedback on the sites, and even further extend it several degrees.

    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-friend-connect-now-available.html

  • http://www.ginazimmerman.com Gina Zimmerman

    Wow, I am reeling. Now this is GOOD stuff. I put my profile on google and several other blog links and my personal website popped up. Thanks so much for explaining it all in PLAIN ENGLISH to a “tech saavy wannabe realtor.” Gina

  • http://www.ginazimmerman.com Gina Zimmerman

    Wow, I am reeling. Now this is GOOD stuff. I put my profile on google and several other blog links and my personal website popped up. Thanks so much for explaining it all in PLAIN ENGLISH to a “tech saavy wannabe realtor.” Gina

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  • http://nicoleb.org Nicole

    I would say: What a great new (?) google feature! Thanks for pointing it out & excuse me, I’ve some work to do ;)

  • http://nicoleb.org Nicole

    I would say: What a great new (?) google feature! Thanks for pointing it out & excuse me, I’ve some work to do ;)

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  • http://quickdinnerrecipes.lifeshouldbeeasier.com/ Evan

    Thanks for this tip. I had no idea that such a thing even existed!

  • http://quickdinnerrecipes.lifeshouldbeeasier.com/ Evan

    Thanks for this tip. I had no idea that such a thing even existed!

  • http://www.mfauscette.com mfauscette

    This is great info, I’d never noticed a Google profile, I went directly to my profile and it was there, but all it had was my name. Not that way anymore though!

    thanks Chris

  • http://www.mfauscette.com Michael Fauscette

    This is great info, I’d never noticed a Google profile, I went directly to my profile and it was there, but all it had was my name. Not that way anymore though!

    thanks Chris

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  • http://www.daniellericks.com Danielle

    Thanks Chris. I never paid much attention to my profile but I took your advise, updated my page, added some articles to the Note Reader and now I’m off to do a review.

  • http://www.daniellericks.com Danielle

    Thanks Chris. I never paid much attention to my profile but I took your advise, updated my page, added some articles to the Note Reader and now I’m off to do a review.

  • http://blog.colthart.com Bruce Colthart Creative (@bccr

    Thanks Chris:

    My Google profile’s in good shape; I reworked it recently.Your post inspired me to kill a few birds with one stone (figuratively!). First, as a chamber of commerce member, I want more local exposure. Second, I just had a good experience with a local auto repair I’ve tried a few times, which confirmed my gut feelings. Third, I want to promote community businesses that I believe in. Fourth, I wanted to recreate your experiment.

    So I wrote a review of the above-mentioned garage on Google, and sure enough there’s my credible-sounding review and a link to my profile. Perfect! I’ll be recommending this concept at my next chamber meeting. Thanks for making me look smart!

  • http://blog.colthart.com Bruce Colthart Creative (@bccreative)

    Thanks Chris:

    My Google profile’s in good shape; I reworked it recently.Your post inspired me to kill a few birds with one stone (figuratively!). First, as a chamber of commerce member, I want more local exposure. Second, I just had a good experience with a local auto repair I’ve tried a few times, which confirmed my gut feelings. Third, I want to promote community businesses that I believe in. Fourth, I wanted to recreate your experiment.

    So I wrote a review of the above-mentioned garage on Google, and sure enough there’s my credible-sounding review and a link to my profile. Perfect! I’ll be recommending this concept at my next chamber meeting. Thanks for making me look smart!

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  • http://www.erikwallace.com Erik Wallace

    One potentially harmful thing about Google profiles I noticed is that they don’t encode email addresses. Not to be too hypersensitive, but since they’re just listed as mailto: links they are easily harvested by spambots. Other than that, this is a great idea, thanks Chris!

  • http://www.erikwallace.com Erik Wallace

    One potentially harmful thing about Google profiles I noticed is that they don’t encode email addresses. Not to be too hypersensitive, but since they’re just listed as mailto: links they are easily harvested by spambots. Other than that, this is a great idea, thanks Chris!

  • http://www.leeenglestone.co.uk Lee Englestone

    Cheers,

    in this day and age we can’t always control what is online about us so it it becomes even more important to keep the stuff we can control correct and up to date.

    – Lee

  • http://www.leeenglestone.co.uk Lee Englestone

    Cheers,

    in this day and age we can’t always control what is online about us so it it becomes even more important to keep the stuff we can control correct and up to date.

    – Lee

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  • http://SeekBroadband.com Manoj

    I found this RT’d on Twitter. Thanks for this info, it’s made me update my profile :)

    Manoj,
    SeekBroadband.com, Compare Broadband and Mobile Broadband

  • http://SeekBroadband.com Manoj

    I found this RT’d on Twitter. Thanks for this info, it’s made me update my profile :)

    Manoj,
    SeekBroadband.com, Compare Broadband and Mobile Broadband

  • http://www.pobmarketing.com/ POB Marketing

    I feel behind the curve on this one as I just recently created my Google profile:

    http://www.google.com/s2/profiles/103432387018018735098

    I agree that this is a great marketing opportunity for people who understand the direction that the Internet in general, and Google in particular, are heading. And Chris, the pirate, is leading the way into these uncharted waters. Thanks for the great tip.

    Pat O’Brien
    St. Louis Internet Marketer