3 Quick and Easy Ways to Monitor Your Online Reputation
I think we can agree that a good reputation is vital to your success either as an individual or as a business owner. Having a negative reputation in the community could result in less leads, which means less business. As an individual, having a spotty reputation could lead to less job opportunities and even social isolation, depending on what your reputation is.
Since maintaining a good reputation is so important it is critical that you be able to identify whether someone has made negative remarks about you online. This is especially important if you are being defamed on the web. Internet defamation is a growing problem on the net.
So, without further ado, here are three quick and easy ways you can find out what people are saying about you on the Internet
1. Google Alerts – Did you know that Google as well as Yahoo and other search engines allow you to create alerts for your name or other keywords that are important to your brand? Well, it’s true. All you have to do is type in the word or words that you want to monitor online and Google/Yahoo takes care of the rest. If someone mentions you, you’ll get an e-mail with a link to the article or story. Go to Google.com/alerts to sign up.
2. Track Forums And Message Boards
Let me introduce you to a powerful tool that will tell you exactly what people are saying about you on message boards and forums on the internet. Not only will it allow you to search and track all threads on all forums and boards for threads, but you’ll also get e-mail and instant message alerts on relevant discussions. What is the name of the service and how much would you be willing to pay for it? Well, the name of the service is boardtracker.com and it is absolutely free. That’s right. Nada. It is an amazing way to keep track of what people are saying about you and/or your brand on forums.
3. Use Tweetbeep For Twitter
By now you’ve probably heard of Twitter, and perhaps, you’re even on Twitter. If you’re not, you’re really missing the boat. So, I’m going to assume that you’re currently using Twitter. If you are, you need to keep track of what people are saying about you. One of the easiest ways to do is this to sign up for Tweetbeep.com. It works very much like Google Alerts only it’s for Twitter. You’ll get an e-mail periodically (once a day or multiple times a day-your choice).
Do these 3 things and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a reputation maven.