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Is this even possible? Can you actually learn how to unGoogle yourself and stop your name from appearing online? Absolutely, and it may be easier than you might expect.
Whether you are aware or not, your personal data and private information are on the internet.
Most of the time, anyone with $10 and an internet connection, can obtain your personal information, such as your home address, email address, phone numbers, and much more.
Sites like Facebook make it effortless for your personal data to leak onto the world wide web.
What can you do today to revamp your online reputation, get your personal information off the internet and clear the web of any negative or unwanted content about yourself?
The internet is a wonderful source of free information and services but if not handled well, it can cause a lot of harm to individuals or businesses.
In this article, we will dive into how to inform Google of unwanted information, how to update them once the content is removed, as well as what controllable platforms you can handle yourself without the assistance of a third-party (i.e. Google Alerts/Support or a particular webmaster).
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Removing Personal Information From Search Engines
When it comes to how to remove your personal information online, and essentially how to “unGoogle” yourself, where do you start from?
Here at NetReputation, the first thing we do is get a detailed and comprehensive analysis of your personal data online. We look through thousands of websites to ensure our team locates everything..
Our goal is to complete any and all solutions on the first attempt, and for this reason, we take roughly 1-2 hours before sending you a completed proposal with your options.
We aim to find everything that has leaked online from your name to your social security number, criminal history, bankruptcies and much more.
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One of the most important things to note is that Google does not pick and choose what it shows within its search results ranking pages. Rankings are based on a plethora of factors that include, site popularity, traffic flow, trust flow, creative/original content, and many other variables.
Your task when starting with removing yourself from search results is to locate any websites you deem unwanted. You can do this by scanning the first several pages of Google (we recommend the first 5 pages to be safe).
Keep a Record of Everything
Keep a log (in Excel or Google Sheets) so you have a quick reference point as you begin working to erase yourself online.
Once you have created this list, the best way to begin is by reaching out to each webmaster and seeking removal options if this is content you do not control (something you didn’t post personally).
Contact information will either be listed on the website or you need to use a WHOIS tool (see here).
This includes the administrator, city directors, managerial producers, and most crucial: the legal adviser for the statement or image you would like to remove.
Perform a swift Google search to find out who controls the website or newspaper. Most people will reach out to the author when a morose piece of content is distributed. However, that’s like criticizing a salesperson when the clerk provides you with incorrect change.
You need to protest to those individuals that control the transactions. Your letter to these data merchants needs to explain why this piece of content is fallacious and most significantly, how the article has financially crippled your business or personal reputation.
If you can’t provide any proof that the content causes you emotional or reputational harm, you won’t win in a court of law or with the publicist.
How To Ungoogle Your Social Media Accounts
Seeing as social media is deemed a self-controlling platform these steps are fairly straightforward.
If you’re trying to delete yourself from Google or remove your social media accounts within the search results, you must first delete your profiles indefinitely. That means no more Facebook, no more Instagram, essentially no more social media in general.
Begin by logging into the desired social media account you wish to delete. Afterwards, head over to your account/profile settings where most of the time there will be a “Deactivate Account” which offers you the option to logout.
Updating Google Search Results Post-Removal
After your desired web page is removed from the source (the direct website) your job is not entirely finished yet.
Once the page is removed, you must reach out to various support teams to ensure that the page is no longer ranking with the search results. (You can do this here)
To speed up the removal process, you can also access Google’s public removal tool.
What dictates whether or not content can be removed?
If a consumer or blogger provides a personal belief that you don’t prefer, legal business is plausibly not an alternative.
Nevertheless, if the consumer publishes a fallacious post that blames you of wrongdoing and cripples your business, you can. In addition, you don’t need an attorney for this process.
Most of the time, a strongly worded message is sufficient when seeking to get the webmaster’s attention.
How long do you have to unGoogle yourself once the information is published online?
Go after the webmaster(s) right away. The more prolonged the negative piece of content is online. The more time sites such as Google will have to index the web page within their results.
Google will prevent indexing of a web page if you can show it presents private and/or personal information such as social security numbers. However, you need to make a case to them if it involves other matters.
If you cannot remove the content, what should you do?
You can accomplish this by writing your own blog or material and making sure it is indexed with the proper search engine optimization.
Whether you are interested in how to ungoogle yourself, remove personal and private information from online, or need help with crisis communication, at Net Reputation we are here for you.