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Google Thyself Again

It might be time to Google yourself again. Things change. You’ve done a lot on the web. It’s time to see what Google knows and what others are going to see (especially if you’re searching for a new job, as I am) when they punch up your name. Here’s my latest page 1 results. I’m using Google Chrome’s Incognito feature so no history or localization information was used in these results.

A few things to remember about your online reputation and Googling yourself.

  • You need to get a handle on your search results page long before there’s an issue, if there ever is an issue.
  • You want to make sure you’re showing up on Google in the appropriate places
  • You want to look for bad content, odd content, or pirated content (when they use your writing but don’t attribute it or pay you for its use)
  • If you control the pages that show up in the first few search engine results pages, you’re golden. If you don’t show up at all, it’s time to get started on your online portfolio.

Today the resume is important. LinkedIn is more important. And before hiring you for a top position, Google may be the most important at all. Are you posting political rants? Is your content relevant? Do you have any authority on the subject you are hoping to get a leadership position in?

But can a large social media footprint also work against you in the hiring game? Does my large Twitter following make me a threat? Or the fact that I keep my Facebook page private? What about the fact that I write, have written, for the Huffington Post? (I was fired on the second day from a job, when they Googled me and found my Huff Po author’s page.) What is your online search results page saying about you and your online reputation?

I like what I see when I Google myself. I found some sites that have syndicated my content from The Good Men Project. I find that I’m burying the more famous McElhenney, Rob. (He doesn’t show up until page 3. And if you want to know about me from Google, 99% of the content is stuff that I’ve written myself. I want you to find me, but I want you to find what I want you to find. No, I don’t have any lingering secrets on the dark internet, but I am controlling the conversation about me online.

What can your Google search tell you about your online content? Will you find some random stuff from a long time ago, stuff you might not be so proud of? It’s time to start Googling today, so you can be proactive in building your online reputation. LinkedIn and your resume only tell part of the story, Google tells the rest.

John McElhenney
@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

A few of the networks you will find me on:

  • linkedin – the professional networking and contacts social site
  • twitter – the firehose of sharing (mostly social media, funny, and odd political)
  • facebook – recently launched facebook page
  • google+ – gathering all that’s googled in one place
  • pinterest – what started as fashion sharing is rapidly becoming the visual delicious
  • my Amazon Author’s Page: John Oakley McElhenney
  • my page < way more connections then you’ll ever need about me
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YouTube/Google AdSense Still Blocking Me

A month ago I started talking to the YouTube specialists about monetizing my YouTube videos. I thought I had made some progress even though I was being shuffled between different customer service managers for several weeks. Today I got my revised and same answer.


So I hipped Adam to my previous history of “violations.”


AND that did it.

He viewed three of the posts about my past problems with AdSense.


And then sent this response. Um, thanks Adam.


And while I asked Adam, “Why?” I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the last from the YouTube Team.

Thanks Adam.

Read the entire Google AdSense and YouTube saga.

John McElhenney
@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

AdSense and YouTube Continue to BAN ME from Monetization (UPDATED)

If you know anything about social media marketing and content marketing, you know that monetization is the key to making the web work. I have been a content creator for years, I’m a verified partner with my very own YouTube channel about social marketing. And for over 200,000 views, YouTube/Google has paid me zero. I’ve been fighting a bogus click fraud case they have used to not pay me on my original content and not allow me to monetize my blogs using Google Adsense.

Today I was looking specifically at my YouTube account


Of course my account is verified and in good standing, so WHAT’S THE FUCKIN DEAL GOOGLE?


And I filed the typical form letter complaint with the YouTube team. Let’s see if I get any better results than I did using the gestapo-ish AdSense team. Onward ho!

For the full story you can visit this thread | Google Adsense Kills My Dreams

Or start here: Google Adsense, Can We Start Over?

@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

Read the entire Google AdSense and YouTube saga.

UPDATE 3-24-16 YouTube wants feedback. I gave them the full thumbs down on this one. The specialist’s suggestion. Trying joining Adsense using a different email address. Um, yeah, we tried that already.


Google Takeout: Portability for All of Your Google Data – a Quickie


[An quickie is a streamlined takeaway from today’s best marketing sources]

I didn’t even know it existed until this morning, but if you navigate to this handy url you will find this handy control system for backing up or retrieving all of your Google-hosted data. Can you imagine Microsoft allowing this portability?


And that’s the shortlist, there are a lot more data files you can pull down. If you’re protective of your data, or you feel like moving it somewhere else, Google pulls the great open source move and allows you to get all of it, however you want it. This is the model of business 2.0 going forward. App lock-in is bad business. Portability is a critical path requirement for most businesses looking to move their work into the cloud.

Go forth, download your Google life and make sure any company you’re going to do business with in the future, gives you this same LET ME OUT option.

see more quickies < a streamlined takeaway from today’s best marketing sources

John McElhenney
@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

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REVIEW: Google Domains – Good Bye GoDaddy, Good Riddance

I got my beta invite for Google Domains a week ago, and today was the first opportunity I had to make a transfer.

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This little GoDaddy email triggered my actions. And it’s not that I’m having trouble with GoDaddy’s domain services, but I have hated their misogynistic advertising for years. The lecherous old man who paws young Victoria’s Secrets models is no friend of mine. Even though the logo is kinda hip, the actual dude, the old GoDaddy CEO, is a creep. So let’s get started, moving away from GoDaddy all together. (GoDaddy’s hosting services are another matter all together, and I highly recommend you NOT host with GoDaddy for any reason.)

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In typical Google fashion the interface is minimal. And the process for transferring is quite simple and well explained. This process can be troublesome and take a long time to complete. My entire process took about 5 minutes, including a verification email and authorization code generation from GoDaddy.

Here’s the process form from Google Domains.

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And each step turns green when you take the action and refresh the page. And when I was done I even saved $2.99 off GoDaddy’s pricing.

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from $14.99 per year from GoDaddy,

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to $12.00 from Google. There is a benefit to the transfer as well. And I noticed in the process that Google can transfer the domain and keep your current registration time. But you must add at least a year on your contract. I assume that’s how they pay for the transfer service.

So for me, while I have GoDaddy domains coming up for renewal I will move everything to Google Domains. One more egg in Google’s basket, yes, but cutting the ties with GoDaddy once and for all will be a welcome completion. It’s fine for them to keep up their creepy Superbowl ads, I’m no longer in their target demographic. Male Info Tech workers between the ages of 21 and 40.

Here’s the look of the management section of Google Domains. (One of the things that was so bad about GoDaddy was the tabbed and pull-down frenzy of their site. Google keeps it clean and simple. A very welcome sight for my site.

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They to have partner ads at the bottom of this main screen. Even with AdBlock on the ads show up because they are native images and links. Oh well, a small price to pay. And the Ads are not on the Email, Settings, or Advanced pages.

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And Google Domains even offers a Private registration option so that your actual contact info and phone numbers don’t get spammed.

That’s about it. Thanks Google for taking over another service for me. Happy to have you there, and happy to save $3 on every transfer.

John McElhenney – let’s connect online
@jmacofearth & Google+ & Facebook & LinkedIn

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