Day 1 of 30 Day Productivity Challenge. Here is my task:
“Google yourself and see what you find…scroll through the first three pages and see what is considered by Google to be the most relevant search results when someone is looking for more information about you. Do this for your own name and share your results.”
So I Googled the name “Mike Darling” using a new incognito window with Google Chrome. And putting my name first without and with quotes. The result?
Sadness All Around – Who Are These Imposters?
Rather sad if someone is trying to find me… There are 15,200,000 results without quotes, and 24,800 results with quotes. There are 10 results for the first page of Google for “Mike Darling”, and none of them are me.
There is the senior editor of Mens Health Magazine, a movie producer, a photographer, contractor, a software engineer. Under the images result, there is a picture of me. Yay!
Page 2 – The Backwater of Google
On page 2 of Google results, there is Mike Darling the hockey player, a registered nurse, Mike Darling cinematography, a dude living in the frozen north (Canada), a totally awesome guy named Mike Darling who is a mixed Martial Arts fighter, and a teacher at Oakridge… oh yea, there I am! A single listing from my website www.themikedarling.com.
And that is it for page two. So for the first 20 listings in Google, I appear once… so sad ;-(
And Deeper Into the Lost URLs
And page three doesn’t get any better. An athlete named Mike Darling, an Ibiza Rocks Group (whatever the heck that is) featuring Mike Darling, an artist, another artist in the UK (Darling after all is English), and lastly on page 3 of Google, a New Zealand policeman named Mike Darling with forensic experience.
Wait! I see me! There I am!
There is a listing from a post of mine on Adventures of Beer, Food and Wine with a local meetup.
On page 3. Of Google.
Now I Am Truly Swimming in the Backwater
Page 4 doesn’t get any better… although a post to NAMS10 shows up as a single listing.
Don’t think I want to do any more searching. Most depressing.
My feelings are hurt.
Google is supposed to know about everyone, and I am barely a pimple on the internet cyber radar.
Going From a Pimple to a Molehill
The message is clear. I cannot be found if people are searching for me.
If people are searching for Mike Darling they are going to find a movie producer or magazine editor or mixed martial arts athlete or a New Zealand policeman.
My first thing to do is to go from a pimple on the surface of the internet to at least a molehill. At least a molehill is several inches high.
What to do? What about C. Michael Darling? (going for the E. Brian Rose angle). Only two pages of Google results. I can soon and quickly dominate for that.
Who is Mike Darling? And why cannot he be found on the internet?
My Evil Plan for World Domination of the Name Mike Darling
I have a strategy. And six months from now I will post my updated results.
This should be fun!