Whos searching for me?

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Ever wonder "whos searching for me on facebook or online?" Well you're not alone. In fact, It is one of the most asked questions on Google. This very question raises red flags in regards to online privacy, how much can someone really find out about you online? This website was designed to give you more information about who is searching for you on Google & how to keep your personal information private. After reading this article you will be more informed on how to control what people see when they Google your name.

Determining Factors

There are a few factors that go into determining if someone whos searching for you can actually find you. The most important factor is how popular your name is, chances are if your name is Steve Johnson then you're not going to come up on the first page of any search engines. Although there are ways around this like using your middle name, last name, hometown, school, etc. The fact of the matter is that finding people online is easy and if someone was dedicated enough they will be able to find you.

How do I found out whos looking for me?

No matter who you are there is a good chance that people are searching for you on the internet. The truth is that people search inquires are one of the most popular searched for items on Google. Unfortunetly the best you can do is use a keyword research tool such as the Google Adwords Keyword Tool or something similar. By using a keyword research tool you will be able to see, roughly, how many people searched for your name as a keyword. Unfortunately you will be unable to determine if they where searching for you specifically or someone with the same name as you. The biggest deal breaker is that it it wont tell you who conducted the search. Instead of trying to find out who, you are much better off learning to control what someone finds when they type in your name. It's easy to control your online reputation so that when people search for you, they will only see what you allow them to.

How do I control the results when people search for me?

The first step is to find out if there is any private information about you indexed in the search engines. This can be a somewhat complicated process that starts with contacting the webmaster's of each individual website and asking them to remove the offending information. If you're having a hard time contacting the webmaster you can also try your luck with contacting the website's host. This can be a very time consuming process but fortunately there are services that will do it for you. Privacy protection companys such as Reputation.com will search the web for you regularly for personal information and also do the work involved with getting it removed.

Controlling personal search results involves:

  • Constantly conducting searches against yourself to check for offending information.
  • Controlling which results come up first in Google, Yahoo & Bing.
  • Removing Personal information that could jeapordize your privacy