A lot of authors, artists, and bands are creating their own websites these days, only to find that… whoa… Google isn’t showing their page.
I’ve been blessed and cursed with a one-of-a-kind name, so getting BlaiseLucey.com to the top of Google wasn’t that difficult. I also basically blog for a living, so that helps.
The truth is that it can be nearly impossible to get your name to the top of Google if you’re John Smith, instead of Blaise Lucey. Just remember that the fans searching for you know that, too, and they’re likely to give you the benefit of a third word (“John Smith author” or “John Smith Band Boston”).
Here are the four things you have to do to get your personal website to show up in Google:
Google Glass is Google’s latest awesomely terrifying innovation.
It’s basically a pair of dorky glasses that function as a high-definition video camera wherever you go.
The footage you record can be shared virtually with friends, in real-time.
Friends who you can see in the corner of your screen.
Sorry, they’re glasses. I mean world.
Although when you wear glasses that are a screen, the whole world becomes a screen.
The next logical step is finding a way to make stylish glasses. After that, Google will need to make contacts that can project a screen – which is already happening.
But what’s after that?
Don’t feel like you’re out-of-the-loop if you haven’t heard of Google+ — practically no one uses it.
Sure, there are some reports about a surge of users for Google’s social network, but that’s mostly people who have been tricked into using it by accidentally clicking the wrong button on YouTube or Gmail.
The average Google+ user spends 12 minutes a month on the site.
Google knows that, but they’ve found a new way to get people to use Google+.
This year, Google is going to create a whole new kind of category: social search.
That means if you’re a writer or a blogger without a Google+ profile, your stuff will never, ever, show up in Google’s results. Ever.
There’s a territorial dispute afoot, have you heard about it?
French newspaper publishers have accused Google of deterring would-be readers by displaying the first sentences of an article in “Google News.”
The working theory is that, rather than clicking into the website for the full article, readers graze and move on, like information-hungry cows wandering a pasture.
In an undeniably Napoleonic flourish, the publishers argue that Google should pay to show those appetizing sentences in Google News.
Let battle be joined.