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Branding Tip: How to Own All 10 Google Results

by Justin Palmer - March 21st, 2008

Ok, so it’s probably not possible to own all 10 listings on the SERPs for your brand name, but you can certainly try.

First off, why should you care about having more than one result for your company name? From a branding point of view, it lends great credibility. Multiple results on various web properties conveys that you’re “out there” and actively engaged with your customers in many forms. From a public relations view, it’s a great way to potentially push negative press (customer complaints) off the first page.

By utilizing the hugely popular sites of the day, it’s not impossible to own at least 5 out of the 10 top spots on Google. Here’s my list for the top web properties you should have a presence on.

  1. Your Website (duh!) - If you don’t yet rank for your own company or brand name, don’t read any further in this post. You’ll want to first focus on some basic SEO tactics.
  2. LinkedIn – The most popular business professional networking site. Your profile page should rank highly for your brand name.
  3. Press Release Sites – I’ve seen press releases ranking on the first page for years after their initial release. These provide an ongoing source of branding and traffic about previous newsworthy events. PRWeb.com will get you the best results.
  4. YouTube – Post a short informational video about your company. Google loves YouTube content, so your video may instantly rank first page for your brand.
  5. Facebook – Facebook now displays a limited public profile, so it can be indexed by search engines.
  6. Myspace – Declining in light of Facebook, but still possesses great social networking capabilities. Make sure your profile page contains your brand name prominently.
  7. Squidoo – Create a Squidoo hub for your brand and link it up with your RSS feed, YouTube videos, and Flickr images.
  8. Hubpages – Similar to Squidoo and a Google favorite.
  9. Wikipedia – Not every brand is worthy of Wikipedia entry, but it’s worth a try.
  10. Technorati - Claiming your Technorati space should be the first step after creating a blog.

In addition to having a presence on the sites above, try using these tactics to create a Google indented listing.

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11 Responses to “Branding Tip: How to Own All 10 Google Results” by Justin Palmer

  1. NO Bull » Blog Archive » Branding Tip: How to Own All 10 Google Results Says:

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  3. An Ecommerce Learner Says:

    Are you sure that none of this could be clasiffied as “black hat” tactics? Thanks!

  4. palmerwebmarketing Says:

    I don’t think any of these would be considered black hat tactics. Having a brand presence on other popular social websites shows that you are interested in contributing to an online community. Because Google thinks so highly of the sites above, you will also likely rank high for your brand or company name.

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  6. Linda Bustos Says:

    I’ll throw in a couple more that I’ve used for reputation management clients.

    PRWeb (you can create a company profile)
    Zoominfo
    Fast Company social networking site
    Flickr (your username can be separated with a space which makes a difference!)
    Government industry sites (in Canada it’s strategis.gov.ca)
    AboutUs.org (wiki where you can write a profile for your domain)
    SEOmoz (use this for myself, they purposely set this up so it will rank super high for your name)
    Rollyo (custom search engine – gives you a profile)
    Twitter
    Create an articles account with article directories, they often rank high
    If you’re a company, post job openings in Craigslist with your name in the listing title
    Guest posting does well too
    Sign up with other video sharing sites like Blip.tv
    Mashable’s social network ranks highly too.

  7. Linda Bustos Says:

    PS, if you’re a blogger, get someone to interview you or your company – using your name or company in the blog post title tag, example:

    Interview with Justin Palmer of Palmer Web Marketing: How To Own Google’s First Page

  8. palmerwebmarketing Says:

    Great tips Linda, thanks!

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  10. Victor Y. Foust Says:

    Hi nice post, i have come across your site once before when searching for something so i was just wondering something. I love your theme, would it happen to be a free one i can download, or is it a custom one you had made? In a few weeks i will be launching my own site, i’m not great with designs but i really like the style of your site so it would be cool if i could find (or pay for) something with a similar look. :) Thanks!

  11. Justin Palmer Says:

    Hey Victor,

    Actually, my theme is just the default wordpress theme, with the header and some background images changed.

    Justin


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