I set up Google Alerts for everything from my family’s names to my blog name. Google Alerts are a way to ensure I am close to the first to know whenever someone has linked to my name or a family member, this also works well for seeing what type of press is out there for you. As a blogger and a business owner it’s vital you know what is being put out on the internet with your name attached to it.
Today I received a list of Google Alerts for @brandyellen and an AOL website came up. I clicked to go see what this alert was all about and to my amazement it was a link to AOL Video and at that link was an old review I happened to create for Vitals.com back when my website was writingsofawahm.com. This isn’t a huge deal, I don’t mind if my video reviews that were originally uploaded to my YouTube channel end up on another website, after all it’s publicity in one way and another.
There are times when you may see that something has been shared that you didn’t want the world to know, let’s say you are angry about a situation in your life and decide to publicly vent about the situation, well you may not want that ending up as part of a local news station coverage, so remember when you upload anything to the internet that you never know who is going to read it, who is going to link to it and well make sure it’s something that you do not mind that someone else links to it.
This holds true for sharing pictures of your family. A little while back a blogger friend of mine had her family photo stolen from her website and used for an advertisement in a foreign country. There is probably little she can do, and I haven’t heard much more about this situation, but it acts as a simple reminder that you should be weary of what you share online and that you make sure your website link is attached to the picture, video or blog post that is listed online. First this keeps the “source” as YOU and second it keeps “your name” attached to the image, video or blog post.
It’s okay to vent, it’s okay to write about it, but sometimes a draft is meant to stay a draft copy. Get what I mean?