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Search for Yourself: Day 20 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Before we get into today's task, I want to invite you to join another #platchal chat on Twitter today starting at 1 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time). That would be noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, and 10 a.m. on the West Coast. Everywhere else, you can probably Google it. Speaking of which...

Search for Yourself

Today's platform-building task is to perform a search on yourself. Use Google, Bing, and Yahoo. If you want extra credit, try other search engines as well.

If you've never done this before, this exercise is enlightening as far as what people will find when they search out your name. For some, there may be nothing there (a void to fill); others may be shocked at who else shares their name; and still others may be pleasantly surprised at how well represented they are.

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Get the Most Out of Google+!

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Learn how to get the most out of Google+ for your writing platform with The Google+ Advantage: Writer’s Digest Conference Session, presented by social media expert Kiffer Brown.

In this digital download, writers will learn how to:

  • Set up a Google+ Profile Page
  • Integrate Google+ Authorship in your Author Platform
  • Incorporate Google+ Author Rank
  • And so much more!

Click to continue.

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What If I Don't Like What I Find?

Later this month, we'll be covering SEO (or Search Engine Optimization), and it will include some advice on how to raise your site and blog rankings when people search for keywords (including your name) related to your writing platform.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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