Your How to “Clean Up” your Google Search Results


By: Alexis Scaffidi


First of all, if you’re reading this article and haven’t “Googled” yourself yet, then take a few minutes to search your full name and review the searches top hits. Did you find any inappropriate photos, controversial accounts, or your personal information on suspicious websites?


If you’re not particularly proud of your name’s top hits, then don’t panic. Fortunately, there is a way to remove uncomplimentary Google findings and clean up your online presence.


When you find a result you’d want taken down or removed, click on the link to see where the content is coming from and take a screen shot of the content. If it’s located on a website, then immediately look for a contact ussection. In the subject line, title your message “Photo or Account Removal Inquiry.”


You can then copy and paste either of the below messages:


“To whom it may concern: I’m  requesting that you please remove my image from your website so it does not come up in a google search anymore. Let me know if you need any additional info and I look forward to hearing from you.”


“To whom it may concern: I’m  requesting that you please cancel my account with your company. I’m not longer in need of your services . Let me know if you need any additional info and I look forward to hearing from you.”


Generally, most websites will reply via email or phone within 1-2 weeks. Sometimes they will require additional follow-up questions, so continue to look for replies from the website in question.


Now, when it comes to unfavorable posts on social media, you have two good options for removal. Option one is to report the post and rely on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to remove the content. Option two is to contact the individual user directly and request that he/she kindly remove the photo or post in question. 


In the event that a website does not have contact information or you’re unable to get the content removed from social media, you can try contacting the site’s hosting company or even resort to finding a professional agency.


Remember, many hiring managers now use Google searches as an initial step to filter potential candidate. Make sure the information they find sends and accurate and appropriate message about who you are as a person and employee.


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