I wanted to see how highly I could get a few sites to rank for my name as the search term. Some other guy (with my name) was ranking much higher, dominating the SERPS because he is in local politics and there are tons of news articles about him. This irritated me until I started this experiment, then it occurred to me that the SERPS for my name did not matter unless they showed something negative to prospective employers. I'm not a social media guru, so the results were not crucial to me, but seeing how the profiles ranked was interesting. All that I did was create a bunch of social media profiles and a couple of blank wordpress and blogspot blogs with my name in the domain, bookmark them all with delicious, and then use pingomatic on everything. It took about an hour and I did this on saturday, which is 5 days ago. I think the new SERPS are interesting... His wordpress.com blog still ranks as number one in the SERPS. I didn't rank at all before, and I made sure my google profile had a link to every single social media profile I made. All of my search results are social media profiles and I only checked the SERPS in google: My twitter profile is #2 (with a PR of 0), cliqset is #6, myspace page is # 8, google profile is #11, a whois result is #44, and a fricking email I sent to a webhost was used as an unauthorized testimonial with my name attached to it -- it shows up in the 60's and seriously ticked me off since it was unauthorized and never mentioned to me by the company. Everything else is about that politician, an actor, and other unrelated things. I only checked as far down as #100 in the results and was surprised to not see either of my blogs, friendfeed, disqus, technorati, or youtube accounts. If I ever need to rank for my name I could just bookmark and ping the hell out of a linkwheel, but I'd be interested in seeing how other people rank for their names... Edit: Adding my middle initial dumps me from the SERPS. Using my nickname puts twitter at #1 and cliqset at #3. My facebook profile doesn't rank anywhere even though I use my name. That's probably because I have the privacy settings locked down. (Apparently they work). Cliqset. Who knew?