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Ranking a Personal Name Domain

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SEOStudent15, Jan 9, 2017.

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Do you own yourname.com

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. SEOStudent15

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    You would think if you own yourname.com it would be easy to rank on page 1 but it is not that easy. Unless your whole website is about you how can you boost your own name so that atleast when people search yourname they find yourname.com even if your website its not necessarily about you?

    In other words, what is the best way to rank a yourname.com for a search of your name?
     
  2. elavmunretea

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    That's a bit of an obscure question.

    It's disputed, at least from what I've read, whether EMD (Exact Match Domains) have any benefit SEO-wise. Some people use them, others do not.

    As to how can you rank for you name, that depends. If you're called Zhang Wei (Most common name according tohttps://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-common-full-name-in-the-world) then it may be hard to rank for, just like if you have the same name as a famous person or place. However, if you have a rare(ish) name, with no content specifically targetted at it then it's an easy job.

    My name's pretty obscure (Think I'm literally the only one alive -possibly) so literally all my shit comes up. Music accounts, literally everything.

    If you are like me, then all you need to do is drop your name on your site's author page and maybe put it at the end of every article. Once Google indexes it then you should rank quite well, especially if you're giving other SEO to the page.

    If your name is like I mentioned at the start, just do normal SEO to it (Include your name in the content of course). Maybe get some social profiles linking back, features on other sites (Written by '"http://joebloggs.com")

    Hope that helped
     
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  3. validseo

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    Make it a business card page. Link to all of your online pages : twitter, linkedin, facebook, youtube, etc... put up a limited bio, credentials, resume... obviously don't go too far with your personal data. A contact form is a nice touch. Let visitors know the kinds of solicitations you are willing to entertain.

    Unless you have a very common name it should be easy to rank in most cases. Update your social profiles to link to your personal domain and that should pretty much do the trick... unless your name is John Smith, a celebrity name, or something fairly common. Then you might need to build a few links.
     
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    Google for: los angeles dui lawyer

    Then behold the power of EMD. ... at a minimum Google isn't punishing EMD.
     
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    That's one case, not a trend.

    Like I said, I'm just going off what I've read, I have never carried out a case study personally.

    You may find these links useful:

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=are+exact+match+domains+good+for+seo
    https://www.shoutmeloud.com/exact-match-domain-penalty-added-to-google-algo.html
    https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/11/28/what-is-an-exact-match-domain-emd-and-why-does-google-want-to-punish-them/
    https://www.searchenginejournal.com/choose-a-domain-name-maximum-seo/158951/
     
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    I own the domain for my last name. I don't "brand" myself, so I just filled it with short stories and ridiculous messages I've received.

    The site is rarely updated, so it''s ranking on the bottom of the first page, being surpassed by my social media profiles and my business 'about' page.
     
  7. validseo

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    Oh ye of little data...

    Google these and then Google some more. :)

    seattle dentist
    san diego florist
    chicago pizza
    tampa seo
    internet marketing
    black hat forum
    ...

    I'm not a "blog believer". I work from measured data. :)
     
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  8. AceWallGromit

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    My first and last name are the same as a politician who had the dot com of his name. He forgot to register it and let it expire so I grabbed the domain for me since we share the same name.

    My website is #1 in google for my name.

    Of course, it also helps that I am so famous that google knows where to send people when they search my name.