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What Is Your Online Reputation?

Sep 6, 2008
Everyone, everywhere, has a reputation. This could be an individual or a business one; it doesn't matter. What does matter is that you know what your reputation is. Is it good, or are there some black marks there lurking about? Maybe you've had a horrible reputation in the past and are trying to change this into a good reputation. These are all possible scenarios.
Some people may wonder what the quality of their reputation has to do with anything. Reputation can make or break a person's individual being or a company's business. The better the reputation, the more people and consumers alike will respond positively.

In the ways of the consumer this can be construed as them being a repeat customer. A repeat customer has formed a union, a loyalty to the particular business based upon their previous experiences there. The better the experience, the more profitable it is for everyone and everything involved.

If an individual's reputation is poor, then there is a lack of trust from those around him. People who feel this lack of trust believe they cannot rely on you; these same thoughts and emotions are just as prevalent in a consumer world. You just may not see them as clearly because, once a dissatisfied customer leaves, there is the chance that you won't see them again.

A company's reputation can be partially judged by searching the internet and seeing what people have to say. Checking with the Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce are also very good ways to determine company reliability. What would you think if you saw a construction vehicle, parked at a bar late into the night? Would you wonder about the quality of their work or their reliability, not only as an individual but as an employee? Many companies have strict policies re the use of a company vehicle, and reputation plays a big part in the reason for this.

Another form of reputation is how you may stand out against your competitors or other individuals. The more you stand out in a positive aspect, the more you are positively noticed. The more positive notices you generate, the more business you generate. This simple idea works in all walks of life, in numerous situations.

I would rather go to a company that has a good reputation, even if I will spend more, rather than experience bad service elsewhere. This is also true in daily life; if help is something I need from an individual, I am not just going to go across the street and ask for help. No, I will think about those I know that could help and would be willing to help. Good help, attitude, service, ethics, all win in the end - making more happy people.
About the Author
Garey Simmons writes about Search Engine Marketing from his personal experience and from what his New York SEO Specialist has shared. Request a free Whitepaper 'Why Small Business is Afraid of SEOs' at http://SEOCoach.Net
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