If you google me, there's a big mess of garbage sites with my name and a former business I thought I might start that come up. It's been a big weight around my neck for the past 3 years and I'm finally starting to clean it up.
In 2011, I had just left my job, and got into an entrepreneur class. Because I had a certificate for decorating peoples' homes, I decided to do that, but it was a stressful time in my life, and a lot of decisions were forced because we had to make quick decisions to keep up with the class. As you can see, I didn't end up a decorator.
One day, one of my fellow students offered to create a website for me and another student, and enthusiastically told us how he would get us all these hits, because he would make it so it was the first thing that came up in google. I imagine it has something to do with something called SEO, but in any case, he sold us on his idea. In exchange, he would get our recommendations because we presumably would like the websites.
I didn't know anything about building a website, or even what I liked at the time, but I didn't like the end result, and we went our separate ways.
What he did in the back end to get me showing up with so many ad-filled sites when I get googled, I still don't understand, but last night I started writing to each site and asking how to take my listing down. I've been uncomfortable about my name being out there on so many trashy sites for the last three years, and now I'm finally cleaning it all up. I can't wait until I get something more substantial come up when I get googled, something I'm proud to stand behind. I want a pristine web presence. I guess this is like getting my virginity back after my first make-out session that ended really bad, and I'm very excited.