Recently I discovered that my name, address and phone number were coming up in Google searches of my name, without my knowledge. It took me a couple of hours of searching, reading, testing and more testing to have that personal information removed. If you've had the same thing happen to you, listen up because I'm about to share my valuable, Yoda-like knowledge with you.
First a little background, I've been working on my own professional website for the last couple of months. It's a site with links to my writing, an about page, a page with my video work and a page with a copy of my resume, including a link to a resume PDF so prospective employers can download it. Because the site is still a work in progress, I put a password on it.
I also Google myself and my blog URL on a fairly regular basis. It's how I find out if someone's stealing my posts, and how I find out if someone's saying good things about me or, God forbid, bad things about me.
So there I am, Googling myself, and among the results is the PDF file I uploaded of my resume, with an excerpt of the top of the page, including my name, address and phone number.
As an example, let's say my name is Jane Doe and my professional site is JaneDoe.com. The Google search for Jane Doe came up like this:
Notice how Jane's address, phone number and email address are included in the excerpt of the search result. Not what she or I wanted.