50+ Tips to Brand Yourself Online

50+ Tips to Brand Yourself Online

A strong personal brand will distinguish you in a tough job market. Once you've designed your personal brand and have a personal brand name, use this handy list of suggestions to implement your standout personal branding strategy.

Standout face in the crowd

Tips you can apply now

General purpose

  • Show your expertise as much as possible.
  • Publicize your brand-related successes and achievements.
  • Make yourself easy to contact for thoughts and questions via email, Twitter, Skype, internet messaging, etc.
  • Help other people in your industry such as bloggers, Twitterers, colleagues, advice seekers, etc.
  • Give people a reason to talk about you in a positive way that also matches your brand.
  • Follow other people in your industry and anyone else who can teach you how to spread your message.
  • Create and apply personal design guidelines that will share the values of your brand and are reusable online and offline.
  • Keep in mind that where you interact online also conveys messages about you, and then stick to the websites and communities that will help most in reaching your goals.

Tactics

  • Choose an appropriate personal avatar.
  • Consider using a personal logo.
  • Join brand-related communities on social media (such as LinkedIn Groups), in discussion forums, newsgroups and mailing lists.
  • Be helpful by sharing links and resources that you know people will enjoy.

Kinds of websites you could create

  • An ‘ask an expert' website to answer questions about your profession or area of expertise.
  • Discussion forum about your industry that you would moderate and participate in.
  • Wiki about your industry
  • A social media resume
  • A personally-branded version of a free online tool that your audience will find useful.
  • Personal blog

Blogging

  • Register your own name as a domain name. If not available, use your personal brand name or some variation that won't confuse people and will still reinforce your brand.
  • Syndicate your blog in brand-related sites and networks.
  • List your blog in pertinent website, blog and RSS directories.
  • Exchange blogroll placements with industry bloggers.

Places to put your personal brand information

  • Website usernames
  • Email signature
  • Forum signature
  • Website personal profiles (like Ning‘s) that allow you to fill in a short bio and list your website or blog.
  • Software-based personal profiles, like Skype‘s.
  • The name field in blog comments forms should mention your personal brand name.
  • The website field in blog comments forms should point at the website that best brands you, whether your blog, social media resume, LinkedIn profile, or anything else.

Social media

  • Considering the time investment involved, be selective in choosing the right social media for you, and then complete your personal profiles with your branding messages.
  • Use Twitter or other micro-blogging services to network, ask and answer questions, share and learn.
  • Create a social bookmarking account (e.g. on del.icio.us) specifically for articles related to your profession or interest, and then encourage people to help you find related articles.
  • Arrange to have bios posted about yourself on Wikipedia, Knol, Squidoo and other user-generated media.
  • Launch a Facebook Page about your industry niche.
  • Tie together everything in a dedicated FriendFeed profile that allows people to follow your online activities from one source.

Personal brand-reinforcing content

  • Produce your own podcasts (audio or video).
  • Put together a video resume.
  • Dedicated video channels for you on sites like YouTube.
  • Launch an online initiative related to your profession.
  • Participate in other online initiatives to get noticed.
  • Put out press releases when you have a newsworthy accomplishment to share.
  • Write op-ed articles for mainstream media.
  • Start a newsletter about your field of expertise.
  • Conduct (free?) webinars about up and coming topics.
  • Create your own products.
  • Grow an affiliate network to promote your products, which means they're also promoting you.
  • Likewise, promote products that you can recommend honestly and whose buyers will appreciate you bringing it to their attention.
  • Leave insightful comments on related blogs.
  • Have online chats or Q&A sessions about brand-related topics.
  • Guest post on pertinent blogs.
  • Interview industry celebrities, trendsetters and other people of interest.
  • Be one of those people of interest and get interviewed on related topics.
  • Post presentations you've given on topic, such as by publishing them on your LinkedIn profile and blog.
  • Write an ebook.
  • Release free reports about latest events in your industry and your predictions for the future.

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I originally published this article on the terrific Personal Branding Blog.

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About the Author Jacob Share

Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.

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Rita ashley says

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kathyoreilly (kathyoreilly) says

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Mike Miller says

What about using Video Resumes??? Several web sites provide a great service to market yourself using Video Resumes. see http://www.mayomann.com or http://www.careerbuilder.com etc. they have implemented that very nicely. Isn’t it time to add that feature to our Resume?

Mike

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Jacob Share says

Rita- thanks for the suggestion.

Mike- good idea! I’ve added it to the list.

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Hesham says

Happy to find your blog, Thanks for sharing this great useful information!

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@MattWilsontv says

Hi Jacob, found your blog from @DanSchawbel’s blog (your guest post about alltop).

Wanted to comment about your advice–leave a comment on relevant blogs. I totally believe in this strategy. I usually leave my twitter handle as my name (as it is my name) and try to get to know the authors of different blogs as my way of networking. If the blogger cares about the community that he is building he’ll check you out, if he/she doesn’t–so be it.

If you want your personal brand to be xyz (I want to be known as a young entrepreneur) then find relevant blogs and get to know bloggers…hopefully they’ll check your stuff out and get to know you!

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Vika says

Hello Jacob,
This is a great blog overall, but this post is what caught me. Nowadays, in such a technological & internet-based world, it is so incredibly important to get your name out and use it wisely for possibly career opportunities. These suggestions are wonderful! Thanks so much for the tips!

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Jacob Share says

Hesham- glad you like the article.

@MattWilsontv- thanks for your tips. Blog commenting is a fun way to get attention but in most cases it’s relatively inefficient compared to some of the other tactics I mention above due to the time it might take you to type your insight vs. the number of people who will actually see it.

JAYDEEP- contact any international manpower companies that you can meet with where you live and that can place you in the UAE or anywhere else you’re willing to work.

Vika- thanks for your compliments, glad you found this article so useful.

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Ching Ya says

It’s like giving myself a reality check, a blog audit. You post has given me some ideas to improve, while testing out some that I overlooked earlier. It’s my wish to release a report after a period of time, after the data-collecting & testing out’s. Thanks for sharing, good job on the compilations.

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