A few months back I purchased the domain joseph-dickson.com to serve as my “professional blog” and alternative to relying on third parties like LinkedIn and social media for my “public image.” Today, I decided to search for myself incognito and was impressed with the results.
After listing the site in Google, Bing and Yandex’s web developer platforms last week I noticed a spike in my search rankings. Joseph Dickson is relatively common name that I apparently share with a Canadian politician and at couple historical figures.
I was very impressed to see how using my name as the domain reflected in a major SEO boost compared this site which has been active far longer.
- Bing listed me third
- Duck Duck Go listed me third
- Yahoo listed me in third place a well, and looks a lot like Bing
- Google listed me at 47 😐
I am not using any SEO plugins or specialized scripts. joseph-dickson.com is an almost stock WordPress installation with some unrelated adjustments.
Google appears to use a context algorithm which weighs heavy on social media, people search services, and websites with actual traffic. Although I expect Google will list me higher over time.
I’m glad to see that a well planned domain name and stock WordPress website provides such impressive results.