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Don't like what Google says about you? You might be able to change it

Control what people see.
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Look up your name to find out what Google has to say about you.

When was the last time you googled yourself? It’s not just about vanity: Potential employers, dates, and even friends may search for your name from time to time—and what they see can really affect their first impression of you.

Unfortunately, despite what some people think, you can’t really control what the search engine says.

“Google is just reflecting the web,” says Vanessa Fox, a search engine optimization (SEO) expert and author of . Fox should know—she used to work at the

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