One of the ways that search engines determine their organic listings is based on the number of sites that connect to your site and the relevance of key words.
My site www.atlantahealthlife.com has been up for over 5 years and on a quick search on “Atlanta Health Insurance” I come up as the 32 listing on yahoo and the 44th listing on Google.
My LinkedIn profile has been up for about 9 months (but really I just expanded my profile and focussed on generating connections, giving and receiving recomendations, and answering questions in the “Answers” section about 5 weeks ago). Each of these activities helps my search engine ranking.
Searching “Sean Nelson” I come up number 47 on Yahoo and 36 on Google. I would expect to climb in the organic rankings as I build my LinkedIn presence.
Will these lead to business? I don’t know, but it can’t hurt.
I did learn that there are some more popular Sean Nelson’s than me…an actor, a country singer from Southeast Georgia, the lead singer for Harvey Danger and some Canadian guy on Facebook and MySpace.
If you’re bored at work or have a slow day Google your name and see what you find.
For example, there is a Scott Dunn who is a comedian, a conductor and pianoist, a relief pitcher with the Oakland A’s, an attorney in North Carolina and a Scott Dunn that is going to jail for a really long time (not the Scott Dunn most of us know through the chamber).