Online Reputation Management for Dummies Book Review

In today’s social world, managing your online reputation is more critical than ever, whether it’s your company brand or yourself as a brand, and one thing is certain: everyone needs a plan. This essential book shows you how to set up a system that works every day, helps forward your brand’s online goals, and is able to deal with negative chatter. I received a copy of Online Reputation Management for Dummies for this review.

Online Reputation Management for Dummies Book Review

Foremost, this book is a great resource for anyone who is interested in protecting their privacy and reputation online. This involves ensuring the right content appears when people look either you or your brand up in the search engines, or on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Learn how to remove your confidential information from sites like Yahoo White Pages. Get up to the minute info. on protecting your privacy on Facebook. Beware of “frictionless sharing” which is when your activity appears on timelines like Facebook and Pinterest. (Maybe you don’t want folks to know about the unpleasant medical conditions that you looked up!)

I found excellent advice on creating “super-safe” passwords and how to store them safely.

Portions of the book are focused on establishing online reputation management for businesses. The author discusses the process of how to set up crisis teams to monitor and manage online activity.

I was most interested in establishing my reputation as a professional blogger.

While I am familiar with keywords and how to incorporate them into my blog posts, I found great advice on building an SEO foundation for my site, which also involves incorporating my top five key words on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as well.

Tips on writing for my blog are always of interest and this book is chock full of them. The author covers tips on how to create effective  blog titles, to repurpose blog content, to create editorial schedules and to incorporate guest posts into my blog.

The chapter on discovering and inspiring brand evangelists is very interesting. In my case, these are the folks that read, comment on generally like (I hope) me. This chapter explores recognizing and identifying true influence and using cool new tools for rating influence.

While this book covers much more than I’ve touched upon here (like how to manage a crisis that effects your online reputation) the biggest lesson to managing one’s reputation online is being proactive! This book is an excellent place to jump right in and navigate the waters of your online journey.

About Online Reputation Management for Dummies

Covering everyday listening and messaging as well as reputation management for special events or crises, this book walks you through step-by-step instructions and tips that will help you build and maintain a positive online presence.

  • Shows you how to create a solid, productive online reputation management system
  • Helps you achieve your brand’s goals and be ready to deal with negative chatter or crises
  • Explains how to set up an online reputation management and response team
  • Covers how to identify and incorporate both everyday and crisis SEO keywords
  • Explores reputation creation through listening, messages, images, video, and other media
  • Helps you handle crises with social media, bloggers, and other influencers, and respond immediately

Online Reputation Management For Dummies gives you the tools you need to maintain the online reputation you want.

About the Author

Lori Randall Stradtman specializes in creating social media campaigns for brands. A popular conference speaker, she frequently contributes to New Media Expo and many online publications. Lori belongs to Public Relation Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Buy It

This book is available on, Barnes and Noble and the Dummies US online store.

I was provided with a copy of Online Reputation Management for Dummies for this review. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely my own. This post is not sponsored nor does it  have any connection to Twitter, Facebook or any other network. This post is solely the property of Moms Own Words.

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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.

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  1. says

    You know what? I didn’t think it was something I was interested in until I started reading what it covers. All that frictionless sharing really bothers me, so I would very much appreciate the info in the book. Thank you!

  2. Karen Glatt says

    I like this book. One needs to be careful today with so many people getting their identities stolen. This book gives good information on how to protect your reputation online. I think every young person should also read this book because you read of all the problems that some your people are getting into trouble. What we put on the Internet stays on the Internet!

  3. Vickie Couturier says

    some good points ,,that really is a book that everyone should read

  4. Maryann D. says

    This book definitely sounds interesting and most likely a book for everyone who is on-line. I am sure the advice is wonderful for all of us.

  5. Jeanine says

    Wow, this book looks very interesting! I could use the help with passwords, etc. but I really want to know more about effective blogging!

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