Can Your Words Hurt You?

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you. We all remember that familiar schoolyard chant, but does it hold true on the internet? Can your words hurt you?

The words you write in public groups, forums, and of course on your blog, can have a negative impact on your business. Often people believe that the internet world is so vast, that the odds of their internet conversations ever being found by the wrong person are similar to finding a needle in a haystack.

With the search engines indexing every word in public discussion areas, this is simply not true. It is only a matter of a few minutes of targeted searching to track down those conversations. This can be especially true when you leave your website signature, along with your user name all over the net.

Do you want potential customers checking out the credibility of your business to come across your last flame war in a political forum? Although it should not reflect on your work ethic, can you see how a potential employer may reach unfavorable conclusions about your character based on a few embarrassing conversations on the net?

Your best bet is to use common sense with what you write in public groups, forums, and your blog. Ask yourself if you would want your family, clients, or employer reading what you are writing. If not, save it for the private groups and forums.


J. Cricket Walker

Small Business Marketing Consultant and SEO Training Specialist
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