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How I Used Social Media To Become More Popular Than Brad Pitt's Beard

Updated on January 22, 2012
Brad Pitt's beard
Brad Pitt's beard | Source

Brad Pitt's Beard Has A Fame All Its Own

Though I do not usually put my name into articles, for this one it may be necessary to tell you that my name is Brad Beard. I recently decided to push forward in a personal campaign to make myself known as a professional writer online. Before I started, I checked out what was going on with my name on Google. It was then that I realized I had locked horns with a titan. Yes, my claim to fame was intricately entangled in Brad Pitt’s beard. Rather than finding my name or the names of other Brad Beards, I found picture after picture of Brad Pitt’s beard. Apparently it was something to talk about, photograph and blog about. I realized then that to make my name known, I would have to out perform the hair on Brad Pitt’s face.

How I Came Out From Behind Brad Pitt's Beard

Brad Pitt is one of the most famous actors of our time. Everything he does makes news. Brad Pitt’s beard was no exception. I dug into my task to overcome his scraggly growth by first signing up for something called Get On Social. This allowed me to post on Twitter, LinkedIn and my professional Facebook page all at once simply by answering an email sent by Get On Social. Next I beefed up my ongoing blog at blogger.com where I talk mostly about writer’s block. I then forged into writing more blogs on other sites. I included a site called Posterous and another called HubPages. I interviewed friends who were making independent movies and another who is doing stand-up comedy. I then got busy writing. I wrote and wrote, creating a growing list of online posts.

Brad Pitt's beard
Brad Pitt's beard | Source

How I Used Social Media To Brush Aside Brad Pitt's Beard

In my desperate struggle to make my way through barrier created by Brad Pitt’s Beard I engaged in social media chatting. I got onto Hubpages chatting and LinkedIn chatting. My stats are up on both sites and I am listed as one of the top influencers in two out of my four LinkedIn groups. I chatted and referenced, chatted and referenced. What did I reference? I referenced other sites here and there but mostly I put links to my own writing. I never did so frivolously. It had to lend to the conversation. Fortunately, many of the conversations I engaged in were from one writer to another, making such links acceptable and hopefully even helpful. I also shared my articles with friends on my personal Facebook page, which always increases site visits.

Brad Pitt's beard
Brad Pitt's beard | Source

How I Used Job Applications to Trim Away Competition from Brad Pitt’s Beard

The Google search competition from Brad Pitt’s beard was stiff, even if short and scraggly. I found another means to raise the ranking of my online writing. When writing modern job applications, a short explanation can be added in the email to which you attach your resume. This serves as a cover letter of sorts. In this information, I added live links to my writing. Every professional writing opportunity I applied for received a list of active links to my work. Apparently, email links count in Google rankings. Every time a link is added to an email, it raises the ranking of a site just a little bit. These links served three useful purposes. One, they showed the potential clients my work; two, they served as “back links” to my sites, which Google could record; and three they served to generate hits to my sites each time a potential client clicked on them.

Brad Beard's beard
Brad Beard's beard | Source

My Name Is No Longer Enmeshed in Brad Pitt’s Beard

Checking on my name just yesterday I saw that I had achieved the seemingly impossible goal of outgrowing Brad Pitt’s beard. My LinkedIn account was number one on Google search results and inside of LinkedIn my name was at the top of the list of Brad Beards. My HubPages profile also ranked first page. My Facebook profile and other professional writing I’ve done appeared on page two. That’s four appearances on the first two pages when just two months ago I did not appear at all, even ten pages deep. This proved to me that a dedicated Internet campaign can work. I plan to use other more difficult key words for my next campaign, one including the name of my county. I’ll let you know how that one works out. Overcoming the flow of county news might prove even harder than out-ranking Brad Pitt’s beard.

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    • Brad Beard profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Beard 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks, FMGirl. It struck me as funny that an actual beard was my competition.

    • funmontrealgirl profile image

      funmontrealgirl 

      7 years ago from Montreal

      Wow Brad. Mr. Pitt's beard is pretty darn popular. But great job and a very clever and witty hub I should add. :) Loved it. A lot of good training fit into a fun and entertaining read.

    • Brad Beard profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Beard 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks Deborah

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      Deborah Richmond 

      7 years ago

      I would not have thought about the online job applications. That's very interesting.

      You're a good writer too!

    • briansview13905 profile image

      briansview13905 

      7 years ago

      This Hub rocked my world. And it made me wonder what my ranking might be compared to David Lee Roth? I guess there's only one way to find out.

    • Brad Beard profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Beard 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks Ebower.

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      This was hilarious yet honest. Congrats! I voted this up, funny, and awesome!

    • Brad Beard profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Beard 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks guys. It was hairy for a while, but I pulled through.

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Congrats from getting out from under Brad's Beard, Brad Beard.

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      Anja 

      7 years ago

      Nicely done, Brad! That's actually pretty impressive.

    • Brad Beard profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Beard 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks amolreader.

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      Amol Nair 

      7 years ago from india

      Nice one brad :) now i wish i had a name like you, something like a 'Mickey goatee' :D cheers

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