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    Newbie Piper's Avatar
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    Use real name or fake name?
    Hello, brand new newbie here. Do you folks use your real name on your sites or do you use a fake name? What are the pros and cons of each? Thanks much.

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    Grandma broke her coccyx! Uncle Rico's Avatar
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    I use a domain name on my websites.

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    I've recently switched to using my real name. I feel it builds your personal brand and makes things like speaking engagements and consulting easier.
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    Depends on your needs. Sometimes your real name is beneficial, sometimes using an alias is the better choice. Every situation needs to be evaluated on its own merits.
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    Affiliate Marketing is about creating credibility for yourself and your merchants. Unless you've got a real good reason I say keep it real.

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    Most of my sites use my real first name as my "post-author" name, but I don't advertise or highlight it at all. I doubt anyone cares unless you are trying to brand yourself or doing personal recommendations.

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    Real

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    If you need to use your name on the site, use your real name. On some aff sites, there is no need or reason for a persons name.

    I have been working to change my alias' on different sites to my real name.

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    It depends on the type of site and the material on it, as well as what kind of audience you're trying to appeal to.

    I don't use any of my names--real or fake--on the majority my sites, except for my blogs and my very first site. And the only reason I put a name on my blogs is because when I didn't, it just called me "Admin," which is dull.

    As for my first site, it's one of my only c*ntent sites, and my real name's also right in the URL. Since it's got quite a bit of non-ad material that's also noncontroversial (at least, not controversial enough to inspire people to violence, I would think), I want credit for writing it.

    For my sales sites (which is most of them), what I write there is there to sell stuff, not increase my rep as a pitchwriter. So, the site name is the only name on them.

    For my blogs I use screennames, not a pseudonym that anyone would mistake for a "real" name. They each get a different screenname.

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    I use my real name on my main site and an alias on my adult humor site.
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    I will admit that flamingoworld is not my real name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamingoworld
    I will admit that flamingoworld is not my real name.
    Flaming O. World???

    Seriously, on my serious sites I use my real name in the about-us/contact area because they represent a serious business. If someone is plunking down two grand for a week's stay at a beach resort they have a right to know who the players are. Having real contact information adds credibility and may add a tiny bit of advantage in the SERPs.
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    Depends on you. I prefer to use alias for a discussion, like this forum

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    Real name.
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    One of the sites in my sig file is a domain with my "real" name in it for credibility with those who know me as a writer. The other sites have only my first name or no name at all.

    Sometimes I use my alter-ego as an alias -- Old Fat Bald Guy.
    Generate more fake news.

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    I always use my real name. I want people to know who I am and what I do online.

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    I don't use my last name. You never know where or in what context your name will be used, so it could come back to haunt you one day in the SERPs.



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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamingoworld
    I will admit that flamingoworld is not my real name.
    ...and hopefully a fake Avatar as well, hehe.
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    Use your real name,there is no need to "hide" your name for any reason unless you are doing shady stuff that you should be doing.

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    I am so pissed off at my mom for naming me BatteryFuelPatrick. What the heck was she thinking?
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    I use my real name and no one believes me!

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    No way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BatteryFuelPatrick
    No way!
    "Hi, I am Aunesty" =

    "honestly?"
    "Really?"
    "no way"
    and once I confirm that is in fact Aunesty - pronounced Honesty

    half the time I get a rendention of Billy Joel's Honesty......

    a little fact about me that most don't know - I ran for office in 2006 - try going door to door with a name like this and running for office
    #1 question = "did you change your name to run for office?"
    always wanted to anser "Why yes, yes I did"

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    Use your real name.

    Can anyone tell me how I can change my name on here? I actually want my real name on here, just the first name though.

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    I recommend you to use real name.

    Because in business, especially in IM,
    you have to build your relationship
    with your customers.

    Trust is the number one priority
    you should stress on. If you use fake
    name, some people might think that
    you have something to hide.

    If you want to take your business
    to a very high level, you should use
    your real name.

    Best.
    Khairi

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