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Creating A Candidate Entry On WikiPedia – An Overview

As part of your campaign link building strategy, you may be tempted to add or edit a candidate profile on Wikipedia. If so, there are a few things you should know…

First, we should note that writing your own autobiography on Wikipedia is strongly discouraged. The site wants biographies, not autobiographies. Here is Wikipedia’s (paraphrased) take on the matter:

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The Best Sites for Creating Personal Profiles

Here is a brief overview of several popular sites where you can create profiles about yourself:

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Montoring Your Online Reputation

retargetingInformation is power. It is important to keep up with what people are saying about you online.

For any of your social media accounts, you will want to keep up with updates and set up alerts whenever there is an action with your account. If you can, have several people monitor your accounts for activity so that you can respond quickly and appropriately.

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Political Scam Sites And How To Handle Them

spam political websitesRecently, the National Republican Congressional Committee created a number of fake websites for Democratic candidates that initially appear to be legitimate, but are actually negative to the candidate in the text and have donation forms that send funds to the NRCC.

Here is a quick summary of the issue:

Call them what you will, but these are scam sites. They target supporters of a candidate and trick them into giving money to their opponent.

Should people be more vigilant about where they donate online? Of course. But just because you can trick someone doesn’t make it right or ethical. In the long run, this may actually hurt online political donations if people feel they cannot verify safe or ‘real’ fundraising websites.

In response to criticism, the NRCC recently changed some donation pages to make it clearer to potential contributors that their money wasn’t going to the Democrats pictured but instead to Republicans.

Unfortunately, this type type of shady activity will likely become more common going forward – from all sides of the political spectrum.

So, what can you do if you, as a candidate, are a target of a fake site?

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Get Your Campaign Banned From Social Networks: Part 1

slash-150x150All social networks have rules to prevent spamming, user harassment and abuse. Knowing the rules will keep you out of trouble, so you don’t lose all the work that you’ve put into these sites.

Here are specific things that can get a candidate or campaign bounced from the major social networks – or can get an opponent bounced, as well.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

Break these rules, and you’ll find your campaign banned by Facebook. Here are a few particular rules that can trip up campaigns and campaign staff.

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