The chances are good that you did not. If you were logged into any Google account, social media account, or Word Press blog then there’s a good chance that you got results that Google thought would be appropriate to you, which might be very different from the results that someone else might see.
To get around this problem you will need to log out of every account that you are currently logged into. You will also need to clean out your cache. You might want to browse Chrome in incognito mode, or open up a browser that you don’t normally use.
Then, run your search again. The results are likely to look somewhat different. Are they still as positive as they looked the first time? If so, great. If not, then you have a reputation problem on your hands that you need to take care of right away.
If the results don’t seem to be any different run one more check. Stop by your local library and search anonymously from one of their computers. Google may still be picking up on your location, and results do shift by location.
You should also see what comes up on the other two major search engines, Bing in particular. Sure, the majority of searchers will use Google, but there is still that portion of the population that will prefer another search engine. You might get surprising results on these browsers, as well.
Once you’ve searched properly you should see about monitoring your reputation on a regular basis so that you don’t have to keep running these searches. An alert service won’t rely on Google’s personalized search results and will give you information on potential problems as soon as they arise. That will give you the power to decide how to respond immediately.
Reputation monitoring is an incredibly important activity in today’s world. Your online reputation is now as important as your job history, credit history, or rental history. Make sure that you are giving it the attention that it deserves!