50+ Ways to Get Discovered on the Internet


Oh, to be sought after. To be found. How nice would it be if you never had to look for a job again? If you were always being recruited? If people were reaching out to you about opportunities because you got on their radar?

How does one “get on the radar” of recruiters and hiring managers?

The great news is, it’s not impossible. In fact, it’s quite easy. Where most people fail is consistency. People think getting found or recruited happens with one big splash — that there’s one magic answer to standing out.

What makes you stand out is showing up consistently and over long periods of time. Not just months, years. Not just showing up when you need something, showing up all the time.

Although it’s not possible to be on the internet all the time, or to be on every social media network posting daily, below you’ll find more than 50 ways you can take small actions over time across a variety of platforms to build up your internet karma.

  1. Add in your club and volunteer affiliations on LinkedIn
  2. Participate in Twitter chats
  3. Create a personal website and include your best work and contact information
  4. Add people to Twitter lists
  5. Max out your skills on LinkedIn (add 50)
  6. Create videos with other people so they share the videos with their network
  7. Write about your experiences and get quotes from people in your network or those you admire
  8. Endorse people you know for skills on LinkedIn
  9. Include photos in more of your posts on any platform (photo posts get more engagement)
  10. Create a prezi or slideshare presentation to recap what you learned at your internship, on a project, or from a class
  11. Start a side project and create a website for it
  12. Create fan art and send it to the brand/person/show/band/artist who inspired you
  13. Fill out the SEO settings on your Wix website
  14. Do a 100 day project on Instagram
  15. Start a Facebook Group to bring people together around a topic you care about
  16. Reblog people you admire on Tumblr
  17. Put your website link in your email signature
  18. Start a podcast
  19. Make YouTube or Vine videos about something you care about
  20. Post articles on Medium
  21. Take a selfie at networking events and tag as many people as possible in the photo on Instagram or Twitter
  22. Write a recap blog post about a course or class you’ve taken
  23. Put keywords in your LinkedIn headline (not just your current job)
  24. Send custom LinkedIn messages when you connect with people
  25. Add your email to the location in your Twitter bio
  26. Start a blog
  27. Share interesting content in Facebook groups you’re in
  28. Live tweet at events
  29. Tag other accounts/people (up to 10) in photos you post on Twitter at events
  30. Take photos at events and tag the speakers when you post on Instagram
  31. At mention people more in all your posts
  32. Submit guests posts to websites you enjoy reading
  33. Like people’s LinkedIn updates
  34. View other people’s profiles on LinkedIn and turn on the feature that lets them see you viewed them
  35. Create Pinterest boards of content that inspires you
  36. Post articles you find interesting on Reddit
  37. Comment on people’s blog posts, LinkedIn articles, and Medium posts
  38. Favorite tweets on Twitter that are written by people, not brands
  39. Post about timely issues related to your field and industry
  40. Say congrats on LinkedIn when people get a new job
  41. Add your email to your LinkedIn summary
  42. Use animated GIFs in your Tweets
  43. Move your LinkedIn summary to the top of your profile so you control who sees your story
  44. Include relevant hashtags in your Twitter bio
  45. Write blog posts about people who inspire you and places you want to work
  46. Use hashtags being used in advertising campaigns or trending topics in your posts on Twitter or Instagram
  47. Wish people a happy birthday
  48. Reply to Tweets with your thoughts on whatever was posted (instead of just favoriting or retweeting)
  49. Become really, really good at something and post your work on the internet from time to time
  50. Submit good prompts and questions to people through their Tumblr
  51. Use the hashtag used by the brand you love so you’re recognized when you apply for internship
  52. Add your email and website to your Instagram bio
  53. Publish articles on LinkedIn
  54. Comment on relevant Instagram posts
  55. Direct message people and say you appreciate their work

Think of these actions as investments. The internet and social media is not a get rich quick scheme, it takes time. You don’t have to do all of these things, just do something.

What are your favorite ways of getting noticed on the internet? Do you have any internet success stories? Share in the comments!

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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