Hi Everyone!

I just have a question to you who have multiple websites. Are you using your real name or same name on all of them? I know that some are using avatars when creating a new website. What do you think is the best to do and how/why you are doing this.

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1Rudy1 Premium
I do not use my real name, I create a persona.

I own a few different websites that use different personas.
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HildeRegine Premium
Alright! 😀 I can make a persona. I have used my real name on my first website, but wondering if I am going to do that on my next. It is hard to change name now on the first one. I do not mind using my own name, but I have no intention to be sued.
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Joezout Premium
I avoid using my real name as much as possible, there is no reason I should. As an example, how many members on WA use their real names just on the profile, very, very few indeed.
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HildeRegine Premium
I thought using your real name was building trust to your visitors.
Then what do you do with your about page? Do you create a fictive person and picture?
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Joezout Premium
I use my real picture, but a fictitious name that goes with my site. Like on my website for selling wolf items I use wolfmanJoe.
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HildeRegine Premium
Aha! Thank you Joe!
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Jaye510 Premium
Yes, you want to connect with your audience especially there are a lot of bot websites out there.
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HildeRegine Premium
Yes that was what I thought as well. I mean why should I not be myself?
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Adastryum Premium
I think Jason was spot on.

Cheers
Andrew
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Waldmann Premium
If your site is made to connect with your customer and builds trust then I absolutely would use your real name. If it is something controversial or polarizing I would make a written name. For instance, I have a site for online marketing I go by my name "Waldmann" which is my real last name. I have a website for prepper/survival where I write under the name D.W. Mann which is a play on my middle and last name broken down. I know survival topics can bring out the "best" in people so I stay anonymous. It is clearly up to you but in a building, a trust, or even a brand around who you are it is better to be personal. If you want to be an influencer then it has to be you or a stage type name in order to build the brand. Just my 2 cents.
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zydegeaux Premium
People trust fake influencers too. Some of the highest grossing influencers are realistic looking fake people created with computer graphics.

When I buy something from Amazon I don't care if it's owned by Jeff Bezos or Moe, Larry and Curley.

Using your real name makes you easier to find for somebody who wants to sue you. Or do for some wacko who thinks you are the devil and wants to kill you.
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Waldmann Premium
when it comes to sueing someone there are easy ways for a lawyer to find out who you are. I just don't want to be targeted by a person with mental illness who thinks if there is a riot they can come steal my stuff because they know I have survival gear they want. I want to add a few steps of separation in THAT aspect. You still can be sued or what not.

I just trust buying from someone if I know who they are. Like it is better for me to buy it because of a good review from John Jackson instead of from Jackson and company. Again it is all personal opinion I just think if you want to brand yourself you need to BE yourself. If you are going to start a website about controversial things then maybe a pen name is better.
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zydegeaux Premium
I have created a branding entity that is part me and part enhanced for the niche. I use a free headshot image of a late 40's man (I am older) who is ruggedy good looking but not too good looking. I use my real first name and a pseudomym for the last name.

Since it is an MMO niche I want to present an image of a man who is successful and who can recommend ways for you to be successful too.

In 1996 I was using my real name. I got sued by a multi-billion dollar company. Didn't matter whether they were right or not. Fighting a lawsuit by somebody with way miore money than you will leave you broke.

What i leaned about anonymity since then I coud write a book about. Hint: It's almost impossible to find and serve papers on an individual who is operating from a corporation where he is not the CEO or any officer and the stock in the corporation is held by a trust administered in a foreign country and the bank accouts are in another country.

There is a lot more.
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arlowa Premium
Great question, following thread..
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AparnaBansal Premium
Wow! U must have gone through hell! Difficult way to learn. I have my real name on all my websites and posts and my whole life online. I better change it, isn't it?
And that brings me to the question .... how do I change my name on here in WA?
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HildeRegine Premium
Thank you for the information. I thought we had to use our own names. I learned from an earlier norwegian marketer that it builds more trust using your own name. I got something to think about now. How likely is it that you will be sued? Is this a real risk that happens often in this industry?
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HildeRegine Premium
Thank you Waldmann! Who wants to be sued ?😀 So you use your real name then?
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HildeRegine Premium
Thank you Waldmann!
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Waldmann Premium
I do on my mmo site. No reason not to. If a huge co going to sue me they will find me through the courts anyways
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HildeRegine Premium
Yes. That was what I was thinking too. Why should I hide? Yes I know there are wackos out there, but I see no reason not to be myself. I do not live my life out of fear. So you use your real name on your mmo site and nicknames on the others?
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zydegeaux Premium
I'm not worried about WA. I want to get to know people as myself. Outside of WA anything you put on the internet can potentially be seen by billions of people. Let the implications of that sink in.

What percentage of them would you invite over to your house for a beer or a cup of coffee?
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