Posting your real identity

46 replies
OK, I realize how important it is to state your real name and what you do and how you got involved with the product your selling etc. But what about foreign names. See I'm from iceland, and I'm getting really interested in internet marketing now, but I could imagine people that go on my site or get e-mails from me would be a little sceptical only by my name Thordur Hermannsson.
I also feel like it's not so catchy. I know faking your identity isn't really trustworthy either. How do y'all feel about this?

thank you
doddi
#identity #posting #real
  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    First, I want to say that Iceland is awesome.

    Second, I'm assuming the actual spelling of your name is Þórður and not Thordur. I think just using the English alphabet to spell it is enough, but you could shorten it further to "Thor" or something like that.

    I wouldn't be that concerned about it.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4301904].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Anglicize it if you want when targeting the US market - Thor Hermann would work. Think of it as a "nickname".

      kay
      Signature

      Due to the current pandemic I will no longer be shaking hands or giving hugs. You may wave, bow to me or give me the finger...your choice.

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4302027].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author doddolfur
        Nice, Thor Hermann doesn't sound bad. And JamesGw your right, it's Þórður. Thanks for the post guys!
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303487].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    I like the idea of making your name more English looking like Kay said. I had a pseudonym for a while but found that I gained more reputation when I used my real name.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303496].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by doddolfur View Post

    I also feel like it's not so catchy.
    Dude, Thordur is an awesome name. Just use it.
    Signature
    "The Golden Town is the Golden Town no longer. They have sold their pillars for brass and their temples for money, they have made coins out of their golden doors. It is become a dark town full of trouble, there is no ease in its streets, beauty has left it and the old songs are gone." - Lord Dunsany, The Messengers
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303715].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author rbarnhart1
      My first thought on this is to promote your real self...we are in a global society and the world is going to have to get used to that.

      In fact, you could actually use it to your advantage. Have a Bio page on your main site www.thordurhermannsson.com. Put up a short video introduction and include the correct pronunciation of your name...perhaps some background on meaning/history etc. This site could be the central hub for your other sites or perhaps your primary blog/forum site. Of course, it all depends on your strategy and needs...but certainly an option.

      I can't speak for everyone, but if I came to your site and you had good content and support...your name would not be a deciding factor in the purchase.

      I've seen several marketers who have shown a very up-close and personal side....family photos, vacations, etc...and shared it all through social media and their own website. And it seemed like a very good strategy.

      So, if you build up your Facebook and link to it from your Bio page....with a little imagination you could develop quite a following by giving the rest of the world a taste of Iceland, your home town there, and yourself.

      I guess if you had hard data showing that this one factor was hurting your sales or image....maybe using a nickname would be an option. But, I wouldn't start with that assumption.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303870].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
        Originally Posted by rbarnhart1 View Post

        My first thought on this is to promote your real self...we are in a global society and the world is going to have to get used to that.
        I would agree. Except...people will never get that domain name spelled right. It's unbelievable how people can massacre even basic names. LOL

        I know it sounds silly, but it IS something to consider if you're making your living online. Of course, you could choose a totally different domain name too. But if it's important for you to be found by name via URL or even Google, I would bet it's going to be a whole lot easier if you use the shorter version.
        Signature
        Get You (& Your Offline Customers!) More Sales, More Clients & More Money! 3 Easy Systems + the special secret sauce... TESTIMONIAL T.N.T.

        Discover Easy Tweaks to Get Visitors to Buy NOW
        It's all here in The Sales Supercharger!

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4305495].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author David Ogden
        Originally Posted by rbarnhart1 View Post


        In fact, you could actually use it to your advantage. Have a Bio page on your main site www.thordurhermannsson.com. Put up a short video introduction and include the correct pronunciation of your name...perhaps some background on meaning/history etc. This site could be the central hub for your other sites or perhaps your primary blog/forum site. Of course, it all depends on your strategy and needs...but certainly an option.
        Great advise I always tell people to brand themselves first with information about you. then build some business sites with links back to your personal site,

        As some people tend to jump from one opportunity to another it good to keep the business side separate until such time you are focused on what you are doing. Use your real name everywhere even as a user name although you might want to shorten it to Thor Hermannsson as a username.
        Signature

        David Ogden an Entrepreneur at Markethive which uses a suite of free marketing tools to promote his opportunity. Contact:- Telegram @davidogden

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4305746].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Mr Steve
      I think it is easy to tell if your identity is real or not simply by looking at your public profile.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4306501].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jack Humphrey
    Dude - Thor is the most awesome name ever. Just tell everyone on your About page "Yes, that's my name." and you're done. Wish I could change my name to Thor!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303725].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      I'd go with Lance Uppercut.
      Signature

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304048].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Root
      Originally Posted by Jack Humphrey View Post

      Dude - Thor is the most awesome name ever. Just tell everyone on your About page "Yes, that's my name." and you're done. Wish I could change my name to Thor!
      Indiana Name Change Center - now you can
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[6812532].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    "Thordur Hermannsson" What a really cool name!

    Really, I wouldn't give that up. Maybe it is a common name in Iceland, but certainly not around the world. It make you stand out.

    Perhaps add an Icelandic looking logo to it.

    I jealous. And besides that, I didn't even get a "W" like Mike Schwenk did.

    :-Don
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303799].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Hey Don,

      Don't feel bad...

      Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

      "Thordur Hermannsson" What a really cool name!

      Really, I wouldn't give that up. Maybe it is a common name in Iceland, but certainly not around the world. It make you stand out.

      Perhaps add an Icelandic looking logo to it.

      I jealous. And besides that, I didn't even get a "W" like Mike Schwenk did.

      :-Don
      After all, You got Don. He got stuck with Mike
      Signature

      Sid Hale
      Coming Soon... Rapid Action Profits (Pro)

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304972].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Derek Soto
    Your name is an advantage or disadvantage, it's all in how YOU look at it and how YOU treat it. There are very great people who have very odd names.

    With that said, many celebrities change their names because they are not so sexy sounding, there is nothing wrong with using a "pen name" look at what eben pagen did with double your dating, on that site, his name is david deangelo...
    Signature

    Discover How to Create a Brand New $300 Income Stream Every Single Day! Click Here Before Sold Out <--------------------

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303898].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    OK, I realize how important it is to state your real name and what you do and how you got involved with the product your selling etc.
    Depends on what you are selling and who you are selling it to.

    For the vast majority of ways to make money online your name is irrelevant.
    Signature
    It buys my product or it gets the hose
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4303975].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jim X
    That's actually a really cool name!

    As was mentioned before, Thor Herman was my first reaction. I also like the sound of Thor Hermanson.

    You could have a lot of fun with it too! Like buy a hammer and do videos about whatever your niche is. Come up with fun ways to incorporate the hammer in your videos. (I am obviously referencing Norse mythology).

    I'd go with it, man! There are so many opportunities for you with such an awesome name.

    Good luck and who knows, you might be the next Youtube star!

    James
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304445].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
    As many are pointing out, what you perceive as a weakness might actually be a strength...

    Many struggle to create an identity, but with a strong and striking name, you're not likely to be forgotten. Now, just make sure that they remember you for the RIGHT reasons... :-)

    I say keep your name... ultimately you'll be judged not by your name but by the quality of the advice, products and/or services you provide.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304527].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Originally Posted by doddolfur View Post

    OK, I realize how important it is to state your real name and what you do and how you got involved with the product your selling etc. But what about foreign names. See I'm from iceland, and I'm getting really interested in internet marketing now, but I could imagine people that go on my site or get e-mails from me would be a little sceptical only by my name Thordur Hermannsson.
    I also feel like it's not so catchy. I know faking your identity isn't really trustworthy either. How do y'all feel about this?

    thank you
    doddi
    For the most part, I think people that speak English are quite familiar with names ending in -son, or its variations. Now, if you were female and had a name like Katrin Hermannsdottir, then some people may look twice.

    However, if they knew you were from Iceland, then they may think it sounds exotic...and THAT could actually add perceived credibility to what you're saying.

    I guess all of that is just a really long way of saying Thordur Hermannsson sounds good!



    All the best,
    Michael
    Signature

    "Ich bin en fuego!"
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304625].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author WishfulDoing
    Thor or Thordur, either way sounds cool. Too many people have very generic pen names. This is different and I think people will remember you.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304785].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    Thordur Hermannsson -----> Thord Mason

    I think it's catchy.
    Signature



    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304863].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Arnold George Dorsey had a "normal" name and changed it to:
    Engelbert Humperdinck

    I heard he did pretty well...
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4304978].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author grandstar
    You're getting worked up over nothing. I used to think Henderson was an English name until I met a Swede.

    The U.S was settled by people from all over Europe so at times it hard to tell if you're not american or exactly where you're from.

    I generally like my privacy. Won't lime the attention
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4305252].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Laugh
    Just adding my opinion, I think Thor Herman sounds lovely.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4305333].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ezybux4u
    doddolfur, good move firstly on getting into online marketing.

    On the topic of names to use while in marketing, it is quite common (including in some big names that we are on the lists of) to use pen names. People with very common names (ie: John Smith) would maybe do it so as not to blend in and not get attention...
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4305520].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Davis Flynt
    Banned
    [DELETED]
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4305776].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author PhilipT
      It shows what a good thing it is to come to the WF. Thor Herman is great.

      Philip
      Signature
      Tucker Professional Services
      Professional Content Writing Service Personally Written By British Born English Speaker - articles, ebooks, product reviews Great Reviews
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4306454].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author doddolfur
        Wow thank you all for such great replies, I'm actually not so sceptical about using my real name anymore.

        Originally Posted by PhilipT View Post

        It shows what a good thing it is to come to the WF. Thor Herman is great.

        Philip
        You're right, the WF is a gift. I would have given up if it wasn't for this forum.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307422].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author Voland
          As being European myself I find that you real name sounds more appealing than any of the nicknames suggested. So I'd say that the name might be dependent on the market
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307669].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
            I find it easier and much less confusing to not fake it.
            Signature

            "May I have ten thousand marbles, please?"

            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307792].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author 2011profit
    There is no problem with your name in fact i find your name cool. However, if you really want to use an English name, Thor Herman is better.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4306475].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author TroelsJepsen
      I actually thought about using a different name than my own for the same reason as you are, but it just so happens that I really like my name, and I don't think it is that hard for people, who don't speak danish to get the idea of how my name is spelled. I did however choose to exclude my middle name, because no one gets it even close to right when trying to pronounce it.

      I think the suggestions of shortening your name are good, but to tell you truth, I don't see a problem with just sticking with your real name. Because of the emigration from many nordic countries to America, there are lots of people with names ending with "son" and "sen" just like ours so it's my impression that names like that aren't uncommon at all in the english language.

      Oh, and if I got anyone curious about that middle name of mine, it is "Skovgaard" (and it is most likely NOT pronounced the way you think )
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4306554].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Goldenboy
    I see no problem with your name, but I would agree with what Tracy have stated, some people will ( I would say ) unintentionally massacre your name since they might find it hard to spell your name. Using our real would be much better and will present to the IM world that (my name) is working and earning in the IM world. Although, there are probably some problem with that since there are those who might want to use our name for the purpose of trying to create other accounts for their own personal use. I was a victim of that when I tried to register my name to this one social networking site, then the site states that username was already used. Probably there are other people, who have the same name as mine, but Thor Herman is unique and I would say that you will not have this problem of having a similar name like yours.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307360].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kiriakos22
    You have a great name which has no problem.

    My name is Kiriakos Triantafillidis.You still think your name isn't catchy?

    P.S. i;m from Greece
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307400].message }}
  • Thor God of Thunder would be freaking awesome! lol! But in all seriousness, your name sounds great man, very unique, stick with it.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307869].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Sapan Verma
    You think your name is not mainstream, have a look at mine guys. Any suggestions to make it as cool as Thor Hermann? Someone suggested Scatman to me but that's way to cool for me

    Cheers
    SV
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307967].message }}
  • {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307970].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Keith Everett
    I think Thordur Hermannsson is a pretty cool name. I mean, lets be honest ~ It's not so much the name is it?, it's what you do and how much VALUE you offer.

    I'm sure if you just sold someone an AWESOME course that over delivered in every way, I don't think people would care if you were called Thordur, or SHIRLEY...Surely!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4307994].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author OliviaB
    i think its even better!
    having a "boring" name like david (no offense for the davides out there ) will not make me feel more comfortable to buy the product.

    i'll be more curious to find out more about you, from iceland, than someone from the us for example. it will catch my eye and if your product is good why not buy it... !
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4308237].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author warrich
    Kiriakos Triantafillidis-- thats another name to pronounce, so how people call you?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4316287].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      for years I hid behind other names and I do still have a pen name I use for one of my blogs, but truthfully, I've had far more success using my real name than any other.

      I think your name Thordur is awesome. Be real because that is how you build trust on the internet.

      Good luck!
      Signature
      ---------------
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4316346].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    I don't care if your name is Phidillio Hufinson .... Give me something of quality and I will come back for more
    Signature

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4316483].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Nothing wrong with your name at all. It may not make the best domain name because of the spelling, but you didn't say if you wanted to use it as a domain. You could always go with thordur.com, or something along those lines if that's taken. I'd check now and buy it if it isn't taken.

    Like Kay suggested, Thor Herman is a nice, anglicized version. You could also turn it around, Herman Thor or Herman Thordur.
    Signature

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[4316675].message }}

Trending Topics