It is more common than you might think for businesses to attempt to sabotage one another. After all, the magic of the Internet has made it possible to do this from behind a wall of guaranteed anonymity. Guaranteed anonymity is certainly not a good situation for any business that is hoping to conduct itself with integrity. People can say whatever they want in this manner without ever being discovered. Often, competing businesses will post comments about your venture because they believe it will help them to gain more business in the long run.
A Stillwater dentist claims a competitor posed as a client and wrote negative online reviews, likely scaring off potential business.
A posting on Yahoo.com by “HockeyMom” said Douglas Wolff was “not an orthodontist, but a dentist who maybe took one weekend course in braces.”
“This hardly qualifies him to be doing braces,” the review said. “Unfortunately, I learned the hard way.”
Wolff claims that “HockeyMom” was orthodontist Bryan Brettin, and he has sued him for defamation.
Wolff is a general dentist who practices orthodontics at his clinics in Fridley and Stillwater. He lives in St. Paul.
While this might sound petty, and I admit it does, it really can have an effect on business prospects. This is why people will often resort to online defamation lawsuits, even though they are rarely effective.
James O’Keefe is a fairly well known political activist in the United States, working on conservative films mostly. He has recently filed a lawsuit against an organization alleging online defamation or libel.Â The real crux of the matter is that they accused James O’Keefe of bugging the phones of a United States Senator, which he did not do.
Guerrilla journalist James Oâ€™Keefe, whose undercover projects have targeted Planned Parenthood and ACORN, has filed a lawsuit against Main Justice, charging that the organization maliciously published false statements about him.
If you or your company suddenly find a bad review online, especially at a place like RipoffReport, then it is worth investigating whether there is any remedy to this very sticky situation. RipoffReport ranks highly in Google search results, after all, which can be frustrating for an individual for business.
RipoffReport.com will probably not be of any help to Main. The companyâ€™s website said it does not censor posts or verify their accuracy. It encourages businesses to post rebuttals to complaints. Businesses can also present their case to an arbitrator â€“ for $2,000. The website has not responded to an email request for comment. Hannah Morgan, a career consultant, said Main should hold onto his money.
If you want to protect your reputation in the long-term, then you really have no other choice than engaging in online reputation management. This is not as easy as it might seem. While some people might think they can handle online reputation management on their own, most of them are proven wrong once they begin trying to actually protect themselves from this online slander or libel.
ReputationHawk is a company that provides very high quality online reputation management services. The company has vast experience with helping clients to protect their reputations, or to repair reputations once they have been damaged.
Reputation Hawk has been working with clients to maintain high quality services and protect reputations for years. Reputation Hawk was one of the first companies to offer online reputation management services. They have put together a team of professionals who know how to get results in terms of protecting reputations from the nefarious effects of anonymous comments and negative articles.
ReputationHawk cannot remove negative articles or libelous links from the Internet. There are very few legal options for people who want to do this, but there is a legal way to de facto accomplish this goal. This means suppressing negative links and articles by emphasizing the positive. This means promoting positive articles, blogs, and links so that Google and other search engines rank the positive content higher.
Rick Santorum has been the butt of a lot of jokes this campaign season. It seems that isn’t going to improve, either.
As Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum loses two primary races to rival Mitt Romney, perhaps he can console himself with, ironically, another loss. Spreading Santorum, the page defining â€śsantorumâ€ť as a by-product of anal sex, has finally dropped from the top results on Google. The related anti-Santorum blog, however, remains. And a page from Urban Dictionary keeps the definition alive, more explicit than before.
The definition is not something we’re going to post here in full, but suffice it to say it is pretty grisly and certainly not something the self-proclaimed “conservative, pro-family” candidate wants to be associated with.
Article spinning software is becoming more popular these days because promulgating information online and using online reputation management is more effective than online defamation lawsuits. However, it is important to remember not to overuse spinning software.
The problem with article spinning software is that it often produces low quality content, even unreadable versions of an article. Instead of using article spinning software, you can simply re-write articles manually. You might be surprised that it takes the same amount of time to write a freshly created article than editing a spun one. Manual re-writing may take time not to mention skill and effort, but itâ€™s all worth it.
The article lists eight reasons not to overuse spinning software–all of them are worth reading.
The issue of online reviews is not an easy one to discuss. Online reviews serve a valuable purpose for many people and companies–that is how they became so popular. This article explains how reviews sometimes are faked:
It is not above an organization to write false reviews about a competitor. The bile spewed forth from them completely buries the good SEO content created by the unfortunate company on the receiving end of the fake reviews. Suddenly, when someone uses a search engine and types in your companyâ€™s name, all they find are reviews which state how awful your business is.
As a result, your sales start to plummet and your rival wins. Or do they? You can hire specialist companies to create more SEO content as a means of restoring and managing your online reputation. When you consider that around 75% of customers make a purchasing decision based on customer reviews, those on the wrong end of a fake defamatory review need to take action and fast.
This is hardly shocking to those who have read lots of reviews, but it certainly shocks a lot of fake review victims.
There is a type of online defamation lawsuits that are popularly known as “Twibel”. These are cases in which defamation or libel have not only occurred online, but they have taken place through the social network Twitter. Twitter is actually a perfect place to study online defamation. It acts as an online pitri dish because of all of the instances in which individuals who do not know each other are discussing controversial topics in short statements. It lends itself to defamation, even if the individual in question isn’t necessarily trying to defame anyone.Recently, a twibel case occurred in Oregon.
Darm is suing Tiffany Craig for $1 million.
The case stems from commentary on Craigâ€™s Twitter feed, @tcraighenry, and her blog, Criminallyvulgar, where the 31-year-old IT worker writes about everything from current events, computer technology and gaming to the treatment of women in comics and her large collection of shoes.
The case is an interesting one that has ramifications for the Google reputation management industry. It will be interesting to see if Darm’s online reputation is harmed more by the original statement, or the news of the lawsuit.
The issue of prior restraint and injunctive relief is not usually a big issue for the online reputation management industry or online defamation suits. However, this article brings to light a number of issues regarding both injunctive relief in the courts and prior restraint. The lack of prominence in online defamation law for both of these issues is somewhat surprising, considering how often they are actually cited in the papers. Then again, as the article notes, most of these lawsuits are actually settled or thrown out before ever going in front of a jury.
Usually, nothing comes of that request — only a tiny sliver of defamation cases ever make it to a jury (the bulk getting tossed out or settled), and even when a plaintiff wins, the result is usually just money. Since we almost never see one ofÂ these injunctions make it off the pages of the complaint, higher courts haven’t had to deal with their implications — but the idea of a court-ordered takedown of somebody’s speech should send your prior-restraint klaxons blaring.
It certainly is concerning to anyone who has a concern for free speech, but for those who are tired of seeing online defamation ruining peoples lives, it is also an option we think ought to maybe be put on the table more often, even if it isn’t necessarily used.
Search engine reputation management is not an industry that is very well understood by people who have never had to deal with it first hand. Furthermore, while many articles will suggest you handle the issue yourself instead of hiring a company, there are very few places to find out how best to do that. This article contains a good overview of why the industry is important and some basic tips on how to handle online reputation management personally.
What is the importance of online reputation? Bad postings, negative feedback in blogs, horrible testimonials in popular forums, unrealistic scam allegations, product reviews from false users and disgruntled employees can potentially put a company out of business.
The first step they list, of course, is to Google yourself. How will you know if you even have a reputation problem if you don’t do some research on yourself? One of the other best pieces of advice is to use social media. This is an essential part of any successful Google reputation management campaign.