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Defamatory Content Removal: Learn Your Options

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If your reputation has been harmed by untrue posts that defame you or your business, you may feel like your options are limited. Here, ReputationStars.com discusses some of the industry’s best reputation repair tricks you can use to make things right.

Social Media

The basis of good reputation management involves a strong social media presence. Make sure you maintain your accounts on the main websites, like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and that you own profile pages on niche networks like Pinterest.

Request Removal

You should always request removal of your content, especially if you have won a legal case trying to get it taken down. Just be aware that the success rate for this kind of removal is very low.

DMCA

If any of the content being discussed on the site is content you own, you can have it taken down from the website or from Google with a DMCA. Digital Millenium Copyright Act protects your information, and the intellectual property you own.

Find Out Removal Guidelines

If you’re dealing with a site like Yelp, read the terms of service carefully. You may find some posts that violate those terms, and can petition to have them removed.

Court Ordered Removals

If you sue John Doe, you can get a default judgment because no one will appear to defend the charges. Then, you can take that judgment to Google and have your content removed.

Consult a Reputation Management Firm

Reputation repair is always a good option if you are unsuccessful using other means. They can also guarantee long-term protection against further harm.

Should You Register “.Sucks” Domains?

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Article written by Pierre Zarokian of Reputation Stars.

dot sucks 2At present, companies need to manage public relations as part of their marketing efforts. It’s quite different from how marketing was in the past. Customer feedback had been measured primarily through product evaluation and market testing. Today, customer complaints occur on Facebook, on blogs or in the short messages on Twitter. This is fairly harmless in many cases, but .sucks domain names endanger reputation management, SEO and public relations for any business regardless of size.

Reputation Threats

At the moment, the favored sites customers utilize to release their frustrations include Yelp, PissedConsumer, ScamBook, Complaints.com and ComplaintsBoard. These sites are prominent simply because people can post content anonymously. This creates an opening for individuals to defame whatever brand name for their own gain. These websites usually position highly in Google and other search engines, which means that the issue does not simply vanish by itself.

With .sucks websites, businesses might want to consider whether it is worthwhile to own that Web property or take the chance that their brand name will survive whatever possible disputes may come. There is a short time period approaching where ICANN will let larger companies and superstars invest in their .sucks URL, and accessibility will be available to everyone after that. Still, these organizations have bigger wallets and additional data on managing these types of concerns.

This is quite comparable to the danger that the “.porn” website URL disaster began. Harvard, Microsoft and other significant businesses and professionals instantly registered for their .porn domain because of the possible hazard that leaving the url unclaimed could cause.

Don’t risk your reputation on hope. The suffix “.sucks” is coming, are you going to be proactive about managing your reputation before that happens?


 

Article was written by Pierre Zarokian of Reputation Stars. Check out their website to learn about reputation management services and to read some great articles.