How to Delete Blog Posts & Articles From the Web
Your business and/or your personal reputation is important to you. When you present yourself to the public, you always want to make a good first impression. If you’re a business you’ve spent years building your reputation to ensure that your patrons appreciate your services, and their continued support is the best marketing you could ask for. Word of mouth and customer satisfaction can be incredibly valuable, and although it is difficult to build and maintain, the benefits far outweigh the costs of losing your customer’s trust: recent Nielsen studies have found that 92% of consumers worldwide trust word of mouth and personal recommendations over all other forms of advertising. At InternetReputation.com, we take your relationship with your customers and clients as seriously as you do, and want to make sure that you don’t lose that valuable customer satisfaction to internet slander, unwarranted attacks and unwanted negative press showing up in search results.
Blog posts and online articles can be some of the greatest threats to your personal or business reputation. Anyone can start a blog or post an article, and they can post just about anything they want on it. If they have a negative opinion towards your company or you, for whatever factual or fictional reasons they may have, they are free to post their complaints in public space for anyone to see. The danger in this lies in their exposure: whether their complaints are true or not, search engines will index that negativity towards your company or your personal reputation and list it in search results alongside positive press.
Google recently updated their search platform to index the world’s 50 million-plus blogs by topic, regardless of popularity or relative credibility, in order to promote a more social search experience. If you aren’t proactive in releasing positive press online, negativity towards your business on blogs can easily crowd out any positive sentiment you may have on the internet, tarnishing your reputation for any potential leads that find your business through search engines. That doesn’t even begin to account for the “viral” effect on media now, where gossip and hot topics of public interest can be seen by millions overnight.
How do we work?
To protect against internet slander and defamation, InternetReputation.com specializes in the removal of negative blog posts, scrubbing bad information from the web to leave your online reputation positive and healthy for your business. We have multiple protocols in place for dealing with unwanted blog exposure. If you have a negative article or blog post appearing on the web and are trying to get it removed, we can help. We offer a number of services to eliminate unwanted content. Feel free to contact us today for a free quote.
If asking nicely does not work, or the author cannot be contacted, there are many other solutions. Blog hosting services can be contacted directly and asked to perform a routine removal if they agree the content should be removed. Often, blog posts may not even need to be removed from the internet, thanks to server and web crawler technology. The address of the infringing material can be marked in a Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) file, otherwise known as “robots.txt.” By including the particular post or offending domain into a robots.txt, Google and other search engines cannot “see” the information on the page, and it will no longer show up in search results. This handy protocol is regularly used in removing unwanted press coverage or damaging information from online newspaper articles and web publications, but works just as well for blog posts.
The body of a blog post is not the only troublesome component of blogging that concerns your business. Blogs often feature comment spaces below the main body of the text, allowing other readers and subscribers to leave their responses to the blog post. A blog post concerning your business can be positive in the body, but the comments below may be filled with damaging negative response from readers. Removing comments from blog posts is also something InternetReputation.com can do, using many of the routine practices mentioned above. Blog administrators can manage a blog’s comments just as they can manage the blog content itself, and blog authors are also usually capable of editing or deleting unfavorable comments from their readers on request. Customer reviews online can be similarly damaging: a USC Marshall study found that negative web reviews could do millions of dollars in damage to major retail brand names; up to $3.3 million in losses fifteen days after negative consumer reviews stirred up negative sentiments online.
When all else fails, you need to get serious about repairing attacks to your reputation. Internet slander is a serious threat to any business that has ever been represented online, either by themselves or by users filing praises or complaints to third parties. We go beyond the basic steps to provide full-service solutions that not only remove negative attacks against your reputation, but also defend and rebuild your online reputation for the future. United States law defends businesses from slander and online defamation with specialized legislation and protections. If blog posts are driving business away from you, don’t believe anyone that tells you it’s impossible to have that content taken down and your brand reputation repaired and healthy again. We will work with you and your legal rights when it comes to online defamation, and we can help you do whatever it takes to remove damaging blog articles from the internet.