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What is Ripoff Report?
Ripoff Report is the largest privately owned consumer complaints site on the web. Launched in 1998 by its founder Ed Magedson, the website was created to help consumers take action against scam artists. The site features a legal directory to helps people seek the assistance of qualified attorneys or legal consultants. If a simple directory isn’t good enough, Ripoff Report has a “Revenge Guide” to give visitors a complete walk-through of how to obtain retribution on a business after being scammed.
Ripoff Report’s bread and butter isn’t in its legal directory or its “Revenge Guide”. What makes Ripoff Report such a force to be reckoned with is the enormous collection of authentic and unique, user generated content it has accumulated over the past 15+ years through consumer submitted complaints and grievances.
Ripoff Report Removal
There’s a lot of confusion and contention surrounding Ripoff Report’s non-removal policy, it’s consumer advocacy program and the actual recourses available to deal with negative and often defamatory content on Ripoff Report. Can you sue Ripoff Report to get a post removed?
Option A: Sue Ripoff Report
You can certainly try to sue the publisher of Ripoff Report, Xcentric Ventures, LLC and your lawsuit will be far from the first filed against the consumer complaints giant. Despite dozens of attempts by disgruntled business operators to sue Ripoff Report and its anonymous authors for extortion, defamation and a number of other allegations involving civil and criminal wrongdoing Ripoff Report has remained in more-or-less good legal standing. In fact, so far Ripoff Report has never lost a single court decision in the United States. This is achieved by the sites ability to continually cite Section 230 protections of the Communication and Decency Act in its defense.
Option B: Sue the author of the defamatory Ripoff Report post
If you’re set on sueing someone to try to get complaints deleted from Ripoff Report, a better option than suing the website or the operator of the site, Xcentric Ventures, LLC, is to go after the individual that authored the defamatory posts about you or your business.
Can You Get Copyrighted Content Removed from RoR?
Ripoff Report receives new copyright removal requests every week. Unfortunately few of the URLs are removed using this course of action.
How to Remove Ripoff Report Posts from Google Search Results
In most cases, the best method for dealing with negative Ripoff Report posts is to implement a reputation management strategy that utilizes a process known as Reverse SEO. These strategies push down Ripoff Report complaints in search engine result pages so that when customers search for you or your business on Google, Bing or another major search engine, they cannot find the negative RoR posts. This is the ideal option, as there is currently no other reliable way to completely remove a Ripoff Report post from the Internet.
InternetReputation.com has developed effective Reverse SEO tactics for burying Ripoff Report posts on Google. We use aggressive search engine reputation management campaigns to eliminate Ripoff Report from early pages on Google and other search engines for you or your company’s designated search terms. The goal of every Ripoff Report removal campaign is to clear negative results from the prominent pages of search engines and to replace all of the unwanted results with positive information that your company controls. Nine out of ten web searchers do not click past the first page, so moving a Ripoff Report result to page 5 or 15 will prevent almost all potential customers from seeing this harmful information.
Will the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program Help?
Ripoff Report has their own corporate advocacy program that is designed to help businesses improve their Internet reputation by openly resolving issues with unsatisfied customers. The problem with this program is that the negative report remains on the first pages of search engines. The Ripoff Report program adds content to the original report, which makes it rank higher. This program does not remove the negative remarks published before the new content.
Anonymity & Confidentiality
All Ripoff Report authors and members are protected from lawsuits by the website’s complete confidentiality practices. Guests can also post their reviews anonymously. The owners of Ripoff Report have spent millions of dollars in legal fees by refusing to honor subpoenas that request records containing the names and/or addresses of complaint authors. To maintain the integrity of the site and of its members, Ripoff Report accepts donations for their legal defense fund.
Why are Ripoff Report Complaints the Top Results Google Search?
For businesses owners, the anonymous posting of complaints poses a serious problem. Because of the website has been around for so long and contains so much unique content it has achieved a high domain authority, meaning it’s favored by search engines complaints posted on Ripoff Report tend to rank on the first page of Bing, Yahoo and Google search results for businesses that find themselves on the site. Infact, the tendency of Ripoff Reports to rank unusually high on Google is probably how most people find their business on the site in the first place.
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