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Contents

  1. Overview & Options
  2. Why Remove News Stories From The Internet
  3. How To Remove Negative News Articles From Google
  4. How To Measure The Impact of Negative Press On Your Business
  5. Costs Of Removing Negative News Stories
  6. Typical Problems Negative Stories Create
  7. Examples of News Stories We Can Successfully Delete
  8. Exceptions of Stories That Are Hard to Delete
  9. Removal Strategies You Can Try Yourself
  10. FAQ
  11. Resource List: Top 100 US Online News Websites
  12. Get Started

Overview & Options

In the current age of new media, small businesses are often left with no recourse when a spurious article appears online that shines a negative light on their operations. Whether they are true or not, damaging allegations can take on a life of their own once they’ve been published, with social media helping to spread the information and giving it a permanent online presence.

Options For Removal Of Online Content

Fortunately, there are options available to business owners and individuals that help them to protect their online reputations. I understand the importance of handling these matters promptly and confidentially in order to keep any and all disruptions to your business as minimal as possible.

Engage our team to get your negative news story deleted[link to contact form]. You will be advised every step of the way as we work toward a permanent deletion. The removal service is guaranteed, so you only pay if it’s successful and you’re satisfied.

Do it yourself. If you haven’t put in the effort to do it yourself, it is at least worth a try and won’t cost you anything. Contact the media outlets directly yourself or go through Google using some of the tips provided here.

Why Remove News Stories From The Internet

Before the internet came along, bad news had a life cycle. Negative or unwanted business stories in the newspaper were here one day and then gone the next.

The World Wide Web, however, is a permanent record. Almost every newspaper now has an online equivalent that never goes away.

So while a bad story about your company published in the LA times might only last a few days or weeks, the same story lives on the internet forever.

And since most online newspapers rank well in google, the negative article has a good chance of appearing on the first page of google when you check your company’s online reputation.

Even small, local community newspapers have an online presence and these stories can show up when you google yourself or your brand. 

Business owners and entrepreneurs understand how important their reputation is. A positive reputation means that a business can attract higher caliber employees, build a better relationship with their clients and customers, and charge a higher premium for their products and services. Conversely, a negative reputation can do permanent harm to your brand and turn customers away.

One typical challenge that businesses face in today’s era of social media is from bad reviews or blog posts. While I typically recommend that business owners ignore a single negative review, as trying to get it removed might backfire and draw more unwanted attention, sometimes a review, post, or article goes too far and rises to the level of defamation. In some cases, an unscrupulous individual will even create fake reviews to harm a competitor. In such instances, a professional online reputation specialist becomes essential.

Naturally, past clients are unable to publically testify regarding successful case studies, as their confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. However, I can share a couple of positive examples that highlight the benefits of Online Reputation Management (ORM).

How To Remove Negative News Articles From Google

Google has created a reporting mechanism that allows victims of fraudulent news stories to seek their removal. Of course, the most straightforward way to permanently eliminate an unwanted or defamatory Google search result is to completely eliminate it from the internet. If there’s nothing for Google to link to, then anyone searching for your name or business will no longer see the damaging information.

If this is not possible, Google policy states that they will remove the following information:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Images of signatures
  • Nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent
  • Confidential, personal medical records of private people (https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2744324)
  • Content that violates the law

The process for removal can be straightforward in certain cases, but other times, you will be required to provide information corroborating your claim or prove to Google the defamatory nature of the offending content. This is where an online reputation specialist comes in. I work with all my clients to develop a strategy of eliminating or minimizing the offending information and, whether it’s a DMCA request, Google’s automated removal process, or some other approach, assist you all the way through to a successful conclusion.

How To Measure The Impact of Negative Press On Your Business

Some customers will ask you about a negative news article. This is easy to measure.

But what about people who research you online and never call due to uncertainty and doubt triggered by the negative article?

Here’s a step-by-step method to get a basic idea of how many people might be viewing your article.

Step #1 – How many people are searching for your brand?

Setup an adwords account and use Google Keyword Planner to find out how many people are searching for you online.

company name and search volumeThis is a very basic computation and doesn’t take into consideration every permutation of your business name, such as:

  • company name + LLC
  • company name + location
  • company name misspelled
  • etc

This gives you a good starting point for our simple assessment of impact of the bad press article.

Step #2 – Determine the position of your negative news story.

Google the brand name from Step #1 and hit enter.

Not counting any Google ads, find the position of the negative link. Do this simply by counting the first organic search result as 1, the second as 2, and so on.

There are usually 10 organic results per page.

ranking of organic links

Step #3 – Find out the click-through-rate for organic search results

According to a Moz Study of click-through rates based on SERP position, links ranking on page one account for 71% of clicks. Links on page 2 and beyond get less than 6% of clicks.

Using the Moz data from the chart below, find the % of clicks for your negative article based on it’s position in search results.

Link Position% of Clicks
131.24%
214.04%
39.85%
46.97%
55.50%
6-103.73%
2nd page3.99
3rd page1.60%

*Moz notes the other 23% of people who don’t click an organic result, likely modify their search, click an ad, or see what they want “instantly” without clicking anything.

Step #4 – How many people are reading the negative article?

Multiply the avg. monthly search volume from Step #1 by the Click Through Rate in Step #3.

Let’s say we have 170 avg. monthly search volume and a bad link at position #2.

The math would be: 170 X 14.04% = 23.8 clicks per month to the negative link.

Step #5 – Calculate the potential impact on your business

Take the approximate lifetime value of 1 customer and multiply it by the number of people clicking the negative article each month.

If an average customer is worth $1,000 to you and you have 170 avg. monthly search volume for your company name and a bad link sitting at #2, the math would be:

$1,000 X 23.8 clicks/month = $23,800 per month of potential lost revenue

Now, obviously, not every person who clicks and reads your damaging online news story is going to walk away. Some will contact you and still do business with you.

But remember, from Step #1, you likely have variations of your business name that people also use to search for you.

So, these 5 steps just give you an idea of the potential impact of a bad story on your bottom line.

Costs Of Removing Negative News Stories

The cost for deleting an article from Google can vary widely, usually ranging from $3,500 – $10,000 or more.

Costs are based on the time and legal fees (if necessary) to get the editor or owner of the news website to remove your article. Since the removal service is guaranteed, you risk nothing by requesting a quote. And you only pay if we’re successful and you are satisfied.

Getting a quote is free. Get your quote by completing our form.

Typical Problems Negative Stories Create

Clients who contact us have a variety of reasons why they want to get articles permanently deleted from Google.

Typical problems negative stories create for businesses include:

  • Loss of business
  • Decrease in web traffic
  • Negative company image
  • Consumer trust

For individuals, the problems range widely including:

  • Inability to find employment
  • Problems doing business deals (typical for investors and entrepreneurs)
  • Deletion of mugshots or unflattering images
  • Removal of legal cases

Examples of News Stories We Can Successfully Delete

News stories that are the best candidates for removal are when you “in the right,” or at least if you are not guilty of the accusation. The actual content of the story DOES matter.

One good example of a story which can usually be removed is one relating to an arrest. If the charges were dropped, there is a good chance it can be deleted from the website.

We have literally had cases where a person gets charged with a non-violent crime such as fraud, DUI, or a minor infraction. The charges are dropped and the case never goes to court. But the news story is affecting this person’s business or ability to get work, as people judge him based off the arrest, not the fact that he or she was innocent.  We get it removed.


Exceptions Of Stories That Are Hard To Delete

Not every negative link or article is easy to remove or get de-indexed.

Brand new articles about fresh scandals, arrests or situations where the client is straightforward guilty of something beyond a minor issue are tougher to remove. This happens frequently. If you are guilty and strike a plea bargain, this is tougher to remove because it is true.

Also, damaging articles from reputable news sources that do not rise to the level of defamation can be nearly impossible to eliminate. The media outlets that post them generally keep them archived and accessible, and the search engines will require overwhelming proof that the news they contain violates one of their policies, which will usually require litigation.

It never hurts to have our professional team take a look at your situation and provide a quote. If the link can’t be removed, then suppression is your only option.

With suppression, I recommend you take a proactive approach to combating the negative publicity. There is no magic bullet solution, but with smart PR and branding practices, it is possible to create enough positive promotion to counteract the damage.

An important part of suppression strategy is implementing an aggressive and proactive social media presence that will highlight your strengths as a business and draw attention away from the offending article(s).


Removal Strategies You Can Try Yourself

The first thing I often recommend that my clients do is to reach out personally to the website hosting the negative content and ask that they remove it. This is especially wise with blog reviews and personal websites.

Be honest, explain the harm that is being caused to your reputation, and mention any actions you have taken to deal with the issue that caused the negative review in the first place.

This can often be an effective strategy, and by getting the content removed all together, you no longer have to worry about it showing up in search engine results ever again.

However, it is extremely important that any interaction you have with the person you are asking to remove content is pleasant and polite. Even if they refuse your request, behave professionally and warmly.

Getting into an argument with them will only make the situation worse.


FAQ

How long do newspaper articles stay online?

In theory, forever. Different sites have different policies regarding how long and what access they provide to their archives, but in many cases, the articles will remain forever unless you can succeed in having it taken down.

Do you need to hire a defamation attorney for removal?

Not necessarily. Depending on the situation, a lawyer may or may not be necessary, and in many instances, an ORM specialist will be able to remove or delist a negative article or post more quickly and more effectively.

How long does it take to remove negative information from the internet?

The length of time required varies. The process can be anywhere from a couple of days to several months.

How does the “guarantee” work?

You will be asked to sign a contract that says you agree to pay if the agreed removal is completed to your satisfaction. Generally, you’ll be asked to place funds with a 3rd party  independent escrow service, such as escrow.com.

If/when the news article is removed from the internet, funds are released. If we are not successful, your money is released back to you. You pay nothing. We risk all the hard costs and time involved.

What is the difference between deletion and de-indexing in Google? 

Deletion means that the content is completely removed from the internet so that no one is able to access it, while de-indexing means that it has been removed from Google’s search results. This means that only people who have the direct link will be able to find the offending content. 

Why do online newspapers rank so well in Google? 

Google ensures that newspapers score well in their search algorithms because they are trusted sources of information that update their sites daily or weekly. The sheer amount of content they provide and their popularity with online audiences means that Google relies on them to provide highly relevant search results. 

What if removal doesn’t work?

First off, if we can’t remove or delete the negative story, you pay nothing. We assume all risk and you lose nothing if cannot get the article deleted from google.

If we can’t remove the online news story, then option two is to push it down. Check out our suppression services and get a quote.


Resource List of Top 100 US Online Newspaper Websites

We can remove articles from any newspaper in the world. Here is a list of the top 100 US newspapers that rank very well in Google.

RankNewspaperCirculationURL
1USA Today (Arlington, Va.)2,278,022usatoday.com
2Wall Street Journal (New York, N.Y.)2,062,312wsj.com
3Times (New York, N.Y.)1,120,420nytimes.com
4Times (Los Angeles)815,723latimes.com
5Post (New York, N.Y.)724,748nypost.com
6Daily News (New York, N.Y.)718,174nydailynews.com
7Post (Washington, DC)699,130washingtonpost.com
8Tribune (Chicago)566,827chicagotribune.com
9Chronicle (Houston)503,114chron.com
10Arizona Republic (Phoenix)433,731azcentral.com
11Morning News (Dallas)411,919dallasnews.com
12Newsday (Melville, N.Y.)398,231newsday.com
13Chronicle (San Francisco)386,564sfchronicle.com
14Globe (Boston)382,503bostonglobe.com
15Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)372,629nj.com/starledger
16Journal-Constitution (Atlanta)357,399ajc.com
17Inquirer (Philadelphia)352,593philly.com
18Star Tribune (Minneapolis)345,252startribune.com
19Plain Dealer (Cleveland)344,704cleveland.com
20News/Free Press (Detroit)329,989freep.com
21Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)322,771tampabay.com
22Oregonian (Portland)319,625oregonlive.com
23Union-Tribune (San Diego)296,331sandiegouniontribune.com
24Register (Orange County, Calif.)284,613ocregister.com
25Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)279,032sacbee.com
26Post-Dispatch (St. Louis)278,999stltoday.com
27Herald (Miami)272,299miamiherald.com
28Star (Indianapolis)261,405indystar.com
29Star (Kansas City, Mo.)260,724kansascity.com
30Post (Denver)254,058denverpost.com
31Rocky Mountain news (Denver)253,834rockymountainnews.com
32Express-News (San Antonio, Tex.)236,918mysanantonio.com
33Sun (Baltimore)232,138baltimoresun.com
34Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)230,870mercurynews.com
35Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee)230,220jsonline.com
36Tribune (Tampa, Fla.)226,990tbo.com
37Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)226,854orlandosentinel.com
38South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)226,591sun-sentinel.com
39Times (Seattle)219,722seattletimes.com
40Dispatch (Colombus, Ohio)218,940dispatch.com
41Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)218,796courier-journal.com
42Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)216,441newsok.com
43Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)215,379charlotteobserver.com
44Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pa.)213,352post-gazette.com
45Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Tex.)210,990star-telegram.com
46Enquirer/Post (Cincinnati)206,320cincinnati.com
47News (Detroit)202,029detroitnews.com
48Herald (Boston)201,513bostonherald.com
49Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)191,591twincities.com
50Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)186,441richmond.com
51World-Herald (Omaha, Neb.)184,150omaha.com
52Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)183,024pilotonline.com
53Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, Ark.)182,789arkansasonline.com
54News (Buffalo, N.Y.)181,540wkbw.com
55News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)177,361newsobserver.com
56Courant (Hartford, Conn.)175,759courant.com
57Post (W. Palm Beach, Fla.)175,495palmbeachpost.com
58Tennessean (Nashville)174,073tennessean.com
59American-Statesman (Austin, Tex.)173,579statesman.com
60Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)172,593pe.com
61Review-Journal (Las Vegas)172,366reviewjournal.com
62Record (Hackensack, N.J.)170,408northjersey.com
63Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)168,362eastbaytimes.com
64Bee (Fresno, Calif.)157,546fresnobee.com
65Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)155,590jacksonville.com
66Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)154,599democratandchronicle.com
67Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)151,190dailyherald.com
68Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.)150,253triblive.com
69Journal (Providence, R.I.)148,700providencejournal.com
70Commercial Appeal (Memphis)146,252commercialappeal.com
71Register (Des Moines, Iowa)146,050desmoinesregister.com
72News (Birmingham, Ala.)145,655al.com
73Daily News (Los Angeles)145,528dailynews.com
74Asbury Park Press (Neptune, N.J.)145,508app.com
75Advertiser (Honolulu)141,934staradvertiser.com
76Press (Grand Rapids, Mich.)133,107mlive.com
77Tribune/Deseret News (Salt Lake City)128,186sltrib.com
78Times/Post-Intelligencer (Seattle)128,012seattlepi.com
79Blade (Toledo, Ohio)125,956toledoblade.com
80Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.)122,479lohud.com
81Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)122,388ohio.com
82Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)121,574daytondailynews.com
83La Opinion (Los Angeles)121,026laopinion.com
84World ( Tulsa, Ok.)120,583tulsaworld.com
85News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.)119,172knoxnews.com
86News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)119,077thenewstribune.com
87Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.)118,328heraldtribune.com
88Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)116,345tucson.com
89News Journal (New Castle, Del)114,435delawareonline.com
90Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)113,991syracuse.com
91Daily News (Philadelphia)113,951philly.com
92Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.)111,124kentucky.com
93Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)108,886mcall.com
94State (Columbia, S.C.)106,053thestate.com
95Journal (Albuquerque)105,966abqjournal.com
96News-Journal (Daytona Beach, Fla.)104,919news-journalonline.com
97Times (Washington)100,258washingtontimes.com
98The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)100,143postandcourier.com
99Press-Register (Mobile, AL)99,742al.com
100East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ)99,711eastvalleytribune.com

*Circulation data from https://www.infoplease.com/arts-entertainment/newspapers-and-magazines/top-100-newspapers-united-states


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