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- Overview & Options
- Why Remove News Stories From The Internet
- How To Remove Negative News Articles From Google
- How To Measure The Impact of Negative Press On Your Business
- Costs Of Removing Negative News Stories
- Typical Problems Negative Stories Create
- Examples of News Stories We Can Successfully Delete
- Exceptions of Stories That Are Hard to Delete
- Removal Strategies You Can Try Yourself
- Resource List: Top 100 US Online News Websites
- 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.
This 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
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.
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|
*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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
|1||USA Today (Arlington, Va.)||2,278,022||usatoday.com|
|2||Wall Street Journal (New York, N.Y.)||2,062,312||wsj.com|
|3||Times (New York, N.Y.)||1,120,420||nytimes.com|
|4||Times (Los Angeles)||815,723||latimes.com|
|5||Post (New York, N.Y.)||724,748||nypost.com|
|6||Daily News (New York, N.Y.)||718,174||nydailynews.com|
|7||Post (Washington, DC)||699,130||washingtonpost.com|
|10||Arizona Republic (Phoenix)||433,731||azcentral.com|
|11||Morning News (Dallas)||411,919||dallasnews.com|
|12||Newsday (Melville, N.Y.)||398,231||newsday.com|
|13||Chronicle (San Francisco)||386,564||sfchronicle.com|
|15||Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)||372,629||nj.com/starledger|
|18||Star Tribune (Minneapolis)||345,252||startribune.com|
|19||Plain Dealer (Cleveland)||344,704||cleveland.com|
|20||News/Free Press (Detroit)||329,989||freep.com|
|21||Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)||322,771||tampabay.com|
|23||Union-Tribune (San Diego)||296,331||sandiegouniontribune.com|
|24||Register (Orange County, Calif.)||284,613||ocregister.com|
|25||Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)||279,032||sacbee.com|
|26||Post-Dispatch (St. Louis)||278,999||stltoday.com|
|29||Star (Kansas City, Mo.)||260,724||kansascity.com|
|31||Rocky Mountain news (Denver)||253,834||rockymountainnews.com|
|32||Express-News (San Antonio, Tex.)||236,918||mysanantonio.com|
|34||Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)||230,870||mercurynews.com|
|35||Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee)||230,220||jsonline.com|
|36||Tribune (Tampa, Fla.)||226,990||tbo.com|
|37||Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)||226,854||orlandosentinel.com|
|38||South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)||226,591||sun-sentinel.com|
|40||Dispatch (Colombus, Ohio)||218,940||dispatch.com|
|41||Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)||218,796||courier-journal.com|
|42||Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)||216,441||newsok.com|
|43||Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)||215,379||charlotteobserver.com|
|44||Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pa.)||213,352||post-gazette.com|
|45||Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Tex.)||210,990||star-telegram.com|
|49||Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)||191,591||twincities.com|
|50||Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)||186,441||richmond.com|
|51||World-Herald (Omaha, Neb.)||184,150||omaha.com|
|52||Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)||183,024||pilotonline.com|
|53||Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, Ark.)||182,789||arkansasonline.com|
|54||News (Buffalo, N.Y.)||181,540||wkbw.com|
|55||News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)||177,361||newsobserver.com|
|56||Courant (Hartford, Conn.)||175,759||courant.com|
|57||Post (W. Palm Beach, Fla.)||175,495||palmbeachpost.com|
|59||American-Statesman (Austin, Tex.)||173,579||statesman.com|
|60||Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)||172,593||pe.com|
|61||Review-Journal (Las Vegas)||172,366||reviewjournal.com|
|62||Record (Hackensack, N.J.)||170,408||northjersey.com|
|63||Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)||168,362||eastbaytimes.com|
|64||Bee (Fresno, Calif.)||157,546||fresnobee.com|
|65||Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)||155,590||jacksonville.com|
|66||Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)||154,599||democratandchronicle.com|
|67||Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)||151,190||dailyherald.com|
|68||Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.)||150,253||triblive.com|
|69||Journal (Providence, R.I.)||148,700||providencejournal.com|
|70||Commercial Appeal (Memphis)||146,252||commercialappeal.com|
|71||Register (Des Moines, Iowa)||146,050||desmoinesregister.com|
|72||News (Birmingham, Ala.)||145,655||al.com|
|73||Daily News (Los Angeles)||145,528||dailynews.com|
|74||Asbury Park Press (Neptune, N.J.)||145,508||app.com|
|76||Press (Grand Rapids, Mich.)||133,107||mlive.com|
|77||Tribune/Deseret News (Salt Lake City)||128,186||sltrib.com|
|79||Blade (Toledo, Ohio)||125,956||toledoblade.com|
|80||Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.)||122,479||lohud.com|
|81||Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)||122,388||ohio.com|
|82||Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)||121,574||daytondailynews.com|
|83||La Opinion (Los Angeles)||121,026||laopinion.com|
|84||World ( Tulsa, Ok.)||120,583||tulsaworld.com|
|85||News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.)||119,172||knoxnews.com|
|86||News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)||119,077||thenewstribune.com|
|87||Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.)||118,328||heraldtribune.com|
|88||Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)||116,345||tucson.com|
|89||News Journal (New Castle, Del)||114,435||delawareonline.com|
|90||Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)||113,991||syracuse.com|
|91||Daily News (Philadelphia)||113,951||philly.com|
|92||Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.)||111,124||kentucky.com|
|93||Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)||108,886||mcall.com|
|94||State (Columbia, S.C.)||106,053||thestate.com|
|96||News-Journal (Daytona Beach, Fla.)||104,919||news-journalonline.com|
|98||The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)||100,143||postandcourier.com|
|99||Press-Register (Mobile, AL)||99,742||al.com|
|100||East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ)||99,711||eastvalleytribune.com|
As experienced online reputation specialists, we remove negative news articles from the internet, guaranteed. Don’t let bad press ruin your business reputation. Get it deleted from Google now.
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