April 25th, 2011 3:58 PM by Robin Bain
by Brett Bordershttp://onlinereputationedge.com/online-sabotage-reputation-extortion-on-complaint-sites
You can’t belive everything you read online. This is especially true if you read it on a trashy, anonymously-registered “complaint” site. These for-profit sites, like Rip Off Report, ComplaintBoard and Pissed Consumer – make big money by running huge blocks of ads alongside, over, under and inside the anonymous, negative “reviews” of companies. Some charge victimized business owners $5000 a year to edit or remove false reports.
These “consumer complaint” sites are being exploited by someone interested making reputable companies (especially successful ORM sites) look bad by using online sabotage: creating false libels against competitors. Someone out there is hiring third-world contractors to invent and systematically post “complaints” accusing legit company owners of fraud, theft and unethical business practices.
RipoffReport.com is a SCAM - It cas been called "Internet Terrorism" by more than a few victims.
See Channel 7 News video report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHAcf1fYknE
Online Reputation Management - 9 Ways to Deal with Negative Comments on the Internet
Written By: Karen Deis http://www.box.net/shared/3pds40a8ah
Your friend calls you and says, “Hey, did you know that somebody said something bad about you online?”
And just when you thought you were the best thing since sliced bread!
What a way to ruin your day!
Nobody’s perfect. But with social media, blogs, forums and articles posted by the millions each day, you
need — no, it’s critical - to monitor your online reputation.
Here are a couple of tips on how to stay on top of what people are saying about you — and 9 things you
can do to protect your online reputation.
Google has a feature called “Google Alerts”. Type in your name, your company’s name OR both. Google
will email you an “alert” whenever someone posts your name on the web—including blogs. Google Alerts
tells you where your name is being mentioned — right now! www.Google.com/Alerts
Search your own name on BOTH www.Google.com and www.Bing.com. They are two separate search
engines—giving you 2 different results! Each site will give you links to the blogs and websites you have
shown up on in the past.
Google your name with the word “complaints” (i.e. Mary Smith Complaints). There are plenty of websites
where people can complain about you.
If you belong to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin (or other social media sites) they also provide you with ways
to check on what people are saying about you.
Managing Your Online Reputation
Accept the fact that not everyone is going to like you. Once you learn that someone is
dissing you online, here are 9 things to consider:
1. Is it true?
2. Do you know who made the comment? Consider the source. Sometimes you know who dissed
you. However, there are those cowards who will slander you anonymously! If you find someone
hiding behind an avatar or fake name, call him or her out! Comment “since you won’t identify who
you are, you refuse to give any credibility to their statement until they tell you who they are”.
3. Is more than one person saying this about you? Whoa, you’ve got a bigger problem here. If
it’s true, or you can see why he or she feel that way about you, you’ll need to address each
complaint or comment on each blog page.
4. Do you ignore the comment? Some of the comments are just plain stupid and you can tell if the
person is being unreasonable. Refer back to #2 — consider the source. You can choose to just
ignore it, but keep on monitoring the site by adding it to your “favorites”.
5. Do you make a comment online or email the person privately? The comments you make
online will be there forever, so be careful what you say — especially if you are upset! Write out
what you plan to say and then ask someone else to read it. Hold off sending for a few days. Or, if
you have the person’s email address, it might be better to comment to them privately. Yeah, they
could always cut and paste your email comments but they are less likely to do so.
If you still think the post about you is stupid — and you don’t choose to ignore it, you can always
say you don’t feel the comments are justified and that’s all you’re going to say about it!
6. Do you understand what they are saying about you? Everyone has his or her own way of
interpreting a comment or a situation. Ask a couple of your friends to read the comments—and
see how they interpret them.
7. Do you apologize? If you decide that an apology is in order, not only should you apologize, but
state how you will change the process or behavior, and how you plan to “make it right”.
8. Do you dispute the comment? If you have a difference of opinion or dispute what the person is
saying about you—say so! Ask your friends to make favorable comments about you, too! You
need to defend yourself because no one else will and if that means enlisting the help of your
friends, so be it!
9. Should you hire someone to “bury” it? Depending upon how bad the comments are about
you, you have another option. There are Search Engine webmasters who can “bury” their
comments so deep into the web that they will be difficult for anybody to find.
On the other side of the coin, each time someone says something nice about you, definitely thank them
online — and comment back.
However, the only way you’ll ever know is by monitoring and becoming vigilant about your online
According to a United States law called the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230(c), websites like the Ripoff Report are protected from most forms of civil liability arising from user-generated content. This protection applies even if the website hosts material which is false and even if the site does not take any steps to investigate content prior to publication or remove content after receiving notice that the material is false.
It is simple to do your homemork:
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