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Getting Posts on Blogger Deleted from Google Search

Many a times, you will come across blog posts on Google’s very own content creation and blogging platform, Blogger. It is the simplest means by which one gets to share their thoughts with the world. Plus, as it is a Google platform, AdSense and other such programs also come handy. Clearly, Blogger remains one of the most popular blogging tools in the world. What has really added to its popularity is that it is absolutely free to use and has a very simple interface. Therefore, more people get a chance to portray their thoughts.

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 How to Get Unwanted Info on Blogger Blogs Removed from Search Results

However, quantity is sometimes the biggest deterioration of quality. Google does not act as a content moderator on Blogger. In fact, with such a huge number of blogs, it becomes more or less impossible for the platform to scan through every post possible and moderate it. It requires more human effort than software and therefore, it is the most difficult task to moderate the content. However, if you, as a user find any kind of harmful, obscene, offensive or invasive, you can use the Report Abuse tool and let Google know about it. However, you must be aware of the Terms of Service and the Content Policies at Google before getting to report abuse any post or profile.

You must keep in mind that if there is a satire or a political commentary or even a case where some imagery appears distasteful, Google will not be liable to remove the content without the prior permission of the judiciary or without legal notice. Therefore, before you indulge in any such activity, make sure that you are aware of the rules and regulations regarding it. Time and again, Google has proved to be a proactive company that takes notice of all the customer demands and reporting abuse is one of such cases where Google reacts almost immediately. Whenever the post or profile of someone has been removed by the company, the owner will be notified about the same via email. It is also possible that a content advisory is placed before the blog is accessed so that the readers can become aware of the situation as well.

7 Ways to Get Google to Delete a Post published on Blogger

There are various types of report abuses or violation of terms or service. They have been divided into 7 categories, which are mentioned below.

1. Cite Legal Issues

This is probably the most serious type of violation that may come across for any of the content creation platforms.  Most of the legal issues are centered on copyright infringements. Whenever you click on any of the report abuse terms, you will be asked to notify which of the Google products or services you have suspected. When you chose blogger, you will be asked to check which one of the conditions applies to you. The issues may contain the infringement on someone’s copyright, malware or phishing cases, the cases related to content containing defamatory material (it must be supported by a legal notice) and might contain issues related to sale of counterfeit goods as well.

Therefore, you have to be really careful in these cases. A copy of your application will be sent as a legal notice to the owner of admin of the blog and you also give Google total rights to get the application published in their Transparency report as well as the Chilling Effects Project. Before you hit proceed, remember that claims need to be supported by evidence.

2. Use of Hate Speech, Violent or Crude Content

This is a disputed area, where individual tastes collide with the freedom of speech and expression. Blogger does not really have the right to remove any content because it has a negative outlook towards a person or an organization or if the presentation is not tasteful. However, if you find that the blog is really beyond self expression and goes into the depths of negativity and criticism, then you can submit the URL of the blog to Google. Though there is no provision for legal notices, Google will take the appropriate steps on reviewing the blog content.

3.  Bullying or Harassment Issues

Again the freedom of expression collides with individual tastes. However, bullying or harassment is strictly not allowed on a blog. If you find that any person in the blogging universe is trying to attack you with his speech and comments then you have the right to submit that post URL to Google and the company will take care of the matter on its own.

4. Malware, Spam and Phishing

There are many reasons why such blogs make for a worthless read. They do not have any real content and are simply meant to waste your time. Moreover, such kinds of blogs are normally stuffed with keywords and links that are of no use to the customer. If you click on one link, you will again pass through the same process of clicking on several different links and so on. They are certainly not worth anything, but they may get very irritating.

Phishing is the case where a link, message or any other webpage tries to trick you into buying something or prompt you in such a way that you reveal the credit card number or any other such financial information to the attacker. This is clearly the most dangerous of them all and you lose a lot of money in this way.

The final kind of attack is from malware. These are messages; links or small programs that will hack into your account and send spam messages or make multiple pages on your blog that may indulge in phishing activities in your name. Therefore, you must be careful about them as well.

If, in any case, you find that a blog or a post is indulging in any of these activities, you would simply have to provide the URL of the blog to Google. There are no chances that Google will reply to your application individually, but you can be sure that once the blog has been submitted, the company will take notice, review the blog and take the necessary steps.

5. Nudity or Adult Content

The Blogger Terms of Service allows the users to write or post any sort of adult content on the platform. There are no restrictions whatsoever on nudity. The authors or admins of the blog also get a chance to show a warning on their blog. Therefore, if you get the URL of the blog, you will be directed to a page that contains warning to adult content. You will only be redirected when you wish to proceed. However, this is an optional step for authors.  In other cases, if you feel that the blog is presenting nudity in extremes or is getting distasteful, then you can flag the content and it will automatically be reported to Google. You will again have to submit the URL of the blog to Google and the company would then review the content. Remember, that even if Google allows adult content, it is strictly against Child Sexual Abuse. These types of cases are to be reported immediately. Google will delete the blog immediately and report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well.

6. Personal Information Disclosure

If somebody is posting information about you, like your personal information, your credit card number, your social security number, your address or your phone number, other than that has been listed for public viewing on your profile, you must report it to Google immediately. Remember, that this does not apply to the information you have shared on your profile and opened for public viewing. You must, in all cases, protect your personal information online. In any circumstances that someone else is using your private information on the net, you can tell Google about the URL of the blog as well as the information that has been posted about you. This would lead to quick remediation.

7. Impersonation Issues

If somebody is using your identity, real pictures etc to make a fake account or profile on Google, then too you can report to the company. If the profile has been made for parody or satire, then the company would not have any rights to review or delete the account. However, you can report any other incidences to the company and they will take care of the matter. Don’t forget that attaching a scanned copy of your valid ID is essential in this case.

Google’s Terms of Service have been formulated in such a way that the right to expression and the freedom of speech are not hampered. On the other end, the company is also very serious about grave issues like theft of identity or phishing and copyright infringement. As a user, it is always better to report the issues to Google as soon as you come across them on Blogger. As a free platform with millions of webpages, it is literally a herculean task for the company to moderate each and every post. Therefore, you can act as a virtual moderator and help Google in maintaining Blogger as a free expression medium rather than a disdainful or distasteful medium of expression of negative thoughts.

You must make sure that as a responsible person and user, you always help the company in its pursuit of providing great products and services to the users and provide only great content. If any content or a blog has been deleted, the author and the readers will be notified with a copy of the legal notice, so that they may become aware of the situation and safeguard themselves against any such unpleasant situations in the future.

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Unpublish Criminal Court Cases on Google

Court Case & Criminal Records on Google

As news publications move increasingly from print to an online focus, many issues are being thrown up around privacy, especially in the case of criminal records and court cases. The way the legal system works should allow an individual who has been arrested on suspicion of a crime and not charged, or found not guilty, to carry on with their life as normal, as if the arrest never happened. They will have a clear criminal record (as they should, as they have not been found guilty of a crime) and should be able to disassociate themselves from the details of the arrest. As more and more publications digitize their databases however, increasing numbers of people are finding out of date information related to past arrests and court cases, even when their criminal records are completely clear of any such incidents.

Clearly, this can have a hugely negative affect on people’s lives. There are many reported cases of people struggling to find or keep employment, or even get a date, because when businesses are hiring, or people want to know more about a prospective date, they generally turn to Google, where the arrest article is often the top or only listing relating to that person’s name.

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Wiping your digital record clean

So how can people combat this problem? One proposed solution, changing your name, is an extreme way to solve the problem, with associated costs and inconveniences that render the option unrealistic for most people. Another option is to pay a PR company or reputation management firm to clear internet searches of any unwanted results.  Many people, especially those innocent of any crime or wrongdoing, object to having to take such extreme measures to re-establish their reputation when they have been found guilty of no crime. So how can you get old arrest articles with details about court cases removed from Google?

Unfortunately, people who find themselves in this position are unlikely to make any great headway by approaching Google directly. Google’s search platform does not host or create the content in question, it merely indexes it. URLs can be reported to Google for removal from the search listings, but the request will only be honoured if the article is in breach of privacy or other laws, which is unlikely to be the case here. The best initial approach is to contact the publisher of the article and ask them to withdraw it. See Google’s useful guide to contacting a webmaster for tips on how to do this if the site does not have clear contact information.

Dealing with publishers

In many cases the publisher will remove the information, or add an amendment to say that the charges have been dropped, the individual’s criminal record expunged, or that they were found not guilty if the case made it to court. However in many cases the outcome will be less positive; in fact many publishers have rules against unpublishing old content, stating that they will not ‘rewrite history’, and if it is a court case, unfortunately it is a matter of public record, and public record makes no distinction between whether the information is available in printed form or on the web. The good news is that even though the details of the case have to stay on public record, you can request that sites such as public.resource.org implement a small piece of code blocking the page from search engines, which will go some way towards resolving the issue.

Clearing unpublished/deleted court case information from Google

Once the publisher has agreed to remove the information pertaining to your arrest, court case or criminal record, amend it, or implement the code to prevent the page being indexed by search engines, the details in question should naturally drop out of the search results over time. Google crawls the web regularly, indexing web pages as it goes, and replaces old information with new, to keep their search listings up to date. This process means that the information about your case will eventually be removed from the listings following a successful negotiation with the publisher. However, as Google also makes use of cached (stored) pages, if you want to be entirely sure that your criminal record or court case is removed from Google, you should contact them to submit a request for removal of a cached page.

What to do if the publisher refuses to remove, amend, or prevent search engines from crawling the page. If your negotiations with the person who published details of your arrest or court case are unsuccessful (which they may well be), the best course of action is to resort to some reputation management. There are companies out there who can do this for you; however there are some relatively simple steps you can take to start to turn the situation around on your own. First of all, search for yourself in different ways and make a note of the keywords that bring up the negative search result. These will come in handy when you start to build your positive reputation.

The next step is to start creating pages in high profile social networks and blogs, and try to use as many of them as you can. This great article from Abine Inc. has a good list of places to start. This is where you can make good use of your keywords. Use the keywords that previously brought up results about your court case, arrest or criminal record, and build them into the positive content. This way, Google is more likely to return the positive content when people enter these search terms. Find unrelated news articles and review sites, and post reviews using your real name. These won’t make as much of an impact as creating the other pages, but every little helps. You should also try to link between your accounts; for example try linking your Facebook page to your Flickr page, and your Flickr page to your Twitter account and so on. This all helps to build your positive online profile, and eventually you should knock that negative article from the search engine front page.

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Why Negative Online Reviews Matter, and What Can Be Done About Them

In a blog posting on the website Social Media Today, written in 2010, the author suggests that negative online reviews can be positive for business owners. The writer suggests that negative reviews allow business leaders to “open a dialogue” with their customers, and become aware of problems with their products and services. The author even quotes a study that reads, in part, “The accelerated adoption of customer reviews indicates a more enlightened approach to handling negative comments—that is, the acknowledgment that occasional negative reviews do not hurt sales.”

Unfortunately, in the world of the Internet, what was true two years ago is rarely true today. In fact, current research seems to indicate that negative reviews can, and do, have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line.

The Impact of Going Negative

In study conducted by Cone Communications in late 2011, 89 percent of consumers admitted that they found online reviews to be trustworthy. In addition, the study found that four in five consumers had changed their minds about a purchase due to negative information they found online. In other words, consumers trust the information they find online, and they demonstrate their trust with their dollars. In addition, unlike the beliefs held in 2010, consumers seem to trust negative information more than positive information.

So what kind of damage can a negative review do? According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California’s Marshal School of Business, a negative review could take $1.4 million from a company in the short term, and $3.3 million in the following two weeks. In these days of shrinking budgets and financial shortfalls, this is cold, hard cash that most companies can ill afford to lose, and it’s certainly not an issue any company can afford to ignore.

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DIY Solutions

Most executives are accustomed to handling issues on their own. After all, this DIY spirit is likely what has helped these professionals vault to the top of their professions. When it comes to online reviews, there are tools that the intrepid executive can use, however, there are significant pitfalls associated with handling these issues alone.

Google, the top-rated search engine in the world, allows registered users to sign up for alerts. When any information is posted about a company, the owner of that company will receive a message from Google. It sounds like an excellent way to manage an online reputation, however, these alerts can be incredibly time-consuming, and they can also be quite distracting. If business leaders are consistently bombarded with information about their businesses, and they’re tempted to respond to each alert they receive, they may be caught in a loop of multitasking, consistently working on one project while thinking about another. Multiple studies have demonstrated that this sort of multitasking is detrimental to performance. For example, a study in the journal Computers and Education found that students who multi-tasked had lower grades than students who simply focused on one task until it was complete. It’s easy to assume that executives who monitor their own reputations may turn in a diminished performance at work, due to the demands of multitasking.

In addition, there are very few things executives can do on their own to remove negative reviews. For example, reviews placed on Google Places can be very negative in tone, and they can even contain false or inaccurate information, but the executives at Google will rarely remove the posting. The Google FAQ page reads, “…Google Places reviews are a forum for users to share both positive and negative opinions. We do not arbitrate disputes and more often than not, we leave the review up.” Similarly, Yelp also does not moderate reviews, telling business owners, “We don’t arbitrate disputes, so your best bet is to contact the reviewer or post a public response in order to clear up any misunderstandings.” Business owners who hope to respond to these negative reviews by asking the sites to simply remove the reviews may face a dead end.

Those who hope to pay writers to draft positive reviews, in order to drown out negative content, should think twice. According to multiple blogs, review sites are now creating filters that look for content that is copied and pasted into multiple sites, and that content is being removed. Content farms that draft up multiple positive reviews and then post them on all review sites may simply be wasting their time, as those reviews are often deleted within minutes.

Other Reasonable Solutions

Most online review sites will allow users to delete their own postings, and often, they will be motivated to do so if they receive some sort of compliment, apology or voucher for future service. It may smack of blackmail to some business owners, but it is an approach that seems to resonate with reviewers.

Reputation management firms can monitor a company’s reputation, looking for negative reviews and then interacting with the writer of the blog entries on the company’s behalf. If the response is rapid, and the amendment offered is reasonable, the writers will often remove those reviews and the cleanup required will be minimal. The company will be left with only positive reviews, and this can boost a company’s online profile.

Reputation management firms can also create a barrage of content that is positive in tone, and that holds the same keywords found in the negative reviews. Consumers hoping to find out about a company will be met with pages and pages of search results that explain the company’s benefits and positive attributes, and if these consumers continue to dig for reviews, any negative content will seem much less powerful. After reading through five, six or even eight pages of positive content, the negative content will seem like an outlier, and will therefore be ignored. Most consumers won’t even bother to read this content in the first place.

If you’d like to know more about this service and how it can help you, contact www.removesearchresults.com for a free consultation.

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How to Fix or Remove Complaints on RipOff Reports

Reputation Management to Suppress Complaints on RipOffReport

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In the digital era, it’s all too easy for disgruntled, unhappy or even mentally ill people to air their grievances in a public forum. As the founder of Ripoff Reports, Ed Magedson, famously said, “Right or wrong, true or false, we will all be blogged. It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when.” Mr. Magedson might know this basic fact better than anyone else on the planet, as the website he founded is often the first place irate people go to when they have an axe to grind.

Harmful Statements

Ripoff Reports claims to house more than 600,000 reports, pulled together since the company was founded in 1998. Some comments are tied to verifiable people who can be tracked via search engines, but many comments are posted anonymously. Each story represents a tiny ding in the reputation of the company profiled. Estimates vary on how much those dings could add up to in hard dollars, but one lawsuit claimed that the report caused an 80 percent dip in business, virtually overnight.

Each RipoffReport complaint contains a title, and as a blog post in SEOmoz suggests, those titles seem to be stuffed with keywords. The title given as an example reads: “Russ Whitey [sic] Education Group Scam Rip Off Fraud Misrepresentation Deceptive trade practices Securities and Exchange Russ Whitney Foreclosure Wealth Intelligence Academy Law Suit/ Focus On Foreclosure Cape Coral Florida.” The owners of the site claim that these are the sorts of titles people write when they are angry. Whether or not this statement is true, it is clear that repetitive titles like this tend to perform well in search engine algorithms used by Google. The search engine will see repeat words as “points,” and the more points a title accrues, the higher it will move in search engine results. People searching for a company or an individual on Google might be hit with a Ripoff Report on the first page of search results, due to these headline issues.

Working With RipoffReport

The site is adamant that it will not remove content, no matter if that content is true or not. The law seems to support RipoffReport here, as well as Xcentric, the company that stands behind the site. In fact, in a ruling handed down in 2011, the judge writes, “However much as this Court may disapprove of business practices like those embraced by Xcentric, the law on this issue is clear. Xcentric enjoys complete immunity from any action brought against it as a result of the postings of third party users of its website.” The company isn’t responsible for the content generated by users, and so the company has no real incentive to remove or amend content.

What the company can and will do is accept a fee in order to “investigate” claims. In one such program, Ripoff Report will hire an outside investigator to research claims, and if they are proven false, those comments will be amended. This VIP Arbitration program will only deal with information that can be proven false, however, and since much of the information provided in a report falls into the realm of opinion, this provides very little help to most companies. RipoffReport also provides a Corporate Advocacy Program in which companies can respond to comments directly and (perhaps) have false information removed. However, both of these programs are expensive, and many executives might blanch at paying any sort of fees to a company that caused such immense problems in the first place.

An Alternate Method to Handling RipoffReport Complaints

In 2011, due to a technical glitch, Ripoff Report was temporarily removed from Google’s search index capabilities. When Mr. Magedson learned of this, he wrote: “It was an ‘in your face’ reminder that sites like Ripoff Report depend on Google to survive.” This statement contains the kernel of hope that companies can expand upon to fight back against Ripoff Report, without rewarding the company for providing the services it provides.

Reputation management companies have the ability to determine what sorts of keywords are stuffed into the headlines and text of common Ripoff Reports. With this information, reputation management companies can create copy that contains the same keywords, but is much more positive in tone. With this flood of articles, the Ripoff Report will be pushed to later Google search pages, and the report will seem much less credible, since the user has seen so many more positive results that came before. In addition, according to SEOmoz, other search engines such as MSN/Live and Yahoo! are either banning the site from search results, or severely limiting their ability to rank high on result pages. People who invest in reputation management may be able to project an entirely positive image for people who use these alternate search engines.

While dealing with RipoffReport complaints can be difficult and disheartening, reputation management companies can really help make a difference for consumers. Contact us to find out more.

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Removing Newspaper Articles

From “Published” to “Unpublished”: How To Remove Articles From The Internet

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Children in school are often chastened when they hear that a terrible deed will be placed on their “permanent record.” The idea that some minor slipup could follow the child for years, making prestigious schools seem out of reach, is enough to make most children shape up and begin behaving admirably once more. While most adults believe they have left the days of the permanent record behind them when they walk across the stage and accept their diplomas, the truth is that the Internet seems to function like a permanent record for many people. In fact, news articles that were written about some people could be present on the Internet for decades, and they could be incredibly difficult to get rid of.

The “Unpublish” Movement

News agencies often cover local arrests, and some articles may contain information about difficult times that people would rather forget. People often find their harmful arrest information such as mugshots and other arrest information extremely hard to remove. Articles, once written, rapidly “go live” on the Internet, and they’re easy for searchers to find via Google or any other search engine. Since putting information on the Internet is so incredibly easy for news organizations to do, many people also assume that these same organizations will quickly and easily take information down when they are asked to do so. Unfortunately, most news agencies are extremely reluctant to do that. In an article on the topic published by the Canadian Journalism Project, an editor summed up the industry’s stance by saying, “Unpublishing is a word that doesn’t accurately reflect what people are asking. They’re asking us to censor or rewrite history.”

Writers and editors of newspapers and magazines feel as though their articles make up the public record. Simply erasing a story seems, to these professionals, to be an amending of history, and that’s not something most of them are willing to do in most cases. For example, in a study referenced by the Canadian Association of Journalists, of the 110 editors surveyed, not one would remove content based on simple remorse or embarrassment on behalf of the person in the article. Something much more serious would have to take place in order for these professionals to even consider removing articles from their sites.

Amendments and Corrections
Instead of removing articles altogether, some news agencies will agree to amend an article that contains errors or omissions. Some agencies do this by correcting the articles themselves, while others attach small notes to the top or the bottom of the article and clarify the issue. Some agencies even write complete stories that outline the issue. As the editor of the New York Times puts it in an interview, “We do make mistakes and it’s really important that we not just fix what was wrong but make it clear to readers that we made a mistake … This is the reason why we wouldn’t go in and just make something go away or unpublish something. We tell the reader what the right information is rather than making the wrong information or the story disappear. “

Unfortunately, this tactic could make the embarrassing situation much worse for the person covered in the article. Now, instead of dealing with one embarrassing article that details the person’s name and indiscretions, there are multiple articles that outline the original issue and the news response to the issue. This could make the original problem bigger, not smaller.

A Solution for Removing Newspaper Articles and other Online Problems.

If news agencies will not remove content, and speaking to them about removing content makes the situation worse, people who are dealing with damning content might be better served by working with a reputation management firm. These companies can craft content that is keyword dense, and positive in tone, so these articles will move to the top of search results and paint people in a positive light. According to a study published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, people who run searches are heavily influenced by the order in which results are presented. They trust links that come first. By pushing down negative links that come from news organizations, reputation management firms can make those links seem less relevant, and they might be more likely to be ignored.