Negative, defamatory or unwanted online content, images and videos rank high in search results and damage your online reputation.
For individuals, negative or unwanted content can badly affect your personal and professional reputation. Years after an article, blog post, negative review, image or video has been published it can have a negative impact on online reputation.
Sometimes the damaging content can be taken down, removed, or blocked from appearing in Google search results via the right to be forgotten – but more often than not, it can be suppressed, or pushed down the search results.
When people Google you, what they see online can impact their perception. So what is the impact if there is anything negative appearing in your search results?
Well, did you know that Google controls 93% of search engine traffic? And that 90% of people only look at the first page of search engine results to form their impression?
If 64% of people trust Google search results when doing their research, then it is easy to see why people, companies and brands might want to find out how they can go about removing negative content from Google.
The last thing anyone wants is to be associated with anything negative, so whether you’re trying to negative google search results, negative images, or just clearing up the results that appear for your name, there are plenty of options available.
We are often asked: How do I remove something from Google? Although it is challenging and removing this type of unwanted content can be a complex area, we can help.
It is important to understand that removing information from Google doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be removed from the web completely. There is the option to remove the link from search engine results or to remove the information from the internet – which can take more steps.
Removing a link from search engines will separate it from your name, and will ensure that it is never seen again in Google’s search results. It is an effective way to removing content from Google but can be hard to do.
Igniyte has extensive expertise in challenging and removing defamatory and negative online content. We partner with legal firms to advise you on the options available to you. We will advise on what can be removed and how.
We work with you through the whole journey of rebuilding and protecting your online reputation. Online reputation management is the best way to challenge and delete Google content from page one of Google search results.
We use advanced search engine optimization techniques to help promote positive content to push down negative results or defamatory content.
Deleting unwanted or negative content from Google, including images and videos means that people won’t be able to find it. Negative results and articles rank higher because a negative headline will attract clicks. This causes them to naturally rise up the result pages. If you have an issue with a bad review or a negative news article it is important to get an effective online reputation management strategy in place.
We work with individuals, businesses and brands that can high levels of income and revenue each year. And when you’re dealing with a high level of sales, you can’t afford to have any negative search results on the first page of Google.
According to our research, the first ten results on a Google search can receive 91% of all search traffic.
And if the average clickthrough rate of a negative headline is 63% higher than its positive equivalent – what does that mean for you?
If you are a CEO or executive, then bad press or a personal reputation crisis will affect your credibility. At its worst an individual incident could ruin the individual or business it’s focused on. But it can also lead to lost revenue, a ruined reputation or impact on future opportunities.
But it isn’t easy to remove content from Google yourself.
Online reputation management takes time, effort and expertise. Any company that promises quick wins will be using black-hat SEO techniques that won’t be effective long-term.
Igniyte’s reputation managers are experienced and skilled in:
Google is a brilliant tool that will help you conduct research, find out more about business or brands, or even just find those trending memes. However, some search results on Google can be outdated, or no longer relevant. But after submitting the request via the outdated page removal, how long does it take to disappear?
Well, it can take up to 90 days after the removal request is received for inaccurate information to be no longer found. To be able to submit outdated information to Google, you must be the verified website owner of the page in Search Console. As part of the Google search console, there is a special tool to help you called the Remove Outdated Content.
In the same way, you can remove outdated content, you can also submit a request to delete an image. Google may remove images if they contain personally identifiable information, such as credit card numbers, or pictures of a signature, or if the images are “revenge porn”. You can contact Google directly to remove these images or contact the site’s webmaster directly to get the content removed.
Google reviews can be super useful for your business, but they can also have a negative impact too.
Whilst having both positive and negative reviews is not a bad thing, as it shows that you are a real business, problems can and do occur.
But the best way to handle negative reviews is to get more positive ones. However, if you have been the victim of trolling, or fake reviews what can you do to ensure that your reviews accurately reflect your business?
In the case of fake reviews, it is worth doing what you can in order to get that review deleted, or removed from your Google My Business page. There are steps you can take if you feel that your business has been on the receiving end of fake reviews.
If you believe that the review is fake, or promotes one of your competitors, you can flag it to be reviewed by Google for removal. But it is worth noting that only reviews that violate Google policy will actually be removed. Follow the following steps to flag a review:
It can take several days for your request to be reviewed. And there is no guarantee of success. Which is where Igniyte comes in. Get in touch with us to see how we can support you further.
You won’t be able to ask Google to remove bad reviews or negative articles because you don’t like them. But they will remove information if it poses a threat of identity theft, financial risk or other specific harms. The information they may remove is,
If the information falls within these categories, we can submit your request to Google. If not, we can work with you to push unwanted search results of pages one and two of Google.
Igniyte is completely transparent in advising you on the best approach. And about what is likely to be the most effective to put you back in control of your online reputation.
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