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Kent Campbell

Kent Campbell is the Chief Marketing Officer for Reputation X. He has over 10 years of experience in SEO, SEM, PPC, online reputation management, inbound marketing, public relations, and online brand strategy.

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PR: How to Create Articles that Perform

Published on 04/25/19 9:46 AM PST by Kent Campbell

Just because you write something doesn't mean it will rank well or be visible in search results. How an article is structured can make all the difference. This article outlines how to write an article both people and search engines will appreciate.

  1. Publish on the right website
  2. Choose the right title
  3. Technical and psychological/clickbait headlines
  4. The Description gets people to click
  5. The first paragraph is important
  6. Page length advice
  7. Bullets and numbered lists (like this one)
  8. How rich media increases dwell-time
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Why is Reputation Important?

Published on 03/04/19 4:53 PM PST by Kent Campbell

If you're here, you probably know exactly why reputation's such a big deal in 2019. You want you or your company to have access to the best opportunities, and a bad reputation can hinder that. A great reputation will open doors to fantastic opportunities and (if you're a business) unhindered access to your ideal client base. Here are just a few other benefits of a good reputation:

  • More business opportunities
  • A better selection of prospective employees
  • Higher company value
  • Lower marketing costs

People want to make the best choice, and they base their selection on the person or company that seems to be superior. Whether applying for a job or attracting business opportunities, a good reputation affects your bottom line.

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How Long Does It Take to Improve Google Rankings?

Published on 03/04/19 2:22 PM PST by Kent Campbell

Why does it take six months for a website to rank? We get asked this quite a bit. For the most part, it's because there is a lag time of between 10 and 20 weeks before listings start to improve in search results. The exception to the rule is viral content—if users signal content is of superior value, and they do so quickly, search listings can improve in hours. Unfortunately, not every piece of content is going to go viral. Spammy, low-quality SEO can have a quick effect, but it tends to rapidly off again and will more often than not make things worse.

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Dark PR: Some Agencies are Evil

Published on 04/13/19 3:44 PM PST by Kent Campbell

Some PR agencies specialize in destruction rather than enhancement of reputation.

Some of these agencies work for governments or political parties, others are private contractors, all have a similar agenda: Lay false trails, generate fake news, and use social media to weaken or decimate rivals by manipulating public opinion for nefarious purpose.

It isn't just fringe groups, but the apparatus of large governmental institutions like the National Security Administration (NSA) and the UK's Joint Threats Intelligence Group. It's even said that the NSA has apparently used negative online reputation management to discredit some peoples search results as was revealed in the "Disruption: Operational Playbook".

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How to Remove Images from Google Search if Google Won't

Published on 10/15/18 2:09 PM PST by Kent Campbell

Sometime negative search results take the form of images. Most often negative images cannot be removed from the internet. When they can be removed it is usually from the blog post, mugshot site, or article on which they reside and they must be removed by the publisher. Google will remove some images from search results under certain circumstances, but it is rare. Here's what to do when an image cannot be removed from the source or from search results.

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Know if Your SEO is Doing a Good Job

Published on 09/27/18 10:36 AM PST by Kent Campbell

How do you know if an SEO is doing a good job? Instead of waiting for results, you can get a glimpse of whether the work they are doing will be effective. Here are three relatively simple things you can check. Think of it as the SEO version of "trust but verify".

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How Many Leads Are Lost to Negative Search Results?

Published on 09/24/18 7:52 AM PST by Kent Campbell

Up to 90% of business leads research a brand online prior to a buying decision.

Research indicates that salespeople lose about 22% of prospective customers when only one negative article is seen when researching whether to buy a product or service. When there are two negatives in search results, the losses can double. When three negative things are seen in search results the losses can mount to almost 60%. 

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50 Tips for Website SEO Success

Published on 05/01/19 2:25 PM PST by Kent Campbell

For all the brands looking to improve their online presence, here is a checklist of 50 SEO tips that briefly cover everything from SSL certificates to schema to search friendly URLs and much more. Note: If you are looking for an online reputation checklist click here

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How to unlock branded search features in Google

Published on 09/14/18 8:59 PM PST by Kent Campbell

Google is your new home page. When a brand dominates their own search engine results, it sends trust signals to prospective customers. Control of the many aspects of search results like Knowledge Panel, carousel images, location information, Google posts, social media posts, and more not only provides brands with the ability to showcase why they're great, it also enables a company to keep competitors from sharing their online brand-space. This article discusses many of the ways brands can control how they're seen online.

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Google vs. Donald Trump's Reputation

Published on 08/28/18 9:59 AM PST by Kent Campbell

President Trump thinks Google is rigged against him. It's not, but it's not necessarily "fair" either. Google's portrayal of Trump is a reflection of people's desires - all the people, not a group or an individual. While Donald Trump has mastered the art of publicity, it's a genie let out of its a bottle. Once escaped it can have unforeseen consequences. 

For example, earlier today President Trump wrote that "Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED..."

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