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The Reputation X team is a collection of online reputation experts working in the areas of content planning, reputation strategy, search engine marketing, social media, technical public relations, and other more esoteric realms. We provide white-label reputation management, protect reputations and clean up search results for agencies, brands and people.

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The Role of CSR in Corporate Reputation

CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility. CSR is a term used to describe socially beneficial activities performed by businesses. Corporate Social Responsibility can take the form of philanthropy, activism, charitable giving, or volunteering. CSR Return on Investment (ROI) is often intangible, as is the case when tuning a CSR initiative to improve corporate online reputation.

7 min read

How and Why to Set Up a WikiData Page for Your Brand

  • Studies have shown that Wikipedia content ranks for 99% of Google searches, putting high importance on having a WikiData page setup for your business.
  • Wikidata doesn't show up in search results directly. It doesn't provide any inbound links. So why do it? It's used by Google to better understand your business. 
  • Setting up a WikiData page may seem intimidating at first glance, but Wikimedia made it easier by creating an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to make one.

What is a WikiData page?

There’s a reason Wikipedia content dominates search engine results pages (SERPs): it’s credible, recognized, and very SEO-friendly. And when we say dominate, we’re not using that term lightly.

8 min read

Is Your Online Reputation Score High Enough?

reputation scoring

Your company’s online reputation is a real-time evaluation of what people think of your company on digital platforms.

Every public action, interaction, or publication will affect your online reputation. The strength of your web content, the positivity of your social media interactions, and the reliability of your customer service, just to name a few, all work together to build a digital representation of your brand.

How the public perceives that representation is your online reputation.

7 min read

Is Your Corporate Reputation Helping…or Hurting?

Ask any business executive if they think having a good corporate reputation is important and the answer will be an obvious ‘yes’. But ask them what’s involved with having a good online reputation, maintaining one, or even what a good online reputation entails, and many will stumble trying to define a clear answer. It’s important to understand the ‘what’ and ‘why’ before setting up a reputation management plan. First, let’s start with the basics.

9 min read

Don’t let a bad company reputation sink you

A bad company reputation can lead to negative reviews and bad press, which can adversely affect your business’s bottom line. Here's why. 

 

How does reputation affect a business?

It can take companies years to build a positive reputation, but it only takes an instant to create a bad one that gives your organization a black eye.

In an economy where 70% to 80% of market value comes from hard-to-assess intangible assets such as brand equity, intellectual capital, and goodwill, organizations are especially vulnerable to anything that damages their reputations.

3 min read

When will Google remove search results?

Google will de-index (remove) some online content

It may be possible to remove a web page or site from Google search results. But there's more to it than using the Google removal tool and submitting a request. 

Most people think that what we see on the internet is there forever... but is it?

10 min read

Can the Yelp algorithm be beaten?

Let's get this out of the way first: Reputation X doesn't do fake reviews. Really. But the question of fake Yelp reviews does come up quite often - usually after a complaint from business owners that Yelp has been hiding some reviews (real ones) and not others. Some business owners even believe Yelp hides good reviews as a marketing tactic - for the record, we don't think that's true. 

Yelp does filter out real reviews all the time. It's understandably frustrating for business owners and marketing professionals who feel they are at the mercy of a heartless algorithm, because they are at the mercy of a heartless algorithm.

Yelps' algorithm is a big secret, but we've found some of the reasons both honest and less honest reviews are filtered out. We'll share them here.

11 min read

How to improve executive reputation

This article outlines how to build a strong executive brand online to support personal as well as corporate online reputation. It includes an overview of the issue, challenges, and a basic checklist of what to do. 

Every executive is the face of their company. A strong brand for every executive supports the mission of the organizational brand as a whole. Here is a summary of the issue and challenges before we get into the nuts and bolts of improving executive image online. If you just want to see the checklist click here

8 min read

Do Expired Domains Work for SEO?

Expired domains can be used under certain circumstances to improve the Google rankings of websites. But it must be done right. Here is a summary of the contents of this article:

  • Do expired domains work for SEO? Our studies say yes - sometimes - to a degree.
  • Can you rely on expired domains for all SEO? No.
  • Are expired domains Google-friendly? Yes if not abused.
  • Should expired domains be used for the main website? Maybe.
  • Can I use expired domains on websites I do not control? Yes, with limits.

4 min read

Delete Google Search Results

How do you get something removed from google search? Negative Google search results can sometimes be removed from the search engine or at the source. Pages that cannot be removed can often be pushed down, reducing visibility.

8 min read

Got downtime? A checklist to Improve Your Online Brand

Some will come out of this stronger, others less so - this article could help you emerge stronger. Stay-at-home orders have changed life and business for all of us. One of the many side effects of the new normal many are adjusting to is a sudden surplus of free time. Here’s a list of things to do for your brand with that time if you have it.

4 min read

How to strengthen online brand before a crisis

Strengthen your online brand before a crisis happens

Strong search results can stave off negative online content by making it more difficult for the negative content to rank in your branded search results. Put another way, reputation protection enhances the strength and relevance of good content. Online reputation protection is like insurance. Set up a protection plan ahead of time and you’ll be able to minimize damages when a crisis almost inevitably occurs.

5 min read

What is Doxing? Can I do anything to prevent it?

Depending on the source, the term doxing (doxxing) either comes from an abbreviation of the word documents, or docs, that has been turned into a verb; or it’s derived from the term “document tracing”; or it comes from the slang “dropping dox.”

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