The Online Reputation Management Blog

9 min read

How negative reviews affect business

Consumers of all ages and walks of life are turning to the internet first when they want to learn more about a business or product. Specifically, they’re checking out online reviews. Websites like Yelp, Angie’s List, Facebook, OpenTable, and Google Reviews are considered to be trusted consumer resources, where discerning buyers can get a feel for how different products and services stack up to each other.

8 min read

SEO tools we use

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We are often asked what SEO tools we use. Here is a partial list of third-party SEO tools we use at Reputation X.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a component of online reputation management (ORM). A good SEO strategy uses content, link building, negotiation, and other specific criteria to help push your website towards the top of search engine rankings. SEO tools make it easier. While every SEO expert has their favorite tools, here are ours. If you are looking for reputation monitoring tools, you can find them here

7 min read

Online reputation monitoring tools overview

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Monitoring your online reputation will provide the insights you need into what is prospects, customers, and other stakeholders are saying about you. You’ll improve your understanding of customers, and that will shed light on to what degree your products or services perform in search results and commercially. To top it off, you'll have a better chance to avoid a crisis or controversy by catching it in its early stages before it has a chance to get out of control.

8 min read

Someone with your name is doing bad things. What to do?

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Are you the only person in the world with your name? Probably not. We work too hard maintaining our reputations to fall victim to someone else’s mistakes. This can happen if someone with the same name as you or your company is involved in a scandal or some type of negative publicity. The reputational downfall associated with their name can affect you since you share the same name and, as a result, the same search results.

Sometimes the actions that other people take can affect your own reputation in serious ways.

  • What do you do when someone with the same name as you is involved in a scandal?
  • How do you distinguish yourself if you have a very common name?
  • What tools can you use to monitor what is being said about your name online?

11 min read

Use Sentiment Analysis to Win the Brand Comparison War

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People will compare your brand with that of your competitors long before they contact you. Sentiment analysis allows you to track the opinions that people are expressing about your brand online, whether they are positive, negative, or neutral. Sentiment monitoring and analysis tools and techniques will give you a solid understanding of the status of your reputation online and help you to target your own content plan to either improve negative sentiment or to reinforce positive sentiment.

9 min read

Reputation management - Selecting which branded content to optimize

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A content suppression campaign works to reduce the visibility of negative articles that appear in search results. Many people ask how this type of reputation management campaign works. While there are quite a few factors that go into suppressing negative online content in search results, the existence of content that meets certain criteria, or lack thereof, makes all the difference. Here we discuss two scenarios and how to approach each.

19 min read

Checklists and tips: Create and promote winning blog posts

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You’ve just finished your latest blog post. You’ve dedicated hours to create it. But what happens if nobody reads it? Without a solid content promotion plan in place, your readership may never increase. In fact, you should be spending more time promoting your posts than you spend actually writing them. Here are the main points:

7 min read

Don't pick the wrong search phrases

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Originally published on 21 July 2019

Using "related searches" for a reputation management campaign may provide short-term improvement, but cause long-term problems by associating a client's brand with a negative query. Here's how to avoid that.

11 min read

Value of corporate reputation as an intangible asset

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Just like we measure the revenue and turnover rates for a business, its corporate reputation is equally as important, yet more difficult to measure. Despite our inability to precisely “calculate” corporate reputation, the future of your business relies on your ability to keep it in good standing.

8 min read

How to block Archive.org?

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There is a lot of apparently bad / old / inaccurate information out in the world about how to block archive.org, otherwise known as "The Wayback Machine" from scraping your site. This is the most accurate information we can find about it as of this writing. Spoiler alert: Internet Archive did remove our site once we asked, but the robots.txt method did not work. 

10 min read

How to Manage Online Reviews for Small Businesses

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Every additional 1-star improvement can increase business 9%. Think about that. 

If you are in business, chances are one of your main sources of business is from your review and star-rating websites.

By this point, you’ve surely put the time and effort into making your profile stand out from the rest of the crowd. But the work doesn’t end there. You must continue to manage your business reviews to make sure qualified (real) customers are leaving reviews, the positive reviews out number the negative ones, and that any issues are being addressed so that lower star-ratings don't appear as often. 

An easy way to do this is to put a review management plan into action. You can use tools to do this yourself, or have an agency do it for you

6 min read

How to Make a Page Disappear from Google

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Can you make a web page disappear from search results? Yes, if you have access to it.

You can make Google ignore a web page, making it "disappear" from search results, by adding a "noindex"meta tag to the HTML code of a single web page on your site.

If you don't have access to the site, someone does. The trick is getting them to do it. That's where negotiation for reputation repair may come in handy.

When Google crawls the page with the noindex tag on it the search engine will delete the page from search results. This method only works if you control the website and have access to the HTML code of a page.

5 min read

How to see your online brand the way prospects do

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Search engines don't always show brands in their best light. When potential clients and customers search online search engines serve up many different types of content - most of it out of your control. They may reveal blog posts from your competitors, show reviews from review sites like Yelp or Angie’s List, or even negative articles about the brand. The key is to identify and then optimize customer touch points your brand can control.

10 min read

Anatomy of Search Results & How to Rank in Google

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It takes hard work to snag a spot on the first page of Google search results. There are many aspects to consider, such as creating relevant content, incorporating relevant keywords and links, and crafting an enticing search result that makes people want to click on it. But before you can create content that excels, you need to understand how it might be displayed. 

  • Understanding the anatomy of a search result page can help you create content that entices people to click your link.
  • Structure, organize, and promote your content effectively to rank high in SERPs.
  • Update and refresh content to keep it relevant.

10 min read

These 9 things make articles rank better in Google.

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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 create an article people will appreciate, and search engines will reward with higher visibility.

  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
  9. Add "schema" to your HTML to get rich results in Google and Bing
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