The Reputation Management Blog

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Fact-Checking Fake News

Has any phrase been more divisive and frustrating during the election cycle and current federal administration than “fake news”? Seemingly innocent in its phrasing, the term has come to stand for entirely more than just a story with false facts.

Fake news—who makes it, who reads it, who believes it, and who profits from it—are all increasingly important topics in modern society, so much so that it now seems Americans live in two separate, competing realities.

5 min read

Change opinion by changing what Google says

Don't like the way Google profiles you? Delete it. Can't delete it? Hide it. Can't hide it? Dilute it. Can't dilute it? Suppress it. Google is more important than reality in many ways.

Do you define your reputation, or does your reputation define you? Do you control it, or does someone else? The good news is that perception can flow in both directions - for example when a business or person works to actively curate or repair their own reputation.

26 min read

Where to Guest Post: A Growing List

So you want to contribute to a blog? Awesome! Enjoy this growing  list of sites that we're pretty sure accept guest blogger articles. The sites in the list below most likely accept third-party posts or in some way help bloggers by providing things like syndication. We haven't tested every one of these for writing opportunities, but we have tested to see if they are live. We update and grow the list on a 'fairly' regular basis. Summaries are mainly those of the websites themselves. 

6 min read

Why do people click on bad news? Negativity bias

Why are people so negative? Humans have what is called a “negativity bias” because we’ve evolved to react to threats. Like Google, we’re pattern discovery machines; when something stands out, like a threat, our minds highlight it. Why is the news so negative? Because negativity bias is leveraged by the media to increase profits. The fact is, bad news gets more attention, more clicks, and leads to more revenue for the publication. Google also reacts to this pattern by giving people what they seemingly want - that often means more bad news.

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6 min read

Want to remove TheDirty.com? Permanent. Fast. Guaranteed.

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A good reputation is built slowly over a lifetime, but it can be lost in a single instant when a negative article is posted on TheDirty.com.

Fortunately, we're here to help. At Reputation X, we have a successful track record in doing what seems impossible - reclaiming your online reputation. Reputation X can usually remove a post on TheDirty.com within two to four weeks. If we can't do it, it's free. 

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How many ways does Google present information online?

Today there are least 18 different ways for a business, or person, to be seen in search results - and that doesn’t even count social channels. Different types of search results include Adwords at the top or bottom of the page, the Knowledge Panel in the upper right, images, reviews, news, shopping, videos and of course normal blue link search results.

4 min read

Can Bots Write Articles Yet?

Yes, bots can now write articles. Everyone who uses the internet has interacted with bots. Bots chat with us on apps, leave comments on articles and videos, and write social media posts. We know that bots have the ability to put words together coherently. 

4 min read

Augmented reality could overlay burqa's over women

Augmented reality is a data-overlay over the real world that usually takes place as goggles. But how could augmented reality take the mental-bubble model to extreme limits?

Taking the WSJ's article about the difference between conservative and liberal Facebook feeds a few steps further we could end up with burqa's overlaid over every woman's body through the magic of augmented reality.

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Just What is Internet Privacy?

Definition: Internet Privacy is the ability of individuals to control the flow of information and have reasonable access to data generated during a browsing session. Privacy is a major concern for all Internet users, but it is becoming more difficult to expect a reasonable expectation of privacy online. One of the problems with Internet privacy is that many users assume that they have control over their information. This is often not the case, particularly when they engage in activities such as social networking, which is essentially based upon sharing of personal information. 

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The difference between a VPN and a proxy

The main shared function of both Virtual Private Network (VPN) software and Proxy services is to give you, the user, control over your apparent IP address online. It’s not uncommon for many VPN service providers to also offer a proxy service as standard, however there are a plethora of standalone proxy services that can be used at a lower cost than most VPNs - even for free.

4 min read

Why Reputation Services Don't Always Work

Sometimes online reputation projects don't work. There are a number of reasons for a project not working out but a few that stand out. The number one reason is a lack of SEO, but there are other reasons like a disconnect between reality and expectations too. It's also important to note that not all reputation management companies are actually what they say they are. 

6 min read

The 5 Online Reputation Laws You Should Know

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Web reputations are fragile things. Sometimes it's necessary to invoke one law or another to support or attack a particular position. To remove slander, online defamation or libel are no different. But you need to know which laws apply. 

The secret, though, is that the law is often open to interpretation, especially when a law is relatively new and untested. Some of the body of online reputation law fits the “new and untested” heading. And while other elements are more settled, they don’t universally benefit those looking to burnish their online image or remove slander online. So while these five areas of the law may help your web reputation campaign, they may also work against it. In any event, this article will help you weigh the pros and cons, and consider the resources that might be involved.

5 min read

Branded vs. non-branded content: What’s the difference?

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  • Non-branded content supports branded content.
  • Branded content is obviously about your brand.
  • Non-branded content is about your industry or other supporting information about your brand. 
  • Both kinds of content work together.

What is branded content?

Branded content is usually clearly about a brand and appears to either represent the brand or portrays the brand as the subject of the content. It's content that has your brand "written all over it" even if you didn't create the content.  

Whereas Non-branded content, on the other hand, is not about the brand but still supports the industry or other areas of interest relative to the brand. The brand might be mentioned, but it is not the primary, or even secondary, focus of the content. 

3 min read

Converting customers into salespeople

Most business owners would agree that it would be beneficial to be able to turn their customers into sales people who go out and help bring in new business. The idea sounds complicated, and even expensive, but it may not  be that difficult to use your marketing programs to turn your customers into your own sales force.

5 min read

Crisis Management Team Best Practices

Chipotle will survive e. coli just like Jack in the Box did in 1993. But there is a 100% certainty a new threat will demonize some other company and destroy its reputation in the coming year. At the end of next year lists will be made of the biggest PR catastrophes. None of the players yet know they'll be next to dance at gunpoint. But who does the cleanup? There are often three pieces to a crisis management team: the internal team, third-party specialists, and ghost media consultants who work quietly in the background. 

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What is the Streisand Effect?

Summary of the Streisand Effect

On May 30th, 2003 it was reported that Barbra Streisand sued a man claiming an invasion of her privacy because he had shared aerial pictures of her Malibu home. Streisand inadvertently attracted more attention to her home by trying to suppress the images. The Streisand Effect is when the action of suppressing something to reduce or remove visibility it causes the opposite to happen. Similar terms include blowback and astroturfing. 

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