How to "remove" bad reviews for a certain keyword from the SERPs

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Heya,

a freind of mine has the problem that some people wrote bad comments about his service into a forum, a blog and one even opened a whole page related to his product and how bad it is.

These three sites have now ranked right underneath his money site and he wants to get rid of them.

What do you guys think is the best way to "move" them to page to or even futher behind?

All the things mentioned are already two years old and have sticked there since then.

Thanks
#bad #keyword #remove #reviews #serps
  • Profile picture of the author ARVolund
    There is not really anyway to remove them. What you will have to do is replace them by creating and ranking enough new sites to push them off the first page.


    Originally Posted by BrainCandy View Post

    Heya,

    a freind of mine has the problem that some people wrote bad comments about his service into a forum, a blog and one even opened a whole page related to his product and how bad it is.

    These three sites have now ranked right underneath his money site and he wants to get rid of them.

    What do you guys think is the best way to "move" them to page to or even futher behind?

    All the things mentioned are already two years old and have sticked there since then.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author julien731
    I would say the same: you can't get these comments off ! Your concern (your friend concern anyway) is about e-reputation ! The only way to reverse this is to enhance your e-reputation with more good feedbacks than bad ones !
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    • Profile picture of the author BrainCandy
      Originally Posted by julien731 View Post

      I would say the same: you can't get these comments off ! Your concern (your friend concern anyway) is about e-reputation ! The only way to reverse this is to enhance your e-reputation with more good feedbacks than bad ones !
      Remove was not the correct word in the first place. What I meant was: how to outrank them.

      We already tried to build links to other positive blog postings and other sites that already ranked well - to no avail.


      @TryBPO:

      #1 will not work - no chance.

      #2 is already done; but as you know if there is something bad then there is something bad.

      #3 As mentioned above he tried to build links to other well-ranking sites but could not push them. They were not from twitter and facebook, though. That might help a lot. Thanks for that tip.

      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by BrainCandy View Post

        Remove was not the correct word in the first place. What I meant was: how to outrank them.

        We already tried to build links to other positive blog postings and other sites that already ranked well - to no avail.


        @TryBPO:

        #1 will not work - no chance.

        #2 is already done; but as you know if there is something bad then there is something bad.

        #3 As mentioned above he tried to build links to other well-ranking sites but could not push them. They were not from twitter and facebook, though. That might help a lot. Thanks for that tip.

        Thanks
        Keep building those backlinks. Depending how competitive it is, it is going to take time. You are not going to outrank those sites overnight.
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    Here are the best ways to get them "removed", easiest to more difficult:

    1. Ask whoever put it up to take it down (if possible) Nicely asking might work
    2. Turn negative into a positive. Respond to these complaints rationally. Even if you don't win him/her over, you might be able to show others that you're reasonable and the complainant is unreasonable.
    3. Out rank the complaints with other sites. Many social sites allow you to have the brand/company name in the URL (twitter.com/BRAND, BRAND.wordpress.com, etc.) and with just a bit of SEO, those should be able to outrank the complaints
    4. Seek legal assistance and start the legal process against whoever is doing it. Many times, a simple C&D will get people to give up the cause.
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  • Profile picture of the author usearchme2
    Theres nothing you can do and why should there be ? people are entitled to express their views about anything on the net, which can be a total pain if your on the end of someone who takes exception to your products or website.

    If it made certain claims that warrented legal representation then maybe you could get it taken down, but even then its not easy.

    Belive me ive tried in the past, best thing to do is just to work on your reputation moving forward and ignore the bad comments.

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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      The advice to seek legal counsel to get it taken down is
      downright laughable. If those things rank as high as your
      site, well, you really do have problems.

      But to hire a lawyer and seek to get it down? Oh brother...
      I don't know what internet planet you people are living on.

      Oh I know. Here comes the cargoing on....

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        The advice to seek legal counsel to get it taken down is
        downright laughable. If those things rank as high as your
        site, well, you really do have problems.

        But to hire a lawyer and seek to get it down? Oh brother...
        I don't know what internet planet you people are living on.

        Oh I know. Here comes the cargoing on....

        Paul

        I'm not a lawyer, but I agree on this one. The sites would have to contain something really inflammatory for you to have any legal leverage for something like this.

        Your best bet is to answer the complaints as openly and honestly as possible while working to get other sites ranked in their place.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Dales
    I think your best chance is to create about 10 blogs from High PR blogging platforms such Wordpress.com, blogspot.com, tumblr.com, typepad.com, webs.com, liverjournal.com, etc. . Post 3-5 unique and keyword-optimized articles in each of these blogs and then you point hundreds of backlinks to the blogs. That is quite a big undertaking because you are not just aiming to get 1 site to the No. 1 position but the aim is to fill the whole First Page of Google with allied/friendly sites. Can it be done? Yes of course! The only limiting factor is your determination and persistence to get these unfriendly sites off the Page 1 of Google.

    We have done these type of things several times with success and that is why I can say with confidence that it can be done. Search for "zara clothing" without the quotes in Google US and you can see 11 of our sites in Page 1 and 2 .Here are the sites we created as some sort of experiment to see if our spun articles can rank in Google:

    myzaraclothing.livejournal.com/
    zaraclothing.typepad.com/
    zaraclothings.weebly.com/
    myzaraclothing.tumblr.com/
    myzaraclothing.typepad.com/
    zaraclothing.posterous.com/
    zaraclothings.livejournal.com/
    myzaraclothing.blog.friendster.com/
    zaraclothings.blogspot.com/
    myzaraclothing.wordpress.com/
    myzaraclothing.onsugar.com/

    Now the above sites have only 1 spun article and about 100 backlinks each. Imagine if you post 3-5 unique and keyword-optimized articles in these kinds of blogs and you point 500 backlinks each.

    By the way, the above blogs were not created to displace an unfriendly site because we do not disclose information on clients for whom we did this kind of "displacement of unfriendly sites" service to protect our clients. However, this is exactly the same successful strategy we implement to displace unfriendly sites from the Page 1 of Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author BrainCandy
      Originally Posted by John Dales View Post

      I think your best chance is to create about 10 blogs from High PR blogging platforms such Wordpress.com, blogspot.com, tumblr.com, typepad.com, webs.com, liverjournal.com, etc. . Post 3-5 unique and keyword-optimized articles in each of these blogs and then you point hundreds of backlinks to the blogs. That is quite a big undertaking because you are not just aiming to get 1 site to the No. 1 position but the aim is to fill the whole First Page of Google with allied/friendly sites. Can it be done? Yes of course! The only limiting factor is your determination and persistence to get these unfriendly sites off the Page 1 of Google.

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      Thanks for pointing this out. That is a remarkable result you have there! And this is exactly what my buddy needs.

      I mean we have tried boosting the other sites that were already ranking but it did not help as we have no chance to make onpage optimization. But this could really work.


      The legal way is definitely not an option. First of all the person is not living in my friend's country. Secondly, the content is not nice but it is just his point of view. And the internet is a place of free speech.
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