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Reputation Management

Protect Your Reputation, Protect Your Profitability

The term “search engine reputation management,” once squarely in the Public Relations task, is increasingly sneaking into the search engine optimization realm. Monitoring your search engine reputation by analyzing results for complaint-speech (sometimes called “flames”) involving your brand name or trademarked words is extremely important. If users find a protest site in search results for your brand, they may click the link and believe what they read. Worse, they may base purchase consideration on the site’s content.

Reputation Ruined. Sale Lost.

Protest websites often seem credible, even when a complaint is frivolous or unfounded. A site owner may or may not be willing to speak with you to resolve the matter. An ever developing problem is that a number of Web sites offer complaint forums. Sites such as the Rip-off Report, Epinions.com, even Edmunds.com have moderated discussion boards where unhappy customers post complaints about products and services. Discussion pages from these sites can show up in search results, sometimes near your listings, sometimes on broader, category-defining keyword phrases where you’re not found at all.

Imagine: The sole online voice speaking to your prospective customer is someone who hates you.

Team Internet Marketing Search Engine Reputation Management Strategy

Our search reputation management strategy is simple: Displace the offending search listings with favorable ones and with your own content.

Optimizing a company’s primary content, namely its own website, is the best place to start. Often, a site has an abundance of non-optimized pages that can be leveraged for search engine reputation management, ranging from press releases to product specs that can quickly rank higher in search engine results than a protest site. Optimizing partner, affiliate or other content sources (with the partner’s cooperation) will usually accomplish the rest of the job.

Don’t Forget Paid Search Advertising

Search engine reputation management also extends to paid search advertisements too. Though major search engines don’t allow advertisers to infringe on trademarked terms in text ads; a surprising number sneak by. For this reason, paid ads on Google Adwords, Yahoo Search Marketing and others must be constantly monitored to complete the search engine reputation management strategy.

Recently, a company discovered a competitor advertising on its trademarked term and using the term as the title of a text ad in Google AdWords. Although Google prohibits such use, trademark holders must often bring offenses to Google’s attention. In this case, Google was alerted and the competitor was put on notice of the violation. The ad was taken down within days.

Team Internet Marketing utilizes advanced search engine reputation management tools to track pay-per-click (PPC) search ads on an ongoing basis. Unlike natural search results, PPC ads change by time of day. Some disappear as budgets expire. PPC ads from your competitors or trademark infringers are much more transient. They appear for some searches, not for others. They disappear on the weekends or evenings and reappear during certain hours.

Our Search Engine Reputation Management Team

To complement our search engine optimization programs, Team Internet Marketing has a specialized team of seasoned search engine reputation management professionals to assist in monitoring for and displacing protest sites. Unlike a traditional PR department, our team has the technical knowledge required to attain high rankings in natural search results. This is the singular skill most necessary to displace unfavorable results. Though understanding the importance and nuances of search engine reputation management is valuable, ability and experience in attaining a higher ranking than an offending site must be the primary consideration.

For more information on how Team Internet Marketing can search for and defend your company’s reputation, please contact us and speak with a search engine reputation management specialist.