Negative news stories on your local newspaper’s website can prevent you from getting a job. The problem is potential employers Google you as part of their human resources background check and if they see something unflattering, it could call your employment into question.
Your first course of action is to contact the newspaper and see if they’ll remove or correct the story. Be very nice and explain how it’s affecting your life. If they won’t make any changes, we’ll help you affordably push it off page 1 of Google organic search results using reputation management.
Watch the video below for additional info.
Hi there, my name is Mike Munter. I’m with Affordable Reputation Management and I’d like to talk to you about online newspapers. If you’ve Googled your name and you see that there’s an article about you or your business from your local newspaper that’s ranking [in Google], we want to help you try to get rid of it.
What Are Online Newspapers?
Now, first of all, what are they? Well, here in Portland, we have The Oregonian, so the online version of the The Oregonian is oregonlive.com. The problem with many of these online newspapers is that they’re really strong sites and they generally have high authority and high trust with Google. So, if there is a negative article about you on these sites, it’s going to appear really high [in the search results].
How Can You Get Rid Of Negative Stories?
There are two things you can do. Let’s talk about how to remove it, how to get rid of it. The first thing you can do is you can contact the person that wrote the article or the editor of the online newspaper and ask them if they will correct the article or update it with new information, that casts you in a positive light. Or, if there was a problem and you were sued over something and now that lawsuit is over and the case was dismissed, you obviously want to try to get that information updated.
And we’ve seen a few cases where you can actually be successful doing that. I’ll encourage you to be very nice, be very genuine. You know, when you write the editor, tell them you’re trying to feed your family, you’re job seeking right now and every time you go into an interview, they Google you and they find this article.
That sometimes can work. Unfortunately, many newspapers have a policy that they won’t remove any content. And if that happens to you, you really have no choice other than to try to push it down with reputation management. We make that easy for you!
Reputation Management For Pushing Down News Stories
We charge you one flat fee to push down the negative article. We give you a timeframe as to how long we think it will take. And the nice thing is with that flat fee, no matter how long it takes, you’re guaranteed that you’ll only have one price [for your reputation management campaign]. So, you pay 50% up front and 50% on the back end.
If you shop around and you call some of the big firms, you’re not going to see that. You’re going to see that they charge you a huge fee and it’s all going to be due up front. Or there’s going to be monthly recurring fees, so the longer it takes them to push it down, the more it costs you.
With us, if it should happen to take longer than we think it will, it’s not going to cost you any more. And we’re going to be working really hard to push it down because we want to collect the back half of our fee.
So, if you need some help pushing down a negative article about you in your online newspaper, give me a call at 503-890-6663.