We offer removal & suppression services for negative articles on news websites, online newspapers, and blogs.
Pricing can vary widely depending on the type of site and the content on the site.
For an absolute firm quote, please fill out the content form on this page and we will look at your issue confidentially and provide a quote.
About News Websites
News websites are online versions of popular local newspapers from all over the country. In the digital age, most newspapers – even in tiny rural markets – now have an online version of their printed publication.
But where physical newspapers are thrown away and forgotten about at the end of the day, stories on digital sites are not deleted. In fact, news media are under no obligation to remove anything they publish on their internet site, due to First Amendment laws.
If you’ve got a negative story that’s been written about you, you probably know this first hand. Contacting the editor of a newspaper to request removal of the article is often fruitless.
And while we’ve seen some cases where friendly editors have removed damaging news stories, this isn’t the norm.
So what do you do?
Effects Of Negative News Stories On Websites
Since most online newspapers are trusted, they carry high authority with Google. So if you Google yourself or your business, a story written about you in your local online newspaper is likely to rank very high.
As mentioned earlier, if this were the paper version, your story would be thrown out when the day is done. But since published content on the internet lasts forever, the story is likely to appear when people Google you or your company.
The effects of this can be very harmful. Here are some of the things people have said when they contacted us:
“I’m an investor and no one will do business with me when they find this story.”
“I’m looking for a job and having a hard time getting 2nd interviews. I think people are Googling me and finding the story.”
These are just a couple of the complaints we’ve heard.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an entrepreneur trying to protect your business reputation or an individual looking for a job – negative stories on news websites are harmful to you. And companies who’ve spent millions developing their brand identity can see it be taken down as negative news stories call their motives into question.
How To Handle A Negative News Article
You have three courses of action you can take when trying to get rid of a hurtful or damaging story.
First, you can contact the editor or the writer of the story and ask them to remove it. Hopefully, you’ve already tried this. If you haven’t, make sure you are extremely nice in your approach. Be truthful and explain how the story is causing you to lose customers and may put you out of business. If the story is false or needs corrections, you might gently ask the writer to update the article, so that it paints a more positive picture. If you’re genuine and kind, you might get results, but in our experience, that’s pretty rare.
The second thing you can do is try to push down the negative article in Google. You can attempt to do this yourself by creating new websites, social media sites, and getting published on other authority websites, but many find this to be a time consuming process that is very slow to work. We offer suppression services which push the negative story off page 1 of Google.
The third option is removal. What’s nice about removal is that the you nip the problem right at the root. Unlike suppression, you never have to worry about it coming back when Google changes it’s algorithm. The bad news story is gone for good. And the best news is that our removal service is guaranteed, which means you don’t pay unless the article is gone.
We’re one of the few firms that is able to offer guaranteed removal of news stories from online newspapers. And while this service is not cheap, it is definitely permanent. You won’t have to answer anymore questions about it and it won’t get in the way of you doing business or finding a job.
List Of News Websites We Can Push Down
This is just a partial list of news websites we can successfully push down in Google.
- Greenwich News (Connecticut, Greenwich)
- The Washington Post (Washington DC)
- Bessemer News (Alabama, Bessemer)
- Daily News (New York, New York)
- New York Post (New York)
- Sussex County News (Delaware, Georgetown)
- USA Today (National, Arlington, Virginia)
- Los Angeles Times (California, Los Angeles)
- The Washington Times (Washington DC)
- Wall Street Journal (New York, New York)
- Colleton County News (South Carolina, Smoaks)
- Blount County News (Alabama, Blount County)
- Hale County News (Alabama, Greensboro)
- Chicago Tribune (Illinois)
- Sylacauga News (Alabama, Sylacauga)
- International New York Times (New York)
- Boston Herald (Massachusetts)
- Daphne News (Alabama, Daphne)
- The Boston Globe (Massachusetts)
- The Miami Herald (Florida)
- Anchorage Daily News (Alaska, Anchorage)
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
- Arizona Republic (Arizona, Phoenix)
- The Dallas Morning News (Texas, Dallas)
- Detroit Free Press (Michigan)
More Info On News Story Removal
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
[NOTE: This section of the video is no longer true. Our proposals are now month to month pricing.] 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.[You can still call for help. We are still cheaper than the big firms.]
Articles published on online newspapers and blogs usually rank well. This is great if the article about you is positive, but if the story has negative connotations or is accusatory, you could find it troublesome to do business or find a job.
Some of our larger clients have reported losing tens of thousands of dollars because people become gunshy after Googling them and finding a negative story.
If you’re willing to make the investment to remove the negative story, we can help you. Use our online form to get a quote.
We’re a small firm of online reputation management professionals who specialize in the guaranteed removal of negative stories on news websites, online newspapers, and blogs.