We offer removal & suppression services for negative articles on news websites, online newspapers, and blogs.
This includes our service to remove negative news stories from Google.
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? Your next step should be to contact us to see if we can remove the negative news article from Google for you.
How To Remove Negative News Articles From Google
Google has created a reporting mechanism that allows victims of fraudulent news stories to seek their removal. Of course, the most straightforward way to permanently eliminate an unwanted or defamatory Google search result is to completely eliminate it from the internet. If there’s nothing for Google to link to, then anyone searching for your name or business will no longer see the damaging information.
If this is not possible, Google policy states that they will remove the following information:
- Social Security numbers
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Images of signatures
- Nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent
- Confidential, personal medical records of private people (https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2744324)
- Content that violates the law
The process for removal can be straightforward in certain cases, but other times, you will be required to provide information corroborating your claim or prove to Google the defamatory nature of the offending content. This is where an online reputation specialist comes in. I work with all my clients to develop a strategy of eliminating or minimizing the offending information and, whether it’s a DMCA request, Google’s automated removal process, or some other approach, assist you all the way through to a successful conclusion.
Why Remove News Stories From The Internet
Before the internet came along, bad news had a life cycle. Negative or unwanted business stories in the newspaper were here one day and then gone the next.
The World Wide Web, however, is a permanent record. Almost every newspaper now has an online equivalent that never goes away.
So while a bad story about your company published in the LA times might only last a few days or weeks, the same story lives on the internet forever.
And since most online newspapers rank well in google, the negative article has a good chance of appearing on the first page of google when you check your company’s online reputation.
Even small, local community newspapers have an online presence and these stories can show up when you google yourself or your brand.
Business owners and entrepreneurs understand how important their reputation is. A positive reputation means that a business can attract higher caliber employees, build a better relationship with their clients and customers, and charge a higher premium for their products and services. Conversely, a negative reputation can do permanent harm to your brand and turn customers away.
One typical challenge that businesses face in today’s era of social media is from bad reviews or blog posts. While I typically recommend that business owners ignore a single negative review, as trying to get it removed might backfire and draw more unwanted attention, sometimes a review, post, or article goes too far and rises to the level of defamation. In some cases, an unscrupulous individual will even create fake reviews to harm a competitor. In such instances, a professional online reputation specialist becomes essential.
Naturally, past clients are unable to publically testify regarding successful case studies, as their confidentiality is of the utmost importance to them. However, I can share a couple of positive examples that highlight the benefits of Online Reputation Management (ORM).
How To Measure The Impact of Negative News Stories On Your Business
Some customers will ask you about a negative news article. This is easy to measure.
But what about people who research you online and never call due to uncertainty and doubt triggered by the negative article?
Here’s a step-by-step method to get a basic idea of how many people might be viewing your article.
Step #1 – How many people are searching for your brand?
Setup an adwords account and use Google Keyword Planner to find out how many people are searching for you online.
This is a very basic computation and doesn’t take into consideration every permutation of your business name, such as:
- company name + LLC
- company name + location
- company name misspelled
This gives you a good starting point for our simple assessment of impact of the bad press article.
Step #2 – Determine the position of your negative news story.
Google the brand name from Step #1 and hit enter.
Not counting any Google ads, find the position of the negative link. Do this simply by counting the first organic search result as 1, the second as 2, and so on.
There are usually 10 organic results per page.
Step #3 – Find out the click-through-rate for organic search results
According to a Moz Study of click-through rates based on SERP position, links ranking on page one account for 71% of clicks. Links on page 2 and beyond get less than 6% of clicks.
Using the Moz data from the chart below, find the % of clicks for your negative article based on it’s position in search results.
*Moz notes the other 23% of people who don’t click an organic result, likely modify their search, click an ad, or see what they want “instantly” without clicking anything.
Step #4 – How many people are reading the negative article?
Multiply the avg. monthly search volume from Step #1 by the Click Through Rate in Step #3.
Let’s say we have 170 avg. monthly search volume and a bad link at position #2.
The math would be: 170 X 14.04% = 23.8 clicks per month to the negative link.
Step #5 – Calculate the potential impact on your business
Take the approximate lifetime value of 1 customer and multiply it by the number of people clicking the negative article each month.
If an average customer is worth $1,000 to you and you have 170 avg. monthly search volume for your company name and a bad link sitting at #2, the math would be:
$1,000 X 23.8 clicks/month = $23,800 per month of potential lost revenue
Now, obviously, not every person who clicks and reads your damaging online news story is going to walk away. Some will contact you and still do business with you.
But remember, from Step #1, you likely have variations of your business name that people also use to search for you.
So, these 5 steps just give you an idea of the potential impact of a bad story on your bottom line.
Effects Of Negative News Articles 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 from people who want us to remove negative news from Google.
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.
- Akron Beacon Journal – ohio.com
- Alabama Local News – al.com
- Albuquerque Journal – abqjournal.com
- Allentown Morning Call – mcall.com
- Anchorage Daily News – adn.com
- Arizona Republic – azcentral.com
- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – arkansasonline.com
- Asbury Park Press NJ – app.com
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ajc.com
- Austin American-Statesman – statesman.com
- Baltimore Sun – baltimoresun.com
- Bergen Record – northjersey.com
- Boston Globe – bostonglobe.com
- Boston Herald – bostonherald.com
- Buffalo News – wkbw.com
- Charleston Post and Courier – postandcourier.com
- Charlotte Observer – charlotteobserver.com
- Chicago Tribune – chicagotribune.com
- Cincinnati Enquirer/Post – cincinnati.com
- Cleveland Plain Dealer – cleveland.com
- Columbia- The State – thestate.com
- Columbus Dispatch – dispatch.com
- Contra Costa Times – eastbaytimes.com
- Daily Herald – Suburban Chicago – dailyherald.com
- Daily Oklahoman – newsok.com
- Dallas Morning News – dallasnews.com
- Dayton Daily News – daytondailynews.com
- Daytona Beach News-Journal – news-journalonline.com
- Delaware News Journal – delawareonline.com
- Denver Post – denverpost.com
- Denver Rocky Mountain News – rockymountainnews.com
- Des Moines Register – desmoinesregister.com
- Detroit Free Press – freep.com
- Detroit News – detroitnews.com
- East Valley Tribune – eastvalleytribune.com
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram – star-telegram.com
- Fresno Bee – fresnobee.com
- Grand Rapids Press – mlive.com
- Greenwich News – greenwichtime.com
- Hale County News – halecountyal.com
- Hartford Courant – courant.com
- Honolulu Star Advertiser – staradvertiser.com
- Houston Chronicle – chron.com
- Indianapolis Star – indystar.com
- Jacksonville Times-Union – jacksonville.com
- Kansas City Star – kansascity.com
- Knowville News-Sentinel – knoxnews.com
- LA Opinion – laopinion.com
- Las Vegas Review-Journal – reviewjournal.com
- Lexington Herald-Leader – kentucky.com
- Los Angeles Daily News – dailynews.com
- Louisville Courier-Journal – courier-journal.com
- Memphis Commercial Appeal – commercialappeal.com
- Miami Herald – miamiherald.com
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – jsonline.com
- Minneapolis Star Tribune – startribune.com
- Mobile Press-Register – al.com
- New York Daily News – nydailynews.com
- New York Post – nypost.com
- Newark Star-Ledger – nj.com
- Newsday – newsday.com
- Omaha World-Herald – omaha.com
- Orange County Register – ocregister.com
- Orlando Sentinel – orlandosentinel.com
- Philadelphia Inquirer – philly.com
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – post-gazette.com
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – triblive.com
- Providence Journal – providencejournal.com
- Raleigh News & Observer – newsobserver.com
- Richmond Times-Dispatch – richmond.com
- Riverside Press-Enterprise – pe.com
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – democratandchronicle.com
- Sacramento Bee – sacbee.com
- Salt Lake City Tribune/Desert News – sltrib.com
- San Antonio Express-News – mysanantonio.com
- San Diego Union-Tribune – sandiegouniontribune.com
- San Francisco Chronicle – sfchronicle.com
- San Jose Mercury New – mercurynews.com
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune – heraldtribune.com
- Seattle Times – seattletimes.com
- Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer – seattlepi.com
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel – sun-sentinel.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch – stltoday.com
- St. Paul Pioneer Press – twincities.com
- Sylacauga News – sylacauganews.com
- Syracuse Post-Standard – syracuse.com
- Tacoma News Tribune – thenewstribune.com
- Tampa Bay Times – tampabay.com
- Tampa Tribune – tbo.com
- Tennessean – tennessean.com
- The Blount Countian – blountcountain.com
- The Oregonian – oregonlive.com
- Toledo Blade – toledoblade.com
- Tucson Daily Star – tucson.com
- Tulsa World – tulsaworld.com
- USA Today – usatoday.com
- Virginian-Pilot – pilotonline.com
- Wall Street Journal – wsj.com
- Washington Post – washingtonpost.com
- Washington Times – washingtontimes.com
- West Palm Beach Post – palmbeachpost.com
- White Plains Journal News – lohud.com
Examples of News Stories We Can Successfully Delete
News stories that are the best candidates for removal are when you “in the right,” or at least if you are not guilty of the accusation. The actual content of the story DOES matter.
One good example of a story which can usually be removed is one relating to an arrest. If the charges were dropped, there is a good chance it can be deleted from the website.
We have literally had cases where a person gets charged with a non-violent crime such as fraud, DUI, or a minor infraction. The charges are dropped and the case never goes to court. But the news story is affecting this person’s business or ability to get work, as people judge him based off the arrest, not the fact that he or she was innocent. We get it removed.
Exceptions Of Stories That Are Hard To Delete
Not every negative link or article is easy to remove or get de-indexed.
Brand new articles about fresh scandals, arrests or situations where the client is straightforward guilty of something beyond a minor issue are tougher to remove. This happens frequently. If you are guilty and strike a plea bargain, this is tougher to remove because it is true.
Also, damaging articles from reputable news sources that do not rise to the level of defamation can be nearly impossible to eliminate. The media outlets that post them generally keep them archived and accessible, and the search engines will require overwhelming proof that the news they contain violates one of their policies, which will usually require litigation.
It never hurts to have our professional team take a look at your situation and provide a quote. If the link can’t be removed, then suppression is your only option.
With suppression, I recommend you take a proactive approach to combating the negative publicity. There is no magic bullet solution, but with smart PR and branding practices, it is possible to create enough positive promotion to counteract the damage.
An important part of suppression strategy is implementing an aggressive and proactive social media presence that will highlight your strengths as a business and draw attention away from the offending article(s).
News Story Removal [Video]
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.
News Story Removal FAQ
How long do newspaper articles stay online?
In theory, forever. Different sites have different policies regarding how long and what access they provide to their archives, but in many cases, the articles will remain forever unless you can succeed in having it taken down.
Do you need to hire a defamation attorney for removal?
Not necessarily. Depending on the situation, a lawyer may or may not be necessary, and in many instances, an ORM specialist will be able to remove or delist a negative article or post more quickly and more effectively.
How long does it take to remove negative information from the internet?
The length of time required varies. The process can be anywhere from a couple of days to several months.
How does the “guarantee” work?
You will be asked to sign a contract that says you agree to pay if the agreed removal is completed to your satisfaction. Generally, you’ll be asked to place funds with a 3rd party independent escrow service, such as escrow.com.
If/when the news article is removed from the internet, funds are released. If we are not successful, your money is released back to you. You pay nothing. We risk all the hard costs and time involved.
What is the difference between deletion and de-indexing in Google?
Deletion means that the content is completely removed from the internet so that no one is able to access it, while de-indexing means that it has been removed from Google’s search results. This means that only people who have the direct link will be able to find the offending content.
Why do online newspapers rank so well in Google?
Google ensures that newspapers score well in their search algorithms because they are trusted sources of information that update their sites daily or weekly. The sheer amount of content they provide and their popularity with online audiences means that Google relies on them to provide highly relevant search results.
What if removal doesn’t work?
First off, if we can’t remove or delete the negative story, you pay nothing. We assume all risk and you lose nothing if cannot get the article deleted from google.
If we can’t remove the online news story, then option two is to push it down in Google search results.
Costs Of Removing Negative News Stories
The cost for deleting an article from Google can vary widely, usually ranging from $3,500 – $10,000 or more.
Costs are based on the time and legal fees (if necessary) to get the editor or owner of the news website to remove your article.
Since the removal service is guaranteed, you risk nothing by requesting a quote.
And you only pay if we’re successful and you are satisfied.
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.