This company had been the target of unfavorable forum postings and a Ripoff Report, which were ranking in the Top 20 positions for several of their most-searched-for keyphrases. These negative listings were deterring potential customers and worrying existing members. As a result, the Client was losing business on a daily basis. At the worst point, over 20 percent of the positions were held by negative listings, ranging from negative posts in Travel Forums to entire Ripoff Reports.
These negative listings were highly visible and severely damaging the Client’s daily business. During initial phone conversations, customers would search for information on the Client and see words such as “scam” and “ripoff” and promptly end the conversation. This Client approached us with a desire to regain control of their Online Reputation-something for which they had worked for decades to establish and was being systematically destroyed by these damaging listings. The Client had four main keyphrases and wanted to Inoculate the top two pages of Google.ca-the version of Google that most Canadians would use for casual searching-for each of these keyphrases.
We analyzed the situation closely and determined which methods would be most beneficial to this particular Inoculation Campaign. We began by creating a strategy that highlighted and targeted all four keyphrases. The strategy included high quality content that the users would like to ready and find very informative. We also created more relevant content with a better user experience to out rank the negative review. We also became aware that Google was starting to place more importance on a search user’s geographic location and returning Search Results that were more focused on local search relevance. We utilized our knowledge of this trend by creating geo-focused assets that would receive immediate notice within Google.ca and still rank well for Google.com
Due to our proven Inoculation methods and ability to employ state-of-the-art Search Engine Optimization techniques, all of these reputation-damaging listings were pushed out of the Top 20 positions of Google.ca by Month 6 of the Inoculation Campaign. In an effort that was described as “above and beyond” by the Client, we also managed to furtively purchase the Canadian travel forum that had been damaging the Client the most. This action allowed us and the Client to head off one of the most dangerous sources and neutralize it.
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