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Google seems to be supporting extortion SEO from sites like RipOff Reports - is this really another example of their "Do No Evil" mantra. Even Matt Cutts protects them.
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from JoshuaSciarrino 1936 Days ago #
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Honestly. I think it’s difficult to judge in this matter. Yea, RipOff Report sucks and creates a new industry (reputation management) but to have only positive things about a company is too unbalanced. For example; X company is good, Y company is good, heck, everyone is good, Utopia!!This is obviously is not reality. We don’t live in a Utopia where every company is "good", some are down right slimly and someone should be exposing the slimly practices of that company.Now, I don’t fully agree with RipOff Report’s method of allowing someone to just click a button to say they were a client (and easily lie) but the alternative would be almost impossible to enforce. That alternative being that the company being accused "verifies" each complaint, who wants to do that? Lol.Anywho. But about Google, which is the root of the complaint. Honestly, I don’t see how you could attack Google for showing the bad. It’s how the algo has been for a while. (I’m not saying the algo is perfect but it helped us find information about that search query). If Google were to delist such bad reports, it would be dishonest and would be a HUGE censorship issue.In addition, I just wish people would stop whinning and attacking Google’s "Do No Evil" motto. Google is out for money, not you. It’s says it wants to create the best user experience, for it’s users (to keep the customers returning). What’s in the best interest for Google’s users, isn’t the best interest of your company. Get used to it and stop complaining. It’s the world of business. Grow a pair or get out.I’m sorry but Search and Business isn’t 4th grade where you taddle-tale on a kid to the teacher because he threw sand in your eye. Search and Business is war to make money. It’s cut throat and no one cares if you die (it’s sad...but true). So, grab a shield (content) and sword (links) and fight for your repuation. End Rant.

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from superaffiliate 1936 Days ago #
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I think it’s exhortion when you pay them money to have your records expunged or have them place "good" comments under your complaint.  

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from mridout196 1935 Days ago #
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Not all the reports are "made up" either :/

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from ViperChill 1934 Days ago #
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Rip Off Report is a total joke, trust me. I’ve dealt with over 50 people getting in touch with me who have problems."Want a listing removed? Just give us a few thousand dollars" is usually a response they get.

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from pageoneresults 1934 Days ago #
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If you’ve been a victim of the Ripoff Report there are a variety of ways to deal with this. One, just leave it be. Use it to your advantage to show clients what can be achieved through authority and misguided trust. Use the RR to sell your knowledge of how services like that work. If you are worried about one RR listing appearing for company name searches and there are no other negatives there, that would be very easy to dispute. But, if someone went on a ballistic negative SEM campaign to disrupt your SERPs, Reputation, etc., prepare for the fallout. I’ve seen people get put out of business by negative reputation campaigns. I was recently asked to review one of these RR listings. I’m not one to get into litigation challenges but if what I saw and what people are describing is true, don’t they call that a Class Action Lawsuit in the making or something like that? ;) You can "drive" the RR listings if you have the time and resources. Twenty community profiles managed just right will bump a typical RR listing down to page 2 or further. It all depends on your profile influence within the networks. For those that don’t have this option, you may want to consider posting a rebuttal to the RR on your own site and be sure to keep the original complaint intact while referencing. Do not link to the RR! You can use RR name references throughout but DON’T LINK to the RR! You can use an unlinked URI reference for users to visit the RR listing if you’d like, but only one and at the end of your rebuttal. Use that rebuttal to help power further juicing for bumping of the RR listing. We all know that once stuff like this gathers steam in the Internet Marketing Communities, things begins to happen. Let’s hope that things turn out for the best for all parties involved. I have to wonder why miscreants haven’t pwned that site yet? Maybe they just haven’t published the right complaint yet?

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from ANOnym 1934 Days ago #
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A year-old post at SEOmoz explains why there are rumors that RR has never lost a case and other things:http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-anatomy-of-a-ripoff-report-lawsuit

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from defendtruth 1934 Days ago #
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@JoshuaSchiarrino

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from purdue512 1934 Days ago #
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Excellent points above. I like the idea of refuting on your own site (no link, got it). But overall, it seems too easy to just flame people online. Does anyone else feel this way? I see people getting attacked left and right. I think it would happen much less face-to-face. One of the downfalls to technology really.

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from slingshotseo 1931 Days ago #
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I’ve been working with product in the diet pill market lately simply for the challenge. BIG MISTAKE! I still think we will acheive moderate success for the client, but the fake review sites never stop. Within days of launch, no less than 5 fake reviews sites started slamming the product and brand. These were featured in PPC ads and quickly ranked organically for a new brand with little to no competition.

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