Flowers may say “I love you” but negative comments about your business or service on a blog or consumer Web site are forever. And if a Google search on your company contains just one of these sites on the first page, you’ve got a huge problem.
Is it hopeless? Yes and no.
Yes, because you’ll never eliminate the negative post on a comment page of a blog or Web site.
No, because you can push the negative site down on searches of your company name by consistently putting out positive information on your company via blogs, press releases, “how to” and bylined articles and even creating additional Web sites on your company’s products or services.
By creating new content about your company, particularly if it’s posted on another Web site that ranks highly in the search engines—like Prfree.com or other press release distribution sites—you can push the offending site or blog down the page of searches on your company.
Ideally, you want to push the offending page as many pages back in a Google search as possible. Unfortunately, that will take a great number of press releases, blog entries and other efforts. Your immediate goal should be to knock the negative site off the first page of a Google search.
One simple way to accomplish this is to plan a series of press releases, with a minimum of one per week over the course of a few months. Be sure to post your press release on at least 10 free press release submission sites. Within a few weeks, you should start to see these releases appearing on searches for your company name. As long as there are no additional posts on the negative sites, you have a pretty good shot of knocking the negative post off the first page of searches.
Most importantly, be patient and stick to the plan. It may take a month or two or even longer to knock the negative site off the first page. But it can be done if you keep putting out new, positive content on your company.
Get proactive, keep the momentum going and get good to great on Google.