If you find a bad review, defamatory content or personal dirt on any of these suspicious looking websites, your first instinct will be to destroy those links. Erase the content permanently. You’ll feel powerless and angry at the same time. You’ll click that link daily hoping that it is gone. You’ll Google yourself.
After a few days, you’ll start looking for solutions. You’ll Google for a solution or a service. Perhaps something like ‘Remove from thecomplaintsite.com‘ and see a lot of Reputation and Legal services who claims to remove your negative content from source for a fee.
That’s it. A lifesaver. Shut up and take my money, you say !
DON’T PAY THEM ANYTHING. DON’T FALL INTO THIS TRAP. ASK YOURSELF –
- How did you end up on this complaint website?
- How will these ‘services’ remove that complaint ?
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Once you essentially pay a ransom to remove your complaint, you must know that you are a permanent patsy for these Blackmailers. They know you are vulnerable, and whenever they need money, all they got to do is to ‘plant’ a new complaint on one of their ‘other’ websites and wait for you to call.
IT WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. YOU ARE THE GOOSE THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS.
So what are you supposed to do?
- Contact a lawyer immediately if you can afford it. Pay to get a court order, and do NOT entertain any pay-to-remove offer.
- Ignore any offer you receive from ANY Reputation Agency. They’re probably associates of the complaint site network.
- Contact your local law enforcement agency if you ever receive an extortion threat disguised as a removal offer. This is Blackmail.
- Hire a good SEO firm to build up your online profile to suppress these negative links. Technically, that’s the only technical option left.