26 Aug How to fix a bad online reputation
A poor online reputation can be devastating but it’s not as surprising as it may sound. Around 15% of people have negative listings appear on the first page of search results while around 25% of people have no positive information about them online at all.
The first step is to make sure you know about a bad reputation by checking out and monitoring your online reputation. Then pull together two lists of information – one listing all accurate details and one listing all the wrong information.
Where the information is wrong or inaccurate check out the correction policies of the relevant sites. You may be able to request inaccurate or defamatory information be removed. When making such a request make sure you explain why the information is inaccurate and state a clear date by which you would like a response; 7 days is reasonable.
If the damaging information comes from your own social media activity then think about whether your privacy settings are right and whether any information can be removed, although remember that nothing is a secret once it’s on the Internet.
And don’t make a bad situation worse by adding to the list of offending information or engaging in aggressive debates in online forums. Simply correct information where it is inaccurate in a professional manner.
You should also try to promote accurate and positive information. Ask your friends to like and share any positive social media posts and use your online forums to share links to positive information about you online, such as news reports or academic papers.
Finally, be patient. Unfortunately, the web remembers everything but recent events tend to count more. So make sure that in the future you present yourself in a positive manner and avoid any future negative online behaviours.
To learn more read 5 tips for managing your online reputation