Recommendations for RipOff Report Removal and Suppression
What (not) to do with the RipOff Report about your business
Many businesses, large and small alike, are severely damaged by RipOff Report in Google search results. This website allows anyone to post complaints about anyone without verification of the accusations. RipOff Report ranks very high in search results and usually pops up in the top 5 results, the defaming post can destroy someone’s reputation and business. Unfortunately, we have seen this too many times.
Why RipOff Report posts are so difficult to remove
RipOff Report has been sued multiple times but without success, because RipOff Report is protected by the Communications Decency Act Section 230(c).
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
This law removes RipOff Report’s social responsibility and accountability, even if a post is proven false and defamatory.
Except in common law countries, like the UK and Australia, where RipOff Report removal from search results is quite easy.
Statistics of the damaging impact of RipOff Report
A RipOff Report post on your name is devastating because of it’s high ranking in search engines. We gathered some statistics that illustrate the impact.
- 67% of consumers are influenced by online reviews
- Businesses lose 22% of their customers when just one negative article is found before purchase
- B2C: 81% of consumers perform online research before buying
- B2B: 94% of prospective business clients conduct online research before purchase
These statistics aside, imagine how it looks when words like ‘Rip Off’ and ‘Scam’ pop up when you’re Googled. It grabs the attention and even if potential customers don’t click the link to see what it’s about, the damage is most likely already done, first impressions are lasting impressions.
Most effective ways to handle a RipOff Report post
1. Push down the RipOff Report post
In our experience, suppression is the best strategy. In actively burying the false complaint, you are also building a buffer against for attacks in the future through similar sites, where removal doesn’t. By publishing new positive and relevant content, and leveraging existing material about you or your business, RipOff Report can be out ranked and pushed down. With careful search suppression tactics, Google can be persuaded that lower ranking positive and neutral search results are more important and relevant than the unfavorable search results. There are two ways to do this.
Do It Yourself
If you have the time you can do this yourself. Our team publishes free DIY tips on www.defamation911.org. Here you can find tips specifically about RipOff Report, PissedConsumer, ComplaintsBoard.com and others. You can also find a free DIY Guide eBook for downloading on the Page1.me homepage.
Professional Online Reputation Management Services
If you do not have the time to do it yourself, you can hire professionals. Our team is specialized in pushing down negative posts on big sites like RipOff Report, PissedCOnsumer and attack blogs. Sometimes we are even able to completely remove the posts. In just two minutes you can generate a customized quote here or contact us directly through the tab on the button right of this page to discuss your case.
2. Court ordered removal
When it comes to lawsuits, the cheapest method can be seeking “injunctive relief” on search engines as Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. With a court order, these search engine giants will, in most cases, remove the undesirable results from their search indexes.
You need to file a lawsuit against the author of the post and prove in court that the published content is untrue. If you win your case, you can then obtain a court order declaring that the post is defamatory and present this court order to Google. Please note that if Google removes the post, it can still be visible on other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo. So it is best to serve the court order to all search engines.
If you wish to take the legal option, we can assist. Our founder, is a licensed private detective. He specializes in digital investigations as well as litigation support. Contact Michael to discuss your case.
Less successful ways to handle RipOff Report posts
1. Pay RipOff Report
From experience, we can say that RipOff Report promises to remove defaming posts for a substantial fee which can lead up to thousands of dollars. Dr. Janice Duffy, who won a lawsuit against Google, wrote about this alleged extortion process and reveals that Magedson, the owner of RipOff Report, admitted that he has removed posts for $50,000. In some cases, but the site publicly claims to never remove reports. Rather, Ripoff Report administrators “change reports from negative to positive”, but this us usually not apparent unless someone reads the entire page (remember Google first impressions). Either way, you remain listed in Google as a “RipOff Report” business.
2. Sue author of the post
Even if you know who wrote the RipOff Report post, it is not worth to sue the author for removal, because only the administrators of the RipOff Report website can remove the complaints, and they publically state that they do not do this, and U.S law means that they are not obligated to do so.
3. Sue RipOff Report
As stated before, the website is protected by the Communications Decency Act, which is why most lawsuits against the website have failed. RipOff Report has had lawsuits against them, but unsuccessful. And even if you have a strong case, it is a very expensive process that will costs you thousands of dollars with no guaranteed outcome, you may even be ordered to pay RoR’s legal costs! Our founder Michael launched a boycott against RipOffReport.com several years ago. You can watch his court testimony against Ripoffreport here.
If you are a victim of RipOff Report or similar complaints sites, there are ways to repair the damage. It might not always be easy but it can be done. Our team is at your service, with free help, or professional help.