Defamation lawyer Yair Cohen advises to remove emotions from any response to internet defamation.
You may have suddenly discovered that there is something defamatory written about you or your company over the internet. You may, perhaps out of anger, respond to that post without thinking through the long-term consequences. If so, you may have just made the situation a thousand times worse with serious long term implications to your organisation.
It is not always a good idea to respond to negative comments on the internet. Although you may feel the immediate urge to defend your reputation, consider your reaction carefully. If you decide to respond, you will need to plan what you say and ensure that anything that you do say will not cause you greater problems in the future. Defamation lawyer Yair Cohen says that the last thing you probably want to do is to enter into a never-ending dialogue with your accusers.
It is best to avoid using explicit language or to come across as defensive. If you are responding on behalf of a company you will have to be aware that whatever you say may have a huge effect on the company’s reputation and even on its share prices.
Responding to negative comments could attract search engine results to the original defamatory post. This means the comments you do not want people to see will become more visible on the web, drawing more attention than if they were simply left alone. This would then seriously damage your reputation, or your business, which could lead to huge consequences.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t gamble. Obtain professional advice immediately as you become aware of the defamation on the internet and follow it through.
Visit the Internet Law Centre to read tips on internet defamation.
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Internet Law Solicitor explains how to use blogs to remove internet defamation.
Blogs offer the quickest way to push down bad web pages. Websites are mostly static whilst blogs are dynamic. They change continuously and tend to include fresh content and up to date information. Therefore Google tends to rank blog pages higher on search results and this can be achieved very quickly. For these reasons blogs provide a very handy tool to help you remove defamatory internet pages from public view. The process is simple. All you need to do to effectively use blogs to remove bad internet pages is follow this simple guide which covers the 5 most important elements of web page removal. The 5 elements are:
1) Blog name – give your blog a name which contains the offending search terms or search words for example,” defamation solicitor”.
2) Article title – create one or more blog posts which contain the offending search term eg, “defamation solicitor”.
3) Tags/categories – add to your blog 4 to 5 tags (tags are sometimes called labels) the tags should contain variations of the relevant search term.
4) Content – write out the original content for your blog post. The content should include the relevant search phrase as well as variations of it.
5) The blog web address (URL) – replace the default web address which would be something like defamationsolicitor.blogspot.com with defamationsolicitors.com or even better with a .co.uk address.
The important thing to remember is that throughout this process you should remain focused on the search word that brings up the bad webpages in the first place.
Your new blog should appear on the first page of Google search results within a few days and sometimes even sooner. To find out more about how internet defamation
may affect you follow the link or read more on the Defamation Solicitors