Many people that I talk to don’t realize the benefits of hiring an online reputation attorney instead of a web marketing company or SEO expert for privacy attacks, online intellectual property issues, and online reputation management services.
Although web marketing companies and SEO experts can offer viable solutions in some situations, they are often less effective, take more time, and can cost more money than an attorney.
Don’t believe me? Here are three reasons that should change your mind:
Reason One: Results – Complete Removal of Content
Unlike web marketing companies that can only suppress content and push it down in search results, an experienced internet attorney can often completely remove damaging content from the internet and search engine results. This can be accomplished by sending cease and desist letters, contacting webmasters and internet services providers, sending DMCA takedown requests, and, if necessary, obtaining a court-ordered removal or restraining order.
Additionally, there are many things that an attorney can do that an SEO or web marketing company cannot. Along with services like litigation, DMCA takedown notices, and C&D letters, only an attorney can subpoena parties to obtain information necessary to identify anonymous users and discover the source of harmful attacks.
Although web marketing companies are a good secondary option, always talk to an experienced internet attorney first, as getting something completely removed is a much better result than merely covering it up.
Reason Two: Cost-Effective Results in Less Time
Not only are the results an attorney can deliver often better than an SEO or web marketing expert, an experienced internet attorney can usually get these results in less time and at less cost. In many situations, an experienced internet attorney can get damaging content removed IMMEDIATELY!
One of the downsides of hiring a web marketing company is that it can often take months, sometimes years to suppress content from the first page of search engine results. Waiting this amount of time for unguaranteed results can be unacceptable. Every moment that a piece of damaging content remains online increases the chances that a customer, friend, family member, loved one, co-worker, or thousands of other people you know may see the material.
Additionally, often times if action is not taken immediately to contain and completely remove harmful content, the material can be automatically copied, syndicated, re-posted, and wind up all over the internet. This is sometimes referred to as the “Whack-a-mole” or “Monkey See, Monkey Do” effect.
If getting damaging content removed quickly is a high priority, an experienced internet attorney is the best source to consult for solutions and advice.
Professionalism – Who Do You Trust?
Many websites offer services that seem too good to be true. Companies “guarantee” that they can suppress negative content for absurdly low costs. Additionally, websites that invite users to write damaging content on them like Thedirty.com, Ripoffreport.com, and cheaterville.com, also offer “arbitration” or “removal” services, or claim that have “connections” that smack of extortion. It’s hard to know who to trust.
Only an attorney can offer advice and solutions that you know are honest and LEGAL. Furthermore, if your issue is one that is private in nature and requires the utmost discretion, speaking with an attorney is confidential and privileged.
The old adages of “you get what you pay for” and “if it’s too good to be true, it is” remain good advice when seeking help with your online reputation. If you are looking for professional service and cost-effective results, talk to an attorney.
The attorneys at Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA are experienced in Internet related matters and can assist in protect you online reputation and brand. Contact attorney Aaron Minc at (216) 373-7706 or AMinc@meyersroman.com to speak to a professional regarding your specific matter.