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Online reputation pros require a year to fix Google Search

Building bridges takes lots of time

You'll easily need to take an entire year of constant gardening on order to effect Google in any real way during an online reputation management campaignIn response to negative search results on the first two pages of Google, even $30,000-a-month Enterprise level campaigns demand 12-month campaign contracts from their clients.

We do this not because we want to extract $360,000 from our in-distress clients instead of only $90,000, we do this because it takes at least a year to bring most crises’ search results back into a neutral or positive zone.

You’ll easily need to spend an entire year of constant gardening in order to affect Google in any real, permanent, way with an online reputation management campaign. And, like any chronic disease, you’ll need to commit to maintaining all the work you’ve done during that very active year ad infinitum.

Forever and ever, or until you don’t mind creating a vacuum into which every single negative review or slander crashes and makes things ten-times worse than it was in the first place.

The slingshot effect is used to accelerate a spacecraft in a planetary flyby. NASA calls this a gravity assist, and exploits it to save fuel in missions to outer planets such as Jupiter and Saturn.Online reputation management (ORM) is SEO (search engine optimization) with a twist: instead of getting you, your brand, or service into the top spot on Google’s SERP (search engine results page) via your name, brand, product, service, or keywords, the job of an online reputation management professional is to get everyone else’s content—positive and neutral content both—that shares your personal or brand name to the top-two pages of Google in lieu and instead of the niggling negative search results you’re paying us $30k/month to push down.

What’s more, in traditional SEO, we search optimization experts generally either control all the properties we’re promoting or know the people who are. 90% of all ORM requires that we activate OPS (other people’s sites).

Because we can’t optimize these sites for search through content creation, site optimization, and copywriting, we need to do just about everything the hard way. While we do create dozens of our own sites and properties mapped onto an extensive array of keyword-optimized domain names, it’s almost never the goal of a good ORM shop to create a universe of positive and neutral content that’s so compelling that it takes up the top-20 results on Google and Bing.

A gravity assist around a planet changes a spacecraft's velocity (relative to the Sun) by entering and leaving the gravitational sphere of influence of a planet. The spacecraft's speed increases as it approaches the planet and decreases while escaping its gravitational pull (which is approximately the same), but because the planet orbits the Sun the spacecraft is affected by this motion during the maneuver. To increase speed, the spacecraft flies with the movement of the planet (taking a small amount of the planet's orbital energy); to decrease speed, the spacecraft flies against the movement of the planet. The sum of the kinetic energies of both bodies remains constant (see elastic collision). A slingshot maneuver can therefore be used to change the spaceship's trajectory and speed relative to the Sun.These dozens of social and content sites are just assistants. Catalysts. Accelerators. Amplifiers.

It’s the ORM version of the gravitational slingshot that the gravity assist maneuver gives to spacecraft. Gravity assistance can be used to accelerate, decelerate, or redirect a spacecraft.

In the case of ORM, the assist is provided by the overall combined and collective mass of all the SEO-optimized sites into a de facto search gravitational force. And, like any space program, no matter how much thrust you’re able to generate and no matter how much acceleration and redirection any number of gravitational slingshots may offer, traveling to Mars takes time. About 300 days, actually, which dovetails nicely with how long it takes to influence organic search SERPs enough to repair your reputation on the first two pages of search.

In terms of cutting corners, both overly-aggressive SEO and ORM campaigns, as well as rushed space programs, can be catastrophic. Both the endless void of the vacuum of space and Google are cruel and unforgiving. Respect both the astrophysics and the algorithms and you’ll be OK.

Good luck and try to stay out of trouble, will you?

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Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham, digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, Wikipedia curationsocial media strategy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreachinfluencer engagement, and Internet crisis response, with the digital PR and social media marketing agency Gerris digital. [Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call with me] A pioneer in online social networks and publishing, with a natural facility for anticipating the next big thing, Chris is an Internet analyst, web strategy consultant and adviser to the industries' leading firms. Chris Abraham specializes in web technologies, including content marketing, online collaboration, blogging, and consumer generated media.  Chris Abraham was named a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer by Forbes, #1 PR2.0 Influencer by Traackr, and top-10 social media influencers by Marketwire; and, for what it’s worth, Chris has a Klout of 79 the last time he looked. Chris Abraham started doing web development back in 1994, SEO in 1998, blogging in 1999, influencer engagement in 2003, social media strategy in 2005, blogger outreach in 2006, and Wikipedia curation in 2007. Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call. If you want to know the services that Chris offers check out Services If you want to work with Chris use the Contact Form You're welcome to follow me via Social Media You can learn more about Chris over in About Chris writes a lot so check out the Blog Chris offers webinars so check Events

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