When the internet makes something go viral, it’s not always for a positive reason. Sometimes people have posted things online about you that can really affect your reputation and standing in society. Whether the claims are true or false, keeping a good reputation is important to avoid consequences such as loss of employment or friendships. For those reasons, it’s often necessary to repair reputation online. Here are 6 ways to do that:
- Ignore the things people say about you online
This may not be possible in all cases but should be attempted before taking other actions. In some cases, if an issue is brought up, it can actually make things worse by drawing additional attention to it and provoking more discussion. If a certain fact or claim about you is true then there’s nothing much that can be done anyhow, so you should let it blow over. Sometimes a person will post something negative about you on a site like Facebook, and many of their friends will see it and take sides against you– even if they don’t really know what the situation was like for the allegations made against you (e.g. “I heard that you’re not caring for your elderly grandmother, I can’t believe it” — despite the posted claims only being hearsay).
- Try to fix what’s wrong online first
Before asking someone else to repair your reputation online, try doing it yourself first by removing negative content about yourself if possible and adding positive information where appropriate (e.g. employee of the month). It may be necessary to contact a website administrator if their site is causing problems with your reputation – but always use a professional tone when contacting them and don’t make any threats or promises not to sue them. If something is false, ask for evidence from whoever wrote or created whatever they are saying about you. By getting reputation management services, it can help you fast track this task and make sure what you wanted to get fixed will be done.
- Request that negative content about you be removed
If all else fails, write to the webmaster of the site where your reputation is being harmed and ask them to remove any content that causes damage. If there’s no direct contact information for the webmaster try checking their Terms of Service or About Us page for contact details. Be sure to offer proof that what they are saying about you isn’t true (e.g. doctor’s notes). If their claims are false, keep in mind that it may be difficult or impossible to take down all evidence, especially if it’s on a forum where anyone can post anonymously – but you should still do whatever you can to clear your name as much as possible.
- Report posts made about your online
The more people who see something harmful about you online, the more damage it can do. To reduce the number of views on a post or page that mentions you negatively, contact the website administrator and ask them to remove it or make it anonymous. A person could also be prosecuted for cyberbullying by reporting their account. Because of this, many people want to keep their activities anonymous on some sites like 4chan – but if they break the law then their anonymity is forfeit and they will be held liable.
- Try to use an electronic signature
Some websites such as Tumblr allow users to sign in with an electronic signature instead of typing one’s name every time they write a post or comment. Someone seeking to repair their reputation online could try creating several accounts with different email addresses (don’t use your primary email for this) and electronic signatures. Then, create several posts on the website with content praising yourself to balance out any negative ones that are made about you later.
- Contact an attorney if needed
If there is no possibility of contact or resolution between you and the person who posted something harmful online then only legal action can help in some cases. For example, when someone creates a fake profile using your name and photo on Facebook or another site, it’s technically illegal under both state and federal laws. If you don’t want to hire an attorney yourself, consider contacting law enforcement in your area or even trying to sue privately.
Nowadays, with so many people using the Internet, anyone’s reputation can be destroyed in a matter of minutes. It is important to remove negative content from the web before asking someone else to repair your online reputation. Lastly, reputation repair services are something you can dabble into if this is not your expertise.