'Reputation Defender' commercial - what a bad idea for society

The Godfather

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You've probably heard this on XM radio, and on regular radio.

This is a really bad idea.

I bet 80% of their clients are scam/shitty companies who are looking to prevent people from being warned about using them.

Whenever I order from a company i've never heard of, I always google search "website name scam", or "website name review"

You have to wonder how many shitty scam sites they are making appear to look legit.

Obviously the 'bad' of scrubbing the reputations of scam websites clean, will outweigh the 'good' of the website who has vengeance-minded customers or competitors.

How likely is it, that this company will turn down it's services to websites that clearly have legitimate issues that potential customers (victims, even) should be warned about? I say unlikely.

In example:

Google search "Wicked Lasers Scam"

Technically this company isn't a scam, but they don't tell you that they are massively understaffed and have orders backed up for 6-8 months. They don't tell you before ordering, that you shouldn't expect your laser pointer for at least 6+ months.

How is it a positive thing for internet commerce, when this Reputation Defender company will manipulate google search results for pay? You KNOW that in 2011, with this shitty economy (and considering the marketing blitz, this company is probably a recent start-up) they WILL NOT be turning down clients.

Also, they allude to not only 'denfending', but also going on the 'offensive' against negative reviews.

I would assume this to mean that they will troll social media sites for you and PR in camouflage for your buisness. Again, how much traffic are they going to be driving into scam/ripoff sites?

http://www.reputation.com
 

MetalBender

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Who knows. I'm ordering the massaging boxers off the Mexican channel as soon they are available. With the success of the bra boxers can't be far behind.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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When it comes to researching products (on Amazon reviews, etc.) I absolutely believe there are planted shills saying their POS product is the greatest thing ever!!!!! I usually avoid the rosy, positive reviews and focus on the negatives, and see if it is legitimate gripes or just whiny, unhappy customers.
 

Creasy Bear

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I goggled Reputation Defender and I see nothing but positive reviews about the company.

Nyuck, nyuck.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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I saw a commercial for the JackRack with Chuck Lidell whoring it for them and LMBO.

It has got to be a joke of all jokes.
 

Don the Radio Guy

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Unless they're run by Google, there is nothing they can do.

Now when Google starts selling this service, the Internet is fucked.
 

Norm Stansfield

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When I hear "reputation defender", I'm thinking more than just shady advertising. I think they're probably threatening frivolous lawsuits against negative reviewers too. I've heard plenty of stories of online companies doing that even on their own.

Unless the actual laws are changed to prevent the practice (by changing the legal procedures, to prevent any hassle to defendants when the lawsuit has no demonstrable merit), I'm assuming it's just gonna get worse and worse.
 

Lord Zero

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I first heard of this company through a radio ad on Friday. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was so obvious that what they were offering was outright suppression (Maaaaaan!) of any negativity. It made me sick.
 

Motor Head

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That foreign Minister of Mookydooky Africa will be happy to know that no matter what it says on the intertubes, I still think him giving me a 40% share of $11.3M is a scam.
 

Don the Radio Guy

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I'm going to guess they probably just bury your contact information in metadata on shitty content farming sites in order to push the bad results off the first few pages of Google results.
 

Neon

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When it comes to researching products (on Amazon reviews, etc.) I absolutely believe there are planted shills saying their POS product is the greatest thing ever!!!!! I usually avoid the rosy, positive reviews and focus on the negatives, and see if it is legitimate gripes or just whiny, unhappy customers.
This, although I'll read some positive reviews, because sometimes you can spot one that's legit (an overall good review with some flaws pointed out, for example)

And like Jordan, I also just google the website name with the word "scam." Google is a pretty powerful tool for that stuff. I google suspicious phone numbers that I get calls from, for example. Works every time.
 

lockjaaaaww

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There are some sites that are legit and reliable but because they screwed up 1 order that person blogs on the site being a scam site. However I think most of the companies using the site are scam sites. It's doing more harm than good.

I've actually heard about this company for years.