Samuel W Meyer’s Suggestions for Coping With Digital Attacks
by Jennifer Tate
Samuel W Meyer has been battling a malicious online smear campaign. Mr. Meyer’s adversary targeted him in an attempt to decimate both his character and his organization without any justification and accused him of deplorable acts that do not merit a mention.
Even so, Samuel W Meyer has discovered much through the trial. He has generously consented to share the wisdom gained through the experience in order that our readers can be better equipped should you ever face the fury of an internet antagonist, as Samuel W Meyer has.
Samuel W Meyer ~ “Google Search Result Pages can include high-ranking concocted allegations that destroy businesses and careers.”
Here are some ideas from Samuel for responding to these damaging Google results.
STEP # 1: WITHDRAW! DON’T FIGHT BACK
Should you find an untruthful complaint submitted against you or your business, it is okay to write a persuasive defense immediately, but always keep it polite. The vilifications against you are a form of emotional warfare; you will probably win or lose the hearts and minds of your potential clients, depending on how you respond. If you choose to respond, issue ONLY a single answer on the actual attack website. If you keep updating it, the problem post may receive a more elevated Google.com ranking. The absence of ongoing replies to the attacker’s subsequent comments does not confirm guilt. Consider opening up your one-time reply with something similar to this:
“I will not take part in an ongoing argument on this website, it will merely ignite additional malice by my cyber-stalker. Nevertheless, I respectfully put forward this single answer for the record.”
STEP # 2: FOLLOW THESE BASIC RULES IF YOU DO REPLY
- DO NOT react to old articles on the complaint site. Doing so will only boost its search engine ranking. Google esteems conflict, and experts have found that regular updates make matters worse. It is best to let old posts die a slow death.
- DO NOT be unreasonably defensive, calling to mind Queen Gertrude’s famous line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much.”It represents someone’s earnest and frequent efforts to persuade others of something, but so doing makes the respondent appear defensive, deceptive, and guilty.
- DO NOT name your accuser. Utilize third person pronouns. If you name your accuser, you will likely enrage them. Furthermore, it can appear spiteful and trashy to the audience. Moderation = Elegance.
- Occasionally continue to post good content dealing with you or your business elsewhere. The only cure for bad speech is more good speech—but in forums you control or that have a history of deleting malicious posts. If you don’t take control of Google’s search engine results for your name, other people will without your input, and it may end horribly. If you have not published a lot in the way of pertinent, positive web content about yourself, then Google will have nothing nice to say about you except the material provided by others, including those who despise you and your family.
STEP # 3: GET SUPPORT WITH DIY ADVICE TO CURING YOUR ONLINE IMAGE PREDICAMENT
- A team of professional online reputation management experts have generously offered their knowledge and tips in the free help website called org.
- Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/defamation911/.
STEP # 4: GET EXPERIENCED ONLINE REPUTATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES IF THE SITUATION JUSTIFIES THE FEE
Fee-based online reputation repair operations are increasing, given that Google seems to mysteriously contain at least one adverse search engine result on the first page of search results for almost all organizations and business people.
BEWARE of SCAMMERS!
You’ll find various reputation repair companies based in developing countries, many of these take advantage of hurting people, seeking immediate help for the pain they are experiencing as a result of their online reputation issues. Check references. See to it that the team you engage speaks your native language. Require full disclosure about who they are and the place where they run their operation.
STEP # 5: STAY CLEAR OF IT IF POSSIBLE – BUT LAWSUITS MAY BE YOUR ONLY OPTION
“I’ll sue you!” is oftentimes the number one reply from a person tarnished by online defamation. Nevertheless, such a decision very often carries with it immense psychological and physical fatigue. It is essential that you sit down and count the emotional and financial toll prior to opening that can of worms.
If you decide to enter a court action against your defamer, think about NOT seeking monetary damages. This will simplify the litigation. If your prime goal is the removal of the maligning content, then you should merely aim for:
(1) Declaratory Judgement and
(2) Injunctive Relief.
Read this article titled: “Quick Fix and Cheapest Defamation Litigation – The Willing Defendant”
Declaratory Judgement is a legal statement by the court about the truth of certain allegations. For instance, if in your action you ask the judge to pronounce that the internet-based statements made against you are false, he or she will, hopefully, release findings to that effect.
Injunctive Relief is when the judge then likely orders that the maligning materials be removed from public view by the publisher. If the writer declines, then in most cases each major internet search engine will probably honor the intent of the judgment, conclusions, and directives, and expunge the defamatory material from their respective search indexes. Although the defamatory material continues on the original website, if it isn’t listed in search results, in effect it may as well not exist as it is not likely anyone will discover it. As such, your purpose of repairing the reputation damage will have been attained.
If your antagonist sees that the distress he or she caused you has been taken down, then the defamation of character could begin all over again. At this point you might go back to the judge and request the court to provide updated orders. Be sure to include language in your initial filing with the court that restricts future publishing of substantially similar false accusations. This will make it more likely that the judge’s order will protect you from similar ongoing accusations.
Finally, throughout your efforts to battle internet defamation, seek the support of friends, family, other victims, and even a professional therapist to help you cope with the emotional burden this experience can force upon you. You are not alone in this battle, so do not be afraid to reach out for help.