Reputation Defender and Hawk / Are these compaines scammers?
Reputation Defender and Hawk
I have no proof of this but the week I contacted the first company "Reputation Defender" back in Nov 2008, my company and my name had two more negative blogs pop on on Google's first page repeating the same negative stuff that a couple of difficult and dissatisfied clients said about us on other blogs. We signed up with them on the 14.95 Euros plan back in December, A month later the first blog completely disappeared from Google, and basically the blog itself was removed. great! I thought I was getting results.
I occasionally would send Reputation Defender emails asking them about results and they said that this stuff takes time. In the mean time they created a couple of positive blogs that never made it to the top 20 on Google. Then four months later the second blog that was created right before I signed up with them, also suddenly disappeared after it made it to Google #2 spot. WOW! they sent me an email, look another blog is gone now. But I said the stuff that was there before I signed up with you is still in the top 10 on Google and the new good publicity blogs are still down on pages 4 and 5. They said the longer stuff has been on Google there the longer it takes, because their aging algorithms. Okay, I accepted that logic. 3 months later no improvement.
So I decided to hire another company, upon contacting Reputation Hawk, the first week a new negative blog post "this time full of lies" about our company makes it to Google #1 spot.
Is this a coincidence? Did Reputation Defender do this or is Reputation Hawk have the same scam? where they create negative blogs they control and they remove conveniently to make me think they are getting results?
Has anyone have similar experience?. You really have to have be paying very close attention to see this what appears to be a scam.
If you are reading this blog it is too late. We made some mistakes and made a couple of clients angry, which started the whole thing. The lesson we learned is to never make a client that pays us money mad for any reason even if it costs us money. In this internet age, this negative publicity is going to cost us 100 times more than the two difficult clients business ever made us, and we did not want to sue the clients and increase this negative publicity night mare.