If someone is slandering you on their own site, you can politely request that they stop doing it – or better yet, have a lawyer friend draft a letter for you.
7. Bring in the big guns. If you’re really being slandered or harassed, you may have to seek professional help to silence your critics.
Beware, though, a lot of firms have sprung up that claim to help you manage your reputation but are mostly there to siphon money out of your wallet (more on one of those in a future post). Depending on the services offered, the price can get pretty steep.
Reputation.com has a good (ahem) reputation for helping people without gouging them. The Internet Law Center may also be able to refer you to someone who can help. As for the rest, well, shop carefully and ask a lot of questions about what they will really do for you and what it will really cost.
Your online reputation is worth a lot. But it’s not worth getting ripped off over it.
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