Why is it important to clean up your results on search engines like Google and Bing? What kind of information can be removed from search results?

These are common questions and maintaining a positive presence on the results of the major search engines is crucial to the success of professionals and companies in today’s data-driven world. Offensive social media profiles or unflattering information (such as criminal background records) that show up in Google search results for your name can adversely impact your professional career, dating life and relationships with friends and family. 

Do negative, private or unwanted articles show up on internet searches when you search your name? Find out how to remove every negative press item, article and a false, defamatory or undesirable bit of information about you or your business removed from search results. 


  • Identify the negative, defamatory, libelous, and inflammatory language of the online text or material and familiarize yourself with Google’s Content and User Contribution Policy.

  • Document everything. Take screenshots, compile links, and have a trusted friend or family member create supporting documentation.

  • Contact Google or the webmaster or organization which has published the content and request a removal (citing their policies).

  • Reach out to an experienced defamation removal attorney if there are no formal channels for contacting a website or removing content.

  • If you’re unable to completely remove a negative or defamatory search result from Google and the Internet, consider asking the publisher to amend or alter it.


When determining whether it’s possible to remove negative news stories, articles, and other content from the Internet, there’s a plethora of factors you need to take into consideration, including:


  • Does the news story in question contain information that is false, defamatory, libelous, or creates a false light or impression?

  • How old is the information? Is then news or news story outdated, inaccurate, or unfair?

  • Is there defamatory, libelous, or inflammatory language in the comments of the article?

  • Does the article illicit defamatory, libelous, or other offensive responses?

  • Is the website publicizing your name or likeness illegally and without your consent, ultimately profiting.

  • Does the information violate copyright or trademark laws?

  • Is there personal information published? For example, your social security number, credit card number, driver’s license information, or banking information.

  • Does the article or news story contain information about a party who is a minor (under 18 years old)?

  • How many sources or websites is the information published on?


Unpublishing can still inspire some deeply ingrained resistance in newsrooms, magazines, and other media outlets. It’s an area where newspaper practices and the overall news media have failed to catch up with technological changes, either because journalists still view themselves as writing the first draft of history, or because of plain old bureaucratic inertia.


If the information published about you is malicious and false–and you can prove that–you’ll have a good shot of getting the publication to correct, retract, or delete the information online. Typically, when determining whether information published online is factual and legitimate news, the most important factor in determining whether a removal is possible is by figuring out who the webmaster or organization who published the content is. In most cases, the only way to remove factual news stories is by contacting the publishing organization or webmaster. In other times, organizations and webmasters sometimes don’t even have a formal policy or framework in place to honor removal requests – therefore it’s imperative you reach out to an experienced online news article attorney.


After all, publications stand to lose a lot of money in a libel judgement if they refuses to correct a story that is wrong and defamatory.


In this piece, you’ll see why it isn’t always the easiest task when reaching out to online news organizations and media agencies to remove negative news articles and content.


What can be deleted from Google search results?


Here are the top things that can be deleted from Google search results:

  • Google policy violations like child sexual abuse images

  • Certain financial information

  • Images of signatures

  • Confidential personal medical records

  • Content that violates the law

  • Copyright violations using a DMCA notice


Why delete online content


Nearly 90% of all online experiences start from a search engine query. Negative and defamatory content in Google, Bing, and other search results can have a huge impact on how consumers perceive a brand or an individual.

In fact, 45% of customers in the U.S have changed their mind about doing business with a company because of negative search results.


As North America’s largest content removal company, we will permanently remove your negative online content – Guaranteed.


We use a variety of methods to achieve success, depending on the number of negative links, the host website, and other factors.


We can help you with the following issues:



  • Negative Reviews

  • Complaints

  • Mugshots

  • Legal Information

  • Defamatory Content

  • Media Articles

  • Blog Articles

  • Revenge Sites

  • Bad Publicity

  • Photos & Video

  • Social Media

  • Webpages


We have the ability to make your name or business appear on thousands of different websites using proven techniques we spent years learning as Search Engine Optimization experts. We have a network of thousands of high rank websites! This allows us the ability to dominate keywords and phrases such as your name or business! We submit positive information about you or your business pushing aside negative Internet posts and their reoccurance.


Our experts have been burying negative reviews from Google for ecommerce companies, professionals, politicians and anyone suffering from a search reputation issue.

Our expert will push down negative search results to the second page of google where nearly nobody will go searching. This will hide the negative reviews and information that have been hampering  hurting your business. It is not uncommon to see up to a 30% drop because of negative reviews, articles or a bad google auto suggest.


Many amateurs in online reputation management have self-inducted a poor online reputation with careless link building. Often, when start-ups begin their website(s), they apply SEO tips and tricks that they found on the Internet. However, these are usually written by individuals that have no qualifications, credibility, or experience in the field. Quality guest blogs require finding reliable content writers and website owners. Building a relationship with the owners is crucial because you are trusting them with content that represents you and/or your business. If that content is tampered with, it can defeat the purpose of the blog post.


There are many factors to developing and managing your online reputation. Arnstein has proven that the 2 most important factors include trust and patience. Removing negative reviews from Google can be costly, especially when one uses unethical tactics. Rather than getting to the point of no return, actively manage your online reputation. Use quality guest blogs, gain authority with patience, and consult an SEO expert to design a strategic plan.


Removing content from search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo can be done. But because of the policies of these companies, it is difficult to remove content unless the original publisher cooperates. But a solid copyright infringement case is often effective at getting Google to remove something from search results.


What if Google will not remove content?


Google will not remove most content, but if they won't there are other avenues that can be taken.


  • Content removal by the publisherThe most effective way to remove negative search results is for the original publisher to remove it. If this isn't possible, there may be other options.

  • Applying a No-Index tagIf the publisher refuses to remove the content, you can request the publisher to add the no-index tag to the HTML header of the web page so that search engines do not index it.

  • Keyword removalAnother approach is to request the publisher remove certain keywords from the content that are causing direct damage to the brand’s reputation. This causes the page to show up less in search results, or disappear completely.


What if the publisher doesn't want to remove it?


Just asking nicely doesn't always work. In that case, direct negotiation with the publisher / website owner, sometimes for pay or other consideration does.


Other ways to delete online content


All websites are hosted on a server somewhere. Sometimes the content violates the policies of the hosting company. It is sometimes possible to work with the hosting company to have them remove content that violates their policies. But this is usually the whole websites, and it could just startup again at another host.


EU's Right to be Forgotten policy

  • The Right to be ForgottenIndividuals in any of the EU countries can request Google to remove private information under this law. However, the results would only be removed from Google’s search results in EU countries. Worldwide search users would still be able to see the results.


How to remove YouTube videos


YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine behind Google. With more than 1 billion unique monthly visitors, YouTube can be a marketer’s dream platform. But if a negative video shows up on YouTube, it can turn into a reputation nightmare. So, how to remove a YouTube video? Like Google, YouTube videos can also be removed under certain conditions.


  • Removal at sourceThe most straightforward way is to directly contact the poster with a removal request.

  • Video flaggingIf the poster refuses to remove the video, it can be flagged as inappropriate. This often works when the video contains nudity or sensitive private information. At this stage, YouTube requires more information as to why the video should be removed.

  • Official complaintYouTube has a complaint form that can be used to report a video in detail. A copy of the complaint is shared with the poster, who is required to answer within a set period of time.


How to remove Yelp and other reviews


There are several leading review sites where dissatisfied customers post reviews that can be damaging for a brand. If you're reading this you probably know that. Yelp reviews are the most common that business owners want removed. They can be removed for Terms of Service violations, or by the person who originally posted the review.


Yelp reviews can be reported to their moderators. But Yelp won't usually get involved in a factual dispute. We have gotten Yelp reviews removed by citing issues such as the fact that the poster was not the person who actually did business with our client. Because they were not original experiences, Yelp moderators removed the reviews.


Reviews on Yelp can be changed by the person who posted it. But that's not the case for other review sites. Each one has different policies for removal and need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.