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According to a Forbes article, one of the best ways to hide your dark secrets on the internet is by landing on the second or third page of Google search results. Unfortunately, you don’t want that if you are an entrepreneur or someone in need of online visibility.

In our modern world where most people are searching for everything on the internet, one should invest in how they manage their online trail. While it takes a great amount of time, effort and money to establish and grow your business, the long-term reward of reaching new customers simply outweighs all the challenges.

Entrepreneurs should understand the importance of online reputation and how proper management can have a positive effect on their search engine placement. Proper management is key to improving your online reputation, as a well-managed online reputation helps draw potential clients to your website.

Understanding reputation management will give you insight on how it can affect your placement in Google rankings.
    1. Cleans Up Negative Online Content. Reviving the Google placement of a website with a damaged online reputation may take a while. On some platforms like Yelp, you will have to send a message to the user and offer a coupon or a free visit then ask them to revise their review.  Despite the long wait, there are many reasons why website owners should be optimistic about the positive results of the repair project. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent negative content, like bad reviews, from reaching your site.
    2. Drives Online Businesses Forward Or Backward. Reviews can sway the customer’s decision on contacting your business. If there are negative reviews about a bad customer experience, the potential new customer reading the review might choose your competitor because they do not want to repeat that experience themselves. However, if you are ranking in the three map listings on the homepage of Google and you have 20 five-star reviews, while the other businesses have two four-star reviews, you can bet that your business will be getting the call.
    3. Puts Your Website In The Abyss. When bad reviews are associated with your company, this can influence the amount of people clicking through to your website, which currently is a Google ranking influential factor.
    4. Helps Build An Online Presence. With proper management, you can help build a strong online presence for your business. Establishing a client’s business begins with nurturing his or her online presence. The more trusted you are by more people and the more reviews you have, the more click-throughs you can expect, which will lead to more conversions and customers.

Understanding the importance of reputation management is essential to the success of your business online. By preventing or cleaning negative reviews, you can help drive your business forward to a profitable trade. You can also keep your website from falling off Google rankings when you prevent bad comments about your product or services from reaching your site. Lastly, your web visibility can help you reach your long-term goals. In my humble opinion, with proper reputation management, you can improve your online footprint.