Let Us Build Your Online Reputation

Not long ago we had a post on the idea of marketing a city. Specifically the city of Merced, which has a great deal of promise as a potentially enjoyable city in which to live, but is struggling as a result of its location and the housing crisis. But perhaps Merced’s biggest problem is that it has developed a fairly terrible reputation despite otherwise not being that bad a place to live or work, and that reputation is extremely clear if you search for information about the city online.

Having been to Merced, this reputation is undeserved. Merced is not without a few problems, but the key issues – violence, joblessness, teenage pregnancies – are generally no longer an issue, or are an issue that is partially brought on by these same PR issues. People aren’t going to start a business in Merced and hire those that live there if they see that the city is considered a dangerous, poor environment.

Merced is a fairly interesting place, and yet its reputation keeps people from having any interest in it. Indeed, its reputation even makes those that live in Merced want to leave.

Your Online Reputation

As a business, city, product, or person, your reputation is the key to your success, and if you’ve developed a bad reputation online, chances are that the reputation affects you. That’s where taking a proactive approach to changing your online reputation comes into play.

How We Do This

Each case is different, so it’s best to  contact us, discuss the issues with your reputation, and let us work with you to improve it. However, here are some examples of how we would help Merced build its online reputation, and hopefully you’ll see how the same processes could benefit you:

  • Web Content About Merced

First and foremost, we would develop content about Merced  that shows its positive side. We can do this on Merced’s city website, or we can build several websites about various benefits of Merced (a website on why it’s worth retiring there, a website on starting a business there, etc.), or we can do guest postings to travel blogs and lifestyle websites highlighting interesting areas. If we were marketing an individual, we could also ghostwrite informative articles in the person’s name, so that they’re seen as an expert in their field. The goal is to highlight the existing positive aspects of Merced instead of the endless negative stories that currently fill the web, and work to try to get those stories to show up not only for searches about Merced, but also information about California in general.

  • Unfiltered Review Sites

There are several negative reviews left of Merced on various websites. It’s not possible to leave fake positive reviews on sites like Yelp, where the search filter does a fairly good job of removing fake reviews and there are potential legal issues to consider. But we can solicit actual positive reviews from current and past residents of the city and ensure they are distributed actively to as many sources as possible. When people search for Merced and view a website about whether Merced is a great place, we’d want them to see glowing reviews from the people that love to live there.

  • Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is also a much smaller, but still valid example of online reputation building. Blog commenting allows us to talk about the benefits of Merced on articles that are relevant to things like the housing market, etc. These have a much smaller effect overall, but they’re easy to do and flood search engines with an increasingly large balance of positive content.

Developing a Better Online Reputation

These are just a few of the examples of how we can develop a better online reputation for your city, company, product, or even your name. Merced, California is a great example of this type of bad PR. The city’s tagline is “Gateway to Yosemite” as in “Come here and use our toilets.” This is a city that needs a major marketing overhaul, and the best way to do that is to change the way the city looks online.

There are many different ways to build someone’s reputation on the Internet, and while we can’t delete information on other people’s sites, we can make it far more difficult for anyone searching for you to find the negative information on these websites, and increase the visibility of positive information. Contact us today to get started.


  • Micah Abraham

    Micah Abraham is the owner and lead content writer at Great Leap Studios (https://GreatLeapStudios.com) and High Volt Digital (https://HighVoltDigital.com).
    Micah has over 15 years of content writing and digital marketing experience, and has owned and operated Great Leap Studios since 2013 and High Volt since 2022.
    He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, and has researched and written content on a wide range of topics in the medical and health fields, home services, tech, and beyond.
    Micah lives with his family in California.

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