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Company Google Search Listings Problem

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Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/3/12 1:02 PM
Hi, I need help. 

We are a small company that gets a lot of web traffic and links on larger sites that profile our work. However, the regional search listing for our company lists a linkedin profile of an intern that worked with us for 3 months, part time over a year ago as the 2nd search result for the compnay. This result is higher than the companies co-founders (who have gone through Linked in an made all content visible to google) and above all other high traffic sites the company is posted on. 

How can this happen? The intern now has their own company in the same business so having them appear as the second listing for our company is obviously a conflict of interest. Linkedin says they can do nothing, google can't help as the page is denied to be removed through web-master tools.

Any advice? 
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem webado 9/3/12 2:17 PM
Bummer for you, kudos for your ex intern :)

Build up your website's content, relevance and credibility so that you can overtake the other results and can be the most authoritative site for the searches that concern you.

And in case you didn't know it, this is what competition is all about :)




Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/3/12 2:56 PM
This doesn't help... our website is posted daily on high traffic websites and the web-search the intern appears second on a direct search for our company name (which is an unusual name). I know that the sites we're posted on get more traffic that the linkedin profile based on them being media websites that post their traffic stats, have high twitter following etc. Our company website appears first, but the intern is second. The cofounder's linkedin profiles and names are posted on websites more often than the intern's yet still don't appear when the company is searched.

The frustration is that, despite all logic, and doing everything per best practise google optimization its still happening.
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem webado 9/3/12 3:34 PM
Competition is meant to make you strive to improve to rise, not to sink others.
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/3/12 4:55 PM
Is anyone else able to give a more specific insight? 

As mentioned, we have a top listing for our company, it's the 3rd party sites that are ranking beneath this linkedin profile, including the cofounder's linked in profiles. It's not SEO for our website that we need, but for other listings to rank higher?

Thanks
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem Free2Write 9/3/12 5:31 PM
How do you expect other listings to rank higher?
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/3/12 6:42 PM
I need to make sure our companies search results accurately reflect our company - my question is, how is that an intern who worked for us for three months, over a year ago is the second listing?

No one can help me or give any insight into how to fix the problem.
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem webado 9/3/12 8:29 PM
You don't get it, do you?

How conceited can you be?
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/3/12 9:53 PM
Please, I'm not being rude or conceited.  I'm asking a genuine question and I'm trying to get help understanding how this happens. I am not being arrogant or unkind, I just don't understand the system and have been told posting here would shed some light.

Forgive me ignorance but it doesn't seem right that a linkedin profile of an ex- employee can have such a high google ranking associated with a company name search. We're a small company that has worked hard for our success, my question is a honest attempt to understand how this happens, not to sink someone else.  Just to make sure that our company is accurately portrayed on the web.

If there is someone reading this forum my original question remains.

Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem ѕquibble 9/3/12 11:41 PM
There is nothing you can do apart from working to improve your own online presence.  If, as you say - the page ahead of your now is a page which is not really relevant for searches of your company name - then it should be easy beaten. 
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem JohnMu 9/4/12 12:58 AM
Hi!

In a case like this, Google would not take manual action to change the rankings of specific sites. In particular, if the content is still visible on these sites, it would be normal that they might appear in the search results for that content. The following blog post may be useful to you, it gives insights into similar situations and provides some useful tips: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2009/10/managing-your-reputation-through-search.html

Hope it helps!
John
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/4/12 8:36 AM
Thanks for your help.
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/4/12 12:11 PM
Is the ranking of that page increased by the number of clicks it gets? ie. Since its the 2nd listing it could be increased by clicks due to is current position?
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem webado 9/4/12 12:38 PM
No. It's relevance for the search term and the number and quality and relevance of backlinks.
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem RyanJones 9/5/12 9:02 AM
It sounds like you'd be best served to hire somebody to do your SEO / reputation management.  If Google is showing ex-employee linkedin accounts 2nd it tells me that your company doesn't have a large online presence outside of your own homepage.  Does it have an active twitter account? An active facebook? How about Google plus?  If you're actively engaging with customers, fans, and your community on other sites then those sites should have no problem ranking.

Are you listed on Google places? If you have a brick and mortar office you should do that too, it'll take up another ranking spot.  
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem linkedin_problem 9/5/12 12:57 PM
Hi,

Yes, this is the most confusing thing to us. Our company has very good online presence. Its posted on large traffic websites regularly and has all the active accounts you've described - Twitter, Facebook, Linked In (Company page + both co-founders), Behance, Flickr  and marked on google places, with images etc, etc. We're engaged actively on these pages and are constantly linked etc elswere yet all those pages + the posting on other site still rank lower than this ex-employees Linkedin. We've run a comparison and search and that linked in profile is only listed on 2 other sites from what we can tell.... hence why we're on this forum trying to understand how this happens.
Re: Company Google Search Listings Problem webado 9/5/12 6:00 PM
>> It sounds like you'd be best served to hire somebody to do your SEO / reputation management.

I'd be very careful with this. You don't want to fall into the trap of having to deal with spam.