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Hello,

    I'm curious, if there is a way to re-index Google search results so when someone types your name in Google Search and clicks "Google Search", it is re-indexed a few pages back, instead of being on the first page of search results.  Is this even possible?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
There is no reason to think that you can influence or affect Google search results at all or in any way.  This is something that they work very hard to prevent since it is financially valuable.  And they have a great deal of experience in trying to prevent it since people having trying to do it ever since Google first started.
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itsmevicAuthor Commented:
Yep, that answer my question.  :-/
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Depends on where you live and why you show up on the first page.  Which page or pages is Google linking to?  Can you remove or redact them?

If you are in Europe, there is an EU law called "The Right to be Forgotten" that forces Google to de-list your personal info on request.  In the USA, no such luck.

However, the second step would be to analyze why Google returns you so high.  If you are socially promiscuous and have highly public Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn pages under your own name, that would be one reason.

If you post constant on publicly indexed web sites, that's another.

If your business promotes your name on their site, that's a third.

If you have a unique or uncommon name, that's a fourth.

And so on.

Once you know why you come up high and where, you can take steps to minimize your presence.
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itsmevicAuthor Commented:
Hi Jason, okay now we are getting some where.  Thank you for your informative response.  Quick background on what is happening.  Geographically, this is all happening in the USA and not Europe.  In a nutshell, User A is harassing User B.  User A has a blog and is constantly publishing defamatory and untrue material about User B.  

User A regardless of the topic will tag User B in his all of his writings.  User B could take User A to court, but we are talking massive amounts of money here and that is not a viable option.  

So this goes back to the original question, can User B do something about this from a technical standpoint?  Perhaps utilizing third party SEO software or a paid service that handles things like this?  I've looked at Googles articles located at https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1228138?hl=en and can't find anything that would help in this scenario.  

Google recommends to contact the webmaster and have them remove it.  Well, we all know that isn't going to happen.   I know the search results cannot be taken down completely, but can they be at least shuffled back a few pages in the search results?   Is there any light at the end of the tunnel here?  Thanks for your help!
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I will say again that Google won't let you do that.  Court is probably your only legal option.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
In a nutshell, User A is harassing User B.  User A has a blog and is constantly publishing defamatory and untrue material about User B.  

Okay, this is known as Google Bombing/Reputation Bombing and it's a highly effective and hard-to-combat method of harassing someone.  There's a fairly big safe harbor for opinion material in USA and even if this stuff is clearly over the line, any attempts to force it's removal may only cause a game of internet Whack-A-Mole to begin as the offender activates sock-puppet accounts to re-disseminate the information.

What you may want to do is tell User B to look into "online reputation management" consultants and companies.  These do exist and they make a living off reversing and mitigating these kinds of attacks.  The short version is they will help you analyze the results and generate content that will hopefully outrank it.  So in my questions above, you will actually want to have user B create a very public and positive internet presence and use it to push down the negative site.

I know the search results cannot be taken down completely, but can they be at least shuffled back a few pages in the search results?   Is there any light at the end of the tunnel here?  Thanks for your help!

Dave was right in the sense you can't really do this except by having more positive content outrank the negative content.  The trick is generating enough positive content to get this to happen...you need at least 10 pieces of it to push anything off the front page of Google, right?

1) Personal blog
2) Twitter
3) Facebook
4) LinkedIn
5) Business site
6) About.me page
7-10) Positive references from friendly sites

That's a lot of work but over time it will help overcome the negative. If the defamation and harassment is egregious enough, there are non-profit organizations dedicated to stopping cyberbullying that may help here.

The above should give you enough fodder for your own Google searches.  Good luck
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itsmevicAuthor Commented:
Jason - A well thought out reply.  It's so easy to just say "No it can't be done."  But, you actually gave this scenario some thought.  Thank you again for taking the time to write it.  You've given some meaningful and solid advice that I will follow-up with.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
I've had to deal with a similar issue before.
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