Affordable Reputation Management is a group of online reputation management specialists led by Mike Munter. Our core services include:
We provide many specific services, too, which you can find by browsing through our blog or checking out our YouTube channel.
How And Why We Started This Website
I launched this website in 2013 to service individuals and business owners looking for quality, results-based reputation management services, without busting the bank.
After researching several of the big reputation management firms at the time, I found some common themes:
- Services costed thousands per month
- 12 month long commitments were required
- Contracts were signed
Additionally, when you contact the big players in the ORM space, you usually wind up talking to a sales person – someone who is not on the front lines, in the trenches doing the work. Their mission is to sell you, not to truly understand what your specific problem is and how to best address it.
When you contact us, you’ll be talking to me or one of my partners who specialize in getting results every day.
As our business has evolved, there are now other players in the affordable space, but they are largely two types of businesses: India agencies and automated services.
How I Keep Prices Affordable
We’re lean and mean. Here’s how we keep prices down for you:
- Web design – I know this site isn’t the most professional looking, but I did it all myself. I’m a hack of a web designer, but the information is good and the I kinda like the design.
- Content – I write the majority of the content myself, so there are no/low costs in it.
- Videos – The videos you see on the site were either done solo, by me, or their conversational interviews with my various partners. I use the free version of Zoom to record and invested a couple hundred into Camtasia for production. The videos aren’t fancy on purpose and you’re not paying us for high-end video production, you’re paying for good results at affordable prices.
- Featured Images – I grab all of our featured images from Pixabay or other free image sharing sites. I use Paint.net to mark them up. You guessed it – Paint.net is free, too.
- Other images – All of the educational images you see in on the site are screenshots, quickly edited and marked up in Microsoft Paint.
- Web hosting – GoDaddy, cheapest plan they have. I do invest in backups because hackers are a reality. And I don’t want to lose what we’re building here.
- Paid advertising – I’ve never spent a dime on Google ads or any other form of advertising. All of our clients come to us by finding us in organic Google searches.
Aside from all of the design and technical aspects above, I’ve never had an office, nor have my partners. We operate out of our homes, which is cheap and a lot more comfortable.
We don’t have employees, we have contractors who help us. We employ US workers when we need writers and overseas workers when we need VA or admin help. All of our industry contacts are independent contractors; we’re only paying them when they are doing actual work for us/you.
We’re driven on a business model that is focused on results and very low overhead. Beyond that, it comes down to how much profit we want to make. I know it sounds cliche, but with our low cost structure, it’s easy to pass the savings on to our clients.
You’ll spend hundreds per month as opposed to thousands and you’ll get great results every month. We don’t do long term contracts, so you don’t have to renew each month unless you’re satisfied. Our retention rate is really good, considering people hire us so they can fire us when the job is done.
We get lots of referrals and perhaps our biggest ally is Google. I try to write great content and provide educational videos to help guide you out of a messy online situation.
There are a lot of players in the ORM space and we pretty much use the same strategies and have the same 3rd party contacts to help us get things done. For an honest conversation with reasonable expections and affordable monthly pricing, we look forward to hearing from you.
Indian Online Reputation Management Agencies
I’ve worked with multiple overseas agencies, mainly in India. I’ve outsourced work to them and had one failure after another.
I hate to bash them, but I’m just being honest. In my experience, they do not get results.
They will tell you they can, make commitments, collect deposits and then provide nothing in the way of tangible results.
In 2020, I gave it one more try, offering some guaranteed suppression work to several clients. I paid deposits to an agency and eagerly awaited the “proof” of results promised within 3 months.
I could not get reports and when I asked over and over, what I received was just a screenshot of search results. There was nothing saying what they actually did, despite me asking multiple times.
I don’t hesitate to go direct to the owner of agencies like this who are not performing. All I got was excuses and the run around. In the end, after requesting several times to get my deposits back to no avail, I had to contact PayPal to step in on my behalf and return those deposits.
This has happened to me more than once.
I’m not saying all Indian online reputation management agencies are bad, but I am saying we are better.
If you choose an agency in India to do your work, you might face the same challenges and in the end, wind up wasting a lot of time with no results.
Automated Online Reputation Management Services
I’m not going to mention any companies by name, but there are a handful of companies who provide cheap reputation management services that suck you in for around $99 per month.
The problem with services like this is you are getting nothing of quality. You get monitoring and you might get auto-generated profiles created for you.
Now, monitoring you can do yourself by setting up a Google Alert.
And auto-generated profiles look cheap and do not rank.
If you work with us, you’re getting real work, done by hand. Whether it’s a new profile, interview, press release or website, we do everything ourselves and we focus on those strategies that are working now, to help push down your negative links or images.
Automated services provide no real value.
Lastly, be careful of these two scams in the ORM niche:
- Pay to play services. These are subscription based reputation management services that provide results to you only while you are paying them. The minute you stop paying, all of the work goes away. You get hooked and can never stop paying.
- Bait and run. I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me a story about losing a deposit on the promise of work being done that was never delivered. You should NEVER pay someone any money in advance based on a claim of a “guarantee” that they can do something. When we offer guaranteed removal of links, such as removing a post from TheDirty, you don’t pay anything until you see for yourself the work is completed. We might ask you to escrow the money to protect ourselves, but you will not pay a dime until the work is completed and you verify it.
We will always shoot straight with you.
We will not make promises we can’t deliver on; we will give you realistic expectations.
And if we can’t do something, we know a lot of specialists who can, that we trust. We’ll refer you to someone who can help you.
Check out our Youtube channel for how-to videos and guides to reputation management and Google autocomplete. Or check out our blog for DIY strategies like the ones below to help you get success.
How To Leverage Your Vendors To Improve Your Online Reputation
The “About Me” Strategy For Personal Online Reputation Management
- Online Reputation Management Problem? Don’t Do This