Looking for advice, having some issues with a "Scam" forum
A couple months ago some douchebag posted a complaint about me/my company on a complaints/scam site about one of my many campaigns I run (mobile pin submit), but also dragged my wife's name into it--and she has nothing to do with internet marketing. She's a doctor and doesn't touch computers.
This idiot posted our full names, hometown, and pictures of us in his rambling complaint. The complaint is pretty ridiculous, asserting shit like we distribute viruses worldwide so that we can "DNS hijack" computers in order to serve ads. In reality, the user is just being served popup/under ads via networks like ValueClick, CPX and TrafficVance that I buy on. Not my fault he downloaded a toolbar.
If you're wondering how he got my whois info, it was a mistake I made 3-4 years ago when I was first starting out. Namecheap used my real info (partially real info) before applying whoisguard. This douchebag bought the whois history and saw the partially real info that was only live for about 6 hours. Either way, it was my oversight.
We've tried the legal route, racked up about $4k in legal fees only to find out the website owner lives in the UK, while his servers are hosted in NY. He could care less. I know I can go after the webhost, but the legal fees could be huge. It's possible my lawyer dropped the ball, not sure. He's a 1-man shop, maybe I need a big firm. If anyone has a recommendation, please PM me.
I honestly don't care that someone posted a complaint about me or my company, any small business is gonna get tarred online sooner or later. What pisses me off is he dragged my wife and a picture of her into the complaint.
My plan B is to try and SEO this website down the SERPs a little when people google our full names. This website, unfortunately, has some decent presence on Google, but making our linkedin, facebook, google+ and the usual profiles public has helped push the site down.
I was wondering if any of you SEO experts had any creative ideas to help with this "Reputation Management"? Someone recommended making a couple hundred bucks worth of donations to various charities so that our names SEO on lots of charity sites? Launch shitty blogspot blogs? Launch domains with our full names in it? I'm not really an SEO guy. The "scam" site appears on page 1 for both of our full names.
If anyone has any tips, or ideas, whether it's the legal route or the SEO route, I'm all ears.
Have a good weekend fella's.