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(FORTUNE Small Business) -- Tips for managing your rep:

*Go online often. Read every review posted about your business.

*Address legitimate complaints. Fix what needs fixing.

*Thank your clients who post positive reviews. They may be your best word-of-mouth advertising.

*Respond to every negative review, either offline or in a public posting.

*Invite unhappy customers to give you a second chance. Attempt to convert them into satisfied clients.

*Contact website administrators about removing reviews that have no basis in fact.

*Sign up with an online "clipping" service like Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) Alerts that will alert you every time your business is mentioned in a new posting.

*Don't be afraid to encourage every customer to post a review.

*Register with each review website and fill out your business profile. Add links to your website, and photos if possible.  To top of page

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