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Can ranking be a problem, if you use a now dissolved company name

 7:05 pm on Dec 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have been involved with a company for a couple of years, for this example lets call it "Fobar LTD".

I recently discovered that in the past another (un-related) company was incorporated as Fobar LIMITED. This company was dissolved in 2008.

The problem I have is that all pages on the company website contain a copyright statement "copyright 2013 Foobar LTD". I just wonder if this may be seen by search engines (specifically Google) as a page containing out dated or irrelevant information. Is it possible that search engines are aware of company records, and may not be aware that this company is not in any way related to the former company.

We are all aware of the pitfalls of previously owned domain names. I am beginning to consider that this may also be a problem with company names.

At this stage I am just sounding off and searching for opinions, but it does make sense for search engines to provide less access to information that contains references to businesses that no longer exist. It may be a way for search engines to prevent users coming across outdated information.

Could this be happening? open to your opinions.




 12:41 am on Dec 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've never heard of anything like this. But who knows what weirdness going on behind the curtain- only the Google knows!

One would hope that Google is smart enough to figure out the difference. My guess is that if the company continues to update content on their site, that will be a strong indication that the company related to the site is still in business.


 11:12 am on Dec 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

I don't know what jurisdiction you are in - in the UK "Foobar Limited" and "Foobar Ltd" are the same name. Even if its different in your jurisdiction G will take Limited and Ltd as the same search arguement. The immediate Google risk that I would have seen in using the name of a recently disolved company is that searches will find old directory entries and, worse, critical reviews or articles.


 4:43 pm on Jan 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

Thank you for the replies. It appears that the previously disolved company never had any form of online presence. Old information is difficult to find. There is the odd page with companies house details describing the "strike off" from the UK register.

I have decided to remove the LTD part from the page footer copyright statement. Grasping at straws perhaps, but it may help.

Thank you again for your replies.


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