Google Local Reviews

How to Post & Manage Reviews on Google Plus

Writing a review on Google Local is a great way to help promote businesses online.  It is also a wonderful way to encourage reviews on your page to attract more customers.

If there is one thing we know, it’s that sharing is caring on social media.  Sharing posts is only one way to show that you care.  Posting reviews for businesses on local search is another.

Google Plus nav bar

Posting a Google Local Review

1.  Sign in to your gmail and Google Plus account.  (A Google email and Google Plus account is required, see https://accounts.google.com to set one up.

 

2.  Once you have logged in, click on the Local icon near the bottom of the left sidebar, or hover over More.  (You can also get to a Google Local page through Google Maps.)

 

3.  Perform a search with the business or organization name and location in the search boxes.

                Tip:  Your location will automatically appear in the location search box so you may need to change it.

Google Local Search box

 

4.  Click on the blue search result link to go to the individual Local page.

                Tip:   You might try typing in different variations of the name if you can’t find what you are looking for. 

Google Plus Local Search Result

 

5.  Once you are on the page, click on Write a review to type in your review!

Google Local Page header

You are allowed over 750 characters for text, and you can rate the business Poor-Fair, Good, Very Good or Excellent, with a rating system based on points.

                Tip:  Think about what you are writing.  This review will be public and attached to your personal Google profile!

Google Local Review box

Obviously, positive reviews can attract customers and negative reviews can repel potential customers. Use constructive criticism if you have something negative to say about another business.  If you receive negative reviews on your page from customers respond to them in a positive way and try to resolve any issues.

Google Local page owners can’t delete reviews.  One of the best things you can do is try and get more positive reviews to balance the negative reviews.  Be sure to follow the tips in this negative reviews article.

Search Engine Watch also hosts this article worth reading: Google Warns SEO & Businesses to Avoid Fake Reviews.  It contains more helpful tips, and is not just about fake reviews.

                Tip:  Write your review first in Word, and then copy and paste the final version into the review box.

Write a review for Tina Reed Johnson today!  One thing about social media is that it requires being social if you want to make the most out of your online efforts.  This includes paying someone back for a recommendation, referral or tip they may have given you.

Also, you might want to share this information with your customers by sharing this blog on your social media, Website, or emailing them a page link in your next newsletter!

Help!

Read this first!  Tips for Writing Great Reviews by Google

Writing and Sharing Reviews by Google

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