Google Review Rating System
2nd September 2011
Google implemented the review rating system some time ago. It enables customers to review your product / service on an external website. The website will provide Google with the data which is will tie up to your website. The reviews will then be collated into a rating system which could benefit your business.
The release of the +1 system will more than likely be a conflict of interest for Google as it manages two rating systems, granted +1 is more social.
Check your Google Review Rating
Type the following code, or click the link in a new address bar:
Remove google.com and replace it with your website address. You will now be able to see all of the reviews Google has for your business.
Third-party Review Rating Websites
There are a number of review rating websites where people can review your business. The main review rating websites we have found are;
– Review Centre
– CIAO UK
Do Reviews make a Difference for SEO?
Any of the Pay For Results SEO team at North Star will tell you reviews make a difference to your website activity, both through the word of mouth process and SEO benefits.
Google has developed a system to counter act fake reviews by reviewing the IP address of people leaving reviews. As a result, we would definitely recommend creating genuine reviews and speaking to a SEO specialist about how to go about best optimising your website with reviews.