Like it? Please Share!
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
Like Tree2Likes

Thread: Expected local search game changer is here.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times

    Expected local search game changer is here.

    People have noticed that google ditched zagat and went back to the familar star ratings in the maps. Today I brought up a search for business and the star ratings are showing back up in the serp 7 pack. The key to local is now to get plenty of reviews and make them positive. Being first in the serp will be less important than high quality reviews. People are drawn to those gold stars.

    Me being a business owner I created a clever way to get more reviews from clients. I own a service business and do work in the home of clients. When a client seems especially pleased I will ask (beg) for a review. Problem is explaining to them how to get to the spot for a review. Search my category, don't click on me but click on the reviews. Then scroll down and look for spot to leave a review. After the second step they got a glossy look in their eyes and a review was never going to happen.

    So I registered a simple domain name something like rateocp.com (rate orange county plumbing) and pointed this domain name to my google plus page. Then I only had to say, go to www.rateocp.com, look under the maps click write a review.

    That is my imput, does anyone else have some clever ways to get reviews from customers?
    Last edited by Colan Nielsen; 07-17-2013 at 07:24 AM. Reason: Moved from local search section to G+ Local Reviews section

  2. Members who thanked valesence for this post:

    MiriamEllis (07-17-2013)

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    1,750
    Thanks
    459
    Thanked 410 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    This is great news. Where did you see the stars live in the search results?

    It's possible to have stars show up by using schema to mark-up reviews in the website. So I want to see if this is that, or if Google is showing stars based on the G+ Local reviews, which would be fantastic!

    Thanks for posting.
    Colan Nielsen | Imprezzio Marketing
    Connect on Google +
    New Local Insurance Directory - Add Your Free Listing



  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    stars are based off of google plus reviews. Search plumbing los angeles and it will show up.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    1,750
    Thanks
    459
    Thanked 410 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    Not seeing stars. I am in Canada, could be playing a part in why I can't.

    Can you share a screenshot of the SERP's with the review stars?
    Colan Nielsen | Imprezzio Marketing
    Connect on Google +
    New Local Insurance Directory - Add Your Free Listing



  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    ok, I don't know how to do screen shots, sorry. Do you have adwords? There is a tool in there that will let you set the location and give you actual results that would be displayed there.

    By the way, why did you move this? I understand it is about google reviews, but this is a huge change and will affect people in big ways. When they removed the star rating, I lost 25% of my calls. I'm assuming my clicks will go up by that much.

    ---------- Post Merged at 09:36 AM ---------- Previous Post was at 09:31 AM ----------

    I don't know how to post screen shots. However if you have adwords you can do searches based off of location and the true results will show up.

    by the way, why did you move this thread, I know it is about google plus reviews but this is a major change in the algorithm

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    1,750
    Thanks
    459
    Thanked 410 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    Here's what I see using the AdPreview Tool. Is this what you see as well?

    Expected local search game changer is here.-plumbing-los-angeles.jpg
    Colan Nielsen | Imprezzio Marketing
    Connect on Google +
    New Local Insurance Directory - Add Your Free Listing



  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    ok, figured it out. simple really, don't know why I never learned that
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Expected local search game changer is here.-plumbing-screenshot.png  
    Marie Ysais likes this.

  9. Members who thanked valesence for this post:

    Phil Rozek (07-17-2013)

  10. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    1,750
    Thanks
    459
    Thanked 410 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    Thanks so much for the screen grab. WOW, this indeed looks like the stars are starting to show live in the local SERP's. You are right, this does change things, back to how they used to be before Zagat.

    I moved this thread to the G+ Local reviews section because it will be much more easily found for people looking for great posts about G+ Local reviews. Keeping it in the general local search section will allow it to become kind of lost.

    This is too important to get buried.

    Thanks again for posting.
    Colan Nielsen | Imprezzio Marketing
    Connect on Google +
    New Local Insurance Directory - Add Your Free Listing



  11. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    303
    Thanks
    96
    Thanked 62 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    I haven't seen the stars return in any of my markets but I did read a blog post by Mike that was discussing bringing the stars back. I did do a Google search and I can't see the stars yet but I imagine we will soon.


    Google Local Returns to a 5 Star System In New Maps | Understanding Google Places & Local Search

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12 Times

    Re: Expected local search game changer is here.

    And I am not a plumber. Stars are showing up for my industry in all the cities I checked. The plumbing search was just an example for you.
    Marie Ysais likes this.

Similar Threads

  1. Local Search Ranking Factors for Facebook Graph Search
    By Linda Buquet in forum Local Search
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-09-2013, 10:16 AM
  2. Using with text and links on white background to game Place?
    By bdisalvio in forum Ranking Puzzles
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-29-2013, 09:45 PM
  3. Will Facebook Graph Search Impact Local Search Industry?
    By Linda Buquet in forum Local Search
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-16-2013, 08:03 AM
  4. Local SEO Ranking Game - Why Ranks High?
    By Linda Buquet in forum Ranking Puzzles
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 09-06-2012, 08:51 AM
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-15-2012, 07:55 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •