Get Google Places Reviews

Easiest Way To Get Google Places Reviews

I’m sorry to say, but the easiest way to get Google Places reviews, is not easy.  And quite honestly, it should not be easy.  

I rely on your honest reviews of products and services when I am doing online research.

That being said if you are doing good work that is worthy of positive reviews there is no reason that should not be visible on Google.

I have a client that does good work and has many positive reviews sprinkled all over the internet.  She wanted to make a review section on her website that is integrated into the Google Places review.  Well, that can not be done with the Google Places API, so I needed to do the next best thing… find the easiest way to get Google Places reviews.

 

Get Google Places Reviews

 

Step 1:  Your Business Needs To Have A Google Place Created

In order to create your Google Place it is best if you start by creating a Google+ Profile Page

Google+ Profile

Step 1a:  You will need a Google Profile if you do not already have one

Creating an account is easy and free.  Just click “Create Account” and follow the simple instructions.

Step 1b:  Create Your Google+ Local Business Page

Google+ Business Page

After you have created or logged in to your Google+ Profile you can hover over the Home in the top left hand corner and it will display a drop down.  Click on “Pages”.

Then click on “Create Page”.

Create Business Page

Google will then ask you what kind of Page you would like to create.  Click on on “Local Business or Place”.

Google+ Local Page

Google is going to ask for you phone number to cross reference and see if the “Place” in already on Google.  

If your business shows up it is possible you have already created a Google Place, and you can select your business.  

If nothing comes up or the selections that are shown are not your business, click “Add Your Business To Google”.

Enter your NAP (business NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER) and complete the business page.

Your Google+ Business Page will look like this initially:

Google+ Business Page

Take the time and add your Business Logo, a Cover Image, Email Address, and add 5 Categories that relate to your business.

For more detailed instructions on how to Maximize Local SEO with your Place.

Step 1c:  Whether you create your Place from Google Places or Google+ Pages you will need to Verify your business.

Google Place verify

Click on the “Verify” link.  Google will ask you to double check your mailing address and fill in the delivery name.  

Google will then mail you a postcard, to your business address, with a Pin Number on it.

The Postcard will look like this:

Google Places Postcard

Once you receive the postcard in the mail, it will have a PIN number and instructions on how to complete the Places Verification process.

Once verified you now have a Google Place and your very own red pin on the Google Map.

  

 

Step 2:  You Need To Make It Easy For Your Clients To Write Your Google Reviews

Step 2a:  Create a direct link to your Google Places Reviews

If you just send your clients to your new Business Place they may get overwhelmed and distracted and forget to write a review.  You want to send them directly to the review screen.

In order to do that you will need to get the URL of your Business Place you created and add [ &review=1] to the end of it.

Example:  

My Google Place URL is:  https://plus.google.com/101720366411272015693/about?gl=US&hl=en-US

My Google Place Review Direct Link is:  https://plus.google.com/101720366411272015693/about?gl=US&hl=en-US&review=1

See the difference!

Step 2b:  Place that link on your Website and/or in your Email Marketing where your clients can easily click on it.

Here is how I have the Jason Fox Reviews page set up.

 

Step 3:  Create A Set Of Instructions For Your Clients To Follow To Give You A Review

If you were not logged in to your Google account when you clicked on:

My Google Place Review Direct Link is:  https://plus.google.com/101720366411272015693/about?gl=US&hl=en-US&review=1

will have noticed that you were asked to login or create a Google Profile.

Your clients will need to create or login to their Google Account in order to leave you a review!

Just creating a Google Account is both Free and Quick, but we should give them step by step instructions so they do not loose their patience or become frustrated.

Client Instructions:

Hello and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.  Giving great customer service is very important to me and I hope you feel like I gave you 5 star service while working together.  If that is the case, I would like to ask a small favor from you to help me build my web presence.  Getting positive Google Reviews is a critical part of building my business and I would be very thankful if you could give me a 5 star review and a short description of my service.  Thank you.

Please Follow These Directions

Visit:  My Business Google Reviews

If You See A Screen Like This:

Google Review Screen

Great!  You can hover over the 5 Stars and write a brief description of your experience, and click “Publish”

That is it – Thank You.

If You See A Screen Like This:

Google Login or Create Account

No Problem!  You just need to login to your Google Account, or quickly create one.

If you already have a Google Account (Gmail, Google+Profile, Picassa, Adwords) then you can simply login to your Google Account with your Email as your Username and your password and click “Sign In”.

If you have forgotten your password or username, simply click on “Cant Access My Account” and Google will walk you through getting that reset.

If you do not have a Google Account, now is a great time to create one.  Google uses 1 login for all the different services they offer and there is a good chance that you will be wanting to use a Google service in the near future.  Click on “Create Account”.

Google is going to ask you for your name, a username, a password, birth date, mobile number, and current email address to create your new Google Account.  It should take less than 3 minutes.

Now that you are logged in to your Google Account give the page a few seconds to load and you will see the review screen from above. 

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to help me today.

Jason Fox

 

Step 4:  Get Google Places Reviews

By |2013-07-18T12:27:22+00:00July 18th, 2013|

About the Author:

Jason Fox - Real Estate Marketing Business: We build WordPress Real Estate Websites with IDX Me: #GoHawks, #BringBackTheSonics, #MaybeNextYearMariners, #ILoveMyKids #SeattleSunLover #SeattleWaterLover #BFF Blog: Focuses on Wordpress Websites, Content Management, SEO Services, SEM Campaigns, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Beautiful Design, IDX, and more.

4 Comments

  1. susanna September 20, 2013 at 6:55 am - Reply

    So here is a really stupid question: What is the best strategy to market myself, when I do not have my own brokerage and I work from home. How much of my [current] brokerage should I include in my G+ page?
    Thank you for your suggestions

    • Jason Fox September 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Susana,

      None of your brokerage, besides a logo to satisfy the rules committee. Use your home address, or sign up for a virtual address. Create a business name for yourself. Then make sure you are allways using the same NAP (Business Name, Address, and Phone Number)

  2. Brittany July 24, 2014 at 4:05 am - Reply

    This was incredibly helpful! Thank you very much! Modifying the link to direct clients directly to comment on Google+ is such a timesaver.

    • Jason Fox July 24, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Brittany, I hope you get a ton of 5 star reveiws!

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