Google Local Flame Wars

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Has anyone else noticed that in lots of competitive local listings, the reviews being left are just competitors flaming each other?
#flame #google #local #wars
  • Profile picture of the author mikemac1
    Just wondering if you could post an example?
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  • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
    Do a search for a local service like "vanhire + city name" Then google local map should come up and next to listings will be a rating and reviews. Looking through the reviews it is just people either leaving fake reviews or slagging off the competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    What they don't realize is that ANY review, good or bad, (citation/mention) counts as a +1 to move them higher in the Map positions.
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    • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
      Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

      What they don't realize is that ANY review, good or bad, (citation/mention) counts as a +1 to move them higher in the Map positions.
      If this is true, no wonder people are spamming the hell out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Groovystar
    Then there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
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  • Profile picture of the author mainstreetcm
    Honestly when I read a bad review (or a slew of them) I always think to myself that a) it's either the competition, b) the customer was having a really bad day and c) if they really sucked that much they wouldn't be in business any longer...
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  • Profile picture of the author lacraiger
    i've experienced that with some of my clients. they have new accounts with only one review which is a 1 star for that location. we tried to get google to delete them but still havent gotten a response.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Pawlett
    I recently had a client who confessed to giving bad reviews to a competitor and wondered why the competitor was rising up the ranks so quickly!

    Some clients do make your life hard.

    Kind regards

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
    Some reviews are very damaging. For instance I am working on van hire right now and saw one along the lines of:

    "this company came and collected my goods and then I never saw them again, stay away unless you want your stuff stolen"
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