Questionable Reviews On Google Need to Be Flagged

google-76517_960_720As we mentioned in our blog entries, online reputation plays an integral role in whether consumers do business with you. Consumers tend to assume that the content is fake when all reviews are postiive. Google reviews can have a significant impact on the average small business owner’s online reputation and overall business. All reviews must be unbiased. Negative reviews provide insights into problems with your products. Pay attention to customer feedback. It offers an opportunity to respond and fix problems from your dissatisfied customers.

There are some reviews that are questionable that need to be flagged. A negative review does not automatically qualify the review as fake. Having questionable reviews that do not accurately reflect the business removed is essential. Questionable reviews on Google my Business can be removed if the removed if in violation of Google’s Policy. Content that violates their policies can be removed from Maps listings on Google. Below are examples of content that violates the policy of Google:

1. Advertising: Reviews that directly advertise something else (adding links to other websites or phone numbers).
2. Spam: Promotional/Commercial content, reviewers posting the same content multiple times.
3. Off-Topic Reviews: Posts based of someone else’s experience, or that aren’t about the specific place being reviewed.
4. Keeping it Clean: Obscene, profane or otherwise offensive language. Personal attacks on others can also be considered in violation of this policy.
5. Conflict of Interest: Anyone accepting money to leave a review or a review written by a competitor.
6. Hate Speech: Reviews that advocate against people based on their race, religion, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity.

To flag a questionable review, you need the gmail address and password used to set up the Google My Business Page. Once logged in, find the review, click the flag icon and click submit. This will lead to Google reviewing it. In conclusion, the process can take several days for Google to review it. Furthermore, this is significant in maintaining a strong reputation.


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