Google Places Online Review Tips for #RWX

by on July 27, 2011 · 2 comments

Here’s a video with a couple of tips for accessing your online reviews on Google Places.

I really like the Review Wednesday (#RWX) idea from GetListed.org. The idea is to take a few minutes every Wednesday and leave a review for a small business you have visited during the past week.

Then share a link to the review on Twitter using the hashtag #RWX. If enough people do this, we could help out a lot of small businesses!

Once you leave a review, it’s kind of tricky to get a link to share on Twitter that allows people to click through to your review. This video shows you how to do that.

Video: Tips for Getting Your Online Review Links

Get a direct link to the reviews

  1. Find the business in Google Places
  2. Get the CID from the URL
  3. Create a URL like this: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=9368790565215994253&dtab=2&action=openratings
  4. (Watch the video for more explanation if you are having trouble…)

See all of your Google reviews you have done

To see all your reviews, just go to this URL while logged in with your Google ID: http://places.google.com/rate#rated.

Here’s a complete description of Review Wednesday on GetListed.org.

Do you have tips to share? Leave them in the comments below so we can all try them!

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Nyagoslav July 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

Don, although I think the idea is great, I find it truly difficult to participate while in countries outside the US, Canada or UK. I am from Bulgaria, and currently I stay in Malaysia, but in both countries to be able to rate a business on Google Places you have to, well, create its Place page first 🙂 Many of the hotels don’t have listings, let alone SMBs.

Anyway, I managed to leave a few reviews in the past few weeks and when I was tweeting them, I was using a cool hidden feature I found out some time ago. It is called “featured review”. You can make your own (or anyone else’s) review(s) “featured” by adding the following code after the cid number:

&cad=source:gmm-twitter&ppht=review_permalink&author=

After this you have to get the uid of the review author (you can get it when you go to the author’s personal Google Places page), so the whole URL should look this way:

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=601220016061457560&ppht=review_permalink&author=204195812566033997491

I have written an article on that. You can check it up here: http://www.optilocal.org/google-places/how-to-use-google-places-featured-review/

Cheers,
Nyagoslav

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Don Campbell July 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Excellent tip – make a featured review out of any review! Thanks Nyagoslav. Nice blog BTW

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