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Friday, September 9, 2011

Google Places Stops Showing Third Party Reviews

Google stops pulling reviews about local businesses listed in Google Places from third party review sites. In a recent Google blog post they say Google removed review snippets from third party websites for the better future and careful analysis of feedback by users. So now onwards Google shows user reviews about a local business listed in Google Places written by Google users only. 
In addition to this, Google offers links to other review sites to get more information about the business listed in Google Places. For those who do not know about Google Places it is a service by Google to list and promote our local business in Google Search. When a user search for our business in the same location, Google will display our business information with other similar local businesses listed in our location. 
Google Places also provides facility to rate our business service by users and allow them to write a review about our service.

Some reviews say the reason for the new Google approach is to avoid the issue of duplicate content in Internet. When Google pulls information from other review websites to Google Places, it will create duplicate content issue. So Google decided to remove third party reviews from Google Places and just provide links to other review sites to get more information for the user.

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