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Google Place Pages adding reviews from ‘news sites, hyperlocal blogs and other non-traditional review sources’

In order to increase the volume and coverage of reviews on its Place Pages, Google is now reaching across hyperlocal blogs, local portals and news sites and retrieving blog entries, general editorial reporting and even blog comments for inclusion as reviews. Carter Maslan, the Google Maps Product Manager, has confirmed this new capability to add reviews from any web source. He noted in an email conversation that “In this case (noted below), for example, we want to surface posts like this that reference Von Ray at his business”. Here’s an example that Mike cites, from a personal blog: a positive mention about a Portland-area trainer:

Here’s the “review” text:


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