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    Re: Dead Simple Google Reviews via Mobile - Bypass the Hoop Jumping

    I didn't think hat it stopped working just that it has not been reliable enough on iPhones where it seems to fail frequently. I will try Jon's idea of the phone + zip search and see if that is more reliable.

    Am I the only one that saw it fail on the iPhone on a regular basis?

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    Re: Dead Simple Google Reviews via Mobile - Bypass the Hoop Jumping

    Thanks for weighing in on that Mike. I'm not on iPhone, so not sure about that part.
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    Mike, I've never seen it not work.


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    Re: Dead Simple Google Reviews via Mobile - Bypass the Hoop Jumping

    And, I got the impression that it didn't work anymore when I asked you about it before my SearchFest talk. I remember you telling me the hack didn't work anymore. Maybe I'm confusing this method with some other hack?


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    Re: Dead Simple Google Reviews via Mobile - Bypass the Hoop Jumping

    Not much about G+/G Local has been reliable over a long term My apologies to future readers of this thread when the zip/phone technique fails!

    But for now, it is super useful for creating accurate review links esp. in dense markets. Driving reviews for Ray's Pizza in New York? Would you rather:

    https://plus.google.com/local/New%20...'s%20Pizza

    ...or...

    https://plus.google.com/local/10011/s/212-243-1129

    C'mon, I mean the ORIGINAL Ray's Pizza!
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    Re: Dead Simple Google Reviews via Mobile - Bypass the Hoop Jumping

    At the time, the problem was that the review input box would appear off screen and couldn't be viewed. Also that lack of precision, like Jon has pointed out, would lead to false positives.

    I think that both issues appear to have been solved. It certainly isn't the best user experience (a pencil = leave a review?) but it is better than nothing at this point. But this wasn't the hack that I was referring to. There was an old, feature phone review input that still worked for quite a while that I thought you were talking about.

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    Re: Dead Simple Google Reviews via Mobile - Bypass the Hoop Jumping

    I just tried it again on my iPhone. It certainly doesn't work very well.

    Safari
    I was not logged in (and two step verification on)
    When I logged in it redirected me to the Plus app
    I then returned to the browser
    I was able to see the pencil

    It worked the second time IF I was already logged in.


    Chrome
    Turned off private browsing
    Logged in
    Selected Link from email
    Taken to a page that doesn't show the Pencil that looks more like the app page.

    So at least in my case with 2 step turned on it didn't work very well. When I was private browsing it worked even worse.

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