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    Arrow Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Ever wanted to display your Google Local reviews on your WordPress website? Here is a plugin that looks pretty flexible. Ran into this tool over the Holidays, so wanted to share.

    The Google Places Reviews plugin is not just a sidebar widget, but it can be a widget if that's where you want your placement. However it also utilizes WP shortcodes so you can place the reviews anywhere on the site.

    The plugin uses the Google API and is limited to displaying 5 reviews. There are several themes and there is also a FREE version.

    Here is a little video showing how it works...



    I scoured through their support forums to find some real world examples for you:

    Nice looking sidebar reviews on Dental site

    In content full width example

    In content full width example (Scroll down to see the 5 Google reviews.)

    Half page content display

    Here is the free version at Wordpress, so you can try before you buy.

    Here is the developer site that has the Pro Version, additional documentation and a support forum including pre-sales support: Google Places Reviews

    I noticed 2 limitations, BUT the limitation is in the Google API, not the plugin: Reviews are limited to 5 and are not randomized. So you may have 45 reviews but the same most recent 5 will show on your site until you get a new review.

    I have not tried it and don't know the developers. Just wanted to pass it on in case it's of interest to anyone here.

    UPDATE: After writing this I was searching an image and discovered Mike Blumenthal covered it previously. Oops should have checked there 1st. His overall impression of the software was good. There was an issue with Schema, but according to the support site, the developer removed Schema based on Mike's feedback, so it's no longer an issue.

    Oh well, since I took all the time to research and write this, I'll still share. Could be some of you missed Mike's post or forgot the option was out there.

    If you try it please let us know what you think.
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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Nice little find. Thanks!. Hope you had a great holiday Linda.

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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Thanks Justin, hope you did too!
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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Good stuff. Comment drama on Uncle Mike's post delivers.

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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Thanks for the useful information!

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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Hello Linda

    wouldn't using this plugin end up creating duplicate content on one's website and make google pull the reviews off the GMP page?

    Best

    Andy

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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Good point Andy. Should have mentioned that, but I'm sick and super spacey.

    PLUS that's something that some suspect CAN happen. But it does not always. I have some of my reviews from G+ copied in various sidebars, more on my main site too and they are all fine.

    Looking at one of the examples I shared: Dentist West Pennant Hills | Taylor Street Dental Their reviews are all fine.

    Plus Mike didn't raise it as a concern and he has a review business.

    However if you are concerned about that, then the only way to share your reviews on your site is with images and attribution.
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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    ...make google pull the reviews off the GMP page?
    Does G really pull reviews due to duplication!? I would love to know more about this.

    I would think the benefits of having new content periodically appearing on the page should eclipse any duplicate content concerns. You could adjust for it by reducing the number of reviews listed on the widget and/or by creating a sidebar specifically for your conversion/landing pages that contain the widget.

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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Or you could use this link and not have to use a plugin.

    https:// plus.google. com/app/basic/local/yourpageid/reviews

    Had to put the spaces in to keep the forum from turing it into a live link

    Apparently embedding it into an iframe and then disallowing crawling via robots.txt prevents duplicate content issues.
    https://productforums.google.com/for...rs/5Ba17eqqKdU

    or no-indexing the page, if you dedicate an entire page to the reviews...

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    Re: Google Local Reviews WordPress Plugin

    Has anyone actually tested this plugin on client sites or their own sites? I'm interested, but want to see if there are other development problems that haven't surfaced yet.
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