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    Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    Bonus Thursday Post!

    Since launching last November, our Google Review Link Generator gets a ton of traffic from marketers, agencies, SEOs and business owners looking to streamline the process of acquiring reviews on Google. The Link Generator attempts to keep up with Google’s frequent changes and deliver highly efficient and stable links to get customers where you need them–for example, right into the Google review dialog:


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    Discussion: What type of changes could Google make that would really mess up your mojo?


    Garrett Sussman | Content Marketing Manager of Grade.us, White-label Review Management for Marketers, SEOs and Agencies | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook.

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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    WHOA! I think it's important to note this part of the Gradeus Post:

    "With this change, the standard URLs generated by our link generator and other similar tools out there are functional on mobile, but due to the way Google parses the URL on mobile devices, they pre-populate the review dialog with a 2-star rating."

    Plus see the screenshots in the post.

    But never fear - Grade.Us caught it and programmed a way around the change!
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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    Thank you Linda, and great point! Jon worked hard to make sure our link generator fixed the 2-star pre population issue. Google, always with new surprises.
    Garrett Sussman | Content Marketing Manager of Grade.us, White-label Review Management for Marketers, SEOs and Agencies | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook.

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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    Great catch you guys and quick fix!

    Have not heard anyone else talk about this yet. Wonder if anyone else realizes?
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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    I did not realize it. Thanks for the info and the fix Garrett.
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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    Cheers Scott!
    Garrett Sussman | Content Marketing Manager of Grade.us, White-label Review Management for Marketers, SEOs and Agencies | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook.

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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    So Garrett, will this be automatically fixed in the Google review URLs in the profiles in the accounts of your customers (like me)?

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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    Hi Tim,

    Yep, no changes necessary on your end.

    The standard Google review URLs we generate for you are still the best option for desktop use. Our clever engineering team has simply built-in some technical jiu-jitsu to detect the reviewers' device and rewrite the Google URLs for mobile visitors on the fly!

    +1 for software, sheesh.

    Jon
    Jon Hall | Founder of Grade.us, White-label Review Management for Marketers, SEOs and Agencies | Author of The Marketer's Guide to Customer Reviews

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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    Woah, really important update, thanks for posting Garrett!

    Man, Google sure doesn't care about some aspects of usability... ah well, more secret wisdom for those who pay close enough attention.

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    Re: Google Changes Its Syntax for Review URLs on Mobile

    "Man, Google sure doesn't care about some aspects of usability... ah well, more secret wisdom for those who pay close enough attention." -James Watt

    Yes, well, this is the sort of thing that drives clients crazy while creating revenue opportunities for the SEOs who serve them. Just like tax law changes that enrage taxpayers and enrich lawyers and accountants. (And I am legally authorized to say that, since I'm still licensed as a CPA in California )

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