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    Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    This is not something we do often, but my agency reached out to a few clients today and asked that they leave reviews. We received 5 reviews from clients all immediately after we asked. So that's 5 reviews in an hour on a random day.

    My question is, does that matter? Will Google think these reviews are fake because of the timing and frequency? I wouldn't question it if we got reviews more frequently, but there was a 4-month gap between our 5 new reviews and the last review we received.

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    Re: Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    There’s a good chance some or all of those reviews will go into the meat grinder. Unless your agency typically gets a lot of Google reviews, in which case the sudden uptick doesn’t look as odd.

    In my experience, those reviews are somewhat less likely to get filtered if the reviewers are higher-level Local Guides.

    What happens after you get that blast of reviews also seems to matter. If you sorta keep up the pace, or at least keep a trickle of reviews coming in, then the initial 5-review blast won’t appear as odd. Even if some or all of those reviews are filtered initially, if you keep some Google reviews coming in, they might be un-filtered later. Reviews can get un-filtered and re-filtered.

    You’ll want to establish a clear pattern of asking for and getting reviews, to establish a baseline. If you can’t do that, you’ll want to spread out your requests more.

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    Re: Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    Can you check back in with us and let us know if they end up getting filtered?
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    Re: Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    Thank you!

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    Re: Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    In my experience, blasts of positive reviews rarely get filtered so I wouldn't stress about it. I had a client of mine recently have their competitor's reviews jump from 6 to 62 in the matter of 4 days and none of them got filtered.

    Do let us know though - I'm always interested to see how things change.
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    Re: Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyHawkins View Post
    In my experience, blasts of positive reviews rarely get filtered so I wouldn't stress about it. I had a client of mine recently have their competitor's reviews jump from 6 to 62 in the matter of 4 days and none of them got filtered.

    Do let us know though - I'm always interested to see how things change.
    This is also my feeling.
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    Re: Number and Frequency of Google Reviews

    Thanks everyone - I appreciate the input and hearing your experiences. I'll definitely keep you posted as we go.

    We ended up with 6 5-star reviews today which is awesome. We're a small agency outside of Cleveland, OH. Our local rankings currently are not the best; however, I'll let you know how things shape up.

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