What are the top review sites that influence Google Places rank?

Bishop

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Does anyone know the top review sites that influence Google Places ranking?
I would think that Yelp! would be one of the top, but what are the others? :confused:
 
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I have never heard of review sites influencing Local rankings. I could be wrong though so I am open to hearing others opinions on this.

Linda has discussed the Google Local Algorithm in a couple of threads I have bookmarked-

http://localsearchforum.catalystemarketing.com/local-search/13075-reverse-engineering-google-local-algo.html

and from there-

http://localsearchforum.catalystemarketing.com/google-local/8707-how-google-local-algo-really-works-what.html

I would start by checking your business information online, "Business name" + "business phone number", to make sure that it's consistent across all citation sites. If not- time to clean it up and start with the main data aggregators like infogroup (expressupdateusa.com), Google Plus Local, MAP MAKER, Factual.com, and even Facebook.

Then move on to the sites like Yelp, Superpages, Citysearch, Insiderpages, Merchantcircle, etc. Most of these are review sites but I don't think that the fact that they are review sites makes them an influence. From my understanding Google is looking more at the information provided and not the # of reviews.

BUT, I do believe it is still important to get reviews on those smaller sites considering how often they seem to be dominating the SERP's lately.
 

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