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Gabriel Marguglio November 25, 2014 2 min read

9 Known Ranking Factors of Reviews in Google My Business

GoogleGoogle My Business (formerly known as Google Places and Google Maps) is a critical resource for making sure that your business can be found online. In order to get the most out of it, you need to understand how the search engine giant ranks pages for Google My Business -- the better your understanding, the higher you will be able to get ranked. One of the most important elements that you must consider is the customer review, and high ratings aren't all that matter. Here are the nine known ranking factors of reviews in Google My Business:

Your average star rating

This factor is the most obvious. The higher your average star rating, the better received you will be by the search engine.

How relevant each written review is to your business

Google's robots read everything. That being said, they do keep in mind how relevant the written reviews are to your business. For example, a review that says "John's plumbing services was awesome!" will be much more helpful than "John was really helpful."

Your review volume

As a general SEO rule of thumb, Google loves seeing a business that is active on the web. Your reviews are no exception to this rule, so you should be trying to get your business reviewed as often as possible by recent customers.

Your review volume on Google

As one would expect, the search engine giant gives a little bit more weight to customer reviews that were posted on its own review page.

Your review volume on websites outside of Google

Factor number 4 doesn't mean that the search engine totally ignores reviews that are on other review sites, so don't rule sites such as YellowPages, Tripadvisor and Urbanspoon out.

The number of sites that your website has reviews on

No review site, no matter how small, should be ignored. If you can get reviews pouring in from YellowPages, MojoPages, CitySearch, SuperPages, etc, you will fare a lot better than you otherwise would have.

Your review volume on prominent review sites

This is another area in which the search engine giant plays favorites. Getting a high volume of reviews on a prominent review site like some of the ones that we've already mentioned will help you out a lot more than the alternative.

Your current review activity level

How many reviews do you currently have? It doesn't matter. When factoring who is going to get ranked the highest, Google considers which businesses have the highest volume of current reviews. In short, they want to know that your business is still actively serving customers right now.

The relevance of a written review to your local area

Google places is designed to help you attract local attention. In order for them to rank you high on the local results, they want as much evidence as possible that your business is indeed local. As such, it behooves you to try to get customers to mention the city or town that you are in when writing a review. For example, your customers should be writing "Fred's Fitness is the best gym in East Orange, NJ," instead of "Fred's Fitness is the best gym in the area."

Although you cannot control these ranking factors, you can guide them by getting your business established on as many ranking sites as possible and goading customers to write reviews in the first place. To learn more, feel free to contact the Nextiny team!