• john shearer

    Well written piece on Place Pages & Google Places…I also notice you use jing what a great tool. I actually used to use Photoshop to capture and notate.

    PS..I found this site from the MozCon page.

  • Adrian Drysdale

    Love that you can give a place the “best ever” rating. Love that feature.

  • Stan

    Great info. Since Google aggregates reviews from other places I wonder if there is a single source for placing reviews. Or are you saying that a review on Google Local/Places is the best place to review?

  • Matt

    Do you know if Google pagerank is affected by amount of reviews? I wonder if the Place page position gets elevated if you have a bunch of reviews? It would be really interesting to learn that more positive reviews led to higher positioning. Curious.

  • Jessica Hill

    Hi Matt,

    Google defines PageRank as “a technology that determined the “importance” of a webpage by looking at what other pages link to it.” Source: So PageRank is purely based on links coming into a particular site.

    That being said, the more reviews a Places page has, the better it will do in the rankings. Google hasn’t quite figured out sentiment yet, but I’m sure it can’t be too far away.

  • Matt

    Thanks for your response. Using Google’s definition it seems safe to assume that having more reviews on multiple different review sites(yelp, google, yahoo. etc) would probably affect pagerank better that having only one source with a lot of reviews. Positive vs. negative reviews seem irrelevant at this point.