Writing and Posted Reviews in Google
Reviews and photos
Tips for writing great reviews
Write reviews of places and services you've been to or used and let others know about your experience. Your reviews are made public on Google and across the web to help others decide which places they want to go.
Write a review
1.Go to plus.google.com/local and sign in with your Google account.
2.Search for the location, then click on the name of the business to go to its page.
3.Click the Write a review button next to the cover photo.
4.Rate different aspects of the place using the 1 to 5 star scale, and write any information that you think will be helpful in the text box.
5.When you’re done, click Publish. Any reviews that you write will be public and attributed to your Google+ name.
Share your review
You can share any review that you’ve written with your circles.
1.Visit the page of the business that you have reviewed.
2.Click the share button at the bottom of the review.
3.A share box will appear that allows you to add comments and choose circles or people to share with. Click +Add more people then select a circle or type the name of individual people you'd like to share your post with. If you'd like to remove a circle or person, click the X next to their name.
4.When you're ready to post, click Share.
Check out our tips for writing great reviews to get ideas on what to include in your review.
Tips for writing great reviews
Writing great reviews helps others discover the places that are just right for them. Here are a few tips:
•Be informative and insightful: Be specific and relevant to the place you’re reviewing, and describe what other visitors are likely to experience. Highlight what makes the place special, and try to share something novel and new. From signature dishes to secret sale racks, reviews should reveal the unique experiences that places offer.
•Keep it real: Be authentic. Review your own experience, and explain why you liked or disliked the place. Try to be as accurate as possible, and include both the positive and negative aspects of your visit.
•Be respectful: Not every experience with a place is going to be perfect. Sometimes you’ll want to share negative feedback. Even if you’re frustrated, make sure your criticism is constructive. Business owners often use feedback to improve their offerings.
•Reviews not General Commentary: At times certain locations may become the subject of larger public debate or conversation due to recent news coverage or current events. While we respect and value your opinion, Local Reviews are not meant for social or political commentary. We think there are other forums that are more suited to those kinds of conversations, like blogs or social networks. Please write about your firsthand experience with the place and not general commentary on the place in relation to recent news.
•Write with style: People will pay attention when you write thoughtful reviews. Keep them readable and avoid excessive capitalization or punctuation. Use good grammar, check your spelling, and avoid profanity. Choose the right length - a paragraph is great. Be creative and have fun!
Make sure you’ve also read our review content policy.
Google+ Local photo and video guidelines
Adding relevant photos and videos help others discover the places that are just right for them. Make the best photos and videos by following these tips:
•Keep it relevant. Photographs are a great way to share your experience with a business in an artistic, evocative way, but please make sure your photograph or video is about the relevant business page. We will remove photos that are not related to the business.
•Pictures are worth 1000 words. Try to make your pictures more images than text. While uploading a photo of the menu or the storefront would be permitted, other users might want to see the photo you took of the delicious cheesecake.
•Quality over quantity. As best as you can, upload high quality photos or videos. Photos that are overly blurry, noisy, rotated, or too dark may be removed.
We reserve the right to both remove photographs and videos that violate our content policy, and suspend business owners who upload such media. Photos or videos that violate our content policy might contain:
•Violations of copyright
•Incitement of violence
•Promotion of hate
•Invasion of privacy
Photos that are uploaded to Google+ Local pages should also be relevant to the business represented by the page. Specifically they should:
•Not be merely text, unless it is relevant to the place. For example, the menu of a restaurant or a photo of the storefront with large fonts would be permitted.
•Not be copyrighted, unless uploaded with permission of the copyright owner
•Be of respectable quality. Photos that are overly blurry, noisy, rotated, or too dark may be removed.
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