Near Media’s study on Google’s review takedown shows a noticeable spike in complaints starting from February of 2022. Mike Blumenthal, the post’s author, believes that Google may have rolled out a machine-language-based algorithm targeting SPAM reviews. Based on supporting data in the past, such review-filter algorithms also affect legitimate reviews.
Mike Blumenthal supported his statements by referring to Google’s blog on how reviews on Google Maps work. The blog details the process of filtering reviews and what happens when a user leaves a business review. When a user leaves (posts) a review, it is sent to the moderation system to ensure that it doesn’t violate any Google policies.
Based on Google’s official support guidelines, there could be several reasons for the removal of business reviews. The Google Review-filters remove reviews that violate policies, such as inappropriate content and spam.
Google doesn’t allow reviewers to post reviews that go against their policies and will continue to reject reviews that do not meet their strict and no-nonsense criteria. Here are a few Google Contribution Policies to keep in mind when publishing reviews:
In a perfect world, ensuring that the reviewers stick to the guidelines should prevent the reviews from disappearing. However, in some cases, businesses lose reviews that do not violate these policies. These businesses can make a case for reinstating those reviews.
First and foremost, contact Google support and fill out the necessary fields with relevant information detailing the issues with the disappearing reviews. If the reviews have not violated any policies, Google might reinstate them.
However, if Google has failed to respond or reinstate the lost reviews, consider reaching out to the Google business profile help community. There you can ask a product expert to escalate your issue.
When you post your issues, provide all the necessary details such as case number, the content of the missing reviews, etc.
Below we have shared information you need to have before you post the issue in the forum:
Although these guidelines can help some businesses get their reviews back, they might not work for everyone. These businesses will have to focus on building a review system that isn’t flagged for violating Google’s policies.
Also, many businesses send a customised review link to their customers, politely asking them to leave a review if they enjoyed the services. Instead of sending customers and clients a review link, ask them to search for your business and leave a review. Consider making a guide to help people understand how Google review works.
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