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Google Reviews for local SEO - can I just make several Google accounts using proxies?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mqs1000, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    I know Yelp is a big pain in the ass to get reviews. Even legitimate reviews from real customers are filtered sometimes. I am wondering if Google+ reviews are easier. I'm referring to the reviews that show up when you search for a local service, and it shows the 7 pack (7 local companies) and shows their reviews.

    Can I just create 10 different Google+ accounts using 10 different proxies, let them age a little, and leave reviews on a page? Is this risky for the page? Is there any chance these will get filtered?
     
  2. kvchosting

    kvchosting Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    If you are using proxies Google will know and and its very risky. Why dont you find some ads here in BHW if anyone doing service for G+ or Yelp rather than doing it yourself. I would not use proxies and it will eventually hurt your main
     
  3. Biznik

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    Go find free wifi hotspots in your area, drive to them and create accounts+reviews on each hotspot
     
  4. mqs1000

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    Are you sure? How does Google know I'm using proxies?

    Also, I wasn't aware there were services like that. The last one I knew about was Glowing Reviews which got sued last year. Any recommendations?

    Not a bad idea
     
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    A couple years ago I wrote a simple walk through for leaving reviews on what was then Google Places. It started like this:

    Firstly, you want to make sure you are not using Chrome. Google owns it, and you don?t need them spying on you. Use Firefox instead. Before you get started clean EVERYTHING. Cache, Cookies, Temp, History etc. Use Ccleaner, BetterPrivacy etc.

    Next, we need to manipulate your location by changing your IP address. There are many pieces of software that will allow you to do this: HMA VPN, Hide My IP, Proxy Bonanza, StrongVPN etc. Using one of these services you want to make sure your IP now reflects one from the closest city available to the business you are going to review. Out of country is unacceptable, in province/state is OKAY, same city is best.


    Today I would approach it in the same way, but as the OP suggested, I would be ageing the accounts a bit. Frankly, I don't think it's much required as Google loosened their filter about a year ago, but I would do it anyways. Picture, bio, whatever. I would even go as far as leaving a couple reviews on other local businesses (non competing) over the period of a couple weeks probably. Some folks I know go as far as interacting with others, posting to their profile page, etc. Again, probably overkill. If you intend to do this for other listing in the future, I would throw this account in a spreadsheet, and once a month login (FROM THE SAME IP) and leave another review locally.

    Yelp is a whole other beast, but I would approach it in the same aforementioned fashion. I would give in to the whole social aspect of the platform a bit more attention though.

    As much as I hate Yelp, and think their filter is totally irrational, it does a good job of filtering spam. Most will not go to the efforts described. Unfortunately, at the same time, it kills a lot of real reviews, which SMBs sweat their ass off to earn.

    Short answer, Google+ is MUCH easier.
     
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