When it comes to the best business review sites, there are two main players: Yelp and Google My Business.
Yelp has been around for a long time and is well-known by both customers and businesses alike. It's easy to use, but it's also known for being very aggressive with their review filter--meaning that some of your best reviews might not show up on your page if they don't meet their standards.
Google Maps has been around for even longer than Yelp, but only recently started allowing users to leave reviews on businesses' pages. They've also started rolling out features like "Popular Times" and "People Also Viewed," which make it easier than ever for people to find you when they're looking for something specific in your area.
1) Restaurants get more attention on Google Maps because people look at Google before they look at Yelp (or any other review site). When someone searches "Italian restaurants near me," they'll see results from all three sites at once. But if they click through one or two of those results and see nothing relevant, they'll likely go back to Google Maps again--where they'll see more results from local businesses like yours. They'll also see a list of trending restaurants, which helps you get found even if you don't have any reviews yet.
2) It's easier for businesses to get reviews on Google Maps than it is on Yelp. All you have to do is ask your customers for feedback and put a link in your email signature; when they click it, they'll be taken straight to the Google Maps page where they can leave a review.
3) Google Maps can help you get found on organic search by putting your business in the right local pack. When someone searches for a restaurant on Google, the results are split into two categories: one for local businesses and another for websites that aren't based near them.
These are some of the many reasons that we believe the Best Business Review Site to be Google My Business which lists on Google Maps. We have been working with businesses to double-down on this tactic and we'd recommend it as of writing this!
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