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Creating a google review link

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Hi, so I found an answer here https://support.google.com/business/answer/7035772 the other day that explains how to create a link to a google business review form. It seems this answer has now been removed and any methods I have tried no longer work. Has google stopped this? Why? It will be much harder to tell people to go to google search our business, find the business box on the right then click write review!!

 

Does anyone have any ideas?

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1- Google took the page down but their technique still works... sort of. Instructions and caveats here: http://blumenthals.com/blog/2016/07/09/new-google-help-page-to-create-a-link-for-customers-to-write-...

2-The URL provided by Google redirects to the URL that you can obtain by searching for the business and clicking on the write a review link (in Chrome because Safari #fails) and copying that link.

3- The copied URL works better because it functions properly on iOS and older Safari desktop devices while the redirected new Google link fails on those devices.

Here are examples of the two links:
http://search.google.com/local/writereview?placeid=ChIJj61dQgK6j4AR4GeTYWZsKWw Generated by the new Google technique

https://www.google.com/search?q=Googleplex,+1600+Amphitheatre+Pkwy,+Mountain+View,+CA+94043&ludocid=..., The link obtained via the write a review box.

4- Any link should work on Windows & Safari desktop, Android and iOS devices logged in or not. The later "write a review" link passes all of those tests

5- With ONE exception. (is there always an exception with Google?). There is a bug which rears its head if a business has NO reviews. The above link fails on mobile and the only link that will work until you get your first review is the Google Maps link for that business.

It would look like: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Googleplex/@37.4219999,-122.0862462,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x...

Let me know how you make out.

Mike Blumenthal

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Yes this page https://support.google.com/business/answer/7035772
<> have been
removed as the described method didn't work properly in many cases.
Perhaps I can help you out with a link.
But can't do this without the below requested info

Please include the following with your question:
1. Full business name
2. Current business address
3. Current telephone number
4. Google+ URL
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I have sent you a hangout @Helmut Geissler. Thanks @Mike Blumenthal Its seems that the issue may be then that this business has no reviews as yet. 

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@Gavin P

 

Please include the following with your question:
1. Full business name
2. Current business address
3. Current telephone number
4. Google+ URL

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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

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1. CMR Window Cleaning
2. 399 Park Road, Kingston Upon thames, Surrey, KT25RL
3. 07908839490 (This isnt my number its the clients who owns the business) I am trying to get this sorted for his site.
4. https://plus.google.com/104900962966028973831

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Try this https://www.google.com/search?q=CMR+Window+Cleaning+&ludocid=10619075591981474162#lrd=0x0:0x935e88fd...

or its shorted version:
https://goo.gl/0uao7y

Although It might work on desktop only

since your bsuiness is a Service Area Business the review link created through place-finder will likely not wort anyway.

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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

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Yes that kind of works on desktop but not mobile. Hmm how annoying. Thanks for the help though.

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TRY THIS ONE: https://www.google.com/maps/place/CMR+Window+Cleaning/@51.4274641,-0.4319789,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3... until he gets his first review then you can do one of the longer ones.

 

@Helmut Geissler + @Gavin P note that shortening the URL causes issue on some older Safari browsers and on iOS so I would suggest NOT shortening. 

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Thanks @Mike Blumenthal

did not know the negative impact of such shorted review links on Safari

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