Is it mandatory to have a Google + account to write a my business review?
I've read numerous posts/articles which stipulate that you must have a Google Plus account to Write a review so I decided to test the theory.
1) I signed out of my G+ account.
2) Visited gmail.com and created a new gmail account - signed out of that account, cleared cache to be sure.
3) I did a google search to bring up my local business listing and selected my business.
4) Clicked on Write a review and it popped up the "Sign in with your Google Accoutn to write a review" screen.
5) I signed in under the test account.
6) It dropped me in the "Rate & review" screen for my business with stars and "Describe your experience" textarea.
7) Here I aborted because I didn't want to create a disturbance
To be sure the test account was not G+, I visited google.com, clicked on the 9-dot apps menu top right and Google + (icon). It took me to a "Join Google+ by creating your public profile" page where I needed to enter some data to Upgrade to G+.
This seems to contradict the articles I've browsed. Am I missing something?
Depending on the answer, if you can now Write a review with only a gmail account in hand, will that review carry the same/less weight than a G+ account review if both were created at the same time?
Also, in this case being a brand new account, will that and the fact that there is no review history also devalue the review?
Re: Is it mandatory to have a Google + account to write a my business review?
Hi @Bob M
It was changed maybe last year, can't quite remember.
You just need to sign in with any Google account to leave a review.
I would say that an account that has activity on it and in good standing will carry more weight then a brand new account.
Note, i say an account rather then a Google+ account specifically.
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