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How Does One Get Chosen as Trusted Review Site for Google

Google Local Maps Business Partnership Reviews Sources Trusted Link

     
6:09 pm on May 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Noticing more companies who have reviews on their websites are being included in Google's reviews in Local Business & Maps listings.

Does anyone know how one gets chosen to be such a trusted source of reviews? Anyone have any experiences they can share?

We have a ton of reviews on our sites and a stringent editorial policy, but was wondering how to become a source of reviews as well.

2:56 am on May 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The usual ways - Google notices you and sends its partnership manager, or you ring them.
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THX for the reply. Another dumb question - how does one find and ring the Goog Partnership Manager?
3:38 pm on May 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you want to get your business listed in "Local Businesses" with map placements you can try adding yourself.

There are a few hoops to jump through and it can take a couple weeks but everything I have listed through this has shown up in that local maps/business results.

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eljuan,

I believe google finds you, not the other way around.

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Google would actually do a partnership for local listing only with a brand (BIG BRAND) and authority site in that niche.
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eljuan,

In our case (at two employers), we had long-standing relationships with G and Y, not related to being a content provider, e.g. major supplier of technology, major AdWords customer, major publisher, etc, so the content approach came to us, not the other way around.

OTOH, if you are a future big brand but have good content now AND can see a gap in the current G offering, call Google's main number and ask to speak to the partnership manager for Google Maps (or whatever). Don't assume you will get rich (directly) from this relationship. ;)