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I was reading the recent blog post by Kim Essenmacher and her frustration with Google+ Local reviews, when Matt Merrill (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattsmerrill) chimed in with advice on how to get Google Reviews to stick.
Ryan Leslie picked up on Matt's statement that shot up a red flag to Ryan and to me as well:
"Here's a few tips we give our clients when submitting reviews for and in behalf of customers:"
So I did some research on the Rank Boost websites, and here is the page I found:
Does this sound like another Reputation Management "scam" that will get businesses in trouble? Should you stay away from this service?
Take a minute to read the terms of service from sites like Google+, Yelp, or Dealerrater. What you might find is that reviews are to be posted by the actual consumer and not a filtered proxy agent.
Any company that takes reviews posted on their own "form" and then filters and posts to third party sites, as a consumer, from different IP addresses, is a BIG RED FLAG!! Is this legit? You have to decide for yourself.
I think it is time to start exposing any companies that violate TOS policies that can get dealers in trouble.
What do you have to say on this matter? Does this service stink?
Brian Pasch, CEO