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Writing fake reviews can heavily influence the purchasing decision of consumers. So, where do fake reviews come from? Here are a couple of sources:
There are a couple of websites with filters or systems that can automatically detect a fake review. However, consumers and business owners can also learn how to spot fake reviews and report the associated business for lack of best practices. Below are steps that you can use to spot fake reviews.
Take some time to verify the genuineness of the reviewer by checking their Twitter, Facebook, or website profile (if any). Look at the date when the account was created, review the account’s activity, social accounts, and work information. Do the profile and the accounts activity belong to a real person? If not, you need to mark the review as a red flag.
Another indicator for fake reviews can be the lack of details in the text. If the reviewer does not use specific details of the product or service and doesn’t describe their experience, the review must be fake.
If the review appears to read in the tone of an ad copy written or a press release by a marketer, it probably is fake. Check to see if there are repeat and unnatural mentions of the product name, brand, or product model. For example, “I prefer using the new Toshiba Tecra A50-D laptop. It has Core i7 and SSD 256 GB.”
If you want to spot a fake review, check for phrases and words that no other customer can use. For example, if you want to get a gaming laptop review and see “discrete GPU with 4VRAM,” the review might not be genuine. It is only marketers who talk this way, not consumers. If we know the importance of word of mouth, we also know that is not a natural way a customer would talk.
Online consumers have strong opinions. But reviews that appear too polished or too harsh should establish their claim has a foundation. Real reviews do not edge on one side of the spectrum or the other. Therefore, people who write negative reviews should still say something positive about your product/service.
You can reach out to the support staff or admins of the review site if you suspect that the review is fake. After an investigation discovers that the review is fake, the website will take down the profile or listing of the business. Knowing all this should make you wonder exactly how negative reviews affect your business.
What happens if Google fails to remove a review?
Share the info with your friends, colleagues, and relatives. Next, come up with simple instructions on how to report fake reviews on Google. Then, ask your family and friends to tag the review. The more tags a review gets, the higher the search engine specialists will spot it and remove it. Alternatively, you can submit a valid request for the removal of the fake review.
How can you boost your company’s Google ranking?
If you receive negative reviews that you think are undeserved, reach out to any other customer and ask them to review their experience with your company. If you have many positive reviews, it will make a potential client ignore the negative reviews. This plan will increase the Google rating of your company.
How can you tell that reviews are fake?
A fake review uses an aggressive or tantalizing tone. These reviews also follow a particular order of certain keywords in different sections of the review. When you dig a little deeper to see the reviewer’s profile, you might find positive reviews about another competitor. This trend is an indication that the reviews are fake. If the reviewer’s account is just a few days or weeks old, it is most likely fake.
STAT: According to one survey, 90% of consumers say that online reviews influence their buying decisions. (source)