Google is an open space that allows people to review your business, and anyone with a Gmail can leave a review. Due to the nature of this platform, you cannot disable reviews.
Google strives to make people’s search experience the very best it can be. They want to provide searchers with the most accurate information possible so they can find what they’re looking for online. And that includes what others have to say about your business.
Furthermore, the content that appears in Google search, Google Maps, and your Google My Business listing belongs to them, not you.
That’s why you cannot disable reviews, nor should you want to. Reviews help your business show up first in a search.
Here’s why Google Reviews actually help your business:
- They increase your ranking – according to Moz’s most recent local search ranking factors study, review signals contribute to ranking in the Local Pack by 15.44%.
- They’re a huge part of managing your company’s reputation. People base a large portion of purchasing decisions on reviews.
- You can remove bad reviews if they are fake or unfair.
- They provide feedback for you as a business owner on ways to improve or confirmation on what you’re doing right.
So, in short, no, you cannot disable Google reviews. However, you shouldn’t want to. That’s because they’re a tool Google created to help you manage your reputation and foster better customer relationships. Plus, they also help customers find what they’re looking for online.
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