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Did You See What She Wrote About You?!?

Online reviews, Google Reviews for churches
Written by Paul Steinbrueck

Continuing our theme on free Google Tools to help you communicate, organize and grow your organization… in this article we’re going to take a quick look at…

Google Reviews

Google Reviews are super-important both for search rankings and influencing people’s decisions. Local SEO Guide reports online reviews are the #2 most important factor in local search rankings. Meanwhile, Dimensional Research reports 90% of people say reading online reviews has influenced their decisions.

People post Google Reviews to an organization’s Google My Business listing. So, if you have not created and verified your GMB listing, that’s your first step to getting Google Reviews. See How to Create, Claim and Verify Your Google My Business Listing for more on that.

Next, you’ll want to develop a plan to get more Google Reviews and get them gradually and consistently over time. For more tips on how to do this, check out our Ultimate Guide to Online Reviews.

Finally, it’s important to monitor your GMB listing for new reviews and respond to them, especially to any negative reviews that might get posted. We help our SEO clients do this by including a Reputation Manager report in the monthly SEO reports we send our clients. Click to watch a quick video overview of the Reputation Manager report.

Why do we put so much emphasis on reviews? Because our philosophy is…

Don’t tell people about your church. Let others tell people about your church through their testimonials.

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If you’d like help improving your search rankings and bringing more people to your website so you can better live out your mission online, let our team help you with church SEO or Christian SEO services for your business or ministry. Complete the form below to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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  • How many Google Reviews does your organization have?
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About the author

Paul Steinbrueck

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

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