The local sites google uses for scraping reviews from....
Thanks William C for the list. Several of these were new for me
Not a problem, tho Jaime is slightly miffed I shared her list :)
Interesting to see you've mixed in a few for Australia. We all struggle to find good sites relevant to locations outside the US. Microsoft's LIVE maps are just plain broken for people outside the US because they don't offer us the ability to update locations and details. Thanks for the list.
Mixed in a few? This is simply a compiled list of the sites google gets its reviews from for the local results.... I did not 'mix in' anything.
Ok, Upon further inspection using a few UK proxies, Google has different sets of sites they use depending on geographical location. So, a proposal to all of you...
Anyone outside the US, go to google, do some searches, look at the google places listings and compile a list of review sites that google uses for your country/area and post it here so we can all benefit.
I will update the first post to include all lists we can get here, so all of us have a comprehensive list available when needed..
Geee, glad to see so many want to contribute.....
From trying 'London Hotels' from uk;
probably a lot more but getting rather niche/London specific....
From 'Hairdressers in London' from uk;
http://www.qype.co.uk - again
http://www.yelp.co.uk - again
Plumbers in Scotland only gives ;
qype, tipped and yelp look like they might be the dominant ones.... There's not many searches apart from hotel/restaurant orientated that I'm managing to get Places reviews for - can try specific search if anyone wants to give suggestions.
Anyone else got lists from other regions?
As you know Google is no longer scraping reviews but continues (reportedly or assumedly) to use them as a local ranking factor.
LilaGuide (for businesses related to kids)
http://www.servicemagic.com/category...?link_id=13144 ... link for categories; most related to remodeling, but oddly enough includes event planners, and sports and music lessons.