How to Spot Fake 5 Stars Reviews

How can you tell fake reviews from authentic ones?

Even the digital marketing industry uses fake 5 stars reviews.

A few quick clicks on the reviewers will give you an idea if they're fake or not.

The global impact of phony reviews

The biggest compliment a business can get is a referral from a happy client. Online reviews are the digital version of word-of-mouth, and savvy marketers understand the power of peer to peer reviews. In fact, five stars reviews are so influential to sales, that a whole unregulated industry has evolved to create fake reviews online. In response to the cheats in the industry, companies like Trustpilot build their business model on transparency and verifying all online reviews.

According to a report from the World Economic Forum, about $152 billion dollars is spent globally on subpar products with excellent reviews. The estimate is that on average, about 4% of reviews are fake.

No surprise that digital marketers use fraudulent reviews too

Deceitful reviews exist thanks to the digital marketing industry. (There. We said it– and as experts in our industry, we’re very sorry.)  So it’s no surprise that many SEO, social media and Google search marketers would employ the same practice to get high rankings for their companies. So buyer beware.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Do the reviews have similar wording and/or ideas?
  • Are all the reviews the same length, for example, one sentence?
  • Is the language bot-like?
  • Are the reviews written on the same day, month and/or in quick succession?
  • Has the reviewer (check their activity on Google) wrote reviews for obscure businesses in several different cities and countries?
  • Are all the reviews 5 stars?

The cost of fake reviews

Highly organized and large off-shore fake review networks aren't cheap.

If you’re a business owner, it may be tempting to take the dodgy route and pay for fake reviews. However, we’ve witness this backfire on companies big time. And once trust is lost, it’s gone for good. So avoid shady practices, which includes paying for bogus followers on social media. Instead, grow your company organically, one happy customer at a time.

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