Google updated their Review Content policy this week. The change is listed below.

“as a business owner or employee you should not review your own business or current place of work. Don’t offer money or product to others to write reviews for your business or write negative reviews about a competitor. We also discourage specialized review stations or kiosks set up at your place of business for the sole purpose of soliciting reviews.”

I like the part about negative reviews from competitors. Hopefully, they will start to identify and penalize those folks. Other than that, there is nothing surprising here. It just tells me that they will continue to filter reviews that are not legitimate.

Read the full policy on Google’s blog