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About Pulse – How to Get Your Google Seller Ratings Stars

How to get your Google seller ratings stars

When a potential customer does a Google search for your company, they probably see your website as the first search result, but they’re also going to see ads, sponsored listings, and, sometimes, yellow stars next to your company name.

These stars represent the Google Seller Ratings. These ratings are compiled from Google Shopping Reviews and outside review sites. Viewpoints.com has a special partnership with Google as a verified provider of merchant reviews. When a customer writes a Viewpoints review of your company, it feeds directly into the star ratings and review excerpts that display on Google.

Here’s an example of Google’s Seller ratings:

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How do Viewpoints reviews get fed to Google Seller Ratings?

We have two feeds that we send: full feed and incremental feed. With the full feed, Google downloads the full feed from our site on the 1st and the 16th of the month and syncs our system with theirs. The incremental feed keeps the system up-to-date. The feed is generated nightly and sends any merchant reviews from the last three days to Google. Here are some ways to help up make sure the most accurate information is being sent to Google.

  1. Be in one of the following categories:
    • 401K’s & IRA’s
    • Airlines
    • Cable TV Providers
    • Cell Phone Providers
    • Credit Cards
    • Dating Websites
    • E-commerce Websites
    • Health Websites
    • Home Parties & Direct Sales
    • Insurance Companies
    • ISPs
    • Job Websites
    • Marketplace Shopping Websites
    • Mortgage Lenders
    • Online Brokerages
    • Rental Cars
    • Travel Websites
    • VOIP Services
  2. Have at least 30 active reviews. You can help encourage your customers to write Viewpoints reviews, which will be sent to Google Seller Ratings in both feeds. Here are some tips to help your customers post better Viewpoints reviews.
    • Be consistent. Make sure your business name and URL match up on Google Shopping and on reviews sites. One of our account managers can help you make sure your information is accurate.
    • Google says, “Be a great business.” To improve your star rating, you need good reviews. Excellent customer service is a great way to encourage good reviews. With Viewpoints Pulse you can respond to customer reviews to thank them for good reviews, or help resolve any negative issues.

Do a search today. Do your Seller Ratings stars show up in Google? We can help you get your stars.

How to Plan Your Rewards Credit Cards Strategy

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There’s no benefit to using a rewards credit card if you’re not fulling taking advantage of the rewards. Here’s a strategy to maximize your rewards credit cards.

Rewards credit cards provide you with the chance to offset some of your spending by earning rewards that you can use. These rewards can save you money on the activities that you participate in the most, as well as result in actual cash.

In order to make the most of your rewards credit cards, you need a solid strategy. Your rewards card strategy can help ensure that you get the biggest bang for your shopping buck when you use your card on regular purchases.

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Flying With Children: Viewpoints Q & A

Flying with children

Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety Advocate, Britax

Viewpoints talked to Sarah Tilton, a safety expert at car seat brand Britax, for her advice to families flying on their vacation. She shares the do’s and don’ts for booking your trip, navigating security, boarding the plane and using your child safety seat on board.

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Best Airline Rewards Program Credit Cards

Best Airline Rewards Program

The best airline rewards programs have credit cards that you can use to boost your rewards.

If you want free airfare, one of the best approaches is to sign up for a credit card that rewards you with miles. With the best airline rewards program, you can redeem these rewards for airfare, seat upgrades, and other perks. Use the right credit card, and you could find yourself racking up the rewards points and enjoying free travel.
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Travelzoo Reviews: Not Great For Local Deals

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Travelzoo reviews suggest that Travelzoo doesn’t live up to its slogan, “The Deal Experts.”

Travelzoo is a travel website that offers discounted airfare, hotels, cruises and car rentals. Unlike top-rated travel websites, Travelzoo hasn’t impressed most vacationers looking for great deals. Before you book your dream vacation with Travelzoo, see what Travelzoo reviewers have to say about its tricky business tactics.

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Viewpoints Experts To Help Consumers Get Best Deals, Avoid Mistakes

 

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Update 2/4/2014: Thank you for your interest, but we are not currently accepting any new writers. The Category Expert Program is now closed. 

 

Viewpoints helps people decide what to buy by providing honest product feedback. We are the voice of the consumer.

In addition to collecting reviews from consumers (496,000+ reviews to date), we’re now recruiting experts in specific lifestyle and product categories to create articles and video content to guide consumers in making the overall smartest purchase decision for their budgets and needs.  Authors will be rewarded based on the size of the audience the articles attract.

How to apply to be a Viewpoints Expert

Please email: jenn@viewpoints.com

Include:

A brief note introducing yourself and the category of your interest. Previous blogging experience not necessary, but if you have examples of published work, please provide. And oh yes, let us know how we can best reach you.

Want to know more?

What is a category expert?
What’s the difference between a consumer reviewer and an expert reviewer?
Priority categories
Type of people we’re recruiting
Social qualifications
What’s in it for you
Expert compensation
Before you start
Article requirements
After publication
How to apply
Terms of service

What is a category expert?

Viewpoints strives to give a 360° view of products. While our consumer reviews give important information in how an appliance, stroller or mattress performs after purchase, we believe there are other valuable perspectives. The Viewpoints experts will provide insights that consumer reviews alone cannot, i.e. product previews, tests of new products, head-to-head brand comparisons, product and brand recommendations, trend analysis, etc.

Honesty and transparency are important. Our experts give advice and recommendations without conflict of interest or hidden agenda, in the same way they would advise their own friends and family. To that end, we require the authors to fully disclose any financial ties to the industry and/or products they write about.

Although there are 465 product categories on Viewpoints, not all lend themselves to a high volume of original, engaging editorial content. So we’ve identified 51 product categories with the greatest potential for engagement, as measured by audience interest, value to Viewpoints as a business and the competitive landscape. In other words, these are subjects that both consumers and advertisers care about, yet there’s a relative void of compelling content.

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What makes Viewpoints different? We’re on a mission to help both consumers and businesses learn from real-world experience. We believe that authenticity and transparency in reviews will help others find products and services that are affordable, sustainable and innovative. For the first time, we are inviting professionals to join the conversation.

What’s the difference between a consumer reviewer and an expert reviewer?

We’ve gotten several inquiries about this program from people who love writing reviews, but would probably fall into the category of “enthusiast” rather than “expert.” Enthusiasts are vital to Viewpoints.com — serving an important role in keeping the community conversation going. For this expert program, professional credentials are ideal, but not necessary if your knowledge has come through real-world experience. To better understand if you are a good fit for this program, ask yourself:

  • Do I understand the technology?

It’s one thing to use a refrigerator; it is another to know how and why they are designed as they are and what could go wrong and why.

  • Do I know the attributes by which to judge the product?

Your reviews will need to cover the common things people want to know about when deciding what to buy. If you aren’t up to speed, writing for us will be difficult.

Priority categories

These are currently the 51 priority categories on Viewpoints. If you click on the category, you’ll see examples of articles we’ve published on that topic. In a few cases, you’ll be led to the category page on Viewpoints. That means we currently have no editorial content on that subject, so your expertise would be especially welcome.

Air Conditioners Diapers Mixers
Airlines Diet Pills Online Degrees
Acne & Blemish Treatments Diets Ovens
Anti-Aging Skin Care Dishwashers Paint
Baby Bottles Facial Moisturizer Refrigerators
Baby Formula General Household Cleaners Rental Cars
Baby Shampoo & Body Wash Grills Sewing Machines
Blenders Hair Coloring Shampoo (Hair Products)
Body Lotions Hair Conditioner Shopping Websites
Bread Machines Home Technology Space Heaters
Cable TV Providers Pet Care Streaming Services
Cell Providers Insurance Strollers
Clothes Dryers Kitchen Ranges Toaster Ovens
Coffee Makers Leaf Blowers Treadmills (Fitness)
Credit Cards Mattresses Vacuums
Crock Pots & Slow Cookers Mortgage Lenders Vitamins, Herbs and Minerals
Detergent Microwave Ovens Washing Machines

 

To increase the visibility of our editorial content, Viewpoints is creating dedicated category pages that will showcase expert reviews and articles along with consumer tips, videos, graphics, top product round-ups, curated off-site content, etc. Once category pages are built, the next step will be dedicated content channel pages that will showcase the freshest, most engaging content in each of the broader eight content areas:

  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Laundry & Cleaning
  • Home & Garden
  • Bath & Beauty
  • Health
  • Babies & Kids
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Money

Articles and videos will be selected to be showcased on these pages based on relevance and popularity, as determined by traffic to the blog and category pages. All articles will be published first on the Viewpoints blog.

Gas kitchen burner

Viewpoints experts help consumers know what to buy when they need a new appliance, like a gas range or cooktop.

Types of people we’re recruiting

Our plan is to partner with 3 kinds of writers in each of the categories:

  • 1. Professional writers with a strong social following and demonstrated expertise in one of our key categories

  • 2. Experts wishing to have an impact in the consumer reviews space and/or build a greater online presence for themselves or their businesses

  • 3. Bloggers who want more influence and visibility in the reviews space

We hope you’re the type of person who will delight in ‘taking ownership’ of your subject. That means monitoring new products, staying on top of trends, setting Google Alerts, reading reviews on site, etc. As such, we’ll depend on you to actively suggest article ideas based on your expertise of the category. We also work with you to come up with topics that are fresh and connect with the Viewpoints audience.

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+

Sharing your content across your own social networks will help us both reach our goals.

Social qualifications

To gain the traffic we’ll need to make our partnership mutually rewarding, it is important that you are already active in social media. Aside from the passion and expertise in the content categories outlined, any one of these is required:

–>500 followers on Twitter

–>500 combined friends/followers on Facebook

–>500 connections on LinkedIn

–>100 followers on Google+

–>1,000 followers on Pinterest

Viewpoints will be sharing all of your posts on our social platforms, and you’ll be expected to do the same. Be creative in how you leverage your community on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and others. You’ll be encouraged to record short videos for Viewpoints blog posts, which you’ll then easily upload to our account on the video sharing site, Pixorial. Viewpoints will then edit, add music or finishing touches before publishing on our YouTube channel for embed in your article. We view this as a social partnership and will actively brainstorm on ways to create buzz.

What’s in it for you

>Work is displayed in a credible editorial environment adhering to highest standards of quality and relevance

>Audience reach: Site receives 1 million+ unique visitors monthly, and work is showcased in Viewpoints email newsletters to 240,000

>Compensation is based on traffic generated to article, with $25 minimum per article (details below)

>We will link from every article to author’s personal website or business site

>Contributors will have access to the WordPress dashboard to monitor their own article traffic

>Viewpoints works directly with manufacturers to provide you with innovative and new products to review

>Viewpoints creates pages to showcase an author’s picture, bio, social channels and published work on our site

>Content created will be showcased on PRNewswire, as appropriate

>Your standing as an authority greatly benefits from our reputation in the consumer reviews space

>In most cases, you are free to keep or donate any products we provide you to review, which will be disclosed to readers

Expert compensation

Details of the compensation as follows:

Paid contributors must commit to at least one article/week
Flat fee ($100) for 4 articles a month
Unpaid contributors can provide content less frequently than 4 times a month
Bonus for all authors after 2,500 page views ($10 for every additional 1,000 views per article up to one year from publication)
All earnings are credited on 1st day of month to contributor’s PayPal account and will be reported to the IRS in 1099

Before you start

A few housekeeping items before you can start writing:

1. Become a member of the Viewpoints community. Register as a user on Viewpoints.com, and write your first (consumer) review.
2. Provide your PayPal email. Here’s the PayPal signup page if you don’t have an account.
3. Create a Google+ profile with your picture and list that you are a “Contributor to” www.viewpoints.com/expert-reviews (see image). Go into the ‘About’ section> ‘Links’>’Contributor to’> Add ‘www.viewpoints.com/expert-reviews’ with the label of ‘Viewpoints’. (This can be a bit confusing, so if you have any questions, just ask!). Google Authorship is tied to the author — so if your business has multiple authors, each would need to set this up.

Showing info on G+ About page

A key step to qualifying for Google Authorship is listing Viewpoints on your Google+ ‘About’ page. That way, Google may display your photo in search results which will increase credibility of the content.Article requirements–400-700 words in length

Article requirements

–400-800 words in length

–Gives both pros and cons

–Quotes consumer reviews, as appropriate

–Includes any photos or video you take. Don’t overlook YouTube as a source of related content. We will supply product and stock images if you don’t have any.

–Discloses your ties to a brand, industry or products that represent a conflict of interest, real or perceived

–Not previously published, either in whole or in part, on another site. The content you create for us will be unique to Viewpoints. Acts of plagiarism are unacceptable and will result in immediate termination

After publication

–Post a shorter version of any product review on the Viewpoints site (as a consumer review)

–Respond to comments on authored articles with overall goal of getting more meaningful comments over time (key measure of success)

While you’re getting acquainted with Viewpoints, plan to email articles to Viewpoints as attached Word document. Once established, authors will file directly into our Word Press dashboard in draft form, pending publication.

Virgin America Airlines Reviews: “Economy Price, First Class Treatment”

Virginia America was rated top airline by Consumer Reports. See why it has a rating of 70/100 on Viewpoints.

Virginia America is rated top airline by Consumer Reports. See why it has a (lower) rating of 70/100 on Viewpoints.

Virgin America is somewhat of a new kid on the block when it comes to airline travel. The hip, purple-lit airplane goes beyond getting you from point A to point B, doing so in style, and at an affordable price.  Consumer Reports recently listed Virgin America as its top-rated airline. See what Viewpoints contributors are saying about this top airline service, and which airline is rated worst on both Consumer Reports and Viewpoints.

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Spirit Airlines Reviews: “You Get What You Pay For”

Spirit Airlines has a low rating due to customer service and hidden fees.

Spirit Airlines has a low rating due to its customer service and extra fees.

With ever-increasing prices for flights, Spirit Airlines advertises its tickets for as little as $20, a deal that seems too good to pass up. The low-cost carrier, however, has a low rating of 29/100 on Viewpoints.  See what contributors are saying about the inexpensive airline.

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