August 8, 2016

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With the internet being so prevalent these days, most consumers love to post about their life experiences on blogs, review boards, forums, and many more types of online outlets. As consumers, we can use this huge amount of data to our advantage when choosing a business, product, or any other type of service. When choosing a contractor to do work on your patio cover, there are a few main places we suggest finding out information on the company. The beautiful thing is you can take everything you learn in this blog post and not only apply it to finding a patio cover contractor, you can also use these skills for checking out places you’re going to go or service based businesses that you’re going to hire. We hope you enjoy this article!

It’s pretty easy to get fake reviews done in this day and age. There are even “underground” places online where business owners can swap reviews! Business owners will also hire and pay people to leave them online reviews… Don’t believe us? Go to Fiverr.com right now and you’ll find a ton of people offering to leave business owners online reviews! So how do you find out what real people that have actually had an experience with the business? There’s no guarantees in life, but Google Business Listing reviews are the closest thing to real reviews that you’re going to get. Google has an algorithm that knows when someone is leaving a business review. When you go online, google knows exactly where you’re searching from, so if you’re leaving a business in Florida a review and Google knows you’re leaving that review from Austin, Texas, that’s going to set off a red flag. I know what you’re thinking… but what if I traveled to Floriday for the weekend, flew back home, than left the review?! Well, Google is smart enough to know that people are absolutely going to travel and leave reviews about their hotel after they have left their vacation spot so Google is going to leave most of those reviews along. However, that out of state “red flag” is going to trigger google’s algorithm to dig a little deeper into the review that was left. If it looks like it was from a legit person, it’ll be just fine. But if the review was left by someone that has recently left a plumbing review in New York, and a pool resurfacing conractor review in California, Google is most likely going to remove that review. Out of all of the review “type” of websites, Google is definitely the hardest place to leave fake online reviews and is a very credible place to get honest reviews about a company.

There are many other social websites like Yelp that are extremely interactive and get used by millions of people everyday. The problem with Yelp is that their algorithm isn’t nearly as complex as Google so many more fake reviews slip in between the cracks and you won’t be able to as good of a gauge on the quality of the business you’re looking up.

These are just a few options to help you find your patio cover contractor. Please remember that once you find a good contractor with credible online reviews, make sure to see our next post about the series of questions you should ask your contractor to make sure they’re a good fit.

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