Here at EZlocal, we love Google. Everyone uses Google as their primary search engine and Gmail as their email client. Nearly the whole office is connected through Google Talk and most people use Chrome as their browser. A few of us even look forward to the day when we can pay our taxes directly to Google.
Since our specialty is local business search, it comes as no surprise that a fair amount of our time is spent nosing around Google Maps and Google’s Local Business Center, constantly searching for more ways to increase exposure to our members, small business owners. To this end, we find ourselves pondering questions like these:
- What websites are cited on Google Maps?
- Are they being cited for business info, reviews, user content?
- What sites boast the most review citations in Google Maps?
On our quest to answer these questions, we started to count and analyze the reviews that appear in Google Maps. However, we soon ran into a problem: Google Maps only allows you to view 10 reviews at once. Since some profiles have literally hundreds or thousands of reviews to analyze, being limited to 10 per page would have slowed our research to a crawl.
Luckily, our programmer quickly came up with a nifty URL hack that allowed us to view more than 10 reviews at once:
Enter your query into Google Maps. In the below example, we use "Pizza New York, NY"
Select the profile you want to view and click the “more info »”.
Scroll through the URL until you find the section that says "num=10" and set "num=" to a higher value (whatever number you wish to view).