While I am on a roll complaining about Yelp removing negative reviews (see this post), I received this spam comment on this site today:
After flagging this as spam, I went to their site at Get Positive Ratings and was astonished.
First I noticed that the site is littered with strange grammar issues. I suspect the site originates somewhere in Asia, based on the grammar. Just see their front page (red arrow):
Don’t you want to be they’re choice?
When this got my attention, I went clicking around and found their pricing:
For only $49 a month, they will post 15 reviews about your business every month. If you want to spend $999 a month, you’ll get a whopping 680 positive reviews per month. You can go out and buy the Turbo package for $2,999 per month – wow.
All fake, of course.
Scroll down and find “Informations” below the prices.
Then I was curious and went to the FAQ section. Read above what they say about whether anyone can tell the reviews are not real.
So here is their business model: They are selling openly fake reviews to hapless businesses.
Ahhh, this would be a great solution for the unfortunate Union Street Guest House!