A few weeks ago, Google Google shut down the publication of new reviews and Q&A as part of its coronavirus response and reduced support. It seems though that Google has re-started publication of reviews and review repolie.

On this page Google says: “Review replies are now available. New user reviews, new user photos, new short names, and Q&A will gradually return by country and business category.

Mike Blumenthal first noticed this on April 9.

Greg Sterling of Search Engine Land was able to confirm and publish a review for a restaurant in his area.

Although it seems that the feature is coming back online, Greg was still presented with a screen warning him that his review could be delayed. But when he clicked “see your reviews,” he was able to see the new review.

By restarting reviews and replies, this could signal that Google My Business functionality could be returning to more normal operation. This could mean that marketers may need to start paying attention to reviews on Google once again.

SourceGreg Sterling