Google Reviews Widget Help |

James Huff


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The error is from Google’s end, telling you to refresh your Place ID through them.

No matter what plugin you try, it won’t work until you follow Google’s instructions.

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I’m writing this to help anyone who comes across the same issue. I ended up figuring out a solution today! After doing lots of research, I was able to confirm that Google does not support service area GBP listings for getting a working Google places API. Unless Google fixes this, it will only work for people with a physical address listed on their Google profile. For those interested here’s a forum from Google that discusses this issue in detail:

I realized that the only way around this issue for service area GBPs who want to display their reviews is to use a widget that doesn’t require an API and can look up the business using a place ID or google business URL. When I first used Widgets for Google Reviews and copied the shortcode into Elementor, I thought there was some kind of glitch because the code did not display correctly in the edit view of Elementor, but when I published and viewed the website, lo and behold the reviews looked exactly how they should! This is probably obvious for most people, but as I have worked very little with coding, I had no idea that what you see in edit view is very different from how it will actually look on the published website.


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