Reviews on Google provide you and your customers valuable information about your business. Business reviews appear next to your Business Profile in Maps and Search, and this helps your business stand out on Google.
Verify your business so your information is eligible to appear on Maps, Search, and other Google services. Only verified businesses can respond to reviews.
Google Reviews Access Token generation process is same as YouTube Access Token generation. In-fact you can use the same API key used for YouTube Access API key. But we will suggest you to create a new app and using that one, so you can monitor your API calls and make restrictions accordingly.
Step 1 : Project Creation
Click on the Note provided in the widget edit area or follow This Link. This will lead you to the Google Cloud Platform. Platform will ask you for your google account as soon as you try to get in. Go for it, provide your details there. If you have one already, login into it.
Then select your country & click on Agree and Continue.
There are chances that you already have created some apps for any other purposes, but we will suggest you to Create a New Separate App in order to maintain integrity of data & data permissions for different purposes.
Find the Create Project button in top menu bar & click on it.
Provide appropriate details about your app & hit the Create Project button. Keep in mind that you have a limited number of project creation spaces. So make sure you delete unnecessary projects from there & use space wisely.
After Project creation, selecting your project will redirect to your Project Dashboard which will help you monitor many things in Google Cloud Platform.
Step 2 : Token Generation
Now as you’ve created a project, it’s time to generate credentials for your reviews.
Go to APIs & Services > Credentials for Access Token Generation for reviews.
It’ll look like this.
Then click on Create Credentials on the top & go to the API Key. It’ll create an API Key for this project.
Step 3 : Key Restriction
Concept of a restricted key is to stop the unauthorized use by some other project or service. Click on Restrict Key.
You can choose Restriction levels by your means. We will suggest you at least enable API restrictions. Go and Find Places API in API dropdown & save it.
In order to get Google reviews, You need to enable Places API. Make sure you do that before setting up your Social Reviews widget.
If you can’t find an API by this name, go to the cloud platform search box & type Places API. Find this title, click on it and Enable it from it’s dashboard page.
Now come back to that dropdown of API selection & you‘ll find it in the list.
Now you can use that API key for Social Reviews display.