Earn Money Writing TripAdvisor Reviews

Earn Money Writing TripAdvisor Reviews

No, I’m not seriously suggesting you should do this – but some people do!  If you look on freelance work sites (where people advertise jobs and services) you’re likely to come across hotels requesting tenders to write fake reviews on TripAdvisor.

I’ve come across numerous examples of people touting to write fake TripAdvisor reviews, but never seen one where the owner gives away himself and the identity of his hotel.

Until now.


The owner has had plenty of offers from people who claim to have experience of writing fake reviews for other hotels on TripAdvisor:

Here is the owner’s hotel on TripAdvisor:


At present, it has had 14 reviews in total, all posted in the past 8 weeks. Probably not all fakes but the fact that the hotel openly touts for people to write reviews and TA either knows nothing about it, or does nothing about it, makes a mockery out of the slogan “Reviews you can trust”.

The latest review is from a person from Boston with bad grasp of English. Their TripAdvisor credentials, as well as the weight accorded to their review by TA, are boosted by their having written a review for a place in Boston at around the same time they wrote the review for this hotel.

It’ll be interesting to see if it continues to climb up the ratings on TripAdvisor. Doubtless if challenged, the owner will claim it was a competitor who posted the advert. That’s what the last person exposed here claimed.


8 responses to “Earn Money Writing TripAdvisor Reviews

  1. Hi Ephraim, please give me your email. I can’t send to you through here. I want to hear your tale.

  2. this is bad news, i trust in tripadvisor for my bussnes.

  3. Checked hotel on 3/13/15 and multiple similar reviews, all 5 stars. Obviously fake.

  4. No. That’s pretty shocking, really. (Naive? Yes I must be, lol.) I like to leave reviews on trip advisor, and hope to leave a genuine impression of our visit. Purely so people know what to expect. For people to be actually begging for fake reviews is a tad desperate though and says a lot about the establishment if you don’t think it can generate enough positive reviews naturally.

  5. futilityisjobone

    well whooop deee doo trip advisor. doesn’t matter, i find review sites worthless.

  6. tripadvisor deeted 95 excellent reviews from my company
    i’m broken really , all that is about my competetor reports he repoted all the reviews and all is gone , what can i do now ?
    Sud Aventures Tours

  7. To drive its ratings, the entire TA system encourages and relies on anonymous ‘reviews’ whether faked by/for hotels, faked by competitors, malicious postings by disgruntled ex-employees, discount threatening unreasonable ‘guests’ and a myriad of other antagonistic outpourings and snide remarks from malcontents.
    There is still no decent right of reply that either works, or is fair, or timely.
    Sadly, this is just another example of the wide ranging, fundamental problems of anonymous reviews; the existence of which TA continues to deny.
    Oh, how blind are those who do not wish to see . . .

  8. Phil, please email me. I have a tale to tell you about “Reviews you can trust.”

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