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Setting Google Reviews Tasks

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Google Reviews API provides results from the “Reviews” element of Google SERPs. The provided results are specific to the selected location (see the List of Locations) and language (see the List of Languages) settings.

Your account will be charged for every 10 reviews returned in the items array, e.g. if you specify "depth": 11, you will be charged as per 20 reviews.

Note: in order to receive the reviews, the keyword you specify should indicate the name of the local establishment.

Instead of ‘login’ and ‘password’ use your credentials from https://app.dataforseo.com/api-dashboard

<?php
// You can download this file from here https://cdn.dataforseo.com/v3/examples/php/php_RestClient.zip
require('RestClient.php');
$api_url = 'https://api.dataforseo.com/';
// Instead of 'login' and 'password' use your credentials from https://app.dataforseo.com/api-dashboard
$client = new RestClient($api_url, null, 'login', 'password');

$post_array = array();
// example #1 - a simple way to set a task
// this way requires you to specify a location, a language of search, and a keyword.
$post_array[] = array(
   "location_name" => "London,England,United Kingdom",
    "language_name" => "English",
    "keyword" => mb_convert_encoding("hedonism wines", "UTF-8")
);
// example #2 - a way to set a task with additional parameters
// high priority allows us to complete a task faster, but you will be charged more money.
// after a task is completed, we will send a GET request to the address you specify. Instead of $id and $tag, you will receive actual values that are relevant to this task.
$post_array[] = array(
   "location_name" => "London,England,United Kingdom",
   "language_name" => "English",
   "keyword" => mb_convert_encoding("hedonism wines", "UTF-8"),
   "depth" => 50,
   "sort_by" => "highest_rating",
   "priority" => 2,
   "tag" => "some_string_123",
   "pingback_url" => 'https://your-server.com/pingscript?id=$id&tag=$tag'
);
// example #3 - an alternative way to set a task
// after a task is completed, we will send the results according to the address you set in the 'postback_url' field.
$post_array[] = array(
   "location_name" => "London,England,United Kingdom",
   "language_name" => "English",
   "keyword" => mb_convert_encoding("hedonism wines", "UTF-8"),
   "postback_url" => "https://your-server.com/postbackscript"
);
// this example has a 3 elements, but in the case of large number of tasks - send up to 100 elements per POST request
if (count($post_array) > 0) {
   try {
      // POST /v3/reviews/google/task_post
      $result = $client->post('/v3/reviews/google/task_post', $post_array);
      print_r($result);
      // do something with post result
   } catch (RestClientException $e) {
      echo "\n";
      print "HTTP code: {$e->getHttpCode()}\n";
      print "Error code: {$e->getCode()}\n";
      print "Message: {$e->getMessage()}\n";
      print  $e->getTraceAsString();
      echo "\n";
   }
}
$client = null;
?>

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
  "version": "0.1.20200325",
  "status_code": 20000,
  "status_message": "Ok.",
  "time": "0.1329 sec.",
  "cost": 0.00375,
  "tasks_count": 1,
  "tasks_error": 0,
  "tasks": [
    {
      "id": "04011309-0696-0199-0000-dc2348782221",
      "status_code": 20100,
      "status_message": "Task Created.",
      "time": "0.0041 sec.",
      "cost": 0.00375,
      "result_count": 0,
      "path": [
        "v3",
        "reviews",
        "google",
        "task_post"
      ],
      "data": {
        "api": "reviews",
        "function": "task_post",
        "se": "google",
        "location_name": "London,England,United Kingdom",
        "language_name": "English",
        "keyword": "hedonism wines",
        "depth": 50,
        "device": "desktop",
        "os": "windows"
      },
      "result": null
    }
  ]
}

All POST data should be sent in the JSON format (UTF-8 encoding). The task setting is done using the POST method. When setting a task, you should send all task parameters in the task array of the generic POST array. You can send up to 2000 API calls per minute, with each POST call containing no more than 100 tasks.

You can retrieve the results of completed tasks using the unique task identifier id. Alternatively, we can send them to you as soon as they are ready if you specify the postback_url or pingback_url when setting a task. Note that if your server doesn’t respond within 30 seconds, the connection will be aborted by timeout, and the task will be transferred to the ‘Tasks Ready’ list. The error code and message depend on your server’s configuration. Watch the video to learn more about using pingbacks and postbacks with DataForSEO APIs.

Below you will find a detailed description of the fields you can use for setting a task.

Description of the fields for setting a task:

Field name Type Description
keyword string keyword
required field
the keyword you specify should indicate the name of the local establishment
you can specify up to 700 symbols in the keyword filed
all %## will be decoded (plus symbol ‘+’ will be decoded to a space character)
if you need to use the “%” symbol for your keyword, please specify it as “%25”;
priority integer task priority
optional field
can take the following values:
1 – normal execution priority (set by default)
2 – high execution priority

location_name string full name of search engine location
optional field if you specify location_code or location_coordinate
if you use this field, you don’t need to specify location_code or location_coordinate
you can receive the list of available locations with location_name by making a separate request to the https://api.dataforseo.com/v3/reviews/google/locations
example:
London,England,United Kingdom
location_code integer search engine location code
optional field if you specify location_name or location_coordinate
if you use this field, you don’t need to specify location_name or location_coordinate
you can receive the list of available locations with location_code by making a separate request to the https://api.dataforseo.com/v3/reviews/google/locations
example:
2840
location_coordinate string GPS coordinates of a location
optional field if you specify location_name or location_code
if you use this field, you don’t need to specify location_name or location_code
location_coordinate parameter should be specified in the “latitude,longitude,radius” format
the maximum number of decimal digits for “latitude” and “longitude”: 7
the minimum value for “radius”: 199.9
example:
53.476225,-2.243572,200
language_name string full name of search engine language
optional field if you specify language_code
if you use this field, you don’t need to specify language_code
you can receive the list of available languages with language_name by making a separate request to the https://api.dataforseo.com/v3/reviews/google/languages
example:
English
language_code string search engine language code
optional field if you specify language_name
if you use this field, you don’t need to specify language_name
you can receive the list of available languages with their language_code by making a separate request to the https://api.dataforseo.com/v3/reviews/google/languages
example:
en
depth integer parsing depth
optional field
number of reviews in SERP
we strongly recommend setting the parsing depth in the multiples of ten, because our systems processes ten reviews in a row
please note that Google returns 4490 results maximum
default value: 10
sort_by string results sorting parameters
optional field
you can use this field to sort the results
possible types of sorting:
newest – sort by newest first
highest_rating – sort by highest rating
lowest_rating – sort by lowest rating
relevant – sort by relevance
default value: relevant
tag string user-defined task identifier
optional field
the character limit is 255
you can use this parameter to identify the task and match it with the result
you will find the specified tag value in the data array of the response
postback_url string return URL for sending task results
optional field
once the task is completed, we will send a POST request with its results compressed in the gzip format to the postback_url you specified
you can use the ‘$id’ string as a $id variable and ‘$tag’ as $tag variable. We will set the necessary values before sending the request.
example:
http://your-server.com/postbackscript?id=$id
http://your-server.com/postbackscript?id=$id&tag=$tag
pingback_url string notification URL of a completed task
optional field
when a task is completed we will notify you by GET request sent to the URL you have specified
you can use the ‘$id’ string as a $id variable and ‘$tag’ as $tag variable. We will set the necessary values before sending the request.
example:
http://your-server.com/pingscript?id=$id
http://your-server.com/pingscript?id=$id&tag=$tag

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As a response of the API server, you will receive JSON-encoded data containing a tasks array with the information specific to the set tasks.

Description of the fields in the results array:

Field name Type Description
version string the current version of the API
status_code integer general status code
you can find the full list of the response codes here
status_message string general informational message
you can find the full list of general informational messages here
time string execution time, seconds
cost float total tasks cost, USD
tasks_count integer the number of tasks in the tasksarray
tasks_error integer the number of tasks in the tasks array returned with an error
tasks array array of tasks
        id string unique task identifier in our system
in the Universally unique identifier (UUID) format
        status_code integer status code of the task
generated by DataForSEO; can be within the following range: 10000-60000
        status_message string informational message of the task
        time string execution time, seconds
        cost float cost of the task, USD
        result_count integer number of elements in the result array
        path array URL path
        data array contains the same parameters that you specified in the POST request
        result array array of results
in this case, the value will be null

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