Dentist Review Websites You Should Know

We’ve been talking about online reputation management for dentists on consumer review websites.

We recommend monitoring what patients are saying about you on the Internet, but not taking it too seriously. Freaking out or filing lawsuits isn’t likely to be in your best interest.

The Players

If you want to find out what people are saying about you, you need to know where to look. Here are the major players in the public dentist review business. To give you a sense of each site’s scope, we’ve seen how many dentists are listed for two sample areas: San Francisco, California, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Note that the numbers may not be directly comparable, since some sites provide results only for a specific city, while others search the entire metropolitan area.)

Though most of these sites are national, each geographic market has its own favorites. Ask around to find out which site is preferred by people in your area.

Yelp (1,660 dentists in San Francisco, 280 in Milwaukee)
Firmly entrenched in the San Francisco area, Yelp serves 24 urban markets in the US. These days, Yelp is generally considered to be the industry leader in the consumer review category. The site covers all sorts of businesses and professionals.

Angie’s List (500 dentists in the San Francisco and San Jose area, 300 in Milwaukee)
This site is different in that there is a small monthly fee in order to view reviews. This site is especially popular in the Midwest.

DR. Oogle (850 family dentists listed for San Francisco, 80 family dentists in Milwaukee)
This website calls itself “The Good Dentist Guide” and specializes in dentist reviews, boasting over 100,000 reviews and more than 5,000 registered dentists. It is based in San Francisco, but serves most major metropolitan areas. Some San Francisco dentists have hundreds of reviews. The site does allow dentists to reply to comments and remove their listings. It may display information on high-ranking dentists on competitor’s listings, but these are not paid advertisements.

RateMDs (70 dentists listed for San Francisco, 7 in Milwaukee)
Founded by the man who created RateMyProfessors.com, this site lets users review medical professionals. You can register to respond directly to any comments made about you, but you cannot remove your name from their listings.

Judy’s Book (70 dentists listed for San Francisco, 3 in Milwaukee)
A more minor player in the review game, this site was recently sold and relaunched. In the Health & Medical section, there’s a category for “Coroners”… one can only imagine the situation in which an ordinary person would have cause to rate a coroner… or the situation in which an ordinary person would go shopping online to find the most highly-recommended coroner.

Insider Pages (170 reviewed dentists and 1,800 total dentist listings for San Francisco, 43 reviewed dentists and 900 total listings for Milwaukee)
The site appears to list a massive number of doctors, but most listings do not include customer reviews. Owners can add coupons and messages about their businesses to their listings.

CitySearch (50 reviewed dentists and 273 total dentist listings for San Francisco, 110 reviewed dentists and 1,228 total listings for Milwaukee)
CitySearch recently acquired Insider Pages.

Google (1,140 dentists with consumer ratings in the greater San Francisco area, 560 in the greater Milwaukee area)
Though it’s rarely mentioned as a review site, Google’s local business search allows users to enter in their own ratings and reviews, but most of the reviews are from other sites such as those listed above. This means that a review on one website can find its way to Google. Since many people to go to Google to find local businesses, expect these ratings to carry more weight over time.

Wondering How To Search for Yourself?

Option one is to go to each of the above websites and browse the directory or search the listings for yourself. But it turns out there’s an easier way…

The second option is to let Google do the heavy lifting for you. But to take advantage of this option, you’re going to need to determine your keywords. Then you’ll use Google to search each website, one at a time, for those keywords.

Take a moment to consider which keywords would best identify you. You’ll want to select some combination of the following:

  • Your last name. (If you have a common last name, you might also include your first name.)
  • A geographic identifier: your town, city or state.
  • Your dental practice name, or a keyword in your practice name.
  • Either “Dr.” or “dentist.”

Then go to Google. In the search box, enter the keywords that will identify you. Then you’ll want to specify which site you want Google to search; do this by entering “site:www.yelp.com” or whichever website you’re interested in.

So let’s review: The text you enter in the Google search box should look something like one of these:

  • Boucher Kansas Dentist site:www.yelp.com
  • Dr. Stillman Toronto site:www.droogle.com
  • “Gentle Dental” Boston site:www.insiderpages.com

You’ll then see a complete listing of everywhere on that site where your keywords appear.

Once you find your profile, it’s a good idea to bookmark it. You might get in the habit of checking your reviews about once a month.

One More Time – Which Sites Should I Check?

We recommend taking a look at all of the sites listed above. Once again, here they are:

  • www.yelp.com
  • www.DoctorOogle.com
  • www.RateMDs.com
  • www.InsiderPages.com
  • www.CitySearch.com
  • www.JudysList.com
  • www.AngiesList.com [NOTE: Angie’s List requires a paid subscription to see full reviews.]
  • local.google.com [NOTE: Go to Google Maps and search for your keywords there to find your listing.]

You might be surprised to find out what people are saying about you… Because, like it or not, the Yelp Revolution has happened, and you don’t get to control all information about your dental practice anymore.

IDA Dental Marketing Plans Include Websites, Directories And More

Dental marketing from IDA includes a complete plan and a turn-key online toolkit to implement it. Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. (IDA) features the New Patient Marketing Machine™ — a complete lead generation system that includes New Patient Marketing Portals, or dental websites, IDA’s Dental Directory Network, email marketing, lead tracking and much more – all on autopilot.

Each Portal, or dental practice website, can be optimized to generate leads for a specific dental market – family dentistry, general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, braces, dental insurance, etc. Dentists are in complete control of their dental websites and can choose from different web designs, color schemes and types of content they want to include.

The Dental Directories comprise a network of pre-positioned websites that IDA manages. Every member dentist who has an IDA Portal automatically gets a listing in one or more Directory. These sites are designed to attract prospective patients who want to find a dentist in their local area based on the type of dental practice or treatments they’re searching for – orthodontist, oral surgeon, root canal, wisdom tooth extraction, whiter teeth, etc.

“What the New Patient Marketing Machine™ offers is so much richer than a conventional website – it could easily take more than an hour to list all of the features,’” says dental marketing expert Jim Du Molin, founder of Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. “One of the biggest benefits is that you can instantly customize your Portal to attract your ideal dental patients – you can have your dental website set up and generating leads in less than 10 minutes!”

Doctors can find the kinds of patients they want by strategically choosing their primary dental market and up to three secondary markets that match their clinical skills. Each dentist website includes more than 100 pages of search engine optimized content customized to their dental practice.

About Internet Dental Alliance, Inc.

IDA provides dental management advice and customized resources to dental practices, including online dental marketing services such as website design, find-a-dentist websites and dentist web sites which are search engine optimized based on dental market (dental SEO). Internet Dental Alliance is North America’s largest provider of websites for dentists, email patient newsletters and dental directories. In 2012, it completed its advanced Lead Fire lead generation system, which automates content marketing, can be set up within minutes, is based on organic geo-targeted local search, and is customized for each dental office.

IDA’s New Dental Marketing Websites Easily Automate Lead Generation

Successful dental marketing online is about more than just counting the number of people who visit the website. success can’t be measured simply by counting website visitors. It’s about generating leads. Dental marketing websites from Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. (IDA) have built-in automated systems that build email lists, track leads and improve conversions so that more new patients fill the dental chairs.

IDA’s New Patient Portals are just one part of its comprehensive and automated New Patient Marketing Machine™. It integrates dental websites, social media, find-a-dentist listings, dental directory marketing, and more into a lead generation system that dentists can track from a single online Control Panel.

“We’ve spent years pouring everything we know into developing the New Patient Marketing Machine™ — it’s a powerful, dynamic, and instantly customizable dental marketing plan,” says dental management expert Jim Du Molin, founder of Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. “Experience has shown that dentists can get more new patients – the exact kind of patients they want, no less! – by setting up multiple lead capture opportunities. IDA makes it easy to do just that.”

Leads are generated from multiple locations, including the dental practice’s main Portal, using a variety of media including email, fax or SMS/text. Dentists also have the option to set up and display a toll-free appointment request phone number on each of their Portals. This allows dentists to track geographical and other data from prospective patients — phone number, date and time of call, city, state and Zip code.

The “Reports” section of the Control Panel lets dentists review leads and download reports that help them evaluate their marketing campaigns. If they have call monitoring set up, they can also listen to call recordings. This feature is a great coaching tool for giving feedback to the front desk team, and can have a positive impact on lead conversion.

About Internet Dental Alliance, Inc.

IDA is North America’s largest provider of websites for dentists, email patient newsletters and dental directories. In 2012, it completed its cutting-edge dentist marketing Lead Fire lead generation system. Based on organic geo-targeted local search strategy which is customized for each dental office, LeadFire technology automates search engine optimization, and makes it possible to generate new patient leads within minutes of setting up the system. Internet Dental Alliance provides dental practices with online dental marketing services such as dental practice websites, website design, online newsletters, find a dentist websites, and other dental management advice and resources.

“The Solution” Registration Opens Friday at Noon

Special Offer for Dental Directory Marketing

I’ve gotten lots of interest in “The Solution,” my new dental directory marketing program that gives doctors 3 months of advertising for only one dollar. (Watch the video)

Starting on Friday September 12 at noon PDT, doctors will be able to register online at http://www.internetdentalalliance.com/the-solution-registration.html.

The program is on a first-come, first-served basis, and I’m not sure how long registration will be open. We have resources for only roughly 100 new registrants. To be fair, I’m limiting enrollment to new 1stDDS.com and Internet Dental Alliance members.

“When will registration close?”
I can’t give you an exact time. We can only accommodate roughly 100 subscribers. It may take 10 minutes or the whole of next week. We have a Priority Email List of over 600 doctors and over 30,000 regular Wealthy Dentist Newsletter subscribers. I wouldn’t wait too much past Friday noon PDT to register.

“How many new patients will I get?”
While the program gets from 12,000 to 25,000 monthly requests for a doctor, there is no way to predict what the results will be in your geographic market. Honestly, the only way to know that is to register and watch your automatic ROI and New Patient Reports.

“What if I don’t want to register online?”
This question actually surprised me. But when I thought about it, I realized that for some of you this is still a real concern. So I set up an optional telephone number on the registration page that you can call. But it will only be open from noon to 5:00 PM PDT on Friday. I try to give my team the weekends off.

Once again, the registration link is:
http://www.internetdentalalliance.com/the-solution-registration.html

Enjoy!

Jim Du Molin
Founder
www.TheWealthyDentist.com

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