There are plenty of googleable “hacks” out there. Some of them are very old and no longer work.
You have to be careful about the verbiage you use, the profile pic you choose etc.
For the actual rankings, they have to be consistent ( how often you receive them and their rank) in order to move up the algorithm and rankings.
It took a long time, but we just hit top ten with 1/8 the rankings of our competitors who paid for reviews and had family write them. They spend thousands per month on google and Fb ads, and they have a strong push to get people to write reviews. That might backfire on them soon though as we have seen what they use to get reviews. We had the majority of fake reviews removed (over 15) from our competitor who tried to steal ideas from us, and and our biggest competitor is still #1. Supposedly TA has altered their algo to reflect the false reviews but I don’t believe it yet. We see ourselves in the number 1 spot by end of February if we stay on track.
In a nutshell, you need a lot of reviews from varied IPs and PCs/mobile devices, all of them need to be consistent and have the occasional high praise/ over the top and unique photos if you are going to try to manipulate the rankings.
There’s a lot more to it. For our first 15 reviews I made them high quality and not one has been removed or flagged.
We are over 40% more expensive than our nearest competitor and the reviews are what allow us to have our price point.
Also, no, I do not sell TA reviews. Not because it’s illegal, but because people from the forum would simply copy pasta what I do. Sorry, not sorry.
There is no limit as to what you can do. And how you can do it. You can also choose an alternate and easier site to gain reviews on. Trust Pilot is particularly easy to rank on.
I wouldn’t focus on the overall amount of fake reviews, just make enough to get them going and pepper a few in when it’s slow. Focus more on branding and using TA like a brand to increase awareness and trust. I see Gopro etc have already been hitting the site hard.