Bug in Google Local Search reviews algorithm

I discovered this peculiar bug yesterday when checking on rankings and reviews for my client Von Ray Johnson, a personal trainer in downtown Portland.

Portland Mercury News editor Matt Davis’ blog shows up as all 9 reviews for my client–and all links presented just go to the home page of his blog site.  It sure doesn’t look like a spam or hacking problem….here’s how to see the bug:

All of the “reviews” are snippets from his blog…and, all links presented simply go to his home page!

Real reviews of V Shape Fitness exist (and were showing) on Yahoo, Yelp, Citysearch, and Google Maps.

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