Yelp - crowd-sourced reviews | finder.com review

Yelp – crowd-sourced reviews | finder.com review

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YelpWhether you are looking for the best place to eat in a far-away city or a hidden gem your hometown, Yelp has the information you need to make the best decision.

Here’s our attempt at reviewing a review site.

Cities can have hundreds (even thousands) of options when it comes to where to eat, shop, and play. Narrowing down those choices can be hard, and even word-of-mouth from friends and family can sometimes fall short of what you need. Yelp allows customers to search for what they want and where they want it, and provides reviews from people who have experienced the businesses first hand. With 33 countries listed, you really can find what you’re looking for anywhere you are looking for it. Everything from nightlife to medical is searchable through Yelp to get you what you need.
  • Transparent consumer reviews give accurate snapshots of restaurants and other businesses in areas across the united states
  • Ability to sort by match, rating, and most reviewed
  • Sorting by neighborhood available
  • Distance filters are broken down by driving, biking, and walking
  • Price ranges help you choose a restaurant that won’t break your budget
  • The ability to rate and review establishments and contribute to the user experience
  • Online ordering from some restaurants is available through Yelp’s sister site, Eat24
General requirements:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to use the website
  • Users who have been banned previously or are a competitor may not access the website


User and business requirements:

  • A valid email address
  • A local address
  • In substitution to the above information you can link your Facebook profile
There are no fees associated with using Yelp. Businesses may choose to advertise with Yelp at varying costs based on the desired specifications of the advertisement.


Benefits

Yelp allows customers to share their experiences and businesses to track reviews and customize their page. With various tools on the website, business owners can also create a landing page and even message customers.

What to watch out for

  • Agencies sometimes will hire writers to create “fluff” reviews for businesses that are lower rated than they would like.
  • As with any review sites, it can be difficult to authenticate every review. For this reason, there are sometimes agencies that will work with business owners to boost their Yelp rating in order to drive further business.
  • Reviews can be deleted at the discretion of Yelp.
  • Bad and good reviews alike can be taken down without the approval of the user who posted it.

Protip:

Make sure to look at a wide breadth of the reviews submitted and not just the star-rating if you are concerned with getting the most accurate information.

How to apply

If you are a business owner looking to create a page or speak with customers, you can begin the process by going to Yelp’s website and adding your business to the directory or looking it up if it has already been listed.

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