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Yelp is Over!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Touchdown, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Touchdown

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    Hey guys, I am fed up with yelp. The usual story after they call, you say no to their B.S. advertising and only negative reviews show up.

    What do you do?
     
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    appears.....according to their constant denials in the press (as I recall reading) that it just purely a coincidence :-(
     
  3. JustUs

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    Build an anti yelp site against the ... agent ... that called you.
     
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    If this is true, then businesses who receive call from them should just hang up before they can even start pitching their service at you, just to avoid trouble.
     
  5. 1% B.Hat

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    i would luv to see anyone get back at them for the garbage they pull
    their outfit is shotty
     
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    I actually have a negative yelp review I am positive is 100% fake. Any idea how I go about asking them for the users IP and email address and any other identifying information they may have on file?
     
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    Here's what I would personally do. But ultimately, it's your own decision.

    I would register a domain for like what? $5/year with a coupon.

    Something like www.(insertcompany)engagedinblackmail.com

    I would only do it if they actually engaged in blackmail of course.

    Then I would put my story on there (without making up any lies)

    I would sent it to them, and tell them I will forward it to all their investors, the press, and every consumer organization unless they abide by the law.

    If it doesn't work, I would take them to court.
     
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  8. stugz

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    To be honest, I would move away from yelp and look at other traffic sources. There many different ways to get your brand out there.
     
  10. Elliot305

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    When I talk to people outside of the marketing industry they believe reviews about 50% of the time. I then proceed to tell them they over estimated about 49%. Reviews are completely meaningless to me now because, just like everybody else here, we've all seen what marketers (or people in general for that matter) can and do come up with.
     
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    That's good thinking, very creative. I'm unsure if the pros outweigh the cons because I'm not sure exactly what you're risking, except the obvious gamble of going straight up against a big player.

    Anyway, I'm saving this!
     
  12. warhorse701

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    just dont deal with them, there are other traffic sources out there
     
  13. aka sam

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    its getting difficult with everybody these days. Yelp or Google...all suck!
     
  14. LakeForest

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    We should rename negative seo to Getting Yelped
     
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  15. veheme

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    Why do you guys say "rely on other traffic sources"? Businesses DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE because Yelp almost always appears on top and a negative rating will prompt almost everyone to immediately look at the particular business' competitors.

    I'm a bit biased, I offer a service for positive reviews and I can also remove negative reviews. In my experience handling hundreds of local businesses as clients, an improved rating can ensure more leads from Yelp which is an immediate ROI for brick and mortar businesses.
     
  16. Logician

    Logician BANNED BANNED

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    I tried to leave a 1 star view on my yelp listing with a positive comment, from an aged account, with a unique ip address, and it still didn't stick. Hmmm. Fuck you Yelp!
     
  17. YelpMyAss

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    There are enough business complaining about this that it's believable. I'm thinking that although the filter is out of human control, I'm beggining to think that once the advertising clerk click on "no" (no to advertising) it goes into the algorithm filter and changes things.

    I've made up a business in the US with a Google number almost two years ago and I still get voice messages from them. They are so persistent viruses.

    What do you do? If you have regular customers and if they are yelpers, ask them to leave a feedback. Or hire someone to post your customer reviews. Also, start working to get reviews in your G+ since it's the future. With so many complaints about yelp and how hard it is to leave a review, they will eventually be pushed aside by the public and move on to something easier such as G+ since it's all tied to our emails. I wouldn't buy their advertising. Spend it on hiring someone to post your customer reviews instead.



     
  18. YelpMyAss

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    You actually must have a proof or their lawyers will just shoot you down. You might get in trouble for blackmail instead.

     
  19. YelpMyAss

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    Although, I know that G+ is the future, right this moment and some more years in the future, YELP is KING. I have to agree with veheme. YELP is up top on most local SERP and it's important that you rectify anything negative with your yelp review or it will affect your bottom line.