Yelp Update: I’m Movin’ On Yelp

It happened so fast I didn’t really pay attention to it. I’ve been on Yelp for a little over a month and have been pretty consistent about leaving reviews for various businesses. It’s fun and I enjoy reading what others have to say too.

So when a friend sent me congratulations on being a “Top Yelper in Kansas City” this week, I couldn’t believe it. As a matter of fact, I thought it was a marketing trick, but I was assured it was not. Here is the screen shot.
Shane Purnell Yelping Off

So while I can’t give you a formula for how it happened, here is what I have done since joining in September.

  • Made 3 friends
  • Done 8 reviews (including 3 Firsts)
  • received 7 compliments
  • Placed a Yelp Widget on the Sidebar of my blog

What does all that mean?  I think it means I need more friends. I’d also like to think it means I write good reviews.  

Here are three strategies I employ for writing my reviews:

  1. I review the places I know and go to already. My three “First to Review” ribbons were for my church, my dentist and the pool store where I get my water tested.
  2. I make an effort to be as  positive as possible. I try to remember that many of my reviews are  for small businesses. What I say has an impact on their income. I try to be honest,fair and most of all kind.
  3. I compliment good reviews.  I agonize to get my reviews just right and I’m sure others do too. It’s nice to know when someone else values your opinion. So If you like a review,  compliment the reviewer.

I’m still  a newbie when it comes to Yelp, but my progress has come from playing nice with others. Take what you can use from this post and throw the rest away.  As I’ve said, I am still getting this all figured out, but I wanted share with you what I’m learning along the way.  As always, let me know what you think.

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