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We have recently implemented a system to outsmart yelp from hiding our filtered reviews:
Step 1- First of all, if you're advertising with yelp, we suggest you stop doing so and shift that money to optimize your own web site instead
Step 2- Have a graphic designer make a yelp badge that is placed on your web site. It should say "we have ...... filtered and unfiltered reviews on yelp".
Step 3- When a visitor clicks on the badge, it will go to another page ON YOUR OWN WEB SITE (instead of going to yelp's. (why help them get traffic and rank higher anyways)?
Step 4- On this page have your graphic designer get a screen capture (picture) of all your filtered and unfiltered reviews and have them pasted together onto one page (in 2 sections, the top section to be unfiltered reviews, leave a space, and then the lower section the filtered reviews).
Now, all your reviews (filtered and unfiltered) will be visible to all your web site's visitors.
5- Add the following words on the top:
"for your convenience, we have combined all of our filtered and unfiltered reviews on one page for you to view. If youd like to go to our live yelp page, please click here -------"
This is done so that your potential clients will not feel like you're trying to hide something or trying to cheat the system.
6- Be sure to update your unfiltered yelp page every few weeks.
Advantages of doing this:
1- Your visitors will stay on your web site instead of being re-directed to yelp's
2- Your visitors can't be redirected to your competitors page (unless they choose to go to your live yelp page).
3- No more being a slave to yelp's algorithm
4- Yelp would not benefit from getting traffic from you and higher rankings on google.
5- This system cost us only $150 to implement
Just be sure to shift that $300 per month on yelp advertising and put it into KEYWORDS that people will search for.
**Please pass this on to all small business owners that may benefit from this.
Sep 23, 2011