Help for Yelp Filtered Reviews
I just got started looking at Yelp about 2 weeks ago. It got my attention because all of a sudden it started appearing on Google searches for the term “Botox Modesto” or “Modesto Botox“. Then I searched other cities such as San Francisco – “San Francisco Botox” and the Yelp search comes up pretty much first. What is this about? Yelp is taking over the world I suppose. So, I decided to consider taking it seriously. I saw that I already had about 2-3 reviews, and some filtered reviews. So, I decided to try to read about some of the filtered reviews and get people to write reviews to see what got filtered. I even tried to write my own Yelp review – at least I wrote it with my name (Calvin L.) – didn’t do one of those undercover things and change my name. Apparently you get filtered if you write your own review – fine – I understand the reasoning.
What I’ve read online about avoiding Yelp filtered reviews
So I looked at the characteristics of what got “filtered” by Yelp. I think what others were saying were true:
Red flags that might get you filtered on Yelp:
- Very few reviews. Or only one review.
- No picture on profile
- No Yelp friends
- Very few things filled out on the profile
- Very few people voting your reviews as Useful, Funny or Cool.
Okay so those things make some sense – yelp want to filter out fake people – or people who don’t exist.
I found a new secret! – 5 star ratings habit
I found another pattern.
It seems like Yelp likes people who are stingy with 5 star reviews. If you blasted someone with a 1 star, 2 star or perhaps gave 3 or 4 stars instead of the full 5, yelp values your reviews somewhat more than someone who frequently gives out all 5 stars. Thus stingy reviewers get filtered less.
So do what you will with this pattern that I think I found. Maybe we should be stingy with 5 star reviews on yelp. Thus when we do give out 5 star reviews – they stick and don’t get filtered by the all mighty Yelp.
Conclusion about Yelp
One more thing to help avoid getting your reviews filtered – write some mediocre reviews too. I think if you’re all 5 starsy, Yelp thinks you’re fake and thus might get filtered. But please don’t bash people unnecessarily. I personally prefer to give people all 5 stars and those that don’t deserve 5 stars, I’m kinda quiet. So for now, Yelp has filtered every single one of my 7 reviews. That’s too bad. I really don’t like discussing my gripes in public, but I don’t own Yelp and Yelp doesn’t live in my house. I thought Facebook was confusing. Yelp’s confusing too.
Meanwhile, I’ll continue to edit my filtered review posts to see what else I find out about the world of filtered reviews in Yelp.
For now – the secret? Be stingy with your Yelp stars.