January 30, 2024

How to Become a Yelp Elite

If you are a local business owner you’ve likely heard of the Yelp Elite Squad. These are Yelpers who have earned a shiny badge on their profile and get invited to exclusive events for their community. From cocktailing on a boat to meeting penguins, these experiences are meant to be shared and inspire others in their neighborhoods.

Whether they are bar hopping, restaurant tasting, or just sharing a photo from their latest adventure, these Yelpers have a lot of experience in their area and often get to know their communities well. This group of influencers can make or break a business’ reputation in their neighborhood and can impact consumer decisions. So how do you become a Yelp Elite?

According to the Yelp website, there are a few things that you need to do to be considered for Elite status. These include posting a significant number of both positive and critical reviews, maintaining a detailed personal profile with high quality photos, being over the legal drinking age, and showing a history of engaging in the community. If you meet these qualifications, you can wait for someone else to nominate you or follow the rules on Yelp’s website to nominate yourself.

Elite status is reviewed at the end of each year to see if you’ve met the criteria for another year. If you aren’t, you may lose your badge. While Google Guides can be given to anyone who meets certain requirements, the process is more informal and doesn’t have a lot of interaction with the community like the Yelp Elite Squad does.

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